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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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9,296 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,296
Reviews: 2,029
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 954
Gots: 1,710 | FT: 46
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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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

gpblackgt, Apr 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

BigOldOaf, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Finally, at long last, I got the chance to enjoy a sculpin. actually, I enjoyed three of them! the setting was the strip house steak joint in the planet Hollywood casino in las vegas, Nevada. I sat down with my hockey teammates, who all ordered a fancy cabernet, but I asked to glance at the beer list, and there it was, sculpin ipa. it poured a beautiful cloudy grassy pale golden color, with an inch or so of off white head that lasts forever, leaves excellent lacing, and is easily reinvigorated with a swirl the wine glass I asked the server to bring me. the nose on it is long and hoppy, but not in that dank oily sweet fruity way that some of these are, but more subtle, not more simple, but more in focus, more sure of its identity. there are notes of fresh pineapple and spruce, but this is neither bitter nor sweet. its got an impressive degree of malt balance, as well as a yeast character that reminds me of some of the European ipa offerings. the flavor is standalone. its got a gorgeous hop bouquet, with some floral notes in there too, but I cannot quite place any of the specific varietals. less citrus and more pine than I expected, and a forever finish that's both refreshing and filling to a degree. the alcohol is impossible to pick out. feel is also lovely, with effervescently bright carbonation that tickles the tongue without being invasive, and a medium body that doesn't stand in the way of the flavor. this was the absolutely perfect complement to a 20 ounce bone in ribeye, dry aged, rare. I had three of these with my steak, and would have had more if they weren't 12 bucks a go. what a glorious ipa this is, distinct from the crowd, and worth every word of the hype. really sensational brew.

StonedTrippin, Apr 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

EigenBeer, Apr 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

mallen413, Apr 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

unclejazz, Apr 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

thampel09, Apr 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

incubuscience, Apr 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

bvlaminck, Apr 23, 2013
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

J_Dub, Apr 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

BobaFret, Apr 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

MikeEhrmantraut, Apr 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

mborden, Apr 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

SpectralAbyss, Apr 22, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Kenai4, Apr 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

meangreenc, Apr 22, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

mreek, Apr 22, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

bdtva, Apr 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

bmurray10, Apr 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -32%

Marcelozicker, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of Dduquette
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Sam Adams beer glass with an amber color and a light head that faded quickly. Smell of grapefruit and strong bitter taste on the front end. Floral hops linger in the mouth. Sweet malt back that nicely rounds out the hops. Very nice carbonation and just a bit of a creamy mouthfeel. Overall, not as good as I expected but it is an excellent IPA.

Dduquette, Apr 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

John_Schlaffer, Apr 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

adamwn, Apr 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

jmwildwest, Apr 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Sam21, Apr 21, 2013
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 9,296 ratings.