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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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10,989 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,989
Reviews: 2,245
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 1,163
Gots: 2,865 | FT: 49
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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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.93/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-pour with a really nice golden color with a nice one finger head
S-great smell of hops with peach mango and citrus
T-the light body gives a great bittersweet malt then end with a crisp hop taste
M-well balance with great bitterness to end with
O-one of the best IPAs there is hands down

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4.93/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: copperish to Amber tolled. Slightly cloudy to clean. No sedimentation. Light to moderate clean white lacing, nice settle, perfect carbonation

Smell: light fresh, grapefruit, citrus, bergamot, piney, slight bite, classic American hops

Taste: clean, fresh, citrus, slight bitterness, a bit sharper than the smell, but still light with that classic fresh American IPA

M: light, slight bite in an IPA fashion, easy, clean, flavorful

I like my IPAs simple, with maybe only a dingle of couple complimentary hops.

Overall: the best or tie for the best American IPA. In comparison : Pliny the Elder, Rustic Ales IPA, green flash (maybe) , specialty deschutes (chasin freshies or similar-maybe)

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4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

L: Crystal, clear yellow with a decent white head and some good lacing.

A: Peach, pine, tangerine, grapefruit, and some tropical fruit. Malt is clean, neutral and bready, and the yeast character is super clean, but maybe a little fruity. I can't tell if the fruitiness is all hops or if there are some stone-fruity esters in there..

T/M: Smooth bitterness, moves into bright citrus, peach, pine and pineapple/tropical fruit hop flavors with a clean, crisp bready malt backbone. Mouthfeel is dry but medium bodied and the carbonation is nice and crisp. Yeast profile is very clean.

Overall, this is a stellar West-Coast IPA, truly great. The hop character is unique and delicious, the malt profile is spot-on, and the result is nothing short of exceptional. World-class.

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4.61/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is as close to perfect as you want for an American IPA.

First of all the color is slightly opaque which is what I'm looking for in an IPA

Secondly the taste. Not over bitter but certainly bitter enough on the palate that the taste is still smooth.

Since I was drinking it from a growler when I pour it I'm looking for about a half an inch of head at the top of the glass and it certainly met that criteria. The head stayed with the beer pretty much to the bottom of the drink.

To me this is the standard that I'm looking for when I choose an American I PA

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 10,989 ratings.