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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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8,406 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,406
Reviews: 1,974
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 874
Gots: 1,263 | 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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Photo of ggilman


4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber with no freshness date, poured into a Sebago Brewing Co. tulip glass.

Two fingers of creamy frothy white head settle to a thin layer of foam. Beautiful clear golden color, with an orange tinge. A decent amount of lacing is left clinging behind. Right out of the bottle I get a blast of leafy hops, once in the glass I start to smell some sweetness. I'm guessing the hop profile has started it's decline. Still smells delicious.

First sip is bitter, clean and refreshing. Crisp carbonation, with a light body. Some fresh hop in the taste, gives way to a pungent grapefruity bitterness. This is extremely smooth and refreshing. Long bitter finish fades slowly, and ends dry. I can't find a flaw, other than it could be hoppier. I'm sure that has more to do with the age of the bottle. Very little malt presence. If it's there it's masked by the bitterness. Glad I have another half a bottle to pour!

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 01:21:42 | More by ggilman
Photo of tjkinate


4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I visited Ballast Point Brewery a few months ago and remember that I did drink this IPA, but I had already downed a few prior and didn't remember how great it was!

A: EXCEPTIONAL, should be the example of perfect lacing! It pours a golden hue topped with a frothy white head that leaves you feeling the beer wants you to drink it.

S: Great smell, loves those hops. Floral notes were hard to miss along with pine and undertones of something sweet. Not as distinct as some others IPA's, but still very good.

T: Very smooth on the front, almost light and sweet which I found unusual but far from unpleasant. Soon follows the bitterness from the hops and a more typical aftertaste as the sweetness is overtaken.

M: Fairly typical for the variety, light bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Great IPA that should be experienced by all and a prime example of the style. Definitely will be drinking this one again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 21:46:20 | More by tjkinate
Photo of whatthehull


4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted may 28th 2011 (from notes)

Poured into a la Chouffe tulip

A - cloudy medium copper, one finger white head and some serious lacing

S - spring flowers, peaches, sugar, slight yeast, tangerine, a bit pungent, honeydew, sour grass, slight wheat and pineapple. Smells so good there isn't a word to describe!

T - bright hops, floral, lemon, orange, pineapple, melon, slight yeast, soft sweetness, nectarine, tangerine and sour grass. Beer also has a slight toasty finish.

M - chewy, medium acidity, long finish and bittersweetness all over

D - big huge hoppy, fruity, floral monster. A must have for any fan who can handle to bitter awesomeness

Final thought - pricing sucks ($7.99 per 22oz.) Alcohol is low (7%). But, this beer is one of the best ever

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 17:13:36 | More by whatthehull
Photo of daledeee


4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice big bottle of a highly ranked IPA. This should be fun.

Pours a dark gold, maybe orange. Head is a little pale white and not huge but good lacing.

Nose is citrus and clean

Taste is lots of grapefruit with some sweetness. Good citrus oil aftertaste; I mean great.

Carbonation is pretty darn good. Not dry either.

Overall, a fine example of this style.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 22:38:35 | More by daledeee
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4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

SCUUUULLLLPPPIIINNN! Finally. About time I tried this legend! Thanks to dmsohyea, I have a bottle of this San Diego-brewed behemoth in my hands. Thanks again, dude!

No more time for talk…I’ve been waiting for this long enough. Let’s get on with it!

A: This one pours a wondrously hazy gold, with a very active head of white foam. The bubbles rise vigorously to the surface, propelling the fizzy cream almost over the edge of my glass. It’s a volatile one! Now, while its haziness doesn’t necessarily make this beer opaque, there is definitely a lack of shine; it’s not too bad, though, because it gives it a thicker, yeasty look. And lots of lacing all around, though thin, works to give a good first impression.

S: Fresh, lovely hops, as expected. Ballast Point absolutely delivers, showing off pine resin, a distinct floweriness, and a grab bag of grape and citrus fruits. The heavily-malted backbone is evident, too, as a big, sweet undercarriage for the hops. Plus, that homey, barnyard freshness that so many IPA’s are missing makes an appearance near the finish. It’s not as strong as I would have liked, but it’s still there, and it’s still damn good.

