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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

8,457 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 8,457
Reviews: 1,974
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 876
Gots: 1,289 | 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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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2%

12-05-2012 03:33:59 | More by outoffocus
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Shoo65

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

12-05-2012 00:48:01 | More by Shoo65
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thedopeyone07


4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

12-04-2012 21:19:04 | More by thedopeyone07
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jesus808

California

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

12-04-2012 06:07:01 | More by jesus808
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JimmyFlatRock

Ohio

5/5  rDev +13.4%

12-03-2012 23:17:49 | More by JimmyFlatRock
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poopsmitherson

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

12-03-2012 03:23:33 | More by poopsmitherson
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swinker

New York

4/5  rDev -9.3%

12-03-2012 01:36:44 | More by swinker
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Lethargy99

New York

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

12-03-2012 01:21:27 | More by Lethargy99
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Vivs85

New York

4.5/5  rDev +2%

12-02-2012 15:09:16 | More by Vivs85
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flayedandskinned

California

4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my all time favs. Best buy date 1/05/13 (about 5 months old. I know what it tastes like fresh, but its still amazing this old) 12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a luscious orange with peach highlights. An off white, finger tall head forms. Plenty of sticky lace as the head slowly recedes. Awesome looking brew.

Aroma: Holy hell, one of the best, if not the best smelling IPA I've ever had in my life; Huge ripe peach with fresh lemon zest! (Gotta love that amarillo hop) Loads of bright clementine tangerine as well. Some faint dank piney notes lay under the hugely tropical nose. A nice and light cracker scent underneath it all if you look for it.

Taste: WHAM! Straight tropical fruit to the palate! Mango, passion fruit, papaya; you name it! The usual citrus menagerie shortly follows; grapefruit, light lemon, a big tangerine presence. Absolutely bursting with complex flavors. A bracingly dry finish. So dry in fact, it reminds me of Duvel. A flash of cracker forms on your tongue before the truly glorious bitter finish. Man, the bitterness sustains for years! Amazing.

Mouthfeel: Juicy and sticky, yet really light and refreshing. Moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: I've had this beer many times and yet I'm always taken aback by how incredible this beer is; I've never had another brew like it. Drinking this liquid work of art is akin to taking a bite out of some crazy hybrid tropical fruit. Any IPA lover... hell, any BEER lover needs to seek out this beer at any or all cost. Truly magical.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 08:04:10 | More by flayedandskinned
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mxchap

California

4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dense head (~3 fingers) with a nice translucent amber color.
Aroma: Big citrus and grapefruit upfront. Also lemon, pine, and an underlying crystal malt.
Flavor: Sweet, caramel malt at the front followed by a blast of American hop flavor. A complex mix of hop bitterness takes over (mostly grapefruit and pine).
Mouthfeel: The only part about this beer I didn't really enjoy. Sculpin was a tad resiny and VERY dry for the style. Some residual sugar here from malt would go a long way.
Overall: A very solid west coast IPA. Not the best, imho, but quite a treat. A more balanced mouthfeel would make this beer truly great.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 04:11:08 | More by mxchap
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Hugonaut13

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2%

12-02-2012 03:28:22 | More by Hugonaut13
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Robdrinx

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

12-01-2012 03:31:08 | More by Robdrinx
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PaulD

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2%

12-01-2012 02:55:44 | More by PaulD
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Envelopes

Ohio

4/5  rDev -9.3%

12-01-2012 01:35:00 | More by Envelopes
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cvp684

New York

4.5/5  rDev +2%

12-01-2012 01:17:29 | More by cvp684
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Joshpu

California

4.5/5  rDev +2%

11-30-2012 23:44:29 | More by Joshpu
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greencovesteve

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

11-30-2012 19:34:44 | More by greencovesteve
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Spaceangler

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +2%

11-29-2012 15:16:15 | More by Spaceangler
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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starrdogg

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap a Smoke & Barrel

Beer pours a clear yellow-orange with a thin white head. Aroma is great, a big blast of citrus hops is prominent here. Flavor follows the nose - it's awesomely citrusy and juicy with a nice bitterness and a only minor malt character. Very light and easy to drink. It's medium-bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is an awesome IPA that's packed with the flavor of a DIPA but with a lower ABV that makes it dangerously drinkable. I'm so happy that Ballast Point now distributes to DC as this may very well replace Bell's Two Hearted as my go-to IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2012 03:27:57 | More by starrdogg
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jgreenward

Ohio

5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-28-2012 04:31:16 | More by jgreenward
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Chris_Cali_2o9


4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

11-27-2012 21:00:56 | More by Chris_Cali_2o9
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BTHU

Texas

4/5  rDev -9.3%

11-27-2012 20:04:47 | More by BTHU
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jpvenezia

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-27-2012 18:38:59 | More by jpvenezia
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 8,457 ratings.