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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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10,668 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,668
Reviews: 2,184
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 1,096
Gots: 2,571 | 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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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of BethanyB
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Slightly hazy and light orange in color, with a large, frothy white head.

Smell: A blast of zingy hops. White pepper, citrus, grass, and sugared grape fruit mix with a light malt aroma.

Taste: High hop bitterness is balanced by crisp and refreshing zesty hop flavors, with citrus at the forefront. The bitterness lasts well into the finish. A pale malt backbone provides balance, while allowing the hops to shine.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel and medium-high carbonation, which adds to this beer's strong bite.

Overall: A very bitter, yet refreshing and tasty IPA that clears the sinuses with its complex American hop flavor profile. Both the alpha and beta acids are well-showcased here. Truly an enjoyable IPA that will hit the spot for any hophead.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Mojo
4.71/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle -> New Belgium globe

A - . Pour is a hazy apricot/peach color with a one finger head, great retention, and great lacing.

S - PINE!!! luscious smell.

T - OMG!!! The beer of the gods. Powerful sweet citrusy initial taste followed by a powerful big bitter. Very well balanced. Lots of beers have these elements, but few have them blended so nicely and so perfectly.

M - not thick not thin, good carbonation.

O - This beer is as good as its reputation. It may be better than that even.

Photo of Ljudsignal
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can(!) poured into an English pint glass. Thanks to MarkJC1018 for giving me this little gem.

Pours a hazy deep golden-amber. A semi-vigorous pour yields a frothy, bone-white two-finger head which subsides fairly quickly into a sudsy collar. Spotty lacing with decent retention.

The nose is a little restrained, to be honest...grapefruit, bitter citrus, some melon, and a thickly resinous pine note. Nothing to write home about, although perfectly pleasant.

When the beer hits the palate, though, things start to get more interesting. Opens with light floral and tropical fruit notes--pineapple, apricot, mango, melon again--before a potent, bitter hop wallop emerges mid-palate. Subtle notes of biscuity, wheaty malt keep Sculpin just restrained enough to keep it from becoming totally unbalanced. Finishes dry and mostly bitter, with a slight resurgence of sweet fruits on the back of the palate just before the finish.

Medium-bodied and fairly oily, but with a crisp, snappy carbonation keeping the beer from feeling too thick. Clean and dry on the finish. The 7% ABV is nowhere to be seen...in fact, this beer feels dangerously sessionable.

An excellent beer that I would happily buy time and time again were it not so expensive. Still certainly worth the $11-$14 it can cost for a six-pack...but make sure to get it fresh, it makes a world of difference. Recommended, although there are definitely IPAs out there that I'm fonder of and that are available to me just as readily.

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of zookerman182
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is an orangish hello with a tall frothy head.
Aroma is super complex with fruity, citrus, and pine.
Very easy to drink. About medium bitterness and super flavorful.
Very sessionable ipa and one of my top 5.
Good any time of the day. Make sure it's as fresh as possible.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

3.75/5  rDev -15%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cutting to the chase on this beer. It's been around a while and there are lots of reviews. I just had this beer today and in my opinion it rivals Lawson's Double Sunshine.
Color is a gorgeous nice mango color, a thick fluffy head over two fingers high. Smell was a bit disappointing (and they only area that left me wanting more). Just felt it wasn't as aromatic as I wanted. When I tasted it, WOW it's fruit forward, and nice hoppy bitterness at the swallow. It's fruity and delicious, and has a similar profile to Double Sunshine. I feel Sculpin was a bit more hoppy bitter at the end of the tasting.
This is a flat out delicious IPA. If you can't get Lawson's Double Sunshine, this is almost as good.

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 10,668 ratings.