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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

9,056 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 9,056
Reviews: 2,011
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 932
Gots: 1,601 | 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:
Originally named Northstar IPA. Debuted in 2005.

(Beer added by: brentk56 on 04-02-2006)
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Cazlo

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2%

03-15-2013 16:33:22 | More by Cazlo
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EROCK75

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2%

03-15-2013 16:11:18 | More by EROCK75
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EricTheRed

New York

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

03-15-2013 06:35:09 | More by EricTheRed
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analienacorn

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

03-15-2013 04:56:15 | More by analienacorn
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hopfen

California

4.88/5  rDev +10.7%

Picked up a sixer for $13.49, just getting into IPAs and this was the most I have ever paid in my life for a sixer, but man oh man....was it worth it.

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- Bright orange golden amber like a sunset over Malibu in a glass.

S- Wow! What a great aroma of pine, orange, grapefruit, and flowers

T- Amazing, the first sip was pure nirvana. Rich but crisp, hoppy up front but it ever so gently turns into a bouquet of citrus and pine. The bitter hoppy after taste lingers just enough then just disolves away in your mouth like orange cotton candy. Simply a work of palette art.

M- Smooth and no residue lingering at all.

O- The best tasting beer that I have ever had. Its like getting kicked in the mouth with a pair of fuzzy slippers dipped in sweet nectar. Amazingly good and worthy of the price and hype. I am eager to see how it holds up against the other big hitters. Was a step above the Stones I have tried.

03-15-2013 03:32:17 | More by hopfen
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screamking

Ohio

4.41/5  rDev 0%

12 oz bottle poured into snifter.

Appearance-pours medium orange with a 1 finger white head, not much lacing but some. 3.75

Aroma-grapefruit and orange dominate the early smell. Followed by a earthy pine that adds a little more depth. Dried apricot is in there as well. 4.25

Taste-The taste follows the aroma exactly. Two grapefruits battling in your mouth, first is sweet the other is bitter. Then comes the outdoors, pine and honeysuckle. Lots of orange in there as well. Great even taste. 4.5

Feel-light to medium body, very easy to drink, nice carbonation. 4.5

Overall-Surprised, yes I am. Didn't quite expect this beer to be this good. Very well balanced and drinkable as hell. Surprised that this is a 7% abv beer, yes. I would put this beer up there with the doubles that get all the hype. 4.5

03-15-2013 02:06:50 | More by screamking
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VALIS666

New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev -7.5%

Pours a cloudy gold with typical lace. Lots of sweet orange on the nose, very nice. Taste? Well, maybe mine is a tad stale from being on the shelf for a bit, but I’m not seeing where this beer’s legendary status comes from. I get a fair amount of juicy orange, which I like, but it doesn’t have the biggest bite and there’s a funky aftertaste I can’t quite place. A good one for sure, but it wouldn’t make my personal IPA top-10.

03-15-2013 01:35:34 | More by VALIS666
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EricClayton

West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

03-15-2013 00:49:31 | More by EricClayton
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Teeoff19

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -9.3%

03-15-2013 00:03:52 | More by Teeoff19
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TheLostGringo

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -15%

03-14-2013 20:27:18 | More by TheLostGringo
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Fusebuddy

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -9.3%

03-14-2013 20:15:45 | More by Fusebuddy
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duobob

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

03-14-2013 20:13:52 | More by duobob
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

03-14-2013 19:07:33 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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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
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 9,056 ratings.