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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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9,649 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,649
Reviews: 2,056
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 979
Gots: 1,873 | FT: 40
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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Photo of kagent777
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz brought back from a trip last week to Boston. Insane that I have to go to Boston to get a beer brewed in San Diego, when I live in Salt Lake City. Poured into my beer goblet. Bottle has an enjoy by date of 090712 (I think, it's hard to read).

Appearance: A pale golden with a quickly dissipating head that leaves a little lacing.

Smell: Citrus! I smell lemon, oranges, mango, and maybe some lychee. I smell a little malt backbone with toasted caramel flavor.

Taste: The smell flavors come through in the taste as well. Initial (semi) sweetness gives way to hop bitterness. The taste is less bitter than you might expect from the smell.

Mouthfeel: The flavors really coat well. The body is on the lighter side. The carbonation is strong.

Overall: This is a well done, but expensive beer. I really should be fresh and poured into the correct glass to experience all of the nuances. I am not sure that mine was the freshest. I am very glad to have tried it, but this will not be an every day purchase for me, mainly because I cannot get it in Utah.

kagent777, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of kennethkearns
5/5  rDev +13.4%

kennethkearns, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of HopsJunkiedotcom
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

HopsJunkiedotcom, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of DCRA
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

DCRA, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of Shnanign
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Shnanign, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of bouncepass
3.75/5  rDev -15%

bouncepass, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of Dope
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Dope, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of Drinkerofales
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear gold with a huge light tan head, leaving tons of lacing down the whole glass from the well retained foam.

Smells of citrus and tropical goodness, with some clean malt underneath.

Taste is bitter up front, which mellows in the middle to some malty sweetness. Just as the malt sweetness starts, it changes to mango fruit, and finishes with bitter pith, which lingers for some time.

While having a lighter body, it still has plenty of enjoyable bite, and is very drinkable.

It has been awhile since I had this, and that's a good thing. The last time I had this from the bottle was disappointing, due to the difference in the tapped/bottle versions.


Drinkerofales, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of Amp
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Amp, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of OTB
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Zimmzys in the Shore. Nice golden yellow color with a compact off white head. Nice lacing. Nose is all apricots and mango, absolutely love the smell of this beer. Tastes like it smells, mango and apricots with some nice bittering from the hops. Such a timeless classy brew. We take it for granted with such availability both on shelves and on tap.

OTB, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of carrollmel7
5/5  rDev +13.4%

carrollmel7, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of vrbulldog22
4.5/5  rDev +2%

vrbulldog22, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of HopHead29
5/5  rDev +13.4%

HopHead29, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of bertram
3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

bertram, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of NiceTaps
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky to find this at the local growler station. I poured it into a fine tulip glass.

A- great looking copper-orange color with remarkable clarity for the style. Mild carbonation, 1.5 finger head with some lacing.
As a compliment, it looks 'light'.

S-a citrus nose, not overpowering. The notes are lemon and peach, milder citrus aromas to me compaerd to grapefruit. A lively nose with a touch of alcohol.

T-Now the citrus flavors come on strong with a touch of pine and malt sweetness. Very flavorful.

M- it's light for the style but I rate it a 4.0 because the IBU is spot on. Not much carbonation-but it is a growler so...

O-I was looking forward to this and it came through. It represents the American IPA style nicely.

NiceTaps, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of zahara15
3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

zahara15, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of jculler82
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

jculler82, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of Steasy66
2.7/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12oz into snifter, thanks to Scalene for sending this in 'Everything Local BIF'. Bottle says 'Enjoy By 080912'
A- Golden, lacy 1 finger head.
S- Big citrus, a bit dank
T- Very bitter, but not much flavor. Where is the citrus from the aroma?
M- Good carb, good consistency.
O- Was really excited for this one, but its simply not good. Everything seemed promising, but it just doesn't taste good. Really bitter with very little flavor and not much balance.

Steasy66, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of bab85
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

bab85, May 31, 2012
Photo of cshull
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

cshull, May 31, 2012
Photo of 316nuts
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

316nuts, May 30, 2012
Photo of dianimal
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

dianimal, May 30, 2012
Photo of drjman
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

drjman, May 30, 2012
Photo of rdell17
4.5/5  rDev +2%

rdell17, May 30, 2012
Photo of Corker444
2.73/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz bottle. Used Pint Glass.

Had med to light foam not more than a quarter inch. Was light on carbonation. Poured light orange and had decent citrus notes. A lot of veg/bell pepper which I was not expecting.

Palate was smooth but not real lengthy. Was clean on finish and that did not last long.

It was good but not something I will go out of my way for over and over.

Corker444, May 29, 2012
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 9,649 ratings.