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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

9,244 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 9,244
Reviews: 2,024
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 951
Gots: 1,693 | FT: 48
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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3.75/5  rDev -15%

khargro2, Jul 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

oilcan01, Jul 10, 2013
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4.7/5  rDev +6.6%

Tried in the bottle and it was super. Then tried it on tap at the LA vegan beer fest last spring.
Great beer either way. I like hops in beer, but this one is way above most others in taste
and mouth feel. Good alcohol content so you can drink more than a couple in an evening.
On the East coast it is often difficult to get but worth the effort.
Tried in the bottle and it was super. Then tried it on tap at the LA vegan beer fest last fall.
Great beer either way. I like hops in beer, but this one is way above most others in taste
and mouth feel.

JohnF, Jul 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

wildcats10, Jul 08, 2013
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4.35/5  rDev -1.4%

Canned 6/26/13 and picked up at The Beer Temple in Chicago. Oh, how I'm looking forward to this...

Appearance: Pours with a massive four finger soapy head that stays for quite awhile. Sculpin has a pretty clear light amber color. The lacing is fantastic. Excellent looking IPA.

Smell: Grass and peaches are the two things that I get most. There is also a slight citrus note in there as well. Really does smell nice.

Taste: Quite a lot like the aroma, really. Kind of tastes like a ripe peach at first, and the medium feel of Sculpin gives that impression even more. There's then a bitterness on the middle of the tongue, with a sticky, dry, piney and bitter finish. The aftertaste is just lingering pine and peach bitterness that I love. Sculpin's an excellent name for this IPA, especially as it warms up. After being out for about ten minutes, the bitterness intensifies, and the alcohol becomes traceable.

Canned and put onto my tastebuds here in Michigan just 12 days later. A six-pack ran me $14 or $15, which is definitely kind of steep (considering I can get a sixer of Two Hearted for $10), but this has an excellent bitter pine and peach flavor that I thoroughly enjoy. If this were available in Michigan, I'd definitely pick it up from time-to-time... even with the slightly higher price point.

Alextricity, Jul 08, 2013
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

Rocketman8911, Jul 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

Benjiehorn, Jul 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

timbuktu1344, Jul 07, 2013
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 9,244 ratings.