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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

9,010 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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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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Mark5252

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2%

01-13-2012 04:48:43 | More by Mark5252
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czarnowski

California

3.08/5  rDev -30.2%

Sculpin India Pale Ale by Ballast Point Brewing Company is an average example of the style. I found that like many IPAs, the pine flavor was overwhelming. I don't find skunky, bitter, and unbalanced beer all that appealing. On a positive note, it was a gorgeous amber color. I liken it to a hot blonde with bad breath.

01-13-2012 00:59:38 | More by czarnowski
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ant880

New York

4.5/5  rDev +2%

01-12-2012 21:37:59 | More by ant880
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furthurgone

California

4.5/5  rDev +2%

01-12-2012 06:36:20 | More by furthurgone
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troysoy2

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev -0.7%

12 oz. bottle. Here's hoping this one wasn't chilling on the shelf too long!

This is a good looking IPA. Really impressive finger and a half of head, fluffy eggshell. Amber body with lots of tiny bubbles. Impressive lacing, almost looks like a mineral formation on the side of the glass.

The smell is great, and manages to be unique, thanks to a fresh, almost minty aroma. Plenty of piney hops, and what seems to be a sturdy malt background.

The taste definitely carries over the mintyness from the smell, while also delivering on the hop bitterness from front to back. The well carbonated mouthfeel matches up with a dry (but not too dry) finish.

This is a really good IPA... if only the price didn't make my wallet cry. Oh well.

01-12-2012 05:32:55 | More by troysoy2
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hopburster

Washington

4/5  rDev -9.3%

01-12-2012 04:58:44 | More by hopburster
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yamar68

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev -0.2%

Thanks to corregidore for this tasty extra! The last time I had a Sculpin, they didn't print dates on the labels but it tasted way past its prime. I'm stoked to finally get the chance to try it fresh. This one is marked ENJOY BY 10/27/12. Dope. Poured from bomber to pint:

Pours a clear gold with minimal beading and a half finger of white head that retains rather well. Good lacing.

Great on the nose - mango is the first thing that comes to mind. It's definitely got that bright fruit character but more geared towards tropical, non-citrus. Smells delicious.

Super smooth. More of that sweet fruit surfaces. This beer beautifully demonstrates the versatility of the hop flower. Very tropical with virtually no perceived bitterness. Tasty.

Thanks for the delicious beer, Ryan!

01-12-2012 01:11:49 | More by yamar68
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cirtap

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +2%

01-11-2012 21:01:17 | More by cirtap
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BHopp12

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -9.3%

01-11-2012 20:55:03 | More by BHopp12
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codysjb

Florida

4.7/5  rDev +6.6%

Had on Tap at Kickbacks Gastropub in Jax.
A: Light yellow see through body, like most IPA’s.
S: Pine, Hops, some citrus, smells great.
T: Hoppy and very flavorful. There’s no water here, just a lot of flavor and some malt. Lots of amazing flavor packed into this one.
M: More of the taste coats the mouth here.
O: Great flavor for an IPA. This is a great beer I wish you could get it in MA without worrying about how long the bombers have been sitting on the shelves looking at light.

01-11-2012 16:32:05 | More by codysjb
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1DP

California

4.5/5  rDev +2%

01-11-2012 15:44:13 | More by 1DP
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laymansbeerfan

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +13.4%

01-11-2012 04:25:47 | More by laymansbeerfan
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CMack

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2%

01-11-2012 03:53:48 | More by CMack
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BucsNBucks

Florida

4/5  rDev -9.3%

01-10-2012 08:19:59 | More by BucsNBucks
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Soxfanmcgee

Indiana

5/5  rDev +13.4%

01-09-2012 10:06:56 | More by Soxfanmcgee
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N8DAGR8

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +2%

01-09-2012 05:12:54 | More by N8DAGR8
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sprucetip

Alaska

4/5  rDev -9.3%

01-09-2012 04:54:37 | More by sprucetip
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Idesofmarch89

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2%

01-08-2012 15:38:36 | More by Idesofmarch89
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MEsoJD

California

4.38/5  rDev -0.7%

[poured into an Lagunitas mason jar]

I: Living in California gives a very good supply of the best ipas out there, and I finally made my way to the sculpin. Being brewed San Diego, I know what's coming. Some of my most beloved beer is brewed in SD. So lets get to it.

B: [7% ABV, 22 FL. OZ. 1 Pint 650ml Bottled 2010]Generic bottle overall, but I do like the artwork. Not the biggest fan of the signal label, but all the general information is there. There's also digital date on the bottle, but unfortunately I cannot read it.

A: I hazy orange body, with a decent head(moderate dissipation), and decent lacing.

S: Unsurprisingly upfront I'm hit with those west coast hops, sweet malt, and citrus(grapefruit and lemon are most prominent).

T: Very sweet ipa complemented by grapefruit and lemon, with a good amount of west coast hops throughout. Everything is very present. Nothing falls behind.

M: Smooth finish, medium bodied, medium carbonation, moderate alcohol presence.

O: Very tasty ipa, and wasn't surprised at all. I say it's close to wipeout ipa, but not as bold(by little). I saw that this beer as very balanced, and I like that. You can't really go wrong with any beer brewed in San Diego. Sure I would defiantly recommend, and pickup. Cheers!!!

01-08-2012 02:44:09 | More by MEsoJD
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +2%

Poured from 22oz into tulip.
Slight cloudy golden color with a good head and lacing. Great pine and hop aroma.
Flavor, great. Pine, floral and overall hop. Well balanced and a very amazing IPA. Its rated so high for a reason. Just go get one. Period.

01-08-2012 02:28:36 | More by DrinkSlurm
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Amalak

New York

4.72/5  rDev +7%

There is a very clear goldish color to it. Bubbles, but not a ton. A big bubbly white head and lacing. Nice almost minty scent to it.

It taste like there's a mint leaf in there. Nice floral hop taste. Mild bite to it. There a mild fruitness to it...a peach flavor underneath. The hype is right. This is a balanced IPA and the mint taste makes it very interesting.

01-08-2012 02:10:07 | More by Amalak
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spamages

Michigan

4/5  rDev -9.3%

01-07-2012 21:12:40 | More by spamages
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crbooher

California

4/5  rDev -9.3%

01-07-2012 19:50:53 | More by crbooher
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jp7161

California

4.5/5  rDev +2%

01-07-2012 15:24:47 | More by jp7161
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quantumcipher

California

4/5  rDev -9.3%

01-07-2012 09:57:21 | More by quantumcipher
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 9,010 ratings.