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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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10,122 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,122
Reviews: 2,094
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 1,011
Gots: 2,103 | FT: 42
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Originally named Northstar IPA. Debuted in 2005.

(Beer added by: brentk56 on 04-02-2006)
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

swsampson, Feb 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

jaydoc, Feb 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

Goofster, Feb 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Beercanman1, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy amber with the fastest rising core of bubbles I've ever seen (including champagnes). Soapy head forms easily and sticks around, and to the glass. Reminds me of a rootbeer float- on my last, roughest pour, I had a kind of volcano-looking foam mountain that lasted even after my last swig.

S: Extremely expressive, tons of fruit aromas, and not just the super-citric stuff; mangoes, cantaloupe, orange, apricot, etc. Almost no pine- a plus! Balanced by background breadiness. Mmm.

T: All those fruits, no pine, malts/yeast provide balancing sweetness and a bready flavor, but don't diminish from the overall bitter finish. I'm not an IPA guy, but this bitterness is totally welcome after that refreshing array of flavors.

M: That lasting head gives this a really creamy mouthfeel, but the effervescence adds to the spicy-bitterness. Either way, it's fantastic.

O: Hands down my favorite IPA. Didn't know I don't enjoy pine from hops until this beer; their absence is very welcome! Not super harsh like other IPA's despite the respectable 70 IBU's, and I'm a fan of the unique array of fruit esters present. If I can find 6-packs (which should be more economical) this will become a go-to!

1000lbgrizzly, Feb 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Tarps68, Feb 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Jvrdz24, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of WunderLlama
4.66/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle poured into a glass

Translucent golden yellow pour creates a thick, white billowy foam cap. A barista would be happy with this foam.

Aroma of floral and fruits, orange and apricot. Gentle pine whisper.

Great tasting beer. Smooth start with a gentle hop bitter bite. Almost creamy. Hops on the front of the tongue.smooth throughout. Bitterness on the aftertaste but without the bite.

Medium mouthfeel, really good carbonation.

What a great beer. I gotta buy more of this one and will stock it my fridge. Excellent balance and very, very drinkable.

WunderLlama, Feb 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

woooobeer, Feb 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

mac1988psu, Feb 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Bito401, Feb 21, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

GarrettFM, Feb 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

cgrunin, Feb 21, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

mlklein27, Feb 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Oidmoe, Feb 21, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

cmq103, Feb 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

HungusBTBrew, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of mtomlins
4.14/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful, clear, amber color to a tall, thick head, slowly settling to a creamy collar and leaving nice lacing. The aroma was big and hoppy less grapefruit and citrus to me though and more spicy, floral notes. The taste followed suite with some nice malty sweetness at first but quickly transitioning to spicy, floral hops with hints of pine and citrus rind. The finish is very dry and smacks of American bittering hops. Medium carbonation and body fit for style and keep the beer light and refreshing. Overall an excellent IPA, although much more floral and spice than the fruity citrus I was expecting from reading other descriptions (not a fault, just surprised).

mtomlins, Feb 20, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

nickpro, Feb 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

01001111, Feb 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

fellowrs, Feb 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

FrankShirley, Feb 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Getalegup, Feb 19, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

steveh916, Feb 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

JulianC, Feb 19, 2014
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 10,122 ratings.