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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

8,207 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 8,207
Reviews: 1,967
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 852
Gots: 1,175 | FT: 43
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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chanokokoro

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to davemont for including this as a much appreciated extra in a recent trade.

22 oz. bottle poured into a Becker Pint Glass.

A: Pours a hazy gold with orange highlights. Pure bright white three finger head that takes several minutes to dissipate. Beautiful lacing.

S: Citrus and honey notes with a very slight citrus rind accent.

T: An opening salvo of juicy orange, grapefruit, and orchid/citrus blossom transitioning into smooth slightly sweet malt and closing with a bite of just the right amount of grapefruit rind hop bitterness.

M: Highly carbonated, silky amooth, and medium bodied.

O: This is an extremely well-balanced and enjoyable IPA. Incredibly easy to drink and full of flavor. I'd love to have a stockpile of Sculpin in the summer. Without a doubt one of the better IPA's I've had.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 05:03:26 | More by chanokokoro
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AndrewRoecker

Ohio

5/5  rDev +13.4%

03-10-2012 21:37:20 | More by AndrewRoecker
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rpjordan

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

03-10-2012 12:11:24 | More by rpjordan
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ReelBigwigFish

New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice glass, Sculpin has a translucent pale golden color. The foamy white head piles up nicely at first, but recedes quickly to a moderately thick ring around the glass with some surface foam. While there is some lacing, it's definitely not the full on spider web effect that Stone IPA has.

After a good swirl, the aroma is all hop, not surprising since the beer is so pale. Fruity apricots, citrus, mango, grapefruit, as well as some bittering pine resin, pack a serious punch of hop aroma that is mouthwatering. This is seriously one of those beers that smells so good you wish you could have it as a candle or air freshener.

At first sip, Sculpin actually has a bigger malt presence than I anticipated. While not exactly "malty," there is definitely some sweet malt upfront to lay a bit of a foundation before the onslaught of hop deliciousness. The hop flavor starts out very juicy and sweet with lots of mango, apricot, pineapple, and grapefruit. Bitter and crisp grassy and pine hop finishes it out with a slightly dry finish. Even with all that bold flavor, Sculpin is remarkably light in body, extremely crisp and refreshing. Yes, many of us like our IPA's backed by a serious malt bill, but this one is truly special for packing such a punch, while maintaining the easy drinking mouthfeel of a pilsner. Not an easy feat!

It must be said that at my first sip, I thought this beer was a little watery and not all that special, but about 3 sips in, I realized how wrong I was. Not only is Sculpin IPA worthy of it's position at the top, but it's also just a regular IPA, not a DIPA. And to judge it against other IPA's truly proves how great it is.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 05:31:34 | More by ReelBigwigFish
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halo913

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +2%

03-10-2012 05:11:42 | More by halo913
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jwat

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2%

03-10-2012 03:33:31 | More by jwat
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ficklenicholas

California

4.5/5  rDev +2%

03-10-2012 01:32:32 | More by ficklenicholas
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Zraly

Virginia

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

Pours a pretty gold with a soft white head. Nice lingering notes of hops and earth up front.

A big smack of citrus and resin hops hits the palate. Enough malt is used to keep the mouthfeel balanced but yet not too heavy. Medium-bodied. Secondary notes of mango and orange predominate. The finish is clean and dry.

I had this originally in San Diego when on travel and fondly remember that wonderful attributes of this ale. It is nice to find a bottle of it here on the east coast, although some of the fresh hop flavor is diluted a bit from shelf-sitting for a while.

All in all, a very good representation of a west coast IPA. Would be great with an extra sharp aged cheddar.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 22:16:40 | More by Zraly
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taddehaven

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2%

03-09-2012 12:23:51 | More by taddehaven
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BeerNDoggerel

Illinois

5/5  rDev +13.4%

03-09-2012 03:52:57 | More by BeerNDoggerel
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beerFool28607

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

03-08-2012 23:22:52 | More by beerFool28607
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jodmike2000

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

03-08-2012 22:51:23 | More by jodmike2000
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Beejay

Virginia

4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale, hazy, yellow. Maybe a dark lemon peel, or perhaps pear color. Nice amount of soft head.

