Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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10,427 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,427
Reviews: 2,121
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 1,054
Gots: 2,300 | 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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4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of SlothB77
4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle into mug

A: Poured golden yellow with one finger of cumulus cloud white bubbles.

S: Lots of florals, grapefruit, lemon and cut grass.

T: Starts off a very smooth citrus passion fruit mixed with white bread, orange, grapefruit, switches to a brief, slightly grassy taste, ends with burnt tobacco bite.

M: Light-bodied, medium acidity, medium carbonation, a smoothness. Not too hoppy or bitter.

O: Maybe i have become desensitized, but it doesn't taste as hoppy as I would expect an IPA to taste. Still a flavor that varies over the course of the taste very distinctly..

Photo of Crunkle
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of JonNunes
4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of PaulMin4
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of FUwolfpacker
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of KVNBGRY
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of KenC
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jbdpsu82
3.75/5  rDev -15%

Photo of hornsup
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of mcdonald422
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I have been wanting to try this beer forever and finally was able to score a six-pack.
What blew me away about this beer was its amazing aroma. So many well balanced smells like candied banana, honey cake, pineapple and mango. I smelled it more than I tasted. The flavor profile is top-notch too though, with many of the aromas being present on the palate, with nice strong hops and resin profile with a semi-dry finish that left me thirsty for more.

While I haven't had some of the truly amazing AIPA out there, this was definitely the best of the 20+ I have tried thus far. This is that initial high that leaves you chasing to find it again. Lets hope I find it!

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Beerswag
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of CityofBals
4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of goseymo
4.86/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This, in my opinion, is one of the benchmark IPAs (Pliny, Bells Two-Hearted, Stone, Odell Myrcenary).
Very close to Pliny in terms of smell, taste and appearance.

Can't go wrong here- only wish I could get this in CO! When I travel to CA, I always buy out Bev Mo. however, still blows me away that they store it on the shelf...

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 10,427 ratings.