Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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10,432 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,432
Reviews: 2,122
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 1,054
Gots: 2,305 | FT: 41
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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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of JamesShoemaker
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Grolwer poured into my snifter.

A - very light, almost pilsner-yellow out of the bottle, but it settles orange and amber. Not much head on the forced pour, but that's not terribly surprising, given the low ABV. I love beers that deceive with their pale color.

S - delicious. The hops are so sweet and citrusy on the nose, but you'd never expect the force of them from such a modest looking beer. The body is so odorous in fact that it almost smells like a simple syrup.

T - pretty good, but not nearly as complex. Some nice biting citrus right on the front that recedes quickly into sweetness. Very prominent grapefruit.

M - also good. Sculpin is a little too carbonated for my taste, but it fades after an initial bite into a sweet, mellow cling. Bitterness at first, but your mouth is left with sweet, sticky (but not syrupy) hops. Very tasty.

O - my second Ballast Point beer (first is VaS) to land in my top twenty all time. Very fine example of a single IPA. Could easily get a sixer and sip throughout the day.

EDIT 2/27/13: I purchased a growler fill of Sculpin at a local bottle shop; I'm giving the mouthfeel and the taste an additional .25 in the new format. Blew me away.

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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

bottle to HFS sniffer

A:orange to honey colored with a bubbly white head that is pretty thin and fades quickly, but leaves a thick lacing around the outside. It is quite translucent and clean looking without any floaters.

S: The smell is nice an floral fresh hops it smells nice and clean and I think I can smell a little bit of citrus in there. There is also some malt in there that has some sweetness to it.

T: There is a lot of fresh hop tastes that follows the nose this is followed by a nice hop bitterness that is very well balanced and clean not over powering at all. It goes down really easy and has a lot more flavor then most other single ipas I have tried.

M:It is very thin and watery but it is also clean and oily so it goes down very easily and the alcohol is not noticeable at all which is impressive considering it is quite high for a single ipa. There is some resin to it that leaves your mouth nice and sticky without being overwhelmingly bitter.

O: So i was really impressed and surprised by this beer I really wasn't expecting this amount of drinkability and flavor. This is a great clean well put together ipa its probably the best single ipa I have ever had it seriously could be compared to Pliny (though i still give the edge to PtE). The fact that this is becoming more available this will definitely become a go to for me and is totally worth a try.

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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Photo of obrike
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought a bomber at an HEB in Round Rock for about 8 bucks.

Poured a light honey in my Sam Adams pint glass...a fairly healthy white head that left a decent amount of clingy lace.

Good God. The Scent! IPA perfection...better than even most DIPAs out there... pineapple, orange, mango, grapefruit, and finally some pine needles. Getting just a touch of syrupy malt, but the hops just explode in this. One of the most impressive IPA scents I've encountered.

This is an excellent hoppy, bitter, dry West Coast IPA. Getting a little pineapple, but this is an overwhelming hoppy pine bomb. Just a touch of bready sweet malt...not the most balanced IPA, but oh so freaking good. Goes down with a dry finsh...uber dry, but again, I like this. I just can't believe this is not a DIPA. Such a robust beer, but at 7%, not a can easily have several in a sitting. The price point is this beer's only fault...but you know what, it's worth it.

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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Photo of tectactoe
4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to GetMeAnIPA for this one... I've heard very good things and I've been ISO Sculpin for a long time. Pours a somewhat dull, golden-yellow color with a few orange and light-amber tints. Moderate haze throughout, topped off with a creamy and fine eggshell colored head - decent retention and some nice chunky lacing is left behind.

Bringing this one to my nose reveals a hop-garden barrage with two huge aromas that stand out above all others: grapefruit and florals. The grapefruit is pungent, semi-sweet, and juicy on the nose with some mild bitterness coming in as a peel or pith type aroma. Some other fruits may include pineapple and mango, but grapefruit is far and away the star of the show, here - this beer is a grapefruit bomb. The hops are also highly floral - this one smells much like a rose garden; perfume, roses, leaves, wet flowers. A touch of white pepper sits quietly in the back. After smelling this beer, I am reminded of a hometown favorite of mine, Two Hearted.

After an aroma like that, how can this beer not taste great? Medium bodied with moderate carbonation make for a slick mouth feel that glides across the palate as the hops work their magic. The two stand-out aromas, to no surprise, are the heaviest in the taste as well. It's a grapefruit bomb, full of both the juicy insides and the bitter peel. Some more mango , pineapple, and tropical fruity goodness rummage and couple with a light sweetness via the malt.

Floral, perfumy, leafy, grassy hops round out the edges and send a wave of bitterness across the back of the tongue in no time. Once again, the malt keeps the bitterness in tune without being distracting. The hop flavors seems to take over the citrus flavors and eventually dominate near the end. This beer is a fine example of simplicity done well and balance executed very nicely. Slight pithy and floral aftertaste as the bitterness fades into naught.

This beer reminded me of Two Hearted in a lot of ways (though not quite on the same level, but perhaps I'm slightly biased). They even both have a fish on the label. Being a huge fan of Two Hearted, I can clearly see why the West Coast loves this stuff. Simple, yet excellently crafted and executed. A super-drinkable IPA done right.

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 10,432 ratings.