Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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10,420 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,420
Reviews: 2,119
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 1,050
Gots: 2,292 | FT: 41
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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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12 oz to a pint glass

A- pours a light golden amber, with a thick tight white bubbled head and a ridiculous amount of lacing

S- grapefruit right up front! solid grapefruit, oranges, pine, pineapple just intense citrusy hops all around, a slight bit of sweet tobacco malt in there, but just dominated by some extremely well balanced hop arrangements

T- same thing on the tongue, just a massive assult of citrus hops. mango, blood oranges, lemon peel, grapefruit.

M- Medium in body, palate cleanser all around.

O- Just unfair to other IPAs and even DIPAs that this beer exists, not alot of balance, not alot of complexity, but just a killer hop monster that is arranged perfectly for any hophead to enjoy.

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4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear deep gold with a thin white cap that coated the glass all the way down.

S- Lots of hops. Pine and grapefruit. A bit one note, not much in the way of malt here.

T- Bitter at the start, dry and balanced finish. Hops dominate. Pine and citrus.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A very clean and dry IPA with a heavy load of hops.

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -15%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thick, ~4 finger fluffy flat white head from a solid can pour. Very good retention. Brew is a light gold/amber, clear, transparent. Leaves behind thick lacing like a nightmare spiderweb.

Classic citrus IPA hop aroma: ruby red grapefruit, light caramel malts with a hint of biscuit, slight honey or flowers. Slightly delicate, not overpowering, not overly complex.

Flavor follows the nose, albeit with a fairly noticeable bittering hop component. Tropical fruit and juicy grapefruit up front, an earthy hop bitterness, and citrus peel finish. All along, it floats on a noticeable but balanced caramel malt backbone.

Very little carbonation sting, but I don't get any syrupy feel to it; it's a fairly light, easy drinking IPA. Nice lingering feel, slightly sweet but almost resiny bitter aftertaste. Great balance with the malts and a huge hoppy bitterness.

Finally, I get to see what all the hoopla surrounding this beer is all about, and I can say, it's deserved. This is an excellent single IPA. It reminds me of a slightly flatter or earthier Jai Alai or Flower Power, and could easily be a daily drinking IPA.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -15%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of JohnF
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tried in the bottle and it was super. Then tried it on tap at the LA vegan beer fest last spring.
Great beer either way. I like hops in beer, but this one is way above most others in taste
and mouth feel. Good alcohol content so you can drink more than a couple in an evening.
On the East coast it is often difficult to get but worth the effort.
Tried in the bottle and it was super. Then tried it on tap at the LA vegan beer fest last fall.
Great beer either way. I like hops in beer, but this one is way above most others in taste
and mouth feel.

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 10,420 ratings.