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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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10,987 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,987
Reviews: 2,245
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 1,163
Gots: 2,858 | 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:
Beer added by: brentk56 on 04-02-2006

Originally named Northstar IPA. Debuted in 2005.
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4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What can you say about one of the best? Some might call this a hop bomb, but its balanced so well they would be as wrong as Ariel was for taking those girls. A strong, dry hop presentation with spice, pine notes off of a thin white, low carbonation head. Beers like this make me want to live in the ballast point parking lot.

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4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into becker. Golden orange, the color of honey, with a thick fluffy white head that fades after a bit but seems to leave lots of lacing. Smells of floral hops with tropical fruit; pineapple and mango are noticeable. Taste is less hoppy than the smell; sweet and clear up front with hops coming in at the end, quite a bitter finish though. A great drinkable IPA though; if the hop flavor had been all throughout, it would have been more of a sipper.

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4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle, best by 9/27/2013, poured into a Duvel tulip. With a reasonably aggressive pour, I get nearly two fingers of dense, off-white head, over a clear, light amber body that has bit of yellow tint. Decent retention a little lacing.

Nice aroma. Starts out mostly citrus, primarily grapefruit, with some light tropical notes following. As it warms, I get a fairly sweet malt aroma as well.

The flavor doesn't stray too far from the aroma. The hop flavors are a bit more on the pine and grapefruit side than the aroma. Only a minor notice of the bready malt, that tends to stay in the background. Very west coast style as far as the up front hop flavors. As it warms, the flavors tend to blend even better.

Medium texture in the mouthfeel and no notice of alcohol. An excellent beer overall. Glad its finally being distributed in my area.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Light in color, not much head retention

S- Aroma is strong, with hints of citrus. My expectation was high with inital aroma.

T- Does not match the aroma, was expecting a stronger hop flavor to match. Overall taste is good, clean. Definately gets better when not as cold, hop flavor tends to come out more when drinking in the 50-55 degree range.

M- Smooth mouthfeel, does not linger when drinking. I do prefer big IPA's to stick to the mouth more.

O- A solid beer, overpriced for what it is. Averages about $15 a six pack, would take their Big Eye IPA over this one for about 5 bucks less a sixer.

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 10,987 ratings.