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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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10,663 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,663
Reviews: 2,183
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 1,097
Gots: 2,563 | FT: 48
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:
Beer added by: brentk56 on 04-02-2006

Originally named Northstar IPA. Debuted in 2005.
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of bhodgson0739
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfect IPA. Not sure what else to say, but I will:

A: Glowing amber with ruby highlights. Lovely.

S: Sweet citrus with slight dank of bold hops. Lovely. Amarillo? Centennial? Not sure, but damn, they smell good.

T: Perfect. So balanced, it's almost comical. Big bitter on the front that smooths out quick; clean tart of the citrus fruit in the middle; and then the touch of malt on the back that binds it together and sweetens it just enough. I haven't had a more balanced IPA that doesn't skimp. It's not too heavy, not too light, not too sweet. It really is, perfect.

M: Yep. Awesome. Creamy, chewy, but just enough. Not too much, not too little. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Perfect.

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.84/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Screper
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of heffnate77
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of clubarsky91
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Lurkerson
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of PJHOY
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Digimaika2
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(4.0) A: Pours a clear copper colour with an eggshell white foam head that’s quite bubbly. Good retention with spotty lacing.

(4.25) S: Tropical fruits (mainly pineapple and papaya), fair bit of citrus (mainly orange), piney bitterness, floral elements, and a pleasing buttery malt. Very good.

(4.25) T: Pine, citrus (orange and a bit of lemon), quite floral tasting, and just enough bready malt character to satisfy. Not able to pick out those tropical fruits detected in the aroma but they’re probably in there somewhere. Taste profile is well balanced and all the flavours work together well.

(4.25) M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Oily with some chewiness. Nice and dry with an equally enjoyable lingering bitter finish.

(4.25) D: This is probably a textbook AIPA in all categories. Tropical fruits alluded me in the flavour department but nonetheless still a great AIPA and one I would quickly pickup again.

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of icetrauma
4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is transparent orange with a 2 finger head that coated the glass as it was drank.

Smell - Citrusy and crisp with lots of grapefruit.

Taste - Above avg West Coast IPA. Little to no maltiness with citrus hops ranging from mango, lemon and grapefruit. Nice sharp grapefruit finish that lingers a bit after the last swallow.

Mouthfeel - Slightly above avg. Not thin or heavy just right.

Overall - This beer will be a staple in my IPA drinking. Easy to drink and no pine at all to me. Good job BP.

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of djjacobsen
4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: average golden straw, transparent IPA color. Nothing special.
S: grapefruit bomb. Some other citrus fruits, very mild pine from hops
T: grapefruit rind and tropical. Not much of the ABV (which is low) and not ultra caramely or malty.
M: perfect on the palate. Well rounded. Every note hits on point. Finishes medium bodied.
O: probably the best, readily available IPA. Can find almost anywhere. Well worth the price and a great model for the fruity, piney IPA style. A regular drinker for me

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.8/5  rDev +8.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 10,663 ratings.