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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.

10,934 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,934
Reviews: 2,238
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 1,150
Gots: 2,806 | FT: 48
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:
Beer added by: brentk56 on 04-02-2006

Originally named Northstar IPA. Debuted in 2005.
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4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pale, golden with a ivory cap that melts away leaving sticky lace on the glass. Decent nose, grapefruit and pine with toasted grain. Tasty and decently hoppy with resinous pine and citrus notes up front with grain and hop oily bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. A solid IPA for sure.

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4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Bridgeview Tavern in Tarrytown, NY. Nice straw color, pretty clear, very nice head, a great looking beer! The smell is all grapefruit and it's good; not overpowering, but good. The taste is good as well, but doesn't quite live up to the smell. Carbonation, mouthfeel, etc. all really well done. It's well balanced and is just a solid American IPA!

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4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A very, very clear light copper color. About 3/4 finger white head made of medium sized bubbles. Head retention was decent, and it leaves nice lacing all around the glass.

S: Mild, but dominated by sweet malts.

T: As it smells, it opens with a ton of sweet caramel malts, but is balanced with a nice hop finish.

M: A nice medium body, with good carbonation. Slightly oily, just like an IPA should be.

O: Textbook SoCal IPA. No really, this is exactly what a SoCal IPA should look/smell/taste like.

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3.96/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

EDIT: This is definitely not as great out of the 12oz bottle (which was incidentally marked with a freshness date of "07/2013"). None of the tropical fruits are present, and there's a tinge of citrus candied flavor but in a very underwhelming flavor. For the high price that this is for a bomber, it seems that finding the ultimate fresh Sculpin batch is going to be one of the most frustrating craft beer searches of my life.

NEW EDIT (11/16/13): Drinking another 12oz bottle, bottled less than 2 weeks ago. Quite good, but very dry and packs a pine-laden punch without returning any of the tropical or citrus notes I enjoy out of this. This is an extremely volatile recipe, and for the price, I think I'm done buying bottles of this for the time being. It's quite good on tap while it's fresh, however, and will always make note of ordering it when I can. Unfortunately, it's inconsistency is going to drive some of these ratings downward.

Review (03/03/13, 4.75 score):
Poured out of a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass. Bottle warns that this is best before "03/06/13," so I suppose it's time for opening!

Pours a cloudy, hazy orange amber color, with a good amount of bubbles ranging all around. The Duvel tulip does its best to maintain a solid half finger of head which lasts for a while. Lacing is plentiful, and the alcohol legs are surprisingly dense. I don't think I've seen a DIPA this unfiltered, well, ever. It's as if it indicates the dense, mysterious hop concoction that I'm about to dive into. Solid, homebrew looking appearance.

The aroma is a complex bouquet of hops coated with supremely subtle yet desirable caramel, sugary malts. Don't think for one second that the malts are overpowering these hops here. Instead, they mute and balance out the excessive hops, and with the sugar reveal the mellow yet zesty citrus profile combined with all kinds of tropical fruits. Mango, pineapple, guava, nectarines... This brings me straight to a desert island where everything consumable is fresh and juicy. The finish in the aroma is dry hopped, but yet again not too overpowering. It's extremely balanced, yet crazily filled with amazing phenols.

The flavor is even better, however. The hops rise in an astringent, tingling sensation, only to then reveal tropical notes of mango and papaya and make the mouth salivate, which further creates a surreal sensation of chewing on the aforementioned fruit itself. The malts are wonderfully chewy and melt gracefully with the fruity, zesty flavors after each gulp. The alcohol is well hidden, but provides a subtle sweetness that makes this pleasing and ridiculously easy to drink. The aftertaste seems to last forever, especially on the fruity side. The flavors are bright and brim throughout, with a carbonated and yeasty thickness creating a sticky rather than dry sensation on the palate.

Phenomenal. This was a wonderfully refreshing rendition of an IPA with all of the characteristics I love about a DIPA without overloading on the alcohol. The tropical fruit flavors are spot on here, and the malts are well used to balance out any excessive astringency or dry hoppiness. I love this beer so much that if it weren't for the high price tag I'd probably buy it over most beers. Can't recommend it enough - all hopheads must try it.

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4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This brew has a mild aroma that at first had me slightly bummed. It has an amber color and pours a good healthy head. The taste is very good, the kind of IPA you could drink often. Overall I thought that this was a quality IPA and I would purchase again.

Bottom Line: Good IPA

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 10,934 ratings.