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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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10,145 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,145
Reviews: 2,094
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 1,015
Gots: 2,120 | FT: 42
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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4/5  rDev -9.3%

Hubarooski, Jun 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -15%

Remdog, Jun 15, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

ACB, Jun 14, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -43.3%

SunDevilBeer, Jun 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

mattvandyk, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of CowsandBeer
4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to jbaker67 for the bottle! Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Enjoy by 06/21/2013 stamped on the bottle.

Appearance: Pours a 2 finger bone white head. Tight and bubbly. Clear golden color.

Smell: Resiny hops, big citrus fruit, ends with some sweet tropical fruits. The malts are starting to come through a lot more since it's near the enjoy by date.

Taste: Follows the nose. Big piney hop bite. Sweet hops, honey, and fruit salad. Malt is present on the taste but not by much.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation appropriate for the style. Too easy to drink.

Overall: The hop flavors aren't as complex as when I last had this but then again this isn't a fresh beer. A beer to never turn down if offered and a hop bomb that should be tried by all. My only complaint is that I can't walk down to the gas station and buy a bomber of this.

CowsandBeer, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of T100Mark
4.19/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - Almost pumpkin orange in color. White, foamy head that never entirely disappears. Sticky lace on the inside of the glass. A fine looking brew!

Smell - Big! Citrus. There is some malt in the background.

Taste - Bold. Big grapefruit hit upfront but the malt comes through soon after. In addition to hops and malt, the beer has an herbal flavor to it. Wow!

Mouth - Good carbonation. A little oily. This beer attacks your tongue.

Overall - Normally, I'm not a big fan of hop bombs (and make no mistake, this is a hop bomb). This beer, however, balances out the hops with a sturdy malt foundation. A very good beer. Not for the timid.

T100Mark, Jun 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

-ronin-, Jun 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

runlikeakenyan, Jun 14, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

twizzard, Jun 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

alemiester, Jun 14, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

beerasaurusrex, Jun 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -15%

doremite, Jun 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

LostInTheFlood, Jun 13, 2013
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4.66/5  rDev +5.7%

LuauLarry, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of delta490
4.73/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours out a beautiful clear amber, the head is big and foamy. Reminiscent of its English ancestors, it dissipates quickly but still manages to leave nice sticky lacing. The aroma is big and bold, with nice tropical fruit notes. The taste is equally delicious and the numerous hops additions are apparent. The body is actually a little thinner than I would've thought for such a hopped up beer but it doesn't detract in any way. It's an incredible IPA.

delta490, Jun 13, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

midnitesun11, Jun 13, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

alltakn, Jun 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

SamPowell, Jun 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

JammyV, Jun 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

elevatedgreens, Jun 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

thinwhiteduke, Jun 13, 2013
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4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a moderate sized head with okay retention. Beer is golden orange in color. Leaves a little less than a moderate amount of spotted lacing. Smells of grapefruit, pine, and orange, just a touch of breadiness.

Amazing grapefruit flavor paired with tangerine, and a little bit of piney/resnous hops. Has a grapefruity / resinous finish. Not much in the way of malts, but what is there is light and just enough. Has a moderate body and moderate/high carbonation for an IPA.

JG-90, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of Jekyll
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

What is the relationship between a fish on a label and a killer IPA? I don't know but it seems that the majority of IPA's I drink with some kind of fish, fisherman, etc are kickass and this one is no different. This one was recommended to me by someone at the local bottle shop as I was browsing. At first I was hesitant to purchase an 22oz IPA for $7.99... I mean a DIPA maybe but an IPA??? He assured me it would be worth it so I took the bait(no pun intended with the fishing analogies). Well I'll be hooked(hey another fishing analogy) but he was right... this is one killer IPA. A perfect balance between hops and malt and everything in between. Amazing! Reminds me of another IPA with a fish on it from the great lakes... very nice. I know I shouldn't base part of my score off of price but I'm gonna have to slightly lower the overall by .25 simply due to it is overpriced for a 22oz bomber IMHO though I assume not the brewery's fault... if i could find this in a 6pk in my area it just may be a go-to. Very nice.

Jekyll, Jun 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -15%

Durb777, Jun 12, 2013
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 10,145 ratings.