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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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10,375 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,375
Reviews: 2,114
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 1,035
Gots: 2,241 | 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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4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Total Wine in Phoenix, AZ. "Enjoy by 08/12/13." Poured into an Alesmith Ten Year Anniversary tulip glass. Golden orange in color, somewhat hazy but mostly clear. Rapidly thinning cream-colored head. Appealing thick, sticky lacing. Aromas of pine, candied grapefruit, lemon rind. Slight malt sweetness at first, but a sturdy bitterness quickly takes over and sustains throughout the finish. A caramel-sweet base carries massive citrus rind and pine sap flavors. Some soft apricot and mango notes appear throughout. Nice and light on the palate with a smooth, dry finish. Must-try for IPA aficionados, although somewhat pricey at $9 a bottle.

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3.46/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by date 9/27/13.

Appearance: Light honey golden with great clarity. Thin off-white head.

Aroma: Big blast of orangey citrus and caramel malt.

Taste: Immidiate hop bitterness with a slight onion/earthy character (its less apparent later). There is, however, some nice pineapple and tropical fruit notes hidden under the unfavorable hop flavor. The bitterness is nice probably around 80 IBUs and the 7% ABV seems just about right considering the balance that the caramel malt is able to strike with the heavy hopping in this beer. A nice juicy quality that makes it go down real smooth. The flavor is definitely getting better as I get further into the beer. Started too earthy and is becoming more citrusy. Despite the strong bitterness in the taste, the aftertaste is quite calm.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body and almost creamy in its smoothness. Good drinkability.

Final Thoughts: I'm a hop head and IPAs are my go-to style but I find myself really dissapointed with this one. Was room temperature when I bought it and don't know how long ago it was bottled but expected better. Would I drink it again? Yes, I'll try to find it on-tap.

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4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful light golden/orange with small head and light lacing.

S: Pungent and bright, tropical fruits with layers of hops as I bury my nose in the light head

T: Hops up front and have an enjoyable sting on the tongue. A lot going on--citrus and tropical fruit notes--pine on the back end. Complex

M: On the thinner side

O: Fantastic IPA. This one is definitely a beer to have FRESH. To me it seems to make a bigger difference than some other popular IPAs. My local guy will only procure an amount he can sell fresh and then it is a wait till the distributor reloads. One of my favorites.

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Local to San Diego these go for $3 on tap at some spots. My go to beer if available due to how consistently it makes me happy. After trying HT I've now placed Sculpin at #2 on my IPA list... Sad story but nonetheless an awesome beer. Clear gold/amber color and citrus fruit on the nose. Mouth feel is good, very dry after it goes down with some bitterness. GREAT BEER. $$$

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 10,375 ratings.