Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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10,432 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,432
Reviews: 2,122
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 1,054
Gots: 2,306 | FT: 41
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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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Buy-Rite in Jersey City recently. Never had this before and I didn't know how popular and highly-rated this beer was until I looked on here. I had never had anything from Ballast Point before and seeing how many people enjoy this, it looked like this was a good one to start off with. Even though I didn't see this as being outstanding, this was one of the better American IPA's that I've had and it nearly measure up to the flagships of Stone and Sierra Nevada.

The pour to this was fairly solid, with a somewhat bright golden hue, present but not overwhelming head, and a fair amount of lacing that marked each level of the beer during my session. An equal amount of lemon and mango stood out in the aroma with the latter being a bit stronger in the taste. This beer nearly made me want to pucker up, since it was so bitter and sharp, but there was a enough resin here to balance out the hops and a balanced mouthfeel that prevented any burn or lingering puckering after each sip. For some reason, the aroma in the glass stood out better than the taste, which was a bit pedestrian through the resin that this beer consisted of. Not very grassy or metallic, the aftertaste was a mellow hop burn that faded quickly to a mild earthiness.

The alcohol was spot-on for this style and only added a hint of warming to an otherwise solid beer. I'll always hold SNPA dear to my heart since it was one of the first that I ever had of this type and has remained the flagship against with all Pale Ales and IPA's are measured. This fell just short of that but that's nothing to be ashamed about, as this beer warrants at least a try by all hopheads and Ballast Point fans. There's a good reason why this is one of the most popular beers on this site!

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

Fresh can into a tulip.

Pours a beautiful copper color iwth an inch thick head with some amazing lacing. Smell is BIG on hops and malts; you can tell this beer is going to rock your world before you even sip it. The taste is not big on hops at all, but extremely balanced, just how i like my IPAs. good sweet malts to balance out the hops makes this beer go down super easy and you will enjoy every second of it. no alcohol detectable. medium bodied with medium carbonation.

overall a world class IPA. and now they brew it in cans too? amazing.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of chrisheartsbeer, poured into my bell's tulip. enjoy by 02/15/13 marked on the label.

a - pours a deep, hazy golden shade and forms a finger or so of rocky, off white head. foam calms to a thin cap and stays put. leaves thick rings of lacing in the glass.

s - sweet citrus - orange, mango, faint berry, lightly toasted bread.

t - toasty malt with lots of grapefruit citrus notes. a massively bitter, pine resin thwack hits the tongue and lingers for a while, reminding you that this is indeed a west coast ipa.

m - lighter side of medium with adequate carbonation. co2 profile is a tad coarse, slightly oily and sticky, has a faint alcohol warming on the back end.

o - not one of the best ipas that i have tried, but solid nonetheless. a classic west coast style ipa that for me may be better enjoyed on a hot summer day than this cold winter evening. if it were distributed in michigan i'd buy a few sixers here and there.

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 10,432 ratings.