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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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9,010 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,010
Reviews: 2,003
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 925
Gots: 1,585 | FT: 50
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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4.5/5  rDev +2%

03-22-2012 20:16:21 | More by augie
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Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

03-22-2012 19:50:05 | More by tenacioustomato


4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

03-22-2012 05:09:21 | More by MYSTIKPIZZA
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

03-22-2012 02:15:44 | More by rhhjr
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

03-22-2012 00:30:41 | More by tmcd02
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4.8/5  rDev +8.8%

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a bright golden with a slight haze, nice fluffy eggshell white head, decent lacing and nice retention. The aromas are just what I'm usually looking for. Although they aren't as in your face pungent, it smells absolutely wonderful. Dank. Tons of mango and pineapple; extremely tropical. There's also some ripe grapefruit in the mix. There are some juicy flavors going on here, and still finishes pretty dry. The flavors pretty much match the nose and doesn't let down. Sweet, although the malt definitely takes a backseat. Mouthfeel is right on, lots of carbonation, smooth, and on the heavier side of medium-bodied. This is a pretty bold beer at 7% abv, but the alcohol goes unnoticed. Wow, dank right here..

This is a frickin awesome IPA. This was my first time having it, and there's no doubt it'll be in my near future. I'll put this up there with some of the best IPAs I've had..

03-21-2012 23:43:14 | More by BB1313
Photo of mntlover


4.43/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours a lightly hazy amber color with a thumb sized cream head with pretty decent lace.

Aroma is nice tropical and citrus fruits with some light pine notes. Underneath it all some spicy notes and light caramel base.

Taste is big on hop good citrus notes with lots of spice notes or so many hops they tingle the tongue. Lots of bitter grapefruit and lemon zest mingled with pine hints and what seems like peppery notes. Malt is lightly sweet with light caramel hints but hops dominate this one.

Mouthfeel is lighter medium with lots of carbonation that tingles the tongue and helps infuse it spicy notes. Pretty good feel but not overly found of extra carbonation for the most part.

Overall pretty tasty, definitive hop bomb show casing the hop. World class eh so many wonderful IPA's hard to tell but defiantly very tasty one.

03-21-2012 11:44:50 | More by mntlover
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3.83/5  rDev -13.2%

This golden-orange colored pour has distinct peachy aromas. Pine flavors up front with citrusy bitter hop notes on the finish. It has a pretty effervescent carbonation that really wakes up your mouth. Kind of a raw, ripping IPA that's big on hops and packs a tingly punch.

03-21-2012 02:12:35 | More by DrFayhee
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

03-20-2012 20:14:16 | More by SDNikki
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

03-20-2012 05:14:34 | More by amart79
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

03-20-2012 05:03:21 | More by SocalKicks
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

03-20-2012 04:58:13 | More by millered9
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

03-20-2012 00:40:38 | More by raulazzer
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

03-18-2012 22:39:53 | More by theminutemen
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

03-18-2012 20:01:18 | More by RyanGoodman
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4.35/5  rDev -1.4%

Appearance - Pours a somewhat clear, golden orange with a thick, 2-finger head which dissipates quickly leaving behind a sparse lace.

Smell - Citrus hops, a tropical fruit aroma and a faint bit of grass and malt earthiness.

Taste - Clean citrus hops, mostly orange peel, a bit of pineapple and tropical fruit notes. Faint grapefruit bitterness toward the end, but the finish is very clean.

Mouthfeel - For an IPA, this beer is amazingly light. There's a good bit of carbonation, but this beer goes down smooth. Almost too smooth.

Overall - This beer's a bit of an enigma. I really don't know how to rate the mouthfeel properly. It's so amazingly light and clean, that it's nearly a detriment. The hops are prominent, but not aggressively bitter. Great beer, but probably not worth the high asking price, which is nearly double the price of it's competitors.

03-18-2012 19:52:01 | More by TheSixthRing
Photo of ahq514


4.13/5  rDev -6.3%

Poured from 22 oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

Pours a bright golden color slightly hazed. Solid finger and a half, white head. Appears to have moderate carbonation. Decent lacing.

Lots of hop aromas going on. Pine, citrus, mango, and grapefruit are what's most prominent. Light caramel malt lingering in the background.

Right up front are some softer fruits, like apricot. There's a quick punch of bitterness and then it mellows out again revealing other fruit notes. Light caramel malt in the background just as in the aroma.

Medium body and moderate carbonation. Extremely drinkable for 7%.

A great ipa, although I'm not sure it deserves the legendary status it receives. Like how the hops aren't necessarily punch you in the mouth, although I feel like this beer could use some more malt backbone to give it a bit more balance.

03-18-2012 19:07:49 | More by ahq514
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

03-18-2012 05:08:30 | More by baybassboy
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

03-18-2012 04:58:24 | More by yokken
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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

03-17-2012 17:12:48 | More by ScottyC54
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

03-17-2012 02:03:59 | More by wilfonzo
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4.48/5  rDev +1.6%

Glass - Tulip

A - A golden/coppery colored brew with high clarity and low, visible carbonation. It produced a 1-2 finger head that dissipated rather quickly to a thick ring that held atop my beer. I got a splotch or two left on my glass.

S - A softer hop aroma than expected. I pick up soft herbal hop characteristics, soft mango and papaya with a bit of fresh grapefruit thrown in. Underneath I pick up cracker and biscuit. A simple, fresh smelling IPA.

T - Hmm, this definitely reminds me of Pliny The Elder and Hop Stoopid. It's got this fresh herbal and slightly resinous hop flavor going on throughout. Soft papaya and mango come in towards the finish, and a nice grapefruit rind flavor adds some sharpness as it goes down. I can only pick up subtle cracker and almost absent biscuit like malt.

M - A rather lite bodied beer with a smooth feel and moderate crispness.

O - Well I finally found this brew I my local beer store, and I gotta say that it's pretty darn good. I really enjoyed the softer tropical fruit flavors of the beer, and the fresh dank hop flavors. The mouthfeel is lite enough to quaff, not over carbonated or full bodied and syrupy. Really good stuff, I'd say give it a try when you can, but make sure it's fresh! Cheers!

03-16-2012 23:07:37 | More by PintOHops
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4.05/5  rDev -8.2%

glass: Tulip

a: Filtered, golden orange color, large bubbles, 1-finger semi-frothy white head.

s: Lots kiwi, papaya, lemon rind, orange, pineapple, fresh pine and a simple underlying malt smell.

t: very piny, and lemon/grapefruit rind-like on the taste. There are some papaya, orange, soap flavors as well. Finishes moderately bitter, slightly dry and faintly doughy.

m: Rather carbonated, medium feel with a clean, crisp and slightly dry character.

o: Very solid and oh so familiar. I hope im not just getting tired of beer..

03-16-2012 23:01:03 | More by JosiahS
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +2%

03-16-2012 22:30:47 | More by xavier390
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

03-16-2012 13:43:30 | More by wrath98
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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