S: Grapefruit, and Pine. There is a nice amount of fruit in there, perhaps pineapple and mandarin orange. Bready notes with a touch of caramel in the finish, followed by earth and pine sap.

T: Wow, that is a burst of flavor. Mandarin orange, tropical fruits, grapefruit, lemon peel come right out. The bitterness is quite strong, but the hop flavor counteracts it. The finish is resinous, and earthy with a very deep and heavy lingering bitterness.

M: Medium body, but the somewhat heavy carbonation makes it feel a lot lighter. The finish is somewhat drying, but the hops leave an opposing oily feel.

O: Overall a hell of a beer. Tasty, hoppy, and bitter. Tropical fruit and citrus dominate with pine coming up in the back. I typically like a bit more malt/caramel flavor in my IPAs, but this one seems to keep my interest with a balance of hop flavor and bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 00:55:06 | More by Beejay
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fvernon

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a fun surprise from a trade with acurtis - thanks man! poured from a bomber into a Deschutes imperial pint glass. not sure about when it was bottled - there is some mark on the bottle, but it's pretty obscured.

pours a pretty transparent dandelion-head yellow/orange with a nice amount of white head that leaves nice globs of lace on the glass. the aroma is a bit more muted than i was expecting, but orange peel, grapefruit, and spruce are right up front.

the taste is a sweet navel orange with candied grapefruit peel and resinous hops, and a good balance of a lasting orange sweetness on the tongue while the hops stay bitter in the back of the throat. it's nice, and I'm guessing this is really a great beer when very fresh.

the mouthfeel is a bit sticky with some residue, but works well with the hop/fruit sugar balance in the taste. overall it's a very enjoyable ipa - not a standout gold medal, although perhaps when very fresh, but still heads and shoulders above many on the market and one i would gladly reach for on a warm day.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 22:28:51 | More by fvernon
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BeerTaster727

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +2%

03-07-2012 15:12:33 | More by BeerTaster727
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pjeezus


4/5  rDev -9.3%

03-07-2012 06:59:24 | More by pjeezus
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best Before May 13, 2012

Beer is marmalade-orange in colour with a good sized white head. Very good retention. Some lacing.

Smell is strong and filled with citrus. Orange hits me most strongly, but grapefruit, apricot and mango are present as well.

Taste is similar to the nose: lots of citrus fruit. Mango, apricot, orange, grapefruit and lemon all seem present. Bitter but not overly so. Malt flavours are pretty subdued, but there is a bit of a caramel flavour. A faint bit of pine. Very nice.

Moderate carbonation, feels very good. Medium bodied and a bit sticky.

Overall, a pretty terrific IPA. Strong in all respects. I almost found myself looking for an area in which this beer didn't deliver, and I didn't find it.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 02:14:14 | More by jrenihan
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DZales1000

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +13.4%

03-06-2012 19:04:17 | More by DZales1000
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Bin33chef

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

03-06-2012 03:27:44 | More by Bin33chef
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javiernano

California

5/5  rDev +13.4%

03-06-2012 01:27:16 | More by javiernano
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SaneMan

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +2%

03-06-2012 00:05:56 | More by SaneMan
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safiske

California

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

03-05-2012 22:56:59 | More by safiske
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Mattylegend

California

4.5/5  rDev +2%

03-05-2012 20:09:33 | More by Mattylegend
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jtierney89

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden hue with some haze but not much. Huge bright white sticky head. Massive grapefruit nose with some spicy pine and slight touches cracked black peppercorn and apricots.

Medium in body. Thick malt body up front showcases a crisp toasted bread like flavor with a nice dose of apricot jam. The body thins out as it rolls along the tongue but not in a bad way. The flavor breaks apart to make room for the citric, grapefruit, and piney hops. Semi bitter and drying finish. Unique and complex yet subtle as well. Could be dived into as a real sense sensation or enjoyed simply as a delicious beer.

An ipa for critics and session drinkers alike, quite a combo.

Would give it a higher score if it came in 6 packs for the latter. I could use a day off and a sixer of these.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 03:52:46 | More by jtierney89
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Dizbro21

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -9.3%

03-05-2012 00:50:53 | More by Dizbro21
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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