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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

8,986 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 8,986
Reviews: 2,003
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 923
Gots: 1,569 | FT: 50
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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JonBoy47

California

5/5  rDev +13.4%

12-13-2011 06:50:22 | More by JonBoy47
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ipa247

California

4/5  rDev -9.3%

12-13-2011 06:26:23 | More by ipa247
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nickfl

Florida

4.38/5  rDev -0.7%

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a perfectly clear, copper colored body. The head settles slowly and leaves nice, thick lace.

S - Sweet, fruity hops with notes of orange and mango as well as a sweaty note in the background. Lots of bready malt and toffee as well.

T - Sweet malt and orange hops up front. Lots of sugary toffee in the middle with pine, orange, and mango hop flavors. The beer finishes with rich, sweet malt and some caramel with lingering mango and orange from the hops.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Thick, rich, and impeccably well balanced. The fruity hop profile works very well with the malt and provides just enough bitterness to keep it drinkable. Not as pungently hoppy as some other west coast IPAs, but it is round and smooth in a way that you almost never see in this style while also expressing a really excellent hop profile.

12-13-2011 02:33:49 | More by nickfl
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dogbones

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev -4.3%

Appearance: Perfect clear amber gold with a hint of orange. Nice head from the tap and decent lacing that sticks around when the beer is long gone

Smell: Very mild grapefruit aroma with a small hint of pine. Mildly aromatic like a pine car air freshener.

Taste: Nicely bitter with a burst of citrus and pine. The taste linger well after a swallow.

Mouthfeel: Thin on the tongue with lots of carbonation.

Overall: A very nice IPA that goes down smooth and will sneak on you in a hurry!

12-13-2011 00:19:18 | More by dogbones
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penginpunk

California

4/5  rDev -9.3%

12-12-2011 08:56:53 | More by penginpunk
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InfernalPotato

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -9.3%

12-11-2011 23:32:51 | More by InfernalPotato
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ajkmetron

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +13.4%

12-11-2011 22:07:29 | More by ajkmetron
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roblund

California

4/5  rDev -9.3%

12-11-2011 21:37:26 | More by roblund
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Rekrule

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2%

12-11-2011 20:36:09 | More by Rekrule
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deadmule

Ohio

5/5  rDev +13.4%

12-11-2011 18:51:04 | More by deadmule
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Aiptasia

Florida

4.22/5  rDev -4.3%

Sampled at kickbacks gastropub in Jacksonville, on tap in a 16 oz. pint glass.

A: Fluid amber color dominating the pint with a hoop ring of glossy white 1/2" head. Softly bubbling up the sides of the glass.

S: Soft subtle aromas of newly broken earth and citrus.

T: Frighteningly subtle. Very evenly balanced flavors of noble hops with a dry malt backbone.

M: Emptied the glass in no time. Very easy to drink.

O: A great beer, one i'd be proud of. Matches well to any one of many adaptable situations. Great beer to pair with food.

12-11-2011 16:18:46 | More by Aiptasia
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jak

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +13.4%

12-11-2011 15:51:22 | More by jak
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CarolinaKev

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

12-11-2011 04:46:58 | More by CarolinaKev
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marct

Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +2%

12-11-2011 00:07:26 | More by marct
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +4.3%

Poured from a bomber into a Guinness pint glass produced a straw yellow brew and it has a gorgeous slightly off white 1 finger small bubbled head with very nice heavy lacing.

The aroma is delicious grapefruity citrus hops (assume they are Amarillo) and Pale/Amber malts. I adore the grapefruit/citrus aromatic hops.

The taste follows the aroma with the grapefruit/citrus hops leading the charge with the malts comfortably playing the observor in the background.

Medium carbination, medium mouth feel, and medium dry. This is an incredible IPA. Although I'm not a Hop Head, this hop heavy brew has the perfect choice of bittering, flavoring, and aromatic hops FOR ME.

Special thanks to Roger @ Bestway in Greensboro, N.C. for stepping up and bringing this left coast outstanding brew to us rednecks, upper crusts, and hillbillies.

TO ME, this is the best American IPA that I have tryed thus far (followed by Lagunitas Sucks and Bell's Two Hearted). Like the Fonz use to say "aaah".

12-10-2011 20:52:52 | More by RedneckBeerz
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Chadpaq

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +13.4%

12-10-2011 20:39:21 | More by Chadpaq
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bkny27

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2%

12-10-2011 17:59:44 | More by bkny27
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maltlikker

Colorado

5/5  rDev +13.4%

12-10-2011 05:22:50 | More by maltlikker
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dkezx97

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +13.4%

12-10-2011 01:42:12 | More by dkezx97
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hpthebull

California

5/5  rDev +13.4%

12-10-2011 01:17:33 | More by hpthebull
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BUNZILLA

Indiana

4.35/5  rDev -1.4%

22oz bottle poured into a oversized sniffter

Appearance : super clear orange in color with alot of bubbles is coming up from the bottom of my glass. A large white head forms and has nice retention. It settles to from a cap that lingers aroud before dissipating.

Smell : Lots of aromatic hoppy goodness. Tons of citrus and juniper aromas abound on the nose. You just know this is going to be good.

Taste : In a word- sublime ! Lots of fresh tasting hoppy goodness. Very nice malty sweetness also. The hop bitterness really dominates and lingers aroud for awhile. I just really enjoy drinking this wonderful beer.

Mouthfeel : medium bodied brew with lots of carbonation. Feels great going down.

Overall : I have been hooked on this beer ever since I received it as an extra in my first trade on BA. Always a solid choice if you're a hophead like me. Very consistent taste have yet to be let down by this brewery.

12-10-2011 01:03:15 | More by BUNZILLA
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

12-09-2011 23:46:57 | More by nmann08
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JeremyDrinksBeer

California

5/5  rDev +13.4%

12-09-2011 22:08:57 | More by JeremyDrinksBeer
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amrozga

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +2%

12-09-2011 20:44:29 | More by amrozga
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drummermattie02

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +2%

12-09-2011 20:21:15 | More by drummermattie02
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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