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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

9,053 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 9,053
Reviews: 2,011
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 931
Gots: 1,601 | 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:
Originally named Northstar IPA. Debuted in 2005.

(Beer added by: brentk56 on 04-02-2006)
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Beezee

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2%

02-19-2012 05:00:48 | More by Beezee
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clarkw42

Illinois

4/5  rDev -9.3%

02-19-2012 04:13:25 | More by clarkw42
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CEDAMA

California

5/5  rDev +13.4%

02-19-2012 01:56:00 | More by CEDAMA
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DocJitsu

California

4/5  rDev -9.3%

02-19-2012 00:39:11 | More by DocJitsu
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2dogbrew

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -15%

02-18-2012 18:28:23 | More by 2dogbrew
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chrispoint

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -9.3%

02-18-2012 08:50:37 | More by chrispoint
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grannaniwa

Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +1.6%

Huge grapefruit hop nose. Head pours tall, but backs off relatively quickly. First taste is more pungent than I expect, with cirtrusy undertones. Swishing around in the mouth a bit gives more of a vegetal flavor. Malts noticeable only in a little sweet aftertaste at the end, hidden between an initial sharp bitter taste upon swallow and a softer bitterness lingering in the mouth afterward.

Has none of that ‘syrupy’ hop flavor that I associate with way overhopped beers. Manages to stay pretty light and drinkable. No hint of high alcohol in mouthfeel.

“It showcases bright flavors and aromas of apricot, peach, mango & lemon. The lighter body also brings out the crispness of the hops.”

Overall: A, but too expensive to buy frequently

02-18-2012 01:21:32 | More by grannaniwa
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TaySuth

California

4.63/5  rDev +5%

Appearance: Very nice cloudy, golden-amber color with a two finger head and plenty of lacing.

Smell: One of the best smelling beers out there. Lots of hop aroma with grapefruit, mango, and orange. So very inviting...

Taste: Great bitterness is immediately apparent. Nice grain flavor but the fruity hops and the most prominent attribute of this beer. Tart mango with grapefruit following. Absolutely delicious.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is well balanced with the flavor and the body. Very nice.

Overall: One of the best beers I have had. It is always worth picking up a six-pack when it becomes available.

02-18-2012 00:52:01 | More by TaySuth
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LaChupacabra

California

3.75/5  rDev -15%

02-17-2012 00:04:16 | More by LaChupacabra
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Arkamaic

California

4.5/5  rDev +2%

02-16-2012 19:50:59 | More by Arkamaic
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rtaps

California

4.1/5  rDev -7%

pours a very nice orange and you can see a lot of carbonation in the body. With a 1.5 finger egg shell colored frothy head with good retention leaving a laced rim around the glass.

great nose to this brew, very fresh. tropical fruits(grapefruits, mangos some lemon zest) it hoppy and has light floral notes in it.

taste fallows the nose for the most past. a lot of mango with a good hop presence, not a hop bomb but they're definitely there. grapefruit, and some of the lemon is found.

light bodied, highly carbonation and leaves the mouth nice and watery

overall i loved the nose of this, and the taste was very nice. seems very fresh could drink this anytime

02-16-2012 18:33:10 | More by rtaps
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Auracom

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -12%

Yet another thanks to John for this one.

22 oz. poured into a Bruery tulip on February 14th, 2012.

A - Light, soft orange coloring with a two finger, creamy, offwhite head. Plentiful lacing, okay retention.

S - Fruit bomb. Tangerines, cantaloupe. Strong sweet malts. Cinnamon bread. Hop astringency underneath.

T - A ton more tropic fruits, pineapple, melon. Hope resin bitterness appears very briefly and cleanly and the backend of the drink.

M - Sweet, semi-long finish. Medium-high carbonation. Light-medium body.

D - Good but I'm not blown away. I'm trying to get away from direct comparisons but this feels like a slightly thinner, less flavorful Hopslam.

02-16-2012 15:38:16 | More by Auracom
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fjl77

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +13.4%

02-16-2012 13:52:26 | More by fjl77
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bullywee

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -32%

02-16-2012 11:24:24 | More by bullywee
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ProfessorX

California

4.43/5  rDev +0.5%

I have this on tap and in the bottle. This was the first beer I had at Ballast Point Brewing Company. The color is a nice golden orange color, that reminds me very much of the Sculpin fish that this is named after. The aroma is rich with many different, smells, the strong is that of citrus fruits with orange and grapefruit being some of the strongest. A very hopy taste with with a nice balance of flavors, the cirutus flavors are balanced nicely with that of the malted hops. Over all a great IPA

02-16-2012 01:45:56 | More by ProfessorX
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sweatervest27

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +2%

02-16-2012 01:18:16 | More by sweatervest27
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Kopfschuss

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +2%

02-15-2012 13:52:44 | More by Kopfschuss
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billybrew21

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +13.4%

02-15-2012 04:14:09 | More by billybrew21
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notalagerlugger

Indiana

4.68/5  rDev +6.1%

I bought this beer without hearing anything about this beer or Ballast Point. I tried another IPA from ballast point, big eye IPA it was ok but when I opened the Sculpin the aroma was awesome. Tropical fruit filled my nose and a peach , apricot, mango and citrus flavor hit my taste buds and then a nice dry bitter finish. I live in Indianapolis and I can not get this beer but I drive an hour and a half to Champaign, IL to get it. Sculpin is ten bucks for a bomber and I will not spend that much very often on a beer. I have bought 2 cases of bombers so far. It is the best IPA I have had. It is also the best beer I have had. It is a fruit hop foward beer that I could drink everyday. I tend to like all the fruit hop foward beers but many are only good to have 1 or 2 before your taste buds are over saturated, this beer is exceptional

02-15-2012 04:01:18 | More by notalagerlugger
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brianlindman

Colorado

3/5  rDev -32%

02-15-2012 03:41:10 | More by brianlindman
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JunkYardJake

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev -0.7%

On-tap at Bullshead in Lititz.
Served in a standard shaker glass with a thin white head. Golden in color with good clarity. The nose is bright and hoppy with fresh citrus scents. Taste is much bolder and more complex than the nose. Plenty of citrus hops but also alot of sweet malts which give some depth to the palate. Strong bitterness in the finish with a dry mouthfeel. Fine tasting IPA from the west coast.

02-15-2012 02:41:04 | More by JunkYardJake
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GehenHerzog

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2%

02-15-2012 00:25:03 | More by GehenHerzog
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mcintire78

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -9.3%

02-14-2012 21:46:36 | More by mcintire78
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huskermike12

Iowa

4/5  rDev -9.3%

02-14-2012 20:49:50 | More by huskermike12
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marine1975

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2%

02-13-2012 23:45:51 | More by marine1975
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 9,053 ratings.