T: Breads at the fore – I like the distinction! It’s a yeasty oasis in the normally bitter style, and it shows that these brewers know how to set themselves apart amongst their peers. Of course, the hops are still there, making their pronouncement soon after. They’re strong, but not in a tongue-puckering way – they merely showcase their bitterness as a balanced segment of the palate. While hop-bombs are a normal part of the IPA scene, I think it’s much more impressive to make an evenhanded beer like this, where the flavors compliment each other on a relatively equal level. For instance, the malts never make a huge statement, but they extend after the hop notes are gone; thus, a clean aftertaste is achieved, instead of a dry, hop-heavy one. If I lived in California, this beer would be in my fridge whenever I could get it. It has an incredibly versatile taste profile.

M: A good amount of effervescence propels this beer skyward in the drinkability category. It’s so appropriate for a style where you have to watch out for thin/watery bodies. I could drink this all day – well done!

O: An incredibly pleasant brew. Not too heavy, not too light – the happiest medium you can find in an IPA. I used to think of Two-Hearted as the best example piece for American IPA's, but this one takes the cake. It’s not as syrupy/thick, so it’s much more drinkable and style-appropriate.

These Cali brews are killing me! It makes me want to move out west for a month or two, just to visit some of these amazing breweries. While I’m more than happy with FFF, Founders, Bell’s, and the rest of the Midwest, I have had a ton of beers from the west coast that I can only describe as “showstoppers.” This is one of them. I guess it just goes to show: wherever you are, good beer can certainly be found.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 19:11:00 | More by BarryMFBurton
Photo of draheim


4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks sleepyhead for hooking me up again!

Glowing orange with a fluffy white head.

Smell is all citrus, pine, and grapefruit. Classic West Coast IPA all the way.

Taste is grapefruit and orange peel with a bitter finish that hangs around. Distinct alcohol taste in the background. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. Finishes dry.

This beer is very hoppy but also well-balanced. Extremely drinkable. Another please!

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 03:57:01 | More by draheim
Photo of kflorence


4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours amber orange in color with a thin layer of foam atop that subsides to a layer of film. Plenty of lacing around the glass as you drink. On the pour, carbonation looked to be a tad high with lots of rising bubbles and some clinging to the edge of the glass. It seemed to subside a bit afterwards, though, and now looks quite solid.

S: Lots of citrus hops and a plentiful amount of tropical fruits. Mostly apricot, grapefruit, mango maybe some peaches and a twist of lemon. There are some sweet, roasted malts lingering in the background. Smells quite inviting.

T: Bitter citrus and pine hops hit the tongue first with plenty of tropical fruits as noted in the aroma. As the brew thins out a bit on the tongue, a sweet, bread and roasted malt character comes through, eventually transitioning back into the hops. Finishes crisp and dry with the hops lingering on the tongue.

M: This is a pretty light-bodied beer with good carbonation levels and a little bit of chewiness. Smooth and very easy to drink; slightly astringent but not overly rough on the stomach.

O: This beer is a lot more balanced than I thought it would be, though it is clearly hop-dominated. I also really enjoyed the plethora of citrus and tropical fruits which were complimented nicely by the roasted malt character. I could use a bit more chewiness in the body as I found it to be a little thin, but overall quite good. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 03:10:56 | More by kflorence
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3.7/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark gold colour with a moderate, creamy, dense white head. Good head retention.

Sweet malt and dank hops on the nose. There is clearly a lot of hop here but for some reason it doesn't gel for me.

Silky malt which supports a pleasant, dank hop character. Easy drinking but nothing special. What's all the hype about?

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Silky and pretty damn good.

A smooth, easy drinking IPA. There's good flavour here but I feel as if it doesn't live up to the hype.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2011 21:15:05 | More by dgilks
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New York

3.95/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

8 ounce pour at the Pony Bar...

A: Typical semi cloudy semi clear yellow IPA. Nice fluffy head and decent retention.

S: Maybe it was because the beer was pretty cold, and the portion so small that it didn't have time to warm and have the aroma open, but the scent was almost non existent. I smelled faint toasty grains blended with the malt and citrus rind. It really was so faint that I can hardly comment though, thus the low ratings. If I had this in a pint glass and it had time to warm, I'm sure the aroma would have been grander.

