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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

8,399 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 8,399
Reviews: 1,974
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 875
Gots: 1,263 | 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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DerrickW

Georgia

5/5  rDev +13.4%

03-20-2013 12:27:59 | More by DerrickW
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Tang07

California

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

03-20-2013 10:47:05 | More by Tang07
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Rast

Maryland

3.81/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours like liquid gold, with the beautiful bullion color to match. The nose is citrus, grapefruit. Mild carbonation allows for maximum hop exposure on tongue. Taste develops slowly, like a Godspeed You! Black Emperor tune. Aftertaste is lingeringly lovely. I'd sip this Sculpin sitting on a dock.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 00:31:13 | More by Rast
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Zanico

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +2%

03-19-2013 23:18:06 | More by Zanico
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shawnohall

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

03-19-2013 03:11:18 | More by shawnohall
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imfrigginfly

Hawaii

5/5  rDev +13.4%

03-18-2013 16:16:23 | More by imfrigginfly
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STXIDHI13

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

03-18-2013 14:46:37 | More by STXIDHI13
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marshmeli

New York

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

03-18-2013 13:54:37 | More by marshmeli
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dapatte2

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +13.4%

03-18-2013 12:25:22 | More by dapatte2
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andrew8626

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

03-18-2013 04:57:50 | More by andrew8626
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olmane

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +2%

03-18-2013 03:51:02 | More by olmane
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Falcone

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2%

03-18-2013 01:15:08 | More by Falcone
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Steve_Oldrati

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2%

03-17-2013 23:56:07 | More by Steve_Oldrati
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JohnQVD

New York

5/5  rDev +13.4%

03-17-2013 19:54:20 | More by JohnQVD
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phishbone23

New York

3.75/5  rDev -15%

03-17-2013 17:35:28 | More by phishbone23
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chaint

California

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

03-17-2013 16:50:09 | More by chaint
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hopazoid

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +13.4%

03-17-2013 04:44:13 | More by hopazoid
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AlanArnoldJr

New York

5/5  rDev +13.4%

03-17-2013 04:03:28 | More by AlanArnoldJr
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zeledonia

Minnesota

4.09/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Best by 25 May 2013. Trying to taste all of the beers of fame, so I traded for this one. Thanks to BeerThirty for the bottle. Tasted 16 March 2013.

Pours a bright medium orange. Almost totally clear, just a thin haze blurring the details. Half finger of whitish head, okay retention, some lacing. Decent enough.

Smell was good on the first hit, powerfully hoppy. Fruity, with bits of grapefruit, peach, and pineapple. But every subsequent sniff comes nowhere near it. It's like the smell blew away within a minute of popping the bottle. On the second pour, I can barely pick up the hops at all. This is half 4.25, and half 3. Weird.

Taste is in the upper tier of IPAs. The fruity hops come through much more in the flavor than they do in most beers. Starts out grainy and slightly sweet, grapefruit rind kicks in astringent and bitter, before it drifts into a chalky bitterness. Aside from the grapefruit punch, a low-level lemon-orange citrus flavor permeates it. Bitterness level is right at the peak, just beyond perfect, and almost on the downslope, but reeled in at the end before it can start to bother me.

Feel is quite good. Medium-light body, kinda airy. Carbonation right where it should be, rising up, then sliding slowly down. Lasting, but cutting off right when I want it to.

I like this beer, but it doesn't wow me. I think the big let-down is that I want a top-notch IPA to blast my nose with hops. This one did, just once. Taste is excellent, though. And both the taste and the feel show restraint, backing off just when I worried they'd start getting worse.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 03:14:57 | More by zeledonia
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GJonesy

California

4.5/5  rDev +2%

03-16-2013 18:28:34 | More by GJonesy
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle poured into tulip, cheers IanSpindler for the bottle

A clear golden liquid with just a couple visible bubbles slowly making their way to a finger of foam that hangs around for a few sips leaving a couple partial rings of lace

S pineapple and pine, tangerine, grapefruit, apricot and peaches, big tropical blast with a little mango too, smells pretty nice if you ask me, just a little toffee hiding in there and slightly catty but for some reason I like that in my beer

T some lemon and lime I wasn't smelling, a little more rind opposed to the fresh flesh I was smelling, I get just a hint of booze but its no concern, pretty solid

M a a little bitter snap to it and a little slick after the fact, medium bodied with much more carbonation then what I could see in the glass, piney rind lingers long on the finish

O I could drink myself stupid with this stuff in a hurry with this stuff, I only have a sip left in my glass and I only started typing a few minuets ago. Great example of the West Coast IPA, I'd be drinking this all the time if I could get my dirty hands on it

This beers well deserving of its reputation, it hits all the spots and leaves me craving more. I heard my wife say the other day she wants to go to California, I'm starting to agree with her but I think we may have different reasons for wanting to go.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 17:06:26 | More by wordemupg
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brandon911

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +2%

03-16-2013 06:29:07 | More by brandon911
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alienlifeforcecube

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

03-16-2013 06:18:20 | More by alienlifeforcecube
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dailyminefield

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -9.3%

03-16-2013 01:39:00 | More by dailyminefield
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cjargyros

Maryland

5/5  rDev +13.4%

03-16-2013 00:34:28 | More by cjargyros
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 8,399 ratings.