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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

8,853 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 8,853
Reviews: 1,992
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 908
Gots: 1,505 | 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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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%

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!

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%

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.

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
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Pinknuggets

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +0.9%

bottle to HFS sniffer

A:orange to honey colored with a bubbly white head that is pretty thin and fades quickly, but leaves a thick lacing around the outside. It is quite translucent and clean looking without any floaters.

S: The smell is nice an floral fresh hops it smells nice and clean and I think I can smell a little bit of citrus in there. There is also some malt in there that has some sweetness to it.

T: There is a lot of fresh hop tastes that follows the nose this is followed by a nice hop bitterness that is very well balanced and clean not over powering at all. It goes down really easy and has a lot more flavor then most other single ipas I have tried.

M:It is very thin and watery but it is also clean and oily so it goes down very easily and the alcohol is not noticeable at all which is impressive considering it is quite high for a single ipa. There is some resin to it that leaves your mouth nice and sticky without being overwhelmingly bitter.

O: So i was really impressed and surprised by this beer I really wasn't expecting this amount of drinkability and flavor. This is a great clean well put together ipa its probably the best single ipa I have ever had it seriously could be compared to Pliny (though i still give the edge to PtE). The fact that this is becoming more available this will definitely become a go to for me and is totally worth a try.

02-08-2013 22:55:06 | More by Pinknuggets
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MorgnPM

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +2%

02-08-2013 20:22:09 | More by MorgnPM
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jkn09

Texas

5/5  rDev +13.4%

02-08-2013 19:40:27 | More by jkn09
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 8,853 ratings.