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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

8,958 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 8,958
Reviews: 2,002
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 922
Gots: 1,558 | FT: 50
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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wardenclyffe

Virginia

5/5  rDev +13.4%

03-14-2013 18:08:03 | More by wardenclyffe
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JMScowcroft

Vermont

4.84/5  rDev +9.8%

Ballast Point Brewing Company - Sculpin India Pale Ale - 1pt 6fl oz bottle

I had been recommended this brew from a friend, and I am so glad I finally got around to trying it!

Look - Nice bottle artwork. Pours golden copper with a smaller, soapy head. Great lacing. Moderate carbonation. Great looking brew.

Smell - Fruity (apricots, lemons, etc) with smooth hops. Some malt is detectable when the glass is agitated.

Taste - Smooth, zesty fruit, immediately followed by a blast of bitter (not too bitter) hops. Mini throat bomb (bite) at the end as it goes down. This unique flavor is so well done, similar to Lagunitas Sucks idea but different fruits and stronger hops.

Mouthfeel - Rests hoppy and fruity but comfortable, fades gently. Good drinkability but admittedly a bit boozy here. If I had to pick a minor flaw, it would be here.

Overall - Great, full bodied, unique as hell IPA. Intriguing blend, would highly recommend.

03-14-2013 11:39:59 | More by JMScowcroft
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yeaprolly

Washington

5/5  rDev +13.4%

03-14-2013 07:51:39 | More by yeaprolly
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flydudehsv

California

4.85/5  rDev +10%

Very nice IPA. Aroma mellow citrus fruits, well balanced but not screaming pine like some good IPAs. Slight passion fruit. No head retention, not that pretty. Light amber. Very well balanced with sharp but quickly fading citrus fruit. Beautiful bitterness it finish with a sharp tang at the end. Great mouth feel. Coats your mouth. Overall very nice, not the best IPA in the world anymore but still up there.

03-14-2013 07:13:07 | More by flydudehsv
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crob3888

California

5/5  rDev +13.4%

03-14-2013 04:40:26 | More by crob3888
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kell50

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -15%

03-14-2013 02:37:43 | More by kell50
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Scott_McCool

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -15%

03-14-2013 00:35:26 | More by Scott_McCool
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Cottzilla

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +2%

03-14-2013 00:22:16 | More by Cottzilla
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ChrisL24481

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

03-13-2013 23:57:49 | More by ChrisL24481
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wmobley

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

03-13-2013 21:00:48 | More by wmobley
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psuwakko

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +2%

03-13-2013 17:36:08 | More by psuwakko
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LtColFrankSlade

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +2%

03-13-2013 17:27:24 | More by LtColFrankSlade
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monitorpop

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

03-13-2013 05:21:00 | More by monitorpop
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estlinska

Arkansas

5/5  rDev +13.4%

03-13-2013 02:33:30 | More by estlinska
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tgatort

Florida

5/5  rDev +13.4%

03-13-2013 02:10:09 | More by tgatort
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BigVin215

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -9.3%

03-13-2013 01:06:29 | More by BigVin215
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beertardis

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -9.3%

03-13-2013 00:43:57 | More by beertardis
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BeerSnob1022

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

03-13-2013 00:18:08 | More by BeerSnob1022
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c64person

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2%

03-12-2013 23:18:51 | More by c64person
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jeg518

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +2%

03-12-2013 22:06:30 | More by jeg518
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CypherEnigma

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -9.3%

03-12-2013 22:01:24 | More by CypherEnigma
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Abnrml

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

03-12-2013 19:11:04 | More by Abnrml
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KidsDoc

California

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

03-12-2013 04:23:08 | More by KidsDoc
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Hendry

Vermont

4.8/5  rDev +8.8%

I'd like to start out by saying that if you are deciding to buy Ballast Point Sculipn IPA in a $9 bomber or the six pack for $15, do yourself a favor and go for the six pack. All of the subtle tropical delicacies are prominent in this flavorlful/hoppy and satisfying IPA. Truth be told, $9 is a steep price for a bomber, one that raises expectations extremely high,maybe too high, into the price range of the highly coveted Lawson's Ale.

Pleasant citrusy nose, well carbonated and quite drinkable despite a sharp bite at first, but the aftertaste is long lasting and pleasant with some alcohol warmth in there.

For my taste, I agree with the World Class status this fine IPA has earned,and it is most worthy of another purchase. Treat yourself right and go get a six pack of this delicious IPA: it is woth the extra few dollars and above the pack!

03-12-2013 04:08:13 | More by Hendry
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MonkeyStain

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

03-12-2013 03:38:23 | More by MonkeyStain
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 8,958 ratings.