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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

8,254 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 8,254
Reviews: 1,969
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 861
Gots: 1,197 | FT: 44
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 8,254 | Reviews: 1,969 | Display Reviews Only:
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Devinph

California

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

02-06-2013 05:39:47 | More by Devinph
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RyanSchwam

Delaware

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

02-06-2013 02:17:28 | More by RyanSchwam
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jbear68

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

02-06-2013 01:04:52 | More by jbear68
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VeggieNugget

California

4.5/5  rDev +2%

02-06-2013 00:25:40 | More by VeggieNugget
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RobertJBeer

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +2%

02-05-2013 22:07:27 | More by RobertJBeer
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PHKrames

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2%

02-05-2013 17:34:25 | More by PHKrames
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deuce9259

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

02-05-2013 15:54:05 | More by deuce9259
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mrzazz

West Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

02-05-2013 12:32:29 | More by mrzazz
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abcramer

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2%

02-05-2013 04:09:38 | More by abcramer
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dav2080

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

02-05-2013 03:25:35 | More by dav2080
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egrace84

Illinois

4/5  rDev -9.3%

02-04-2013 22:15:40 | More by egrace84
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keithhansen

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -9.3%

02-04-2013 22:04:59 | More by keithhansen
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CGAR

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

02-04-2013 21:41:35 | More by CGAR
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MrBuckHigh

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

02-04-2013 18:00:12 | More by MrBuckHigh
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LordFoul

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

02-04-2013 17:08:06 | More by LordFoul
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laxer8811

New York

4.5/5  rDev +2%

02-04-2013 02:01:30 | More by laxer8811
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stoutmaker

Washington

4/5  rDev -9.3%

02-04-2013 00:50:29 | More by stoutmaker
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kirchy

New York

4/5  rDev -9.3%

02-03-2013 23:26:47 | More by kirchy
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jrohrbacher

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2%

02-03-2013 22:48:15 | More by jrohrbacher
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

02-03-2013 22:01:22 | More by SaCkErZ9
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eulerthegrape

California

5/5  rDev +13.4%

02-03-2013 20:22:58 | More by eulerthegrape
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mattbk

New York

4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Fairly clear - beer colored actually - not light, not dark. Bubbles moving lazily through the beer. Decent head retention.
S: Tons of hop aroma. Grapefruit, lemon, maybe some slight peach, pine. Very, very nice.
T: More piney and bitter in the taste than the aroma. Some amount of grapefruit left though. Just a little bit of residual sweetness left, mostly a very dry beer. Very good, a bit too high in terms of bitterness versus flavor for me.
M: Medium mouthfeel, fairly dry, nice carbonation. Perfect for the style.
O: Like this beer, aroma is the best part of it, again, bitterness a little more emphasized than flavor in this beer, and the flavors are not very, very distinctive - but still, one of the better IPAs I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 03:28:23 | More by mattbk
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Resuin

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Russian River Stemmed Glass. "Enjoy By 04/13/13" which is over 2 months from now.

Appearance: Pours a nice amber, light brown, golden color and leaves about a finger of white head.

Smell: Very floral initial aroma - lovely. Grapefruit, mango really shines through from the hops. Smells delicious.

Taste: Plenty of hops. Pine, some grapefruit and mango, along with some malts. Pretty well balanced but definitely on the hop-heavy side, which is very nice.

Mouth-feel: Just the right amount of carbonation and this is a great one to chew around a bit and really extract the flavor of the hops. Might be closer to a DIPA than a standard IPA in terms of body, it has a bit of thickness to it. Wonderful.

Overall: A great representation of a hop-heavy IPA. Pretty well balanced as well, but this will definitely give you the hop fix you are looking for.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 03:11:53 | More by Resuin
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fcbrew

Colorado

3.15/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Bought a six pack at BevMo in LaJolla, CA (high volume store) from a refrigerated case February 1, 2013. It was kept chilled until opened the same day.

Poured into a pint glass- a hazy yellow-orange. The head was thin and dissipated quickly. There was no hint of hop aroma no citrus, no grapefruit- actually no detectable aroma at all. The taste was bitter with little or no maltiness. The mouthfeel was thin. There was an unpleasant bitter aftertaste. Poorly balanced. Not a particularly good IPA. I was expecting an excellent IPA based upon previous reviews. This is not at all similar to Pliny the Elder as has been suggested by other reviewers.

I had bought a six pack of Ballast Point Sculpin IPA last year and it was not very good then but, I hesitated to write a critical review because I felt that it might have been a bad sample. However, having bought it again and again having a negative impression, I decided to write this review. Very disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 02:14:13 | More by fcbrew
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JimMuttleyHass

Montana

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

02-03-2013 00:54:55 | More by JimMuttleyHass
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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