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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

8,979 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 8,979
Reviews: 2,002
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 922
Gots: 1,564 | 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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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-21-2011 18:33:09 | More by Rochefort10nh
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cowboy83

New York

5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-21-2011 17:50:40 | More by cowboy83
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Rollzroyce21

California

4/5  rDev -9.3%

11-21-2011 14:29:10 | More by Rollzroyce21
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zc151

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-21-2011 08:30:00 | More by zc151
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johnhenryconway


4/5  rDev -9.3%

11-21-2011 07:38:30 | More by johnhenryconway
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cwps48

Maryland

4/5  rDev -9.3%

11-21-2011 05:32:49 | More by cwps48
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mindspin315

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +0.9%

Poured a nice thick dense white head. Crystal clear pale orange body. Lacing is sticking all over the glass.

Nice balanced hop aroma. Tropical fruit, citrus, toffee, light pine, and floral/herbal notes peak thru a sweet maltiness. Nothing totally grabs the nose, but blends together nicely.

Tastes like Pliny's slightly maltier brother. Tropical fruits hit the palate up front which move to a bitterness that hits the tounge towards the middle and a dry finish in the end. The malt presence keeps this balanced throughout. A little more malty than I remember this beer for some reason. The bottle is fresh though. Tastes like a more bitter malty DFH 60 Min, but without the sweetness. One reason this beer is such a great example of an IPA is how balanced it is. A touch more tropical/citrus fruit from the hops would easily make this an A+ beer.

Sculpin is a really good IPA! One that you could easily sip on or throw back a few bottles of.

[94/100]

11-21-2011 05:27:20 | More by mindspin315
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gratefulbeerhead

Indiana

5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-21-2011 04:35:20 | More by gratefulbeerhead
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Britton

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-21-2011 02:44:11 | More by Britton
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Rckmo10

California

4.5/5  rDev +2%

11-21-2011 02:36:48 | More by Rckmo10
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-21-2011 02:29:56 | More by PEIhop
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danielp215

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -9.3%

11-21-2011 01:12:31 | More by danielp215
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +2.7%

Had this on my tick list for a while. Not sure how old the bottle is but it has some weird date code and no sediment so it's OK by me.

Top beer number 34

A - Ah a lovely inch of crisp frothy head with a nice bit of carbonation in the glass. Color is a bit lighter than the IPA's I usually drink but it has a great level of clarity. Gave it a 4 since it's head is not very sticky.

S - Beautiful levels of pine and citrus both from the bottle neck and in the glass. Smells also very balanced since the hops are not really "in your face"

T - Damn that's nice. I love the aggressive bit of bitter pine but it doesn't get bitter enough to deliver any "soap" like flavors (like some west coast IPA's) And each sip seems to deliver a different shade of hop: first pine, then second was more of an apricot, now citrus. Exceptional.

M - Body is as it should be and drinks fairly light with a light to medium body.

Overall it's been a while since I had such an exceptional IPA. Bitter like Ruination but each sip rounding flavors of both bitter and sweet hops. This is what hop heaven tastes like.

11-21-2011 00:45:43 | More by DrDemento456
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brendaniel

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-21-2011 00:30:23 | More by brendaniel
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captainbearcat

Illinois

5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-20-2011 22:53:45 | More by captainbearcat
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jonny86jonny

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-20-2011 21:24:08 | More by jonny86jonny
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cfinch2

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

11-20-2011 20:51:38 | More by cfinch2
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DoctorB2B

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2%

11-20-2011 19:40:40 | More by DoctorB2B
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Rempo

Indiana

5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-20-2011 16:50:04 | More by Rempo
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mmcnaughton

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +2%

11-20-2011 12:57:51 | More by mmcnaughton
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Mahlik

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +2%

11-20-2011 07:49:00 | More by Mahlik
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Diomede

California

4.5/5  rDev +2%

11-20-2011 07:29:59 | More by Diomede
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originalgoat

California

4.5/5  rDev +2%

11-20-2011 04:44:30 | More by originalgoat
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despond

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-20-2011 03:53:09 | More by despond
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jenray

Texas

5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-20-2011 03:40:39 | More by jenray
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 8,979 ratings.