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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

10,151 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 10,151
Reviews: 2,096
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 1,016
Gots: 2,125 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

elkinbrown, Oct 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

crowsoup, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of tarheels86
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

651mL second bottled batch. Pours a clear, light amber with a two-finger, creamy, off-white head. Good retention and lacing. Okay lacing. Aroma is huge fresh grapefruit, tangerine, peaches and cream ice cream, huge butterscotch, caramel. Taste is fresh, citrusy, wet hops with butterscotch and a massive bitterness permeating throughout. Buttery, creamy on the palate that leaves a sort of oily mouthfeel. Wow. Fully quenching palate. 10/4/2009 9/4/8/5/17=4.3

After multiple samples of this beer on cask, tap, bomber all from Ballast Point itself, I find Sculpin to be inferior to Alpine Duet. This IPA is awesome- that is a fact. The head is massively rocky, leaves massive lace. But its superlative nose of mango peel, peaches, apricots is let down by a mostly voiding body, little butterscotch, very little creamy mouthfeel. More dry, seltzery, bitter. Still excellent, but it seems that Alpine Duet is more consistent with creating that butterscotch and peaches n cream/pineapple ice cream type flavor that Sculpin is just not delivering anymore. A shame.

tarheels86, Oct 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

beenitty, Oct 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

RandyKemka, Oct 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

MikeCactusGordon, Oct 01, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Phacoman, Oct 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

Harvey98, Oct 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

st9647v3, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of JuniperJesus
4.73/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The citrus and tropical aromas immediately seduce you into the secluded part of the world where tourists disappear and legendary tales begin. Are you ready for adventure? Sculpin lets you know she’s not your everyday IPA as soon as you wash up on the shore. She flashes her delicate pineapples and you finally wrap your tongue around her sweet mangoes for the first time. You see little difference between the celestial bodies as both the sun and her white gold complexion refresh your soul and tingle your libido. Her hops playfully nibble and bite, but never lose sight of why you came. She wants to satisfy but she doesn’t want you to leave. Each sip is a tease that both surprisingly exceeds legend and leaves you yearning for more. You want her again and again. Her siren song calls you and you only. This is why you’re lost, sailor. It’s because you want to be.

JuniperJesus, Sep 30, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

ryko, Sep 30, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

dcolatriano, Sep 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

colbyguy, Sep 29, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Kaetea, Sep 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

dampfire, Sep 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Prestonlegal, Sep 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

aztraz, Sep 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

JSeabrookeFox, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of Blackwolf
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into pint glass.

Missed the enjoy by date on this one
A- Poured a foggy orange body, tons of lively carbonation, great tight white head with excellent lacing. Not too much retention...

S- Very much citrus (grapefruit), pine and some bitter bold hops. Not very aromatic but very inviting none the less. Kinda comes off as an Imperial by the smell alone.

T- Great taste, again grapefruit, subtle pine, sweet malts mixed with tropical fruit. Not complex at all, but a solid IPA with bold characteristics.

MF- Surprisingly light to a light-medium body, sharp carb bite, very crisp and refreshing. Flavor sticks around just long enough to make it a "sipping beer" but the light balanced body and flavor gives this beer great drinkability.

O- Solid solid solid IPA. Indeed one of the better ones I tried with interesting flavors and characteristics. If you are a big IPA lover and haven't got around to sculpin yet, you must! Glad I tried it at work today, hands down delicious.

Blackwolf, Sep 28, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer on tap at Hamilton's in SD today, and at the brewery tasting room 30 days ago. I've also had it in bottle multiple times over the last 4 months.


A: Transparent light amber body with a 1/2" head (generous pour or I think it would be bigger...). Lots of lacing left on the glass as the small head subsided.

S: Strong pine and citrus nose; dominated by tropical fruitiness to me. That was follwed by strong pine. Lots of grapefruit and astringent notes picked up.

T: Starts with a dominant hop bitterness with grapefruit citrus and pine, followed by a strong pine bitterness, and finishes with a strong, dry astringency dominated by a grapefruit taste.

MF: Medium mouthfeel, good style appropriate carbonation. Again, this beer has a strong biting bitterness and dryness.

O: A really solid IPA that everyone loves. For me, it's not to my taste. I've given it a few tries, and I just can't get myselft to like it. But, I think for those that like strong IPAs, it's a winner. So, drink and enjoy! I won't try and steal you beer. LOL

FlyingBull, Sep 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -15%

meaghan2k, Sep 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

hmph, Sep 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Jessyca, Sep 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

arash1000, Sep 26, 2012
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 10,151 ratings.