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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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10,116 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,116
Reviews: 2,094
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 1,011
Gots: 2,099 | FT: 42
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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5/5  rDev +13.4%

joshwith, Oct 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

damngoode, Oct 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

YeastInception, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of silentdonkey
4.93/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Simzy's in Long Beach, CA.

A: Beautiful golden orange pour with a nice creamy fluffy white head.

S: A beautiful bouquet of hops! Lots of citrus and tropical hops. Slight malt sweetness.

T: This beer is everything it's hyped up to be. Tons of juicy hop flavor. Lots of mango, grapefruit, orange, peach, and passion fruit. A good amount of bitterness up front, but not overpowering. Transitions perfectly into the hop flavor. Balanced nicely with a mellow malty backbone. Finishes smooth, clean and crisp.

M: Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Slightly syrupy, but not to the extent of a lot of the other big IPAs.

O: Such an awesome beer! Easily one of the best IPAs out there. It is so well balanced and the citrus and tropical hop flavor is unmatched. The dry hopping shows through nicely and the simple malt profile keeps it perfectly balanced. Seem to always come back to this one.

silentdonkey, Oct 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

ercxi, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of bcc99man
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First time taste

Batch #163, enjoy by 12/22/12

Poured into snifter glass

A: Semi-hazy, amber/burnt orange. About a 1/2 finger of an off white head that dissipates quickly (admittedly, a very light pour on my part). Small carbonation bubbles.

S: Tons of grapefruit, orange, and peach. Just delicious and juicy. I absolutely love the smell of this beer. Not much malt at all. Very, very slight, if any. Delicious!

T: Huge orange, grapefruit, and lemon. Juicy, bitter hop flavor up front. Nothing too harsh or astringent. Slight sweet finish. Not much alcohol taste at all.

M: Very easy drinking. Low carbonation and smooth.

O: My first ever Ballast Point beer. Absolutely delicious. LOVE the smell, love the taste. A pretty prototypical West Coast IPA with a good hop presence but nothing too overwhelming. Very easy to drink. I could drink this every day! Believe the hype!

bcc99man, Oct 22, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

MrRockstar, Oct 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

mpetersen, Oct 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -15%

sendbeer, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of fmccormi
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 12oz pry-off bottle to a stemmed tulip (Belgian Independence Day tulip). Freshness date of January 24, 2013 printed in white ink near the bottom-left corner of the front label (“SC 173 ENJOY BY 01/24/13”). According to Ballast Point, their freshness dates are set four months from bottling, so I’m assuming this was bottled on September 24, 2012, making this bottle just a day shy of four weeks old on the day of consumption.

Appearance (4.0): This pours with a lively, off-white head three fingers thick that recedes relatively quickly, crackling audibly. The body is a dark golden color, more amber than yellow, and very clear. The head leaves some modest lacing all around the glass as it recedes, mainly clumpy and sudsy.

Smell (4.5): Juicy citrus all the way, and very fragrant: sweet, red grapefruit, juicy pineapple, and the kind of acidic snap of limejuice. There’s some mildly vegetal, dank undertones that come out later and add another dimension to it. Some moderately sweet malt backbone is in there too, a touch of light brown sugar

Taste (4.0): Moderately strong bitterness comes around first, herbal and citrus pith in turns, before giving way to a mixed bag of hop flavor: part pine resin, part bitter grapefruit (like white grapefruit), moving from hop flavor into hop bitterness automatically. There’s a strongly bitter finish that hangs on for a while, kind of a pinesap-resinous bitterness. The malt is hard to find under that hopload, but it’s there. It’s somewhat bready with that same kind of light brown sugar sweetness that came through in the nose. No discernible alcohol or yeast notes, though the 7% ABV could contribute to the dryness in the finish.

Mouthfeel (4.0): The mouthfeel is good but nothing exceptional: the carbonation is lush and foams nicely and easily, never prickly or tingly, but does the job. The body is medium-weight, somewhat oily, and finishes very dry and almost chalky due to that piny, hoppy finish.

Overall (4.0): This is a good IPA, for sure. I think I was expecting more from it though, to be honest. I’ve had IPAs that I’ve enjoyed 5x more, to be honest, but this does the job and does it well while firing on all cylinders. Still, this was pretty good and I’d definitely try it again (especially if it was some special dry-hopping treatment on cask or something) but I’m probably not going to go out of my way to seek it out again.

fmccormi, Oct 22, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

w5baron, Oct 21, 2012
4.5/5  rDev +2%

SEANDOYLE, Oct 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

OddNotion, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.98/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tried this on tap at the brewery, then shipped a bomber back to Toronto to review.

Pours reddish amber with perfect clarity and the odd meandering carbonation bubble. The off-white head lasts a while and leaves patches of foam all over the glass. Thick, pithy grapefruit and pine fill the nose, almost completely overshadowing a docile bready malt character. The taste is deceptively sweet upfront with marmalade and floral notes building into a huge, citrusy bitterness. Waves of white grapefruit rind and pine sap fill and destroy my pallete. Malt flavors are pretty much awol, adding just some biscuityness with warnth. Coating bitterness numbs my mouth and makes for a sublime mouthfeel. Bitter lasts for an hour in the finish.

This is an excellent super hoppy IPA. Gigantically complex, simultaneously brash and nuanced. One of the best I've ever tried. Outstanding.

CAMRAhardliner, Oct 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -15%

Marty30, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.98/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden color with white head that dissipates pretty quickly. Bottle date reads "enjoy by 10/6/12"...DAMN IT! How many times will it take for me to pay attention?

Smell is nice tangerine citrus hops and honey.

Taste is mildly sweet malts and nice orange with some late orange rind bitterness. Bitterness is pretty tame and comes in very late.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and very drinkable.

Overall this is a good IPA, especially considering its age. Will definitely buy again.

TrappistJohnMD, Oct 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -15%

jlkaufm, Oct 19, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to tone77 for this beer! The beer pours amber and copper in color. It has a short head of thick off-white foam.

The aroma is pleasantly hop forward, lots of tropical fruit, mango, some citrus, and a touch of pine sap.

The taste follows the aromas, tropical, mango, tea with lemon, with a quite bitter, but still smooth, finish. IPA lovers, this one is worth finding!

cpolking, Oct 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

JeffreyJDavis, Oct 19, 2012
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1.25/5  rDev -71.7%

Roland45s, Oct 19, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

henryhampton, Oct 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

ComRock12, Oct 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

jread23, Oct 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

ReyG006, Oct 18, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

HipHopinHooligan13, Oct 18, 2012
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 10,116 ratings.