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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

8,556 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 8,556
Reviews: 1,977
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 891
Gots: 1,348 | 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)
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Chris77McGrath

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

02-11-2013 17:49:06 | More by Chris77McGrath
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DRBiser

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +2%

02-11-2013 17:16:59 | More by DRBiser
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Gotti311

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -9.3%

02-11-2013 14:17:45 | More by Gotti311
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thegoon55

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

02-11-2013 12:42:22 | More by thegoon55
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YamagamiTravis

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

02-11-2013 03:30:48 | More by YamagamiTravis
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Lambocalrisien

New York

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

02-11-2013 01:39:47 | More by Lambocalrisien
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djcira

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

02-11-2013 00:10:51 | More by djcira
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emile772

California

4/5  rDev -9.3%

02-10-2013 23:15:39 | More by emile772
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Snikwad1020

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +2%

02-10-2013 21:59:03 | More by Snikwad1020
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Sailracer


4/5  rDev -9.3%

02-10-2013 21:05:03 | More by Sailracer
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Paulieg12345


4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

02-10-2013 20:33:33 | More by Paulieg12345
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Mattyb79

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

02-10-2013 09:32:38 | More by Mattyb79
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sixtyMIN

Delaware

4.5/5  rDev +2%

02-10-2013 06:25:03 | More by sixtyMIN
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Heady978

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -9.3%

02-10-2013 04:40:50 | More by Heady978
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karen603


4.5/5  rDev +2%

02-10-2013 01:41:04 | More by karen603
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JHull

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +13.4%

02-10-2013 01:17:23 | More by JHull
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Nachos4two

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

02-09-2013 23:57:30 | More by Nachos4two
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mjw1200

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +2%

02-09-2013 22:59:08 | More by mjw1200
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matt82gill

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2%

02-09-2013 13:33:24 | More by matt82gill
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bigred89

Maryland

5/5  rDev +13.4%

02-09-2013 12:19:30 | More by bigred89
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KFBR392

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A very bright orange color. Clear clean look. About a finger worth of head on the pour which quickly dissipated. Some carbonation throughout.

Smell: Incredibly bright smooth hops at the front of the aroma. There is also a very down to earth malty background. Caramelized body really makes the aroma pop. The hop balance is incredible.

Taste: This brew almost follows the aroma to a tee. The balanced hops with a caramelized sweetness is really elite. The hops create a sticky, heavy feeling on the palette. My only gripe is the front of the beer seems to get a bit lost. But the accents that follow quickly make up for it. Waves and waves of hops cascade long after drinking.

Mouthfeel: Balance again comes to my mind when I'm drinking this. The hop dryness is there but sweetness mellows it out. A wonderful middle ground to the normal palette destroying IPA has been found.

Overall: One of the best single IPA's available. Really makes you appreciate a single IPA. Glad I've got 5 more of these to enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 06:25:04 | More by KFBR392
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dipaguy

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +2%

02-09-2013 03:05:13 | More by dipaguy
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DWolf

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

02-09-2013 01:26:31 | More by DWolf
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JamesShoemaker

Michigan

4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Grolwer poured into my snifter.

A - very light, almost pilsner-yellow out of the bottle, but it settles orange and amber. Not much head on the forced pour, but that's not terribly surprising, given the low ABV. I love beers that deceive with their pale color.

S - delicious. The hops are so sweet and citrusy on the nose, but you'd never expect the force of them from such a modest looking beer. The body is so odorous in fact that it almost smells like a simple syrup.

T - pretty good, but not nearly as complex. Some nice biting citrus right on the front that recedes quickly into sweetness. Very prominent grapefruit.

M - also good. Sculpin is a little too carbonated for my taste, but it fades after an initial bite into a sweet, mellow cling. Bitterness at first, but your mouth is left with sweet, sticky (but not syrupy) hops. Very tasty.

O - my second Ballast Point beer (first is VaS) to land in my top twenty all time. Very fine example of a single IPA. Could easily get a sixer and sip throughout the day.

EDIT 2/27/13: I purchased a growler fill of Sculpin at a local bottle shop; I'm giving the mouthfeel and the taste an additional .25 in the new format. Blew me away.

Serving type: growler

02-09-2013 01:11:48 | More by JamesShoemaker
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Yoopermk

Virginia

4/5  rDev -9.3%

02-09-2013 01:01:00 | More by Yoopermk
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 8,556 ratings.