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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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10,695 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,695
Reviews: 2,185
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 1,108
Gots: 2,592 | 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:
Beer added by: brentk56 on 04-02-2006

Originally named Northstar IPA. Debuted in 2005.
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type) Poured a Pint out of a 22 oz. Bomber. Thanks to Wheelzntoys for sending this to me via trade!

A) Pours a bold golden, light orange that is topped with a frothy, creamy white layer of dense head. The head dwindles rather quickly, leaving behind a thin blanket of white suspended atop the brew. Some dense, (albeit patchy) lacing coats the side of the glass as I sip. Limited carbonation visible.

S) Grapefruit, grapefruit, and more grapefruit are very apparent to the nose, accompanied by a good deal of other citrusy fruits. Pineapple, mango, and maybe tangerine? All in all a damn delicious boquet of fruits. A slight whiff of, grassy, piney, earthiness rounds it all out.

T) Surprisingly, the citrus bomb I was expecting isn't quite as pronounced on the palate as it was in the nose. That being said, there is still a very pleasing dose of fruity tropicalness, but it is actually kept in check and nicely balanced by some maltyness. It's as if a bunch of tropical fruit rolled around in a tub of freshly cut bitter grass and dried off with a towel coated with a touch of caramel.

M) Medium bodied, with a decent amount of carbonation. This is one smooth, yet complex brew. All the qualities I look for in a West Coast IPA. One kick ass brew that lives up to the hype!


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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A translucent, golden body lurks beneath an inch of foamy, pure white head that lingers briefly before settling to a scant dusting across the surface of the liquid; minimal strands of lacing coat the glass. The aroma is of grapefruit and orange with a fresh pine punch. Some grass, herbs, and wet earth fill out the middle with a lemony zest towards the end. It tastes similar, with some large citrus notes up front that readily fade to a muddled, earthy center. Bitter hops give way to a soapy aftertaste on the finish, especially as it warms. Mouthfeel is thinner than anticipated, but well carbonated. Refreshing throughout with a dry finish. Overall, a solid IPA that I thoroughly enjoy. While there are plenty of new options available today, this one remains a staple and a great example of the style.

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 10,695 ratings.