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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

8,528 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 8,528
Reviews: 1,976
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 884
Gots: 1,329 | FT: 45
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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kew

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +2%

01-20-2013 04:47:08 | More by kew
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gpawned

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -15%

01-20-2013 03:25:26 | More by gpawned
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msween21

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2%

01-20-2013 02:40:45 | More by msween21
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ng85

California

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

01-20-2013 02:24:55 | More by ng85
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Bdel34

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

01-20-2013 02:10:41 | More by Bdel34
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Toadhopper

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

01-19-2013 22:23:13 | More by Toadhopper
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tzolandz

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +2%

01-19-2013 22:22:24 | More by tzolandz
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tjkramer95

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

01-19-2013 20:48:09 | More by tjkramer95
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Mdog

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Gold, good carbonation and head.

Smell: Moderate, citrus.

Taste: Nicely sweet, variety of fruit with grapefruit taking the lead. More balanced than expected, not bitter.

Comments: I picked up a bomber while in the quad cities over the holidays. It was a few months old (bottled in Oct) but no oxidation notes came through. It's a very nicely fruity IPA and more balanced than I expected. Maybe some of that was the age, but still a very tasty drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 20:39:42 | More by Mdog
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jxc5

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -26.3%

01-19-2013 20:12:39 | More by jxc5
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TARDIS

New York

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

01-19-2013 17:47:11 | More by TARDIS
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer was poured into a snifter to better capture the aroma on this one. The appearance was a copper color with red accents mingling throughout the glass. A modest white head topped the glass with the beer demonstrating lacing and a solid level of retention as the beer disappeared. The beer exploded with a grapefruit aroma. It may be an exaggeration, but I might suggest you could smell this one from the other side of the room. On the initial taste, one detects grapefruit, papaya, apricot, and lemon on the back of the tongue. The IPA progresses from sweet to more bitter as the sample continues. Grassy notes emerge and the malt backbone is just noticeable. The presence of the malt is just noticeable enough to make sure this is something more than a hop-bomb. In the aftertaste, the citrus notes combine as though it has become citrus candy. There is a noticeable warming sensation that also emerges. The thickness allows that taste to linger with the warming sensation.

For an American IPA, this is pretty close to perfect. Though it is well-balance, it is far from mild in the taste department.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 16:25:54 | More by JohnnyHopps
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unclekeith

Alaska

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

01-19-2013 15:54:56 | More by unclekeith
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Roger85

Illinois

4/5  rDev -9.3%

01-19-2013 14:39:38 | More by Roger85
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cdwil

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

01-19-2013 13:55:42 | More by cdwil
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bhodgson0739

Missouri

5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfect IPA. Not sure what else to say, but I will:

A: Glowing amber with ruby highlights. Lovely.

S: Sweet citrus with slight dank of bold hops. Lovely. Amarillo? Centennial? Not sure, but damn, they smell good.

T: Perfect. So balanced, it's almost comical. Big bitter on the front that smooths out quick; clean tart of the citrus fruit in the middle; and then the touch of malt on the back that binds it together and sweetens it just enough. I haven't had a more balanced IPA that doesn't skimp. It's not too heavy, not too light, not too sweet. It really is, perfect.

M: Yep. Awesome. Creamy, chewy, but just enough. Not too much, not too little. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Perfect.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 04:14:17 | More by bhodgson0739
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gshackles

New York

4.5/5  rDev +2%

01-19-2013 02:07:00 | More by gshackles
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jtdolla911

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +13.4%

01-19-2013 01:23:54 | More by jtdolla911
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sjones5045

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +2%

01-19-2013 00:59:52 | More by sjones5045
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jpd026

New York

5/5  rDev +13.4%

01-19-2013 00:56:14 | More by jpd026
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Screper

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

01-18-2013 22:43:37 | More by Screper
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heffnate77

New York

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

01-18-2013 21:49:15 | More by heffnate77
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clubarsky91

California

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

01-18-2013 18:38:13 | More by clubarsky91
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Lurkerson

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2%

01-18-2013 17:11:50 | More by Lurkerson
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PJHOY

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +2%

01-18-2013 05:56:43 | More by PJHOY
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 8,528 ratings.