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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

9,038 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 9,038
Reviews: 2,007
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 928
Gots: 1,594 | FT: 49
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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ReeseMax3

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +13.4%

09-14-2012 04:38:38 | More by ReeseMax3
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cantfindme

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -15%

09-14-2012 02:44:01 | More by cantfindme
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JohnnyJam

Arizona

4.73/5  rDev +7.3%

Poured from a 22oz brown bottle into a pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Golden orange color with a thick off white head that sticks around to the end. Lacing sticks to the glass.

S: Grapefruit and pine. Smells refreshing.

T: Big grapefruit taste and definately pine taste. Also, a tropical mango taste. Beautiful.

M: Very nice. Delicious. Carbonated but not overdone. It drinks smooth and goes down easy.

O: I like this beer! What a treat it is. Compare it to Sierra Nevada Torpedo and it has more flavors like that tropical mango flavor. It is more than 4x the cost. I will definately have it again.

09-14-2012 00:14:17 | More by JohnnyJam
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udubdawg

Kansas

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

09-13-2012 17:11:47 | More by udubdawg
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Kornoms

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

09-12-2012 20:55:31 | More by Kornoms
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WALSH

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2%

09-12-2012 20:45:53 | More by WALSH
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markh814


1.95/5  rDev -55.8%

I will be the first to review this beer honestly.

It pours cloudy with an off white soapy head (how anyone could rate appearance any higher is beyond my imagination)

smell wasnt bad but wasnt great. hoppy if you like that but nothing special. i would say average.

taste? over complicated, involved, and not very likeable IPA.

mouthfeel medium body with a strange full/bitter aftertaste

overall? this is exactly what beer shouldnt be. It is like a 6 year old was given some beer ingrediants and tried to make it....or like an adult tried to outsmart the beer drinking population and failed miserably.
why must IPA brewers overcomplicate beer? its like they want you to slowly sip it, say you've had enough, but then you can be proud you tasted something obscure.
i rathe enjoy what i am drinking and when i am finished i can have another if i am still thirsty.

09-12-2012 16:08:59 | More by markh814
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yossarian14

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2%

09-12-2012 11:33:06 | More by yossarian14
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JustinQ

California

3.75/5  rDev -15%

09-12-2012 04:47:25 | More by JustinQ
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sonofliberty2

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +13.4%

09-11-2012 19:24:02 | More by sonofliberty2
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HumphreyLee

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -15%

09-10-2012 05:38:41 | More by HumphreyLee
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Beercounter1


4.5/5  rDev +2%

09-10-2012 04:08:17 | More by Beercounter1
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swimnadd

California

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

09-10-2012 03:28:29 | More by swimnadd
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Jeffreytmoore

California

5/5  rDev +13.4%

09-09-2012 23:58:26 | More by Jeffreytmoore
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

09-09-2012 23:27:38 | More by Molson2000
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JustinTauscher

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

09-09-2012 03:32:18 | More by JustinTauscher
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NOLAHopquest

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +2%

09-09-2012 02:37:43 | More by NOLAHopquest
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BOSMECH

Massachusetts

4.88/5  rDev +10.7%

Serving was a 12 oz bottle to pint.

A apperance was a nice light golden color it gave of a 1/2' heavy thick head.

S Not to strong of a over bearing hoppy smell, it was just right to me for a IPA.

T Once a gain just perfect and smooth not that stronge IPA bite after taste like some IPA's have very very smooth.

M The fruit citrus taste and hop smooth mild bite is just right and goes down and nice.

O I will for sure be getting this beer again, and I see why it is rated so high I recommend that everyone should try this beer atleast once.

09-08-2012 10:05:44 | More by BOSMECH
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yas

California

4/5  rDev -9.3%

09-08-2012 02:57:41 | More by yas
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bpowers315

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +2%

09-07-2012 23:35:46 | More by bpowers315
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HisDudeness

New York

5/5  rDev +13.4%

09-07-2012 20:42:29 | More by HisDudeness
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causey007j

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2%

09-07-2012 20:26:38 | More by causey007j
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psuscott1

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +2%

09-07-2012 18:46:06 | More by psuscott1
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Skeletor1976

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +13.4%

09-07-2012 16:47:40 | More by Skeletor1976
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Brabander

Netherlands

4.13/5  rDev -6.3%

I got this bottle from my beerbuddy Jeremy. Thanks for this one Jeremy! My neighbour was at my place yesterday and he was very willing to help me out with this bottle.

Poured in my Struise glass this beer looks very nice with a big white head and a nice somewhat cloudy yellow fluid. Nice carbonation.

Smell is like an IPA should be, pineapple and citrus with some grassy notes.

Taste was a bit too bitter for me but after a few sips the bitterness was bearable.

Good brew with a very decent mouthfeel.

09-07-2012 14:26:58 | More by Brabander
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 9,038 ratings.