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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

8,406 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 8,406
Reviews: 1,974
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 874
Gots: 1,263 | FT: 45
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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jsilva

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2%

02-22-2012 02:33:20 | More by jsilva
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John11486

California

4.5/5  rDev +2%

02-21-2012 19:25:45 | More by John11486
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AndyTaylor

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +13.4%

02-21-2012 14:59:25 | More by AndyTaylor
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joex444

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +13.4%

02-21-2012 13:25:23 | More by joex444
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shockrocker65

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +13.4%

02-21-2012 04:14:21 | More by shockrocker65
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jimmy82063

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before date 4/1/12...poured into a tulip glass.

A) Nice holden hue, the pour gives a fluffy white head that retains very well.

S) Primarily grapefruit and mango.

T) Grapefruit and Mango again...get some lemon zest, a little piney resin and some malt for an overall clean finish. Well done!

M) Nicely carbonated no sense of the alcohol at all.

O) Excellent beer, glad to have had fresh.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 01:01:16 | More by jimmy82063
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idrinkbrew

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -9.3%

02-20-2012 19:33:55 | More by idrinkbrew
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ritter57

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +13.4%

02-20-2012 18:29:50 | More by ritter57
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LostTraveler

Maine

5/5  rDev +13.4%

02-20-2012 06:46:37 | More by LostTraveler
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MickeyHops

California

4.5/5  rDev +2%

02-20-2012 02:06:08 | More by MickeyHops
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DaveBlack

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep golden color, lots of carbonation on the pour, which sticks to the bottom and feeds the relatively thin white head.

S: Surprisingly sweet and fruity smelling. Primary aroma is a mix between peach and strawberry. Lots of orange/grapefruit hop aroma as well. An amazing smelling beer.

T: Really a delicious brew. Lots of the fruity sweetness up front with mango and grapefruit, mixed with a slightly grainy malt flavor. The beer slowly gives way to the piney, floral hops and finishes relatively dry.

M: Relatively light body, moderate carbonation. Slightly syrupy feeling sticks to the roof of the mouth, but not in a bad way.

O: I can count on one hand the number of times that I have truly been wowed by an IPA, but this is one of them. The hops are potent, but not overpowering. The fruitiness of the hops mix well with the malts, and the slightly resinous floral taste on the finish is excellent. A strong competitor for the best IPA I have ever tasted.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 01:38:28 | More by DaveBlack
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surfotog

California

5/5  rDev +13.4%

02-20-2012 00:26:48 | More by surfotog
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Elfastball7

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +13.4%

02-19-2012 12:05:21 | More by Elfastball7
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Rizalini

Nevada

4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into my Deschutes tulip...

A - Pours a clear golden yellow color, with a fluffy 2 finger head of white foam. Spotty lacing holds on to the side of the glass.

S - Smells of apricot, pineapple and a little grapefruit. Great citrus hop aroma.

T/M- Tastes of citrus really matches the nose very nicely. Medium mouthfeel, great carbonation.

O - A top notch IPA for sure, very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 06:16:36 | More by Rizalini
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Beezee

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2%

02-19-2012 05:00:48 | More by Beezee
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clarkw42

Illinois

4/5  rDev -9.3%

02-19-2012 04:13:25 | More by clarkw42
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CEDAMA

California

5/5  rDev +13.4%

02-19-2012 01:56:00 | More by CEDAMA
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DocJitsu

California

4/5  rDev -9.3%

02-19-2012 00:39:11 | More by DocJitsu
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2dogbrew

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -15%

02-18-2012 18:28:23 | More by 2dogbrew
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chrispoint

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -9.3%

02-18-2012 08:50:37 | More by chrispoint
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grannaniwa

Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge grapefruit hop nose. Head pours tall, but backs off relatively quickly. First taste is more pungent than I expect, with cirtrusy undertones. Swishing around in the mouth a bit gives more of a vegetal flavor. Malts noticeable only in a little sweet aftertaste at the end, hidden between an initial sharp bitter taste upon swallow and a softer bitterness lingering in the mouth afterward.

Has none of that ‘syrupy’ hop flavor that I associate with way overhopped beers. Manages to stay pretty light and drinkable. No hint of high alcohol in mouthfeel.

“It showcases bright flavors and aromas of apricot, peach, mango & lemon. The lighter body also brings out the crispness of the hops.”

Overall: A, but too expensive to buy frequently

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 01:21:32 | More by grannaniwa
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TaySuth

California

4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very nice cloudy, golden-amber color with a two finger head and plenty of lacing.

Smell: One of the best smelling beers out there. Lots of hop aroma with grapefruit, mango, and orange. So very inviting...

Taste: Great bitterness is immediately apparent. Nice grain flavor but the fruity hops and the most prominent attribute of this beer. Tart mango with grapefruit following. Absolutely delicious.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is well balanced with the flavor and the body. Very nice.

Overall: One of the best beers I have had. It is always worth picking up a six-pack when it becomes available.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 00:52:01 | More by TaySuth
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LaChupacabra

California

3.75/5  rDev -15%

02-17-2012 00:04:16 | More by LaChupacabra
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Arkamaic

California

4.5/5  rDev +2%

02-16-2012 19:50:59 | More by Arkamaic
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rtaps

California

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

pours a very nice orange and you can see a lot of carbonation in the body. With a 1.5 finger egg shell colored frothy head with good retention leaving a laced rim around the glass.

great nose to this brew, very fresh. tropical fruits(grapefruits, mangos some lemon zest) it hoppy and has light floral notes in it.

taste fallows the nose for the most past. a lot of mango with a good hop presence, not a hop bomb but they're definitely there. grapefruit, and some of the lemon is found.

light bodied, highly carbonation and leaves the mouth nice and watery

overall i loved the nose of this, and the taste was very nice. seems very fresh could drink this anytime

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 18:33:10 | More by rtaps
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 8,406 ratings.