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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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10,690 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,690
Reviews: 2,184
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 1,107
Gots: 2,586 | 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:
Beer added by: brentk56 on 04-02-2006

Originally named Northstar IPA. Debuted in 2005.
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle, with enjoy by date of 09/22/2013 printed on the label. Exponentially stoked to try this beer based on the hype surrounding it. My first encounter with a bottle of Ballast Point Sculpin IPA, and my first beer from Ballast Point!

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Nice pour yields two fingers of creamy doughy white head on top of a light orange colored body with nice carbonation & some very fine sediment visible. Big fluffy rings of lacing all the way down the glass.

S - Smell is beautiful, fresh, and floral. Mangoes, grapefruit, papaya, peaches, & some toasty biscuit malts to round things off. A mouth-watering aroma.

T - Here's what the hype was all about, I'm assuming. Wonderfully balanced, and entirely delicious. Smooth, creamy, and fruity, with the hop bitterness balanced with the malts exceptionally well. Some tea leaf like sweetness, some floral notes, & grassy presence. Crisp, juicy, and light-bodied.

M - Feel is sticky and moist, with some hop resins lingering around, but not much.

Overall, a beautiful, delicious IPA, well-deserving of all the hype surrounding it, especially when fresh. Smooth, creamy, and extremely light-bodied for a 7.00% abv makes this an easy drinking beer. Definitely a good beer, one I would gladly drink many times again, although not worth the $14.99 a six pack that I've seen this go for. I look forward to more beers from Ballast Point!

Ballast Point Sculpin IPA ---4.5/5

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: One of the best looking IPA's I have ever seen. Orange, straw with a slight golden hint. Lots of visible carbonation. Tons of lacing.

S: Hops, hops, hops. Grapefruit, citrus and a slight bit of pineapple.

T: Amazing just like the smell. Grapefruit, citrus, a bit of dank pine, slight grassy earthy notes and a phenomenal pineapple finish (zythos hops?).

M: Medium bodied, perfect level of carbonation for an AIPA.

O: One of the top 5 AIPA's I've ever tried. Just phenomenal. It's hard to get Ballast Point here in NY for a reasonable price (usually $15-$16 a 6 without liquor tax), but when I get the chance it is quite the treat. Every beer I've ever had from them is in the upper tiers of craft brew. Must try.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a clean golden pour with 2 fingers of head which dissipated very slowly and left behind possibly the most lacing i've seen in any beer. aromas of pine and grapefruit, caramel, very hop forward. the flavor is again very hop forward mostly of grapefruit, citrusy sweetness with a lingering piney bitterness.. a nice caramel bready malt kicks in mid-palate. medium in body with moderate carbonation, creamy feel for an ipa.

this is a very nice ipa, and it's nice to finally try it in a can.. i've had this on tap and in growler before, but never got a chance to review it.. it's just as good, if not better than i remember.

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 10,690 ratings.