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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.

10,955 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,955
Reviews: 2,243
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 1,155
Gots: 2,826 | 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:
Beer added by: brentk56 on 04-02-2006

Originally named Northstar IPA. Debuted in 2005.
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a few bottles of this (no idea why I did not grab more) on a sojourn to Virginia Beach over the weekend. Enjoy By 6/15/13, exceedingly fresh.

Poured into a Founders snifter, 1-2 finger white head recedes pretty quickly, leaving some wet chunks of lace on the inside of the glass. Beautifully bright orange in color, with some copper as well. Pretty clear, holds light brilliantly.

Floral, citrus, and hoppy aromas up front, light pine/malt aroma after it sits a few minutes. Very aromatic right away, sort of fades a bit as I drink.

Citrus, pine, mango, floral notes are all over the flavor profile, but I suppose pine and citrus are most prominent. I know BP makes a Grapefruit Sculpin, so I can only imagine how much more grapefruity that one is. Taste is amazing, up there with the best I've had.

Feel is super balanced, very smooth up front leads into a more typically hoppy experience at the end of the sip. Piney/hoppy after feel/taste.

Overall this is amazing, and I am glad to finally have it so fresh. Not sure when it was bottled, but the enjoy by date suggests it must be fresh. Reminds me of Head Hunter, in many ways. Must try. Cheers.

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.91/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Very light. Pours a bright golden yellow, with a 3 finger head.

S: Very floral initial aroma. Grapefruit, mango really shines through from the hops. Smells awesome.

T - Really nice, the grapefruit is the star and the other flavors marry in nicely. It is fresh and citrusy but it adds a bitter hoppy punch that I absolutely love.

M- Biting and rather crisp. Very well carbonated.

This is one of my favorite IPA's and am extremely pleased that I can get Ballast Point in Florida now. If you love IPA's then this beer is a must try.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Thin golden color, with a thick rocky white head.

S: Lots of citrus, and pine in the smell.

T: Taste follows the nose well. Lots of citrus, and pine. Slightly resinous up front, and lots of grapefruit following that.

M: The mouthfeel is very smooth, and perfectly carbonated.

O: Overall this is one of my top three IPAs. The others being Lost Gold, and Blind Pig.

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3.53/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure why this gets such high ratings. To me, there's nothing special about it at all. Aroma is similar to Sierra Nevada Torpedo. A bit sour with a very small hint of sweetness. Mostly floral, hardly any citrus in the aroma at all. Taste is a little better, but not by much. Still no citrus. Just some bitter hops. Thin body, not much mouthfeel. Has sort of a "tea-like" flavor to it that throws me off. The finish is clean, doesn't leave much of an aftertaste -- I guess that's the best part of the beer. This is $13.99 in my area and it's actually worth about HALF of that. A big disappointment for me.

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 10,955 ratings.