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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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98
world-class

11,221 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 11,221
Reviews: 2,302
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 1,184
Gots: 3,079 | 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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Ratings: 11,221 | Reviews: 2,302
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Great finger thick, dense, fine head. Foggy. Golden orange with yellow and grape hues

Smell: Pine! Sweet with a very approachable hop profile. Not overly hoppy but right in line with a traditional IPA.

Taste: Ever green hop profile. Not quite as perky as the bottle I had that was more fresh but still, very enjoyable. A great amount of hop profile, it's not a IIPA caliber of hop, but that's not what it's supposed to be. Acidity and malt is there in good balance,.

Mouthfeel: Spot on. Light but not without feel. Good carbonation. Very Enjoyable

Overall: Very enjoyable! A really nice hop profile. I prefer pine hop profiles to grapfruit and this is right there. Great mouthfeel, and very little alcohol. Very drinkable.

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tried a bottled Sculpin for the first time a few weeks ago, and it was very good, but didn't exactly blow me away. I think it may have been sitting on the shelf for a minute. Last night I was fortunate enough to get in on a freshly-tapped keg of Sculpin at Taylor's Restaurant, and felt it worthy of a re-review.

Served in a tall snifter.

Pours a deep orange-amber with a 3 finger white head that left so much clinging lace it looked like a psychedelic doily stuck to the inside of the glass. Slightly hazy. Gorgeous IPA.

Huge aromas of peaches and mangoes, floral hops, some bready malt. A nose unlike any IPA I've ever come across. I just sat and inhaled my first glass for several minutes before tasting, the aromas were so juicy and delicious.

The taste was a counterpoint to the fruity nose - it has a spicy, peppery quality, and the perfect amount of hop bitterness to balance out the sweetness of the malts. The hop flavors are so nuanced and delicate for such a highly hopped beer. Big and awesome. Pure deliciousness.

Body was medium, the carbonation had a velvety feel, a little bit of mouth-coating action on the finish.

Overall I'd have to say that now that I've tried it on tap, Sculpin is the finest standard American IPA I've ever had. Complex and multifaceted, huge flavors, but so delicately and masterfully balanced. I'm going back for more before they kill that keg...

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, pineapple, mango, grapefruit, piney resin and some sweet bready/caramelly malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice tropical taste (citrus, pineapple, grapefruit), a nice piney bitterness and a sweet bready/caramelly malt balance.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Re-reviewing canned release. 6 day old can.

A: Clear copper with white head. Retention is above average. Decent Lacing.

S: Pine, juicy pineapple, caramel sweetness, and bitter grapefruit. Peach in the background.

T: Grapefruit, pineapple, and a some peach. The fruity bitterness is easy to handle. A small bit of sweet bread/honey sweetness. Aftertaste is bitter grapefruit.

M: Medium-full mouthfeel with medium carbonation. On the dry side.

O: Very tasty. Very fruity and overall fresh tasting. Not overly bitter, meets the standards of a high quality IPA.

The canned version differed mainly in the mouthfeel. Feels fuller bodied with a little less carbonation than the bottled versions.

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 11,221 ratings.