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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

8,894 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 8,894
Reviews: 1,996
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 915
Gots: 1,527 | FT: 50
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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rojocorsa

California

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

09-16-2013 02:10:40 | More by rojocorsa
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cwc

New York

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

09-16-2013 01:04:39 | More by cwc
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MNBeerGeek

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +2%

09-15-2013 23:56:25 | More by MNBeerGeek
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TheFlern

Idaho

4.53/5  rDev +2.7%

This beer tastes like how you would expect a San Diego IPA to taste like. Lots of big citrus flavors. Mainly grapefruit I would say. Not much malt going on. 7% ABV isn't too hot either. Good mouthfeel as the bitterness doesn't scorch the tongue or palate. A very solid IPA. Not the best you can find in San Diego or even SoCal for that matter but a solid choice nonetheless. I was very glad to find it at Brewforia in Meridian, Idaho. So thanks to them for getting it fresh to a relatively small market. Cheers Ballast Point!

09-15-2013 23:24:54 | More by TheFlern
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Duane_Opfer

Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +0.9%

22 oz bottle poured into an IPA glass. Enjoy by date of 10/10. Consumed on 9/14.

A - Poured less than a finger of head that quickly dissipated. Golden amber in color with readily apparent carbonation. Clear/no cloudiness. Yields significant delicate lacing as beer recedes.

S - Fragrant. Tropical fruit, honey, and pine. Very dank.

T - Taste and complexion of this beer changed dramatically as it warmed. Initially dominated by lemon, with hints of honey, mango, and pine with a hoppy bitter finish. However, as the beer warmed, the flavors really came out... peach, melon, and an intense grapefruit finish. Hides ABV very well.

M - Higher level of carbonation accompanies taste well, and is very fitting for mouthfeel as well. Liquid tingles tongue nicely and has a crisp feel. Medium bodied and yields a slight foam in the mouth.

O - No denying this is a very good beer, among the best of year-round nationally available IPA's. However, beer is overpriced. $10.99 for a 22oz bottle or $16.99 for a 6-pack is borderline absurd. Really enjoy it, but will not purchase very often until the price comes down...

09-15-2013 12:53:19 | More by Duane_Opfer
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JacobDike

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

09-15-2013 04:12:07 | More by JacobDike
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Hacksaw99

Ohio

4/5  rDev -9.3%

09-15-2013 03:45:45 | More by Hacksaw99
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bosox2004

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

09-14-2013 23:49:03 | More by bosox2004
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tkmountain

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +2%

09-14-2013 20:13:04 | More by tkmountain
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tmt71883

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -9.3%

09-14-2013 19:10:02 | More by tmt71883
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PieOhMy

Minnesota

4.24/5  rDev -3.9%

Poured into pint glass.

A Copper. Transparent. Thick white foam.

S Hops. Caramel malt. Very floral.

T Ahh this is nice. Hoppy as hell. Right up front the hops hit you. Nice and bitter with a kick of citrus and pine.

M Good body. Nice refreshing finish.

O First time for me. Not the last. Really well crafted IPA. Good and bitter but not overdone. The mix of flavors is great. So glad Ballast Point is in Minnesota.

09-14-2013 18:04:36 | More by PieOhMy
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projektyle

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

09-14-2013 01:52:02 | More by projektyle
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dankjohn

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +2%

09-13-2013 23:04:27 | More by dankjohn
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ejohnson654

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2%

09-13-2013 23:00:51 | More by ejohnson654
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JamFuel

Sweden

4.5/5  rDev +2%

09-13-2013 22:12:40 | More by JamFuel
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PKS

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +2%

09-13-2013 21:50:24 | More by PKS
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rxeight

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

09-13-2013 15:51:36 | More by rxeight
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christopher_shaffer

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

09-13-2013 04:51:03 | More by christopher_shaffer
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JackieTH

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev -0.7%

Nearly flawless appearance for an IPA. Big billowing white head with fantastic retention, lace-city, over an orange amber beer.

Smell is really nice. Citrus, oranges like marmalade, ripe peaches and mangos, a hint of green papaya, rounded out by a soft note of caramel and earth.

Taste opens with grapefruit pith bitterness, then distinct juicy tangerine-oranges finally plunging headlong into a pungent almost musky woody-citrus back end which is more noticeable as it warms a little. If I have to nitpick, the body seems a wee bit thinnish. Finish is clean and lightly bitter.

I finished one and am moving on to another just to verify what I've written here. Yep, it's pretty dang good.

09-13-2013 02:26:21 | More by JackieTH
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DubbelTap

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

09-13-2013 02:12:40 | More by DubbelTap
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Cbrown9221

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +13.4%

09-13-2013 02:09:08 | More by Cbrown9221
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ChadChaney

Iowa

5/5  rDev +13.4%

09-13-2013 02:08:11 | More by ChadChaney
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tuckerlikesbeer

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +2%

09-13-2013 01:27:42 | More by tuckerlikesbeer
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SoberPhobic

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2%

09-13-2013 00:00:30 | More by SoberPhobic
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analogchainsaw

California

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

09-12-2013 21:44:55 | More by analogchainsaw
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 8,894 ratings.