T: Very smooth and subtle IPA. I was expecting some sort of revelation due to the high regard of this beer, but , it was just a really good and simple tasting beer. Beer has a strong hop bitterness, though not overwhelming or macho in its bite. Simple and yummy! Not a total hop bomb, and I did not pick up much exotic fruit like other reviews mention, just a nice dry toasty IPA with some nice citric bitterness. Actually , it reminded me very much of Smuttynose IPA, which surprises me, though not quite as malty.

M: The mouthfeel was very impressive. Dry, bitter, on the thin and nice side of medium, not too heavy, not too light. Has a nice crisp carbonation to it. Very well done.

O: Overall, this beer to me is a reminder that all expectations are irrational. I was expecting a revelation, and what I got was a very familiar and simple tasting beer. What you have here is a wonderfully balanced and very drinkable IPA. I really have to give it another chance in a more proper and larger glass. There is no way I'll ever buy a bomber of this at 9.99-11.99 such as I see it here, but I'd buy it on draft again for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2011 23:19:40 | More by Avantyawn
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4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly mirky golden-amber color with a good bubbly white head. Medium retention and lacing. Visible carbonation.

Sweet citrus, mild grapefruit, light caramel or a touch of fruit. Not intense smell but pleasant.

Nice, not overwhelming hop citrus up front with notes of grapefruit transitioning in a slight sweet middle. Notes of faint fruttiness grasping towards peach or mango. Good balance. A slight hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste.

Light bodied with good carbonation. Crisp and pretty refreshing.

Overall a great IPA. Good balance and a good representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 04:52:32 | More by MrVonzipper
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3.98/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden yellow color with a moderate white head that slowly faded.

Smell: Pine trees, grapefruit/citrus fruit aroma.

Taste:The pine scent, grapefruit and citrus fruit aromas carry over to the taste. I get all hops without any real malt flavors. Very clean after taste.

Mouth-feel: Fairly light body with a fairly high level of carbonation.

Overall: I found it refreshing but I prefer more of a malt presence in my beers. This would be good as a cool down beer on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 04:55:07 | More by IKR
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4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally found the elusive Sculpin here on the East Coast, at Party Beverages in Newburgh, NY. Paid 8.50 for a bomber which I feel is still pretty steep, even after drinking this excellent brew.

The beer looks great, slightly cloudy, dark yellow. Smells awesome, with freshly cut grass and citrus ringing in the nose clearly. A lovely hop bouquet. The taste really delivers the goods...it's beautifully balanced, all those juicy, fruity, cirtusy, grassy notes are there. This is not an over-the-top hop bomb. The bitterness isn't overpowering everything else and the aftertaste is just right, stopping well short of overstaying its welcome.

This may not be the holy grail of AIPA's that some make it out to be but it is truly excellent. After drinking a number of other highly regarded IPAs on the same night and over the same weekend, I kept coming back to this one as the best of the bunch, with the tastiest and most complex flavors and best balance by far. Still, at $8.50 a bomber I may not buy this one all that often.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 21:50:48 | More by tobelerone
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North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Half pour into a Palm tulip

A - slightly clouded golden yellow color, very pretty, a slight ring of small bubbles at the edge of the glass

S - huge nose of floral cascade hops, fresh grapefruit, pine, and clove

T - gorgeous! Oily and piney resins from the hops with a clean middle and a pleasantly vegetal finish of fresh snap peas

M - spiky and effervescent with a medium feel

O - I love IPAs, and this is a great example of the American style. I loved the one glass, but I think it's not quite easy drinking enough to have another few.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2011 16:02:37 | More by CoalPorter
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4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had many times and is a go to IPA, decided to finally review one here.

A- Pours a golden orange with a solid almost white bubbly head.

S- Citrusy hops, orange. Smells faint but delicous.

T- Apricots, unripe peaches, citrus, tropical fruits, slight tang.

M- Almost a slight drying sensation, light bodied, crisp finish, highly carbonated.

O- Fantastic IPA with strong citrus notes, a beer worthy of its recognition. And also a favorite of the wife.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 03:10:56 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
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4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bomber to a SA perfect pint glass.

Nice cloudy golden amber, about an inch of head settles to a half finger, pretty good lacing.

Aroma is full of fruit and citrus. Lots of mango, pineapple, apricots, hops, grapefruit, and little honey.

Taste is pretty close to the nose. Lots of mango and hop. It is sweet, tangy, and bitter all at once.

Mouth feel is pretty bright, lots of "zing" from the carbonation. Smooth going down with some hop bitterness and a little sweetness in the body.

