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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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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A - on tap at the World of Beer; pours a nice orange color with a 1/2 inch head.

S - smells unbelievably fresh; west coast hops invade the palate with force

T - best IPA I've ever tasted on tap, really nice tropical fruit flavor with a powerful yet mellow punch of hops that make me want more.

M - perfect on the palate, not too filling. I could drink this all night. Wait, I did drink this all night...

O - Sculpin, when on tap, is my favorite IPA.

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3.69/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a clear brassy gold. Thin head. Some piney/citrus hops in the nose with a pale maltiness that's fairly prevalent. Touch of booze in the nose. Taste is fairly balanced overall. Quite a bit of maltiness and sweetness up front. Dries out in the finish a touch. Doesn't beat you over the head with hop flavor but has a pretty punchy bitterness in the finish. Bitterness lingers. I enjoy the bitterness, but I'd prefer a touch more hop flavor. Mouthfeel isn't thick and syrupy, which is a very good thing, but it could use a bit more body. Carbonation could be a little more assertive for my tastes. Overall this is a pretty solid IPA with nothing really "off" about it. I really just don't understand the $15 price tag for the 6 though. Give me a Stone IPA over this in flavor and price, but I can't really hate on this either. Again, this is solid, but I just don't understand the hype.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Golden orange hue. Pours a half finger, bubbly, white head. Dissipates quickly leaving a dry beer ring as it does. Thick beer ring lacing. Head renews fully with each pour.

S: Sourdough bread, grapefruit, lemon citrus, wood, tangerine, and pine resin.

T: Pine resin, Italian bread, and kind of a woody grapefruit citrus combo. Nice.

M: Syrupy and thick. Sharp hops in the front. Woody and slightly sweet finish. The hop bite liberates itself from the palate after a few seconds.

D: Sip and thoroughly enjoy.

Atmosphere is great. Deep golden hue, decent head, and thick persistent lacing. Nose is pungent bread, all sorts of citrus notes, and pine resin. Italian bread base malt, pine resin and woody citrus notes comprise the flavor. Full, thick body. Overall, this is a great quaff.

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