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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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9,309 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,309
Reviews: 2,032
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 954
Gots: 1,718 | 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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Binny's in Champaign, IL
Poured into a tulip glass

Ballast Point's Sculpin IPA is a generally well-balanced American IPA that focuses on copious amounts of fruit flavors and moderated bitterness to earn its name. Definitely a solid IPA, alongside many others, one to pick up a few bottles of when it is occasionally able to be found.

Pours a 1.5cm head, slightly off-white in color, composed of small-sized bubbles. Head has solid retention, lasting a few minutes before it declines to a thin cap atop the body. Some lacing is left, a scattering of splotches and small lines. The body itself is a hazy, clearly unfiltered, golden orange color. Holding the beer to light reveals both some lighter gold highlights and some streaming carbonation.

Aroma is of pleasant citrus, most akin to grapefruit, along with noticeable (for me), peach and less-noticeable mango scents. A slight bit of the malt is able to make it through, faintly caramel-like.

Taste opens with moderately sweet, bread-like malt flavors mixed with bright citrus flavors. Imagine fresh wort with peach, grapefruit, apricot, and mango-leaning hops. By mid-palate, the taste becomes quite "thick" with hops, really quite rank, in a very good way, as the hops are never overly bitter and generally quite bright and fruity, just in massive amounts. Closes out with a lingering bitterness and slight fruitiness alongside mild malt sweetness, a combination that's very pleasing to me.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, creating a gently flowing beer across the palate. Very smooth and pleasant. Finish is expectedly dry, from residual hops and sugars.

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22oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Light yellowish orange with a 1/2 finger head that settles to a thin but everpresent film. A fair amount of carbonation.
S: Very aromatic with a lot of citrus (lemon, orange, grapefruit), pine, and sweet malt.
T: Elegant, not remotely over the top; matches the smell with citrus, pine, malt and some tropical fruit, but in a subtle flavorful and not in your face manner.
M: Lighter than I would have expected, but I think it goes back to the elegance in the taste. Still nice and crisp- everything you'd expect in an IPA but well integrated rather than leaning towards in your face.
O: A very well made beer, clearly worthy of the high overall score here and one I will readily re-buy.

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 9,309 ratings.