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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: 2,240 | 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: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a moderate sized head with okay retention. Beer is golden orange in color. Leaves a little less than a moderate amount of spotted lacing. Smells of grapefruit, pine, and orange, just a touch of breadiness.

Amazing grapefruit flavor paired with tangerine, and a little bit of piney/resnous hops. Has a grapefruity / resinous finish. Not much in the way of malts, but what is there is light and just enough. Has a moderate body and moderate/high carbonation for an IPA.

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4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

What is the relationship between a fish on a label and a killer IPA? I don't know but it seems that the majority of IPA's I drink with some kind of fish, fisherman, etc are kickass and this one is no different. This one was recommended to me by someone at the local bottle shop as I was browsing. At first I was hesitant to purchase an 22oz IPA for $7.99... I mean a DIPA maybe but an IPA??? He assured me it would be worth it so I took the bait(no pun intended with the fishing analogies). Well I'll be hooked(hey another fishing analogy) but he was right... this is one killer IPA. A perfect balance between hops and malt and everything in between. Amazing! Reminds me of another IPA with a fish on it from the great lakes... very nice. I know I shouldn't base part of my score off of price but I'm gonna have to slightly lower the overall by .25 simply due to it is overpriced for a 22oz bomber IMHO though I assume not the brewery's fault... if i could find this in a 6pk in my area it just may be a go-to. Very nice.

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4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear light amber with an orange hue. Not much head, no real retention. Bubbles are streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Soapy wet lace. Nose is good deep caramel malt, breaddy and it smells really smooth. Hops are fruity and tropical. Mango, hints of citrus, very floral and tea like and just a touch of pine for depth. Peaches too. The malt is really captivating me and I love malt. Taste is scrumptious. It drinks light and fruity and like iced tea. Body is supple but not biting, carbonation is ample but soft. The malt is so smooth and offers plenty of bread and a little cracker. It doesn’t outshine the hops though which remain delicate as the fruit takes over the palate. It’s juicy and sweet. It isn’t too oily or resinous but it has a good bitter and it it’s almost dry but not quite. It has perfect balance and it isn’t too sweet and the bitter isn’t all there is.

This was so well done. The malt was immediate, always near at hand. The hops were civilized and cultivated in this drink. It was bold but not audacious. This was extraordinary.

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4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: a very light orange with a one finger fluffy head that is hanging around. looks like a standard ipa

S: Bam! a ton of citrus and grapefruit. A light touch of tropical fruit but very floral and grassy. Sweet caramel malt. a little bit of orange rind and pine on the finish. Truly smells amazing.

T: Oh sweet glorious hops. Tart citrus and orange juice. Earthy pine and grass notes. a huge bitter hop blast on the finish! The flavors are all very straight forward, just executed to perfection! A dry, dry bitter finish!

M: light bodied, medium carbonation. Just easy drinking stuff.

O: Like i said, everything is straight forward, nothing too complex. But WOW. Just awesome stuff. A ton of hop flavors and just bitter enough to know its an IPA. Good for one beer or 6. Refreshing and flavorful. pick this up now! /96

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