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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

9,321 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 9,321
Reviews: 2,033
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 954
Gots: 1,723 | FT: 45
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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3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

rhhjr, Mar 22, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

tmcd02, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of BB1313
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a bright golden with a slight haze, nice fluffy eggshell white head, decent lacing and nice retention. The aromas are just what I'm usually looking for. Although they aren't as in your face pungent, it smells absolutely wonderful. Dank. Tons of mango and pineapple; extremely tropical. There's also some ripe grapefruit in the mix. There are some juicy flavors going on here, and still finishes pretty dry. The flavors pretty much match the nose and doesn't let down. Sweet, although the malt definitely takes a backseat. Mouthfeel is right on, lots of carbonation, smooth, and on the heavier side of medium-bodied. This is a pretty bold beer at 7% abv, but the alcohol goes unnoticed. Wow, dank right here..

This is a frickin awesome IPA. This was my first time having it, and there's no doubt it'll be in my near future. I'll put this up there with some of the best IPAs I've had..

BB1313, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of mntlover
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lightly hazy amber color with a thumb sized cream head with pretty decent lace.

Aroma is nice tropical and citrus fruits with some light pine notes. Underneath it all some spicy notes and light caramel base.

Taste is big on hop good citrus notes with lots of spice notes or so many hops they tingle the tongue. Lots of bitter grapefruit and lemon zest mingled with pine hints and what seems like peppery notes. Malt is lightly sweet with light caramel hints but hops dominate this one.

Mouthfeel is lighter medium with lots of carbonation that tingles the tongue and helps infuse it spicy notes. Pretty good feel but not overly found of extra carbonation for the most part.

Overall pretty tasty, definitive hop bomb show casing the hop. World class eh so many wonderful IPA's hard to tell but defiantly very tasty one.

mntlover, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of DrFayhee
3.83/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This golden-orange colored pour has distinct peachy aromas. Pine flavors up front with citrusy bitter hop notes on the finish. It has a pretty effervescent carbonation that really wakes up your mouth. Kind of a raw, ripping IPA that's big on hops and packs a tingly punch.

DrFayhee, Mar 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

SDNikki, Mar 20, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

amart79, Mar 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

SocalKicks, Mar 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

millered9, Mar 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

raulazzer, Mar 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

theminutemen, Mar 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

RyanGoodman, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of TheSixthRing
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a somewhat clear, golden orange with a thick, 2-finger head which dissipates quickly leaving behind a sparse lace.

Smell - Citrus hops, a tropical fruit aroma and a faint bit of grass and malt earthiness.

Taste - Clean citrus hops, mostly orange peel, a bit of pineapple and tropical fruit notes. Faint grapefruit bitterness toward the end, but the finish is very clean.

Mouthfeel - For an IPA, this beer is amazingly light. There's a good bit of carbonation, but this beer goes down smooth. Almost too smooth.

Overall - This beer's a bit of an enigma. I really don't know how to rate the mouthfeel properly. It's so amazingly light and clean, that it's nearly a detriment. The hops are prominent, but not aggressively bitter. Great beer, but probably not worth the high asking price, which is nearly double the price of it's competitors.

TheSixthRing, Mar 18, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

Pours a bright golden color slightly hazed. Solid finger and a half, white head. Appears to have moderate carbonation. Decent lacing.

Lots of hop aromas going on. Pine, citrus, mango, and grapefruit are what's most prominent. Light caramel malt lingering in the background.

Right up front are some softer fruits, like apricot. There's a quick punch of bitterness and then it mellows out again revealing other fruit notes. Light caramel malt in the background just as in the aroma.

Medium body and moderate carbonation. Extremely drinkable for 7%.

A great ipa, although I'm not sure it deserves the legendary status it receives. Like how the hops aren't necessarily punch you in the mouth, although I feel like this beer could use some more malt backbone to give it a bit more balance.

ahq514, Mar 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

baybassboy, Mar 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

yokken, Mar 18, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

ScottyC54, Mar 17, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

wilfonzo, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of PintOHops
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glass - Tulip

A - A golden/coppery colored brew with high clarity and low, visible carbonation. It produced a 1-2 finger head that dissipated rather quickly to a thick ring that held atop my beer. I got a splotch or two left on my glass.

S - A softer hop aroma than expected. I pick up soft herbal hop characteristics, soft mango and papaya with a bit of fresh grapefruit thrown in. Underneath I pick up cracker and biscuit. A simple, fresh smelling IPA.

T - Hmm, this definitely reminds me of Pliny The Elder and Hop Stoopid. It's got this fresh herbal and slightly resinous hop flavor going on throughout. Soft papaya and mango come in towards the finish, and a nice grapefruit rind flavor adds some sharpness as it goes down. I can only pick up subtle cracker and almost absent biscuit like malt.

M - A rather lite bodied beer with a smooth feel and moderate crispness.

O - Well I finally found this brew I my local beer store, and I gotta say that it's pretty darn good. I really enjoyed the softer tropical fruit flavors of the beer, and the fresh dank hop flavors. The mouthfeel is lite enough to quaff, not over carbonated or full bodied and syrupy. Really good stuff, I'd say give it a try when you can, but make sure it's fresh! Cheers!

PintOHops, Mar 16, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

glass: Tulip

a: Filtered, golden orange color, large bubbles, 1-finger semi-frothy white head.

s: Lots kiwi, papaya, lemon rind, orange, pineapple, fresh pine and a simple underlying malt smell.

t: very piny, and lemon/grapefruit rind-like on the taste. There are some papaya, orange, soap flavors as well. Finishes moderately bitter, slightly dry and faintly doughy.

m: Rather carbonated, medium feel with a clean, crisp and slightly dry character.

o: Very solid and oh so familiar. I hope im not just getting tired of beer..

JosiahS, Mar 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

xavier390, Mar 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

wrath98, Mar 16, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sculpin India Pale Ale

Appearance: Creamy cake icing head with big bubbles nice lacing and retention. Brilliant golden to light copper color. Clear and nice natural carbonation.

Smell: This is a colorful beer with instantly recognizable aromas. Nice bouquet. Fuzzy winter peach up front. Bright Citrus, grapefruit, pineapple and mango is hushed by slight floral and pine hops. Piney hops are very aromatic and green.

Taste: Nice balance between sweet roasted caramel malts and delicate citric and pine hops. Not overly bitter.
Alcohol is hidden behind a nice complex array of flavors. Hops have a slightly noble bite.

Mouthfeel: Creamy. Balanced. An easy drinking IPA. Medium bite of bitterness. Nicely refreshing.

Overall: Refreshing and balanced. Worth the few extra bucks this thing costs. A hop aroma like this is hard to come by. It also helps that this beer reminds me of a sandy beach on a warm summer day.

BerkeleyBeerMan, Mar 16, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear orange-gold with a finger of fluffy off-white head. Floral aroma with lots of pine and a touch of caramel.

Moderate carbonation and a full, ultra creamy mouthfeel. Wash of pine and apricot up front followed by sweet, biscuity caramel and honey. Bitter pine returns on the finish.

Sweeter than expected, but tasty and balanced...I think my bottle might have been a touch old, but it was still great.

grittybrews, Mar 16, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

MaxAdvo, Mar 15, 2012
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 9,321 ratings.