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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

8,428 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 8,428
Reviews: 1,974
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 872
Gots: 1,273 | FT: 45
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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Benish

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

07-14-2013 00:58:22 | More by Benish
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Bromine

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +2%

07-14-2013 00:52:11 | More by Bromine
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runner0916

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +2%

07-13-2013 23:42:21 | More by runner0916
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TokyoCO

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

07-13-2013 15:57:24 | More by TokyoCO
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Pers

New York

3.75/5  rDev -15%

07-13-2013 07:07:05 | More by Pers
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SerpentX

California

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

07-13-2013 06:32:57 | More by SerpentX
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rxthree

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +13.4%

07-13-2013 05:01:46 | More by rxthree
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jaxray8

Ohio

5/5  rDev +13.4%

07-13-2013 02:09:13 | More by jaxray8
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Jnyerges226

California

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

07-13-2013 01:50:55 | More by Jnyerges226
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gabedivision

New York

4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12 oz to a pint glass

A- pours a light golden amber, with a thick tight white bubbled head and a ridiculous amount of lacing

S- grapefruit right up front! solid grapefruit, oranges, pine, pineapple just intense citrusy hops all around, a slight bit of sweet tobacco malt in there, but just dominated by some extremely well balanced hop arrangements

T- same thing on the tongue, just a massive assult of citrus hops. mango, blood oranges, lemon peel, grapefruit.

M- Medium in body, palate cleanser all around.

O- Just unfair to other IPAs and even DIPAs that this beer exists, not alot of balance, not alot of complexity, but just a killer hop monster that is arranged perfectly for any hophead to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 01:05:59 | More by gabedivision
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mschind

California

4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear deep gold with a thin white cap that coated the glass all the way down.

S- Lots of hops. Pine and grapefruit. A bit one note, not much in the way of malt here.

T- Bitter at the start, dry and balanced finish. Hops dominate. Pine and citrus.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A very clean and dry IPA with a heavy load of hops.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2013 20:55:04 | More by mschind
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OptionParalysis

New York

4.5/5  rDev +2%

07-12-2013 20:35:08 | More by OptionParalysis
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bralston345

Illinois

4/5  rDev -9.3%

07-12-2013 20:07:00 | More by bralston345
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alex_hart

Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

07-12-2013 14:23:01 | More by alex_hart
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diabolik

Washington

4/5  rDev -9.3%

07-12-2013 13:36:21 | More by diabolik
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Bdiddy4826

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -15%

07-12-2013 05:49:36 | More by Bdiddy4826
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roodie

Texas

4/5  rDev -9.3%

07-12-2013 01:03:57 | More by roodie
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DavidRose

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

07-11-2013 23:59:38 | More by DavidRose
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Roguer

Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thick, ~4 finger fluffy flat white head from a solid can pour. Very good retention. Brew is a light gold/amber, clear, transparent. Leaves behind thick lacing like a nightmare spiderweb.

Classic citrus IPA hop aroma: ruby red grapefruit, light caramel malts with a hint of biscuit, slight honey or flowers. Slightly delicate, not overpowering, not overly complex.

Flavor follows the nose, albeit with a fairly noticeable bittering hop component. Tropical fruit and juicy grapefruit up front, an earthy hop bitterness, and citrus peel finish. All along, it floats on a noticeable but balanced caramel malt backbone.

Very little carbonation sting, but I don't get any syrupy feel to it; it's a fairly light, easy drinking IPA. Nice lingering feel, slightly sweet but almost resiny bitter aftertaste. Great balance with the malts and a huge hoppy bitterness.

Finally, I get to see what all the hoopla surrounding this beer is all about, and I can say, it's deserved. This is an excellent single IPA. It reminds me of a slightly flatter or earthier Jai Alai or Flower Power, and could easily be a daily drinking IPA.

Serving type: can

07-11-2013 23:46:32 | More by Roguer
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LincolnHawk

Djibouti

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

07-11-2013 15:47:05 | More by LincolnHawk
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harrington_ptj

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +13.4%

07-11-2013 14:25:31 | More by harrington_ptj
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ahermsen

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +2%

07-11-2013 14:19:28 | More by ahermsen
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drbenzo

California

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

07-11-2013 08:27:29 | More by drbenzo
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khargro2

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -15%

07-11-2013 03:04:15 | More by khargro2
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peteh2112

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

07-11-2013 02:33:57 | More by peteh2112
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 8,428 ratings.