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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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9,694 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,694
Reviews: 2,059
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 977
Gots: 1,896 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +2%

ryancuth, May 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Irrationalist, May 13, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

jstewart1130, May 13, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, from the Kahala Whole Foods in Honolulu. Sufficiently unattractive representation of the eponymous fish front and center on the label.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden orange hue, with three fingers of roiling, foamy, bubbly off-white head, which leaves some crooked bonsai tree lace around the glass as it slowly seeps away.

It smells pungently of grapefruit rind, blood orange, a slight herbal tinge, pine resin, and the faintest hint of bready caramel malt. The taste is big bitter blended citrus and pine, a slight uptick in the herbal, almost yeasty notes and a still suppressed bready malt, with zero heat from the 7 points of alcohol.

The carbonation is steady, and average, and well, everything you didn't know you wanted, the body a decently svelte medium weight, and more or less smooth, the hops bypassing this usual vein of interference. It finishes still pretty hoppy, but even more muddled, the citrus, pine, and herbal factions all united in plastering my palate with the ol' bitterness.

A pretty solid west coast IPA, with the extra herbal notes adding a complexity that I sometimes find interesting, and others, not so much. Given that here it's the former, I have to go with the overwhelming majority, and pimp this straight out.

biboergosum, May 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

joewsorenson, May 13, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

vinnie, May 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

sailorastro, May 13, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

mvilushis, May 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

EricCioe, May 12, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

JMCrocker, May 12, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

ELECTRONICAnonymous, May 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

StubFaceJoe, May 12, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

jds8411, May 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Number3red, May 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

standardcherry, May 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Piason, May 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

jacobalindsey, May 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

WesM63, May 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

creez, May 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

graphicsguy, May 10, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Unibroue tulip. One month old.

A - Clear golden straw colored. Big 2+ fingers of white foamy creamy head. Good retention beautiful appearance.

S - Huge citrus aromas. From bottle to glass to nose, citrus abounds. Great nose on this brew.

T - Citrus hits right up front. Great bit in the hops. Hits all over the palate in an explosion of citrus. Finishes remarkably clean and smooth.

M - Light creaminess. Terrific mouthfeel. Really hate this category but I try and stick with the ASTMO.

O - Wow, had this on tap in DC but after having it in a fresh bottle in Dallas, my impression has changed. Truly great IPA. Hits good with the citrus hops..goes down smooth and finishes clean. One month old and still great. Love to have this one fresh in San Diego. If you find it fresh get it. You wont be disappointed.

Momar42, May 10, 2012
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4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden orange with a thin white head full of tight and tiny bubbles. Dissipates slowly to just a ring on the outside, medium
Lacing, but in rings not webs.
Smells of tropical fruit snacks, mango, grass, pineapple. Very faint sugar and malt, but nothing discernible.
Flavor is much like the smells. Starts light, a bit of weak bready Malt. Hops go in order from sweet papaya, mango, grass, hearty pine and faint pineapple. Slightly bitter, but very flavorful hops.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Slightly higher than normal carbonation that carries the hop flavors. Sticky, resiny feel.

Freaking great stuff. Well balanced and I love the solid sticky hops. I always prefer hops that don't muttle together and these separate flavors well. Great stuff indeed.

Thads324, May 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

dlello2, May 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

brenjames, May 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

AutumnBeerLove, May 09, 2012
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 9,694 ratings.