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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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9,690 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,690
Reviews: 2,058
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 977
Gots: 1,894 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Daktah, Jun 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Vevoda478, Jun 19, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

reyna311, Jun 19, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

kruthy, Jun 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

JxExM, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, finally, an IPA that is really good. Seems a lot of the "hey lets make a brewery" brewers are producing things that are labelled as an IPA, but really taste like old stale hops! Don’t get me wrong, you have a few out there that are making some really great IPAs and this is one of them. Clean, fresh, bitterly hoppy, foamy, citrusy...hits all the marks! Really nice IPA!!! I’m drinking one now!!!

4thelvofbeer, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of acorre08
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

acorre08, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of oldvines
4.5/5  rDev +2%

oldvines, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of mychalg9
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

Nice looking beer, a very bright golden color with a white head that sticks around for a few minutes before dissolving into thin lace. Very clean bright hops in the nose, a mixture of pine and citrus. Taste is also very clean citrus hops with a sharp blast of carbonation on the tongue melting into a nice orange/citrus peel finish. Very drinkable!

mychalg9, Jun 18, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

CalbeDacks, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of jmorris74
5/5  rDev +13.4%

jmorris74, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of ppoitras
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle from who knows where. Might have bought, might have come in a trade or GATM, not really sure. Just hope it's as good as the hype.

Poured into a CCB pub glass, forms a 1/2" off-white head over the slightly cloudy golden amber brew. Head dwindles gradually, with lace that lasts and lasts. Aroma is piney hops.

Taste starts sweet, some hops stank funk in the middle, citrus pine bitterness to the close. Mouthfeel is oh-so smooth, and drinkability is excellent, esp for the abv. Survey says, ding (the sound, not the former ba), we have a winner!

ppoitras, Jun 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Archemedies, Jun 16, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

Twrang, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of TheHoppiest
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a honey ambe color, with a tall 2" sticky white head leaving plenty of lacing as it reduces.

Aroma is quite pleasant, with grapefruit, tangerine, hints of pine, and mild malt. Simply put, a nice, clean smelling IPA.

The taste is a bit more complex than the aroma. Has a thicker, maltier start than you'd expect from the taste, with plenty of sweet fruit -- pineapple, apricot, and hints of peach -- with a bold, spicy hop finish.

Has a medium to medium-full mouthfeel; again, the malt is quite evident in how this feels. There's more than enough IBU's in this to get both the tongue and the gums tingling.

A pleasant, full flavored and full-bodied IPA. In fact, there's enough to this that I'm surprised it is not an Imperial IPA. At 7% abv, it is close, but its the dominating feel and bitterness, and not a booziness, that gives me the impression this is a DIPA and not an IPA. Definitely worth a try!

TheHoppiest, Jun 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

getinked, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of JohnnyMc
3.5/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First beer from Ballast Point.

Pours out a pretty clear, orange with yellow and a 1 finger white head.

Smells of citrus fruits and a slight hint of piney hops.

The taste is pretty standard. There are notes of grapefruit and orange with barely any taste from the malt and a nice dry finish that's pretty bitter. The body is a bit thin and the hops aren't overpowering in the least.

Not a bad beer, but not as hoppy as I was hoping for. Would like to try more from this brewery.

JohnnyMc, Jun 15, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

LandWorld, Jun 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -15%

Lob, Jun 15, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

GMoney, Jun 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

IPRayRay, Jun 14, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -26.3%

ubufan2112, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of TubaManJack
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Best by 8/16/2012 - More than two months out
22oz bomber

A light copper body with a slight bit of carbonation. The head is a white pillowy bit which lasts and leaves a bit of lacing.

Dried hops with a touch of grapefruit zest. It quite balanced and subtle. There also is a bit of malt.

Taste & Mouthfeel
Tamed citrus hops with a bit of resin in the inital attack ioverall this beer is really balanced and is like a spring to many of the other Big/Famous IPAs that i have had which seemed as loud and agressive as a winter storm This clean taste is the result of the hop oils not sticking around on the palate and the right carbination leve to lift the mouthfeel it a light refreshing level

I loved it and would recommend it as the best hot weather ipa out there and a real treat. .

TubaManJack, Jun 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

polishkaz, Jun 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

hoppymcgee, Jun 13, 2012
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 9,690 ratings.