I am so very glad I can enjoy this beer whenever I want.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 06:41:35 | More by hdelavega
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Ontario (Canada)

4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sculpin IPA looks like the typical San Diego forecast: clear and sunny with only partial, temporary clouds overhead. The beer sure does shine, even despite a soft-pressed haze (probably due to the fact that it's loaded-up with enough alpha acids to burn a hole through my shirt!) The second pour generated a much firmer, hardier head that left a mess of lacing.

Citrusy hoppiness comes at the nose with monster-truck force; the olfactory system becomes paved with notes of lychee, passion-fruit, ruby grapefruit and even a bit of mango. There's no real balancing malt to mention apart from a little toast. It's a very clean, straight-forward hoppiness: no pine, grass or flowers, just citrus fruits. And lots and lots of them.

This beer is the fruit basket you'd send a hop-head when he/she is recovering from surgery (just be sure they don't mix it with any painkillers!) Again, flavours of passion-fruit, pineapple, lychee, orange, grapefruit and mango are all tasted (or at least can be imagined to be tasted) at some point or another. Malts know better than to even bother showing up.

Building a beer upwards of 7% alcohol and 70 IBUs can be a little like speeding on the highway: not only excessive but also reckless. Fortunately, this brewer has a steady hand on the wheel. The beer drinks twice as light as you'd imagine it to, leaving no impressionable bitterness on the finish and not even a clue as to its true strength. Now that's impressive.

You can't get much hoppier than this. Cutting back the malts would be the equivalent of picking flies off an elephant to reduce its mass - they're insignificant as it is. This is about as lopsided as they come. And yet, that's why it's widely hailed as the best. And I'd certainly have a hard time arguing it as anything but the benchmark of its respective style. It is honestly the smoothest big, bitter beer I've tried. Thanks to Ultraman9000 for the bottle!

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 04:18:06 | More by biegaman
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South Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a slightly hazy, golden light amber with 2 fingers width of bubbly white head which settles pretty quickly to leave a solid ½ fingers width for most of the drink. Leaves a fair amount of lacing, but nothing too impressive.

S: Great hop aromas on the nose, mostly of the citrus variety with lots of tangerine and hints of lemon. Lots of sweetness too, with mango and peach aromas.

T: The citrusy hops continue on the taste, lots of sweetness too. Very well balanced with a sweetness up front and a nice grapefruit hop bitterness on the back end. Lots of mango, some apricot, and maybe even a hint of white grapes. As the beer warms some piney hop characters come out, and the bitterness becomes more prevalent, but not in a bad way, after all this is an IPA and I expect/enjoy a good hop bitterness. Also, in the second glass from the bomber, I notice some subtle hints of roasted malt, which add to the complexity of the beer, but are very slight and don’t take away from the main flavors. It manages to maintain a wonderfully balance blend of fruity sweetness and citrusy hop bitterness throughout the entire drink. Fantastic.

M/D: Very easy to drink, goes down so smooth that I always end up drinking this faster than I probably should. Good amount of carbonation but it does leave the mouth feeling a little dry.

O: Overall, what a great IPA. I toss this and Stone IPA back and forth as my favorite regular IPA, but I think this one takes the cake. Great from start to finish. A must try.

Note: I’ve had this both from the bottle and on draft. I certainly prefer the bottle. It has more flavor, stronger aromas, and is just much better overall. The draft form just didn’t do this beer justice and if I would have tried it on draft first I may not have tried it again, which would have been a big mistake.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 03:16:43 | More by zac16125
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4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Light golden with a very very slight haze. Small but decently retaining head.

Sweet tropical notes, mainly mango accompany a major amount of hops in the scent. Apricots, yes. Some citrus character here.

Hop bitterness with a nice tropical lemon vibe to a spicy sweet then bitter closing. Peach flavors emerge. Pine. Apricots are more present in my second glass. Mint.

Soo smooth in this area. Cannot get any better mouthfeel wise. Perfect amount of alc, spice and carbonation, and an easy to drink body.

There was a lot I liked but overall very good.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 06:03:56 | More by Sensaray
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3.1/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes; originally 6/10/11.

A-Pours a clear orange with a finger of white head with suspended hop matter throughout.

S-Apricot and grapefruit notes with a strong pine resin finish.

