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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

8,870 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 8,870
Reviews: 1,994
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 907
Gots: 1,516 | 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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emottram

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -9.3%

08-30-2013 22:04:30 | More by emottram
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Shmeal

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

08-30-2013 22:01:41 | More by Shmeal
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jbone78

Florida

4.31/5  rDev -2.3%

Over all good beer. Pours a little hazy, with a finger of head. Hop aroma with a nice malt balance. Tastes the same; hop forward with a nice balance of toasty malt. Finishes with a citrus hop tartness. Balanced. Maybe not as much as their big eye, but balanced.

08-30-2013 21:05:28 | More by jbone78
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BRIANHODGE

California

5/5  rDev +13.4%

08-30-2013 17:48:54 | More by BRIANHODGE
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billymoe

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +2%

08-30-2013 17:48:09 | More by billymoe
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Heath409

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

08-30-2013 06:13:24 | More by Heath409
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LordVodka

California

4.5/5  rDev +2%

08-30-2013 05:01:45 | More by LordVodka
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Tom_Gilman

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

08-30-2013 03:24:43 | More by Tom_Gilman
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BeerEnergy

New York

5/5  rDev +13.4%

08-30-2013 02:20:53 | More by BeerEnergy
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friedpotatoes

California

5/5  rDev +13.4%

08-30-2013 02:07:54 | More by friedpotatoes
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Act25

New Jersey

4.85/5  rDev +10%

Oh! Tomorrow I will taste this off against my #1 IPA Great Divide Titan and I have a feeling this one may win. It's just more jammed with radiant flavors.

Appearance - The pour is perfectly clear, a deep orange amber, very orange, almost shiny. Much carbonation forms a three-finger head of white active foam, and it lasts and laces.
Into a .5l glass.

Smell - As others wrote, I could just sit here and sniff. I get more orange rind, more brightness than grapefruit, but certainly lots of fresh citrus and hops with lots of variation. Very fresh and inviting, great with food: in this case, garden tomatoes, 3 cheeses, rosemary bread, lemon olive oil, balsamic.

Taste - The flavor follows the aromas, and leads with very sharp, fresh, crisp, again orangey in the best sense of the word - flowers of hops, fireworks of hops, powerful leaps of hops.

As one reviewer wrote " the floral taste being almost bigger then the beer itself." Pine, hay, grass, open sunny herbal slopes of the California coast. The finish was large, dry, and bitter. Very complete.

Mouthfeel - great finish. makes you want another. clean and sharp and leaves you in such a good place. Totally worth a premium price.

O - Ties for my top IPA, and I think probably edges out Titan for top honors.

08-30-2013 01:57:42 | More by Act25
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UncleAddie

Arizona

5/5  rDev +13.4%

08-29-2013 22:33:45 | More by UncleAddie
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MikeyRiles

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

08-29-2013 22:16:33 | More by MikeyRiles
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sqrtbtr

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev -11.6%

This beer smells and tastes like durians - which I love. It had a slight grapefruit after taste and a hint of banana ester as well in the nose. It won out in a head to head with 90 minute ale, Torpedo, and Hopdevil all of which I rate favorably. Complex, well balanced and clean. Very drinkable medium bodied IPA.

08-29-2013 22:12:29 | More by sqrtbtr
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Stidge77

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

08-29-2013 21:37:19 | More by Stidge77
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ianmatth

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev -2.5%

A - Yellow-orange. I could care less about appearance, so unless it's really beautiful or really ugly, it will get the average of the other ratings. Who drinks a beer for appearance anyway?

S - Very nice pine and citrus smell.

T - More malt and sweetness that I would have expected for the smell. The pine and citrus is there, but the taste is not as strong as the smell. Solid bitterness with a light aftertaste.

M - Pretty balanced, but a little bit of an odd mix of malt, bitterness, and sweet, yet light and clean

O - A very solid IPA, but not worth the price as I think Stone IPA is better and I get it for quite a few $ less. Marginally better than Goose Island and Southern Tier IMO, which I can get for even less.

08-29-2013 07:43:32 | More by ianmatth
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od_sf

California

4/5  rDev -9.3%

08-29-2013 03:37:53 | More by od_sf
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

4.13/5  rDev -6.3%

Poured into a pint @ Lost Dog Cafe

A very good very solid IPA.

A - Pours a clear copper, hard to judge the head per bartenders pour, some sticky off-white lacing.

S - Piney aroma with some sweetness.

T - Malty and hoppy, a rather balanced IPA, some malty sweetness in the middle, bitterness lasting through finish.

MF - Medium bodied, well carbonated and with the bitterness somewhat of a sharp mouthfeel.

08-29-2013 02:03:21 | More by Sludgeman
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tgoldian

Virginia

5/5  rDev +13.4%

08-29-2013 01:19:03 | More by tgoldian
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jbexphys

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

08-29-2013 00:48:31 | More by jbexphys
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tmhoye

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2%

08-28-2013 23:50:20 | More by tmhoye
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Hotrod88

California

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

08-28-2013 21:58:43 | More by Hotrod88
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soonerchamps

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +2%

08-28-2013 19:44:20 | More by soonerchamps
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HRamz3

Pitcairn

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

08-28-2013 12:13:00 | More by HRamz3
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myuncle

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

08-28-2013 10:27:33 | More by myuncle
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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