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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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9,315 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,315
Reviews: 2,032
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 954
Gots: 1,721 | 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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4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber

Received this in a great box courtesy of errantnight, thanks again Derek! Oh, wow! As soon as I cracked this open I took whiff and I can tell I'm going to be in for a treat but before I get to the nose let me explain the pour. Sculpin empties the bomber a moderately hazed golden with bursts of carbonation screaming to the surface. The clean white head grew to two + fingers on the pour and eventually fell to one finger's worth of dense creaminess.

Now, what first caught my attention and has been on my mind ever since popping the top, the wonderful nose. There's a small pale maltiness coming through way, way in back. The good stuff you ask? Huge notes of apricot, tangerine, and a big freshly broken pine needle hoppiness throughout. Ballast Point did an unbelievable job with the hop additions. It's reminiscent of the hopping I find in Dreadnaught and blows my mind that a brewer can get such vivid, delicious aromas from the little cones.

The flavor doesn't quite live up to the nose but that would be near impossible. The taste is softer than expected with a dominant apricot hoppiness upfront followed by the pinyness on the finish. A little sweet in the middle but damn, that apricot is vivid and delicious. This really is a great IPA.

The mouthfeel is spot on. Solid carbonation awakens the tongue for the moderate bitterness present from mid-palate to the finish. The body is medium but the carbonation helps it glide through without a problem.

I wouldn't have a problem drinking this beer all night. If Sculpin was available in my area it would be purchased by the forklift and drank just as quickly.

Ballast Point hit a homerun with Sculpin. This is a really great IPA with a hop profile that is very rarely found except in the most delicious of the style. Ballast Point makes some great beers and this may be the best I've tried from them yet. A new favorite!

Reviewed: 4/19/08

joe1510, Aug 19, 2013
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4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear orange hue with a one finger head with decent retention and sticky lacing.

On the nose is strong fresh citrus. Apricot, tangerine, and also some apple. So nice and fresh. Some earthy and citrus hops.

At first sip I pick up exactly what I smell. Fresh apricot and apple. Really nice. Fresh earthy notes from the hops towards the middle. And after I swallow some heavy pine resin. One of the best IPAs I've ever had.

Mouthfeel is perfectly carbonated. Sticky resin from the hops. Perfect.

Such a great beer. I'm just now really getting into IPAs and this is the best one I've had so far. Would definitely buy again and seems very session-able.

dowen17, Aug 18, 2013
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4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours 2 fingers of golden eggshell foam, pours a very slightly cloudy light golden yellow orange. Lots of small bubbles in the body, good looking ipa. I keep a solid finger of foam to the end of the glass, with a ring of foam after each quaff - perfect.

Smell - Citrus, semi-sweet grapefruit, tropical fruits, light carmel - smells delicious.

Taste - Much like the nose, semi sweet citrus, alot of light tropical flavors, these quickly give way to semi-sweet grapefruit, finishing with citrus pith and a touch of pine. After a few sips I also pick up some nice floral flavors towards the end of each quaff. There is a slight sweet backbone throughout. Really complex, and perfectly balanced.

Mouthfeel - This is a solid medium mouthfeel, not mouth-coating, the medium feel comes from an abundance of complex flavors that fill the mouth. Carb is lower side of medium, not quite cleansing the palate, but very smooth, with a few crisp edges at the sides of the tongue. Extremely drinkable, refreshing and satisfying.

Overall - Definitely one of the top ipa's I've ever tried - very forward on citrus, tropical, and slight floral with just enough sweetness to balance. If you like these hop flavors like I do, then you will love this ipa. A must try.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

6 packs on the east coast, SWEET! 3-4 weeks old. Cash money.

A: A clear near copper, slightly paler. A big white head, left some decent webbing.

S: Some pine, with lots of super sweet tropical fruits. Papaya, mango, kiwi, and pineapple. Pungent. Very bright smelling. I get Citra and Centenial without looking at malt bill, maybe simcoe. Maybe something else Im not familiar with, amarillo perhaps.

T: Delish. Some pineapple, grapefruit, peaches, oranges, and a bit of lemon herbal notes. A tropical hop bomb. Bitterness is there, but excessive dry hopping helps meld it out. The only reason I know this has malts is that its alcoholic. Similar to flower power.

M: Medium carbonation. Medium to light body. Definitely got some oil slickness.

O: A must for hop lovers, a super bright IPA. Similar to union jack, flower power, lunch ect. Upper echelon IPA for sure. A bit overpriced but worth purchasing once for sure. Getting this fresh is as good as anything out there.

BigCheese, Aug 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

tmaestro, Aug 18, 2013
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 9,315 ratings.