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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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10,685 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,685
Reviews: 2,184
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 1,104
Gots: 2,586 | FT: 49
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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look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Nobi Public House in Webster, Texas.

Wow. I'm not an IPA fan.. or at least I don't think I am.. but after having this.. maybe I am... I liked Bell's Hopslam when I had it... really good.. but it didn't make me want to drink another.

I like Saint Arnold's double IPA Endeavour a lot.. but I generally only drink one every once in a while when new kegs hit the Houston area.

The first on tap IPA I really liked was Hop Manna from Shmaltz.... but this was even way better than that.

So much grapefruit smell and taste.. AND it wasn't an overpowering bitter finish.. it was still hops bittery... but it didn't overpower anything else..so dang good.

I haven't had Pliny or that top east coast IPA... but I'll be very impressed if they are better than this for me.

Oh yeah.. Ballast Point.. thanks for finally coming to Texas!

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle:

Appearance: Looks like an IPA to me. Nice white head on top of a golden pour with some lively carbonation.

Smell: Citrusy hop profile with mango, grapefruit, orange, some faint pineapple. The background brings some bready malt that balances it out quite nicely.

Taste: Mango, orange and mild pineapple slide into a malty finish that eventually moves out of the way for a sneaky crescendo of grapefruit that creeps up on the palate and lingers after the drink is done. This is a unique, balanced IPA that is quite good, damn!

Mouthfeel: Nowhere near Pliny-like carbonation levels, but there's a good balance of carbonation and lack thereof to make this nice and sessionable.

Overall: Delicious IPA with awesome mangoness that sets it apart from many other IPAs. I drank this way too fast, that should tell you something, right?

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to my buddy, Travis, who brought this back from Dallas after winter break. Best by date of 12/28/12, so just a little old. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a beautiful caramel orange, with a three finger head of dense, tiny bubbles. ADHD carbonation has bubbles zinging everywhere. Decent lacing.

S - Lots of orange and lemon goodness. A little sweet on the nose.

T - Very fruity to start, with the full arsenal of citrus. Wish this was a little fresher, because im sure it would pop even more. Finishes with a satisfying malt crunch, almost sweet like a pastry.

M - As mentioned, lots of energetic carbonation, with a fuller mouthfeel than I was anticipating.

O - Overall, great IPA with some interesting things going on. Wish I had better access to this. Thanks again, Travis!

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 10,685 ratings.