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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

8,544 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 8,544
Reviews: 1,976
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 887
Gots: 1,339 | FT: 44
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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ZethOfTheNorth

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

10-11-2012 03:51:01 | More by ZethOfTheNorth
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chrisbokmuller

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

10-11-2012 01:05:49 | More by chrisbokmuller
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justinbrown

California

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

10-11-2012 00:00:52 | More by justinbrown
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fmc79

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

10-10-2012 23:06:00 | More by fmc79
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Stinger80OH

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +2%

10-10-2012 03:33:44 | More by Stinger80OH
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baklo

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +13.4%

10-10-2012 00:45:40 | More by baklo
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BeerBeast

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

10-09-2012 07:41:30 | More by BeerBeast
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Chiggins

Massachusetts

1/5  rDev -77.3%

10-09-2012 01:12:27 | More by Chiggins
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nikbullet

Tennessee

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

10-08-2012 16:13:01 | More by nikbullet
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Tisheridan3

New York

5/5  rDev +13.4%

10-08-2012 14:22:33 | More by Tisheridan3
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natbarr

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -9.3%

10-08-2012 01:15:40 | More by natbarr
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mikeywtc

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -9.3%

10-07-2012 02:28:58 | More by mikeywtc
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ThePaleRider

California

4.03/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Crystal clear, light amber. Thick two finger white head with amazing lacing on the glass.

S - Grapefruit, orange peel, astringent hops. Not much malts in there. Lots of different citrus fruits.

T - Hops, hops, and some malty pine needles. Orange and grapefruit flavors mixed in with pine and citrus acid.

M - Not much carbonation going on in the glass. Smooth going down leaving a light sweetness on the palette.

O - Another great west coast IPA. It's a little pricey seeing how many other IPA's there are in the world, but not a bad choice.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 06:37:46 | More by ThePaleRider
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boot11222

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +2%

10-06-2012 01:54:00 | More by boot11222
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blp

Ohio

5/5  rDev +13.4%

10-05-2012 22:39:19 | More by blp
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tdmccarthy

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2%

10-05-2012 19:55:40 | More by tdmccarthy
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Dinz400


4/5  rDev -9.3%

10-04-2012 20:29:00 | More by Dinz400
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elkinbrown

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

10-03-2012 21:37:00 | More by elkinbrown
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crowsoup

California

3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

10-03-2012 19:07:33 | More by crowsoup
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tarheels86

California

4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

651mL second bottled batch. Pours a clear, light amber with a two-finger, creamy, off-white head. Good retention and lacing. Okay lacing. Aroma is huge fresh grapefruit, tangerine, peaches and cream ice cream, huge butterscotch, caramel. Taste is fresh, citrusy, wet hops with butterscotch and a massive bitterness permeating throughout. Buttery, creamy on the palate that leaves a sort of oily mouthfeel. Wow. Fully quenching palate. 10/4/2009 9/4/8/5/17=4.3

After multiple samples of this beer on cask, tap, bomber all from Ballast Point itself, I find Sculpin to be inferior to Alpine Duet. This IPA is awesome- that is a fact. The head is massively rocky, leaves massive lace. But its superlative nose of mango peel, peaches, apricots is let down by a mostly voiding body, little butterscotch, very little creamy mouthfeel. More dry, seltzery, bitter. Still excellent, but it seems that Alpine Duet is more consistent with creating that butterscotch and peaches n cream/pineapple ice cream type flavor that Sculpin is just not delivering anymore. A shame.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 14:46:44 | More by tarheels86
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beenitty

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -9.3%

10-01-2012 21:09:55 | More by beenitty
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RandyKemka

New York

4/5  rDev -9.3%

10-01-2012 20:35:47 | More by RandyKemka
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MikeCactusGordon

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +2%

10-01-2012 17:28:14 | More by MikeCactusGordon
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Phacoman

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

10-01-2012 02:51:07 | More by Phacoman
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Harvey98

Arizona

4/5  rDev -9.3%

10-01-2012 02:34:33 | More by Harvey98
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 8,544 ratings.