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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

8,452 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 8,452
Reviews: 1,974
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 875
Gots: 1,286 | 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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InVinoVeritas

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -15%

12-16-2012 03:35:34 | More by InVinoVeritas
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LarryMyers

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

12-16-2012 01:59:37 | More by LarryMyers
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Hoptimus-Prime

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

12-16-2012 00:31:21 | More by Hoptimus-Prime
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CanConPhilly

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

12-15-2012 20:58:00 | More by CanConPhilly
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Plasmamonkey

Japan

5/5  rDev +13.4%

12-15-2012 19:26:34 | More by Plasmamonkey
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MoonpieCCSD

Texas

4/5  rDev -9.3%

12-15-2012 17:44:01 | More by MoonpieCCSD
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Stryker662

California

5/5  rDev +13.4%

12-14-2012 18:34:25 | More by Stryker662
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DStoked

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

12-14-2012 14:12:29 | More by DStoked
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NickT1218

California

5/5  rDev +13.4%

12-14-2012 03:51:46 | More by NickT1218
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Pwillie


4.5/5  rDev +2%

12-14-2012 02:53:09 | More by Pwillie
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CBrown3763

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

12-14-2012 02:45:07 | More by CBrown3763
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh can into a tulip.

Pours a beautiful copper color iwth an inch thick head with some amazing lacing. Smell is BIG on hops and malts; you can tell this beer is going to rock your world before you even sip it. The taste is not big on hops at all, but extremely balanced, just how i like my IPAs. good sweet malts to balance out the hops makes this beer go down super easy and you will enjoy every second of it. no alcohol detectable. medium bodied with medium carbonation.

overall a world class IPA. and now they brew it in cans too? amazing.

Serving type: can

12-13-2012 19:03:55 | More by Axnjxn
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Treb0R

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

12-13-2012 15:33:01 | More by Treb0R
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TheRuss9585

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +2%

12-13-2012 00:02:49 | More by TheRuss9585
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divineaudio

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of chrisheartsbeer, poured into my bell's tulip. enjoy by 02/15/13 marked on the label.

a - pours a deep, hazy golden shade and forms a finger or so of rocky, off white head. foam calms to a thin cap and stays put. leaves thick rings of lacing in the glass.

s - sweet citrus - orange, mango, faint berry, lightly toasted bread.

t - toasty malt with lots of grapefruit citrus notes. a massively bitter, pine resin thwack hits the tongue and lingers for a while, reminding you that this is indeed a west coast ipa.

m - lighter side of medium with adequate carbonation. co2 profile is a tad coarse, slightly oily and sticky, has a faint alcohol warming on the back end.

o - not one of the best ipas that i have tried, but solid nonetheless. a classic west coast style ipa that for me may be better enjoyed on a hot summer day than this cold winter evening. if it were distributed in michigan i'd buy a few sixers here and there.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 23:03:34 | More by divineaudio
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jnatkins

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2%

12-12-2012 17:38:30 | More by jnatkins
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Ego_bibo_ergo_sum

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -15%

12-12-2012 12:37:42 | More by Ego_bibo_ergo_sum
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Hien

California

4/5  rDev -9.3%

12-12-2012 05:37:46 | More by Hien
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Climber9

California

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Crystal clear, very pale amber. White head of fine foam with excellent retention.

S: Grapefruit (hops) and clean pale malt, neither overwhelming. No diacetyl.

M: Medium body, medium high carbonation. Not creamy. Slight hop-derived astringency on the finish.

T: Grapefruit citrus hops dominate. Clean pale malt with very little crystal malt residual sweetness (trends toward dry). Clean fermentation profile (no esters, fusels, or other byproducts). Finishes with strong grapefruit hops flavor that lingers long after the sip has gone.

O: Well made American IPA, on the hoppy side more in the bitterness and flavor areas than in the aroma. Mild malt base and apparent use of only small amounts of crystal malt leave this beer feeling lighter on the palate than most Am IPA's. Delicious in my opinion and comparable to Lagunitas IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2012 04:26:50 | More by Climber9
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BeerBum

California

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

12-12-2012 03:25:21 | More by BeerBum
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UWBadgerFan4Life

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +2%

12-11-2012 19:43:02 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
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B00ZER

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +13.4%

12-11-2012 18:23:02 | More by B00ZER
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happy4hoppybeer

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours into glass a hazy amber/orange, with minimal white head that fizzes away within a minute. Almost no lacing.

Aromas of grapefruit, pineapple, citrus, hops. Very pleasant.

Really pleasant, heavenly mouthfull of citrus hops, grapefruits, pineapple all swirling on the tongue complimenting each other. With a medium body, this is good stuff.

Fantastic. A great example of the great West Coast IPA. Look forward to more.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 23:30:11 | More by happy4hoppybeer
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CA_Infidel2o9


4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

12-10-2012 18:07:38 | More by CA_Infidel2o9
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seldomsthirsty

California

3.75/5  rDev -15%

12-10-2012 04:05:52 | More by seldomsthirsty
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 8,452 ratings.