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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.

10,983 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,983
Reviews: 2,245
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 1,160
Gots: 2,851 | 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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Photo of AmitC
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Enjoy by date of 06/29/13.

Color is pale golden. About two finger thick off white head with excellent retention. Very nice lacing. Some bubbles seen rising up. Clear and transparent.

Aroma is of raw mango pulp and grapefruit. Citrus, grassy, herbal and spicy aromas dominate. The malt content is the dominating factor. Strength is strong. Bitterness is very well forecast here.

Taste is just the same as nose. A bit more accentuated. Raw dry hops burst upfront. Bitter and full of lupulin acids. A solid middle of caramel malts but still pretty much dominated by hops. Nice and easy on palate. Finish is deeply bitter. Hops linger on the palate for a good amount of time. Grapefruit and grassy hops. Slightly spicy and herbal. Sap.

Mouth feel is medium bodied. Moderate on carbonation. Oily touch. Somewhat resiny and piney. Nice bitterness and warmth.

A very solid IPA out and out. This is a winner from the word go.

Photo of Beelzebeer
4.82/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

330ml bottle, BB June 15th/13

A - Golden brown, with good amount of head. Nice lacing.

S - Bitter, malt, typical West coast AIPA

T - Perfect! There's a really nice rounding at the end that I've never tasted in the other brews. The IBU really mellows out quite nicely.

M - Perfect. Something to lightly chew on.

O - Near perfect. Keep up the good work.

Photo of Jonada
3.82/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Enjoy by 7/7/13. Served in a Russian River pint glass

Appearance: Pours a golden, light amber color with 1 finger of a soapy eggshell colored head. Quite a bit of fine sediment floating in the glass.

Smell: Pine, fresh cut grass, grapefruit, peach, hint of caramel malt.

Taste: Grapefruit, citrus, pine, floral, biscuity malt. Bitterness is medium, but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Lighter side of medium bodied, medium carbonation. Slight lingering bitterness, but it's pretty mild

Overall: Pretty good. Not mindblowingly awesome, but pretty good. I'd get it again.

Photo of Stevedore
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled 12oz bottle, enjoy by 4/22/2013, poured into a Bell's snifter and quaffed today 4/14/2013. So this beer wasn't drank fresh- at worst this is a placeholder review for when I do get a fresher bottle. Thanks to mgm54 for providing this one as an extra.

Aroma: Dang, smells full of tropical fruit and citrus. Pineapple and grapefruit up the wazoo, a little bit of pine. There is some honeyed biscuit in the nose, but its mostly the hoppiness. Very strong, sticky nose that whets my appetite easily. (5)

Colour: Hazy dark copper body that reminds me of unfiltered apple juice, with a nice 1cm white head that dissipates fairly quickly into a decent sized collar that leaves patches of lacing here and there as I drink the beer. Very appetizing appearance. (4)

Flavour: Pretty good! Starts off with pineapples and grapefruit flavour with very faint hints of pine, transitioning to a bready toffee sweetness and finishes off with citrus and pine bitterness- a smooth, thirst-quenching finish. For an IPA, it has quite a bit of a bitter finish, but I like the underlying sweetness of the malt that helps to balance it out. I think if it were fresher, it would merit a 5 as the initial hop flavours would be stronger to help balance off the bitterness. But we shall see about this the next time I get some of this brew. (4)

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied brew with very good carbonation. The aftertaste is very bitter but smooth and pleasantly combined with an underlying sweetness, such that it's not mouthpuckering. A pretty resinous brew that coats the tongue and leaves it stinging with the bitterness. No heat at all, even when it gets warmed up. (4)

Overall: It's a very good, even excellent IPA. I'll come back to re-review this beer the next time I have a fresher bottle and see if the flavour is affected at all. But as it stands, this beer that's close enough to its expiration date is still a very good one. I think the hop flavours could bear a bit more of strength in comparison to the hop bitterness even though the underlying malt backbone is solid. (4)

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5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't believe I've ever given a perfect score, but this beer is amazing. It pours a golden orange with a thin white head. Excellent retention and lace. Aroma is of fruits,spice,grassy hops. Body is solid, and nicely carbonated. Taste is an explosion of fruity hops. Crisp and smooth with a great finish. I'm at a loss for words. I gave this beer a perfect score, because for me there is nothing that could be done to improve it. Go out and find this beer if at all possiable. EXCELLENT!

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 10,983 ratings.