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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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10,671 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,671
Reviews: 2,184
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 1,098
Gots: 2,573 | FT: 49
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:
Beer added by: brentk56 on 04-02-2006

Originally named Northstar IPA. Debuted in 2005.
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4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is one of my favorite IPA'S as I drink it on a fairly regular basis. This review is from my growler pour, but I have also had it from a bottle and tap at a local pub. Each time, this beer is smooth, rich in aroma and taste, and never disappoints.

I am a fan of most things apricot and this Sculpin has solid notes of them, along with other strong citrus hints. Since this is available to me often, I may not appreciate it to its full extent. This is a fantastic IPA from ballast point and I rate it as one of my top 5 IPA'S right near cigar city's jai alai. They are both citrus oriented and very drinkable.

Enjoy them as much as possible!

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4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Honestly i don't see the hype in this beer. Found it a bit too sweet. The abv wasn't that high so it probably just had a high final gravity.
The smell was fantastic, however And minus the sweetness the hop flavors were great. Worth $9 a bottle?
No, won't get again

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3.75/5  rDev -15%

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3/5  rDev -32%

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4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got this bottle at Whole Foods in DC. From notes.

A - Poured dark golden and bright with mild carbonation. Two fingers of thick white head on top left great lace and a finger of retention.

S - Citrus, syrupy fruits, pine.

T - Pine, some booze, lot's of hops, syrupy fruits, grapefruity. Classic West Coast.

M - Good carbonation, medium to full body, nice bitterness.

O/D - Very drinkable for the style. A nice IPA. Seems to style and a good example of nailing all the expected elements of an IPA. Doesn't blow your mind, but is very solid.

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4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes
12oz. bottle purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $2.69. No obvious freshness date was to be found, just the cryptic looking stamp “SC395, 13358.” Perhaps those are batch and bottling numbers.

Poured a clear, amber color, with a big beige head that left lots of lace on the sides of my glass.

The nose was of sharp, piney hop scents, with a teeny tiny malt aroma.

The taste of big sharp hops hits the taste buds first. There are citrusy notes, but they take a back seat to bitter, piney flavors. There is just enough malt flavor on hand to provide a backbone that keeps the hop flavor balanced. Big, dry zap to the palate at the swallow.

Medium bodied, with an oily, resiny mouthfeel.

This is a great IPA! I totally get the hype for this beer, and am damn glad it’s available here now. It’s a little more expensive than my usual local IPA choices, but definitely worth it to splurge on this now and again.

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 10,671 ratings.