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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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world-class

9,000 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 9,000
Reviews: 2,003
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 923
Gots: 1,580 | 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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mcc1654

Illinois

5/5  rDev +13.4%

12-05-2011 23:00:34 | More by mcc1654
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -13.2%

Hm, now its only less than a week old.

Pours a bright orange color. Like apple juice. Very little carbonation and minimal head.

Hops arent exactly what I was expecting from the nose. I get a slightly honey sweetness from the malt. Piney hops. Hm like Two-Hearted. With a little more Boston Lager hops. Im liking this.

Taste does not live up to the hype at all. Maybe the keg I had was more fresh, but it had alot more floral hops, and a nice touch of pine and citrus. The bottled version was a bit more subdued. Some nice pine notes are there, and a good amount of bitterness in second. But still, I was hoping for some kind of floral and fresh hop, but I got Lattitude 48 IPA instead of Two-Hearted.

It does have balance, and a good amount of honey malt. Sits semi light, with an absence of hops.

12-05-2011 22:35:27 | More by VncentLIFE
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dangelop

New York

4/5  rDev -9.3%

12-05-2011 21:50:19 | More by dangelop
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kjkinsey

Texas

5/5  rDev +13.4%

12-05-2011 18:28:15 | More by kjkinsey
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asparkoflife

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -9.3%

12-05-2011 17:20:50 | More by asparkoflife
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jeffmart22

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +13.4%

12-05-2011 15:27:59 | More by jeffmart22
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +13.4%

12-05-2011 05:10:52 | More by HopStoopid120
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HosP

Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +0.5%

Picked up a couple bottles of these from a very generous Stormking47. Poured 12 oz into pint glass

A- Pours a nice dark orange. Nice fluffy white head, leaves lots of lace.

S- Lot of juicy hop aroma to this. Citrusy, piney hop smell comes through the most. Very nice.

T- Just like the nose, lots of hoppiness to this beer. Citrus mostly with orange and mango flavors. Some pine hop taste too. Sweet caramel malts hidden in the background. Not really to much bitterness, pretty mild.

M- On the lighter side of medium body. Moderate carbonation.

O- A very well done IPA. Give hints that it could be a DIPA with the amount of hop flavors, but the bitterness of a DIPA isn't there. Makes for a great drink. Would love to drink a sixer of this anytime. Thanks Josh for the bottles!

12-05-2011 02:45:19 | More by HosP
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whallgren

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +13.4%

12-04-2011 18:04:14 | More by whallgren
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futura123

California

4.5/5  rDev +2%

12-04-2011 17:58:15 | More by futura123
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mhaugo

California

5/5  rDev +13.4%

12-04-2011 17:52:23 | More by mhaugo
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alamode

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +13.4%

12-04-2011 14:44:55 | More by alamode
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mdvatab

Indiana

3.8/5  rDev -13.8%

Thanks to cosmonick for sharing!
Poured from 12oz bottle into red wine glass.

Aroma: Zesty citrus and a light pine resin hop note, plus a balanced honey-graham sweetness.

Appearance: Sparkling clear, golden body. One finger head is slow to fall, and leaves decent, sudsy lacing.

Flavor: Grapefruit and pine, just like the aroma. Sweetness is mild (not syrupy like some examples of the style), and has a light honey-grainy note. Bitterness comes through strongly, and hangs on at the end as expected.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Hop tannins are there, but not in a "strip the enamel off your teeth" kind of way.

Overall: Definitely an enjoyable IPA, but not on the same level as some of my favorites like Zombie Dust. Would love to try it on tap at the brewery sometime, but probably won't actively seek it out. Give 'er a shot, though, to see for yourself.

12-04-2011 14:25:03 | More by mdvatab
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onefalsemove711

California

5/5  rDev +13.4%

12-04-2011 04:25:52 | More by onefalsemove711
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meich75

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +13.4%

12-04-2011 04:02:48 | More by meich75
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RyanBeer13

Virginia

4/5  rDev -9.3%

12-03-2011 11:05:44 | More by RyanBeer13
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BucannonXC5

California

4.13/5  rDev -6.3%

Poured from a draft into a plastic up at Gaglione Brothers in San Diego, Calif. Color was golden orange. Minimal head when I got it, maybe ½ inches. Decent amount of lacing on the top. Healthy amount of film on the sides.

Smelled of citrus hops, mainly lemon zest and grapefruit. Some pine in there, too.

First tasted was a bitter, strong alcohol bite. Grapefruit dominated the taste after. Still very bitter on the finish.

Medium body. Lively (moderate) carbonation, maybe even a bit higher. Bitter finish.

Not a bad beer, but nothing really “wowed” me. I had to give it a try considering how rare it is to fine.

12-03-2011 04:00:03 | More by BucannonXC5
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youradhere

Arkansas

4/5  rDev -9.3%

12-03-2011 03:38:09 | More by youradhere
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kgoodnow

Florida

5/5  rDev +13.4%

12-03-2011 01:41:04 | More by kgoodnow
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ndak

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -9.3%

12-03-2011 00:47:34 | More by ndak
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vonburgey

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +13.4%

12-02-2011 17:23:57 | More by vonburgey
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TIJAE

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +13.4%

12-02-2011 16:22:28 | More by TIJAE
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BrlyHpsWtrYst

California

4/5  rDev -9.3%

12-02-2011 15:18:28 | More by BrlyHpsWtrYst
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PhineasGage

Iowa

5/5  rDev +13.4%

12-02-2011 01:01:14 | More by PhineasGage
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RStang13

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +13.4%

12-01-2011 17:45:08 | More by RStang13
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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