T-Dry, bitter apricot and pine with a bitter, bordering on astringent piny finish.

M-A little over-carbonated for the style, in my honest opinion, with a thin body and bone dry feel.

D-A little difficult to finish for me due to the combination of the very dry feel and the hop profiles used.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 02:51:21 | More by samie85
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4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Cam

A - Clear golden body, nice full white head.

S - citrus, some funk, fresh cut grass, pine. It's a beautiful thing

T - beautiful hop profile, everything from the nose is here. There are not words to describe the beauty of this taste. Perfection.

M - dry, fairly light. A decent mouthfeel.

O (D) - what an exquisite beer. Very excited that Ballast Point is supposedly coming to OH soon.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 16:17:48 | More by ColdPoncho
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4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to my man Evan (optimator13) for this much wanted IPA!

A - Looks like a bright delectable Florida orange in liquid form - very nice! Huge three finger head that hangs around for quite some time which is fine by me. Laces the glass with every sip.

S - Oh my! Citrus, grapefruit, bitterness, west coast hops, and more citrus! Did I mention the strong citrus floral smells? I want this in air freshener form asap!

T - Much like the nose this is a citrus and grapefruit bomb! Perfect amount of hop bitterness. As it warms the malt balances this baby out perfectly. A little sweetness at the end throws in a nice little surprise.

M - Medium and nicely carbonated, just like I want my IPA's to feel like.

O - Wow this was a really great IPA. If I had it available I'd buy this and Sweetwater IPA on a regular basis. An unexpected and very welcomed treat Evan, thanks man!

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 13:23:20 | More by Bennettrox
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4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite IPAs here. Last time I had this, it was my victory celebration beer in Glendale, AZ after the national championship. Thanks to stupac2 for sending it down to the beer desert in which I live. No freshness info. Enjoyed on 06/22/11.

A - Pours a wonderful pale orange, slightly hazy. A 1.5 finger white head rises and leaves great lacing. Big bubbles remain on top of the beer. Good looking stuff.

S - Wow! An aroma this good has only been achieved by Pliny, that I've come across. Grapefruity, citrusy, resiny hops. Very little malt sweetness and a hint of alcohol in the background. Smells delicious.

T - Surprisingly balanced up front. Then towards the back, it's an onslaught of hops. Bitter, juicy, citrus hops. Leaves a crisp bitterness on the tongue once it's gone. Up there with Union Jack for my favorite single IPA out there.

M - Mouthfeel is good, lively carbonation. Might like it to be a touch creamier.

O - Nothing to say about this one that hasn't already been said. It's a great beer. Seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 18:46:10 | More by Janderson91
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4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Draft Pizza Port San Clemente. Pours light golden with creamy white head. Strong aroma of hops and tropical fruits. Flavor is mainly C hops with nice malt balance. Combination of hop flavor w/ hop and fruity aroma is amazing. Very drinkable. Love this beer! So glad it's now in six packs.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2011 17:41:36 | More by scbrew
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South Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer pretty fresh from GBX in greenville, SC. Looks grest inch and a half of head pop and heavy lace. Smells like heaven, if heaven smells like mango and grapefruit. Good caramel malt with citrus hops, this is the kind of IPA I try a bunch of other IPA's for. Well balanced. Medium carbonation and just the right amount of boozey taste, I like a little. This one is a keeper. I wish I had a sixth barrel in my fridge at all times, paycheck willing. Good Day.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 04:16:28 | More by willyc
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4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Date: 21 July 2011
Glass: Piratt tulip snifter ~50cl
Type: 12fl oz bottle

I think the Earth just stopped moving.

Poured gently for a 2-finger head, into a wispy film, average lacing, color is sediment-filled amber-orange.

Where to begin.... Cracking this beer fills the air with fresh hops like you've never smelled before. Unreal.

Aroma. Aroma, aroma, aroma.... lovely fresh tart grapefruit hops, lemon bitters. They are the only things I smell, but they are above and beyond.

Taste begins with very sugary grapefruit without any acidity, into lemon. Honestly, these hops are perfect, and nowhere near overpowering. Plentiful, yet not burdensome.

Mouthfeel? How is this possibly a single IPA? This is the by far the single best single IPA I've ever tasted. Screw writing more of this review. BUY THIS BEER.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 23:32:38 | More by ToAzwethinkweizm
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 8,406 ratings.