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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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9,712 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,712
Reviews: 2,060
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 979
Gots: 1,905 | FT: 41
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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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

BrewNovice, Apr 13, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -26.3%

vbiliyar, Apr 13, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden color with a nice one finger white head. There are lots of bubbles in this one.
I noticed the aroma as soon as I opened the bottle. Fantastic hop aromas, pine mostly and also detected some caramel notes.
On the first taste I get a subtle hop bitterness which leads the way for the pine. Dark toast and a slight maltiness round out the flavor profile.
This beer is very crisp and clean and you. An feel that on the palate. This sensation gives way to a resinous hop bitterness and a pleasant lingering aftertaste of roast.
Wow! Good stuff! Glad Ballast Point made it to OH. No bottle date but I'm pretty sure it will always be fresh bc I can't see it sitting on shelves for long.

JCaweinstein, Apr 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

NSaad23, Apr 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

cardern, Apr 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Scout11, Apr 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

JulianBaughman, Apr 12, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

TCJosh, Apr 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

BradAleFlow, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of TangTKE402
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bomber bottle into a pint glass. Coppery tan in color, with a gorgeous 2-finger, off-white head. Great lacing, a clear look, and a nice effervescence. This is a beautiful beer.

S: As good as this beer looks, it smells even better. Strong, bright and crisp pine notes (needles less than resin) are balanced with a citrus, grapefruit spine and a clean overall aroma. Brilliantly done without being muddied by scents, this is a pure delight.

T: Bright hop notes up-front, with a caramel malt middle, and a dry, hoppy finish. Flavors of pine needles, fresh flowers, some citrus, some earth and grass, apricot and peaches, with a nice bit of subdued malt notes to round it out. I would say that this is a benchmark beer: one that you give to people as an example of the style done exceptionally well without any tricks. Just pure, good, clean IPA that refreshes with a bit of bite.

M: Lighter than one would expect, with a clean, bubbly feeling in the mouth, and a bitter, tanniny feel on the swallow that gets stuck on your tongue and in your jaw. This may not sound pleasant, but I found it quite inviting. Overall feel is quite pleasant.

O: The best way to describe this would be to use one word: CLEAN. The beer doesn't have a huge muddled earth presence, and the flavors are in balance without getting in each others' way. The feel is crisp, clean and inviting, and this beer is clearly crafted with the utmost care and diligence. Well worth a sip or two.

TangTKE402, Apr 11, 2012
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4.93/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a great all-around IPA. Solid aroma, great mouthfeel, flavor that just keeps lingering. I've had the privilege of enjoying tho on tap which is obviously the best way but even out of the bottle this is a great beer. I love this beer in my top 10 maybe even top 5.

IPAsteveCO, Apr 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

equincel, Apr 11, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: One-inch just off-white frothy head, light-golden color, good carbonation and lacing

S: Citrus including lemon, peach, mango, nice blend of hops, touch of caramel

T: Tangy bite of bitterness, citrus including grapefruit and orange-peel, earthiness, definitely heavy on the hops, but balanced nicely with malts

M: Good carbonation, medium-bodied, crisp and dry finish

O: Very good and drinkable IPA, fruity, floral, bitter

derkfromwi, Apr 11, 2012
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3.78/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tulip glass, about 55 degrees.

A - Off white head of big bubbles

S - Not much there. Light malt. Faint hops. Didn't get the floral or citrus others have described.

T - Fairly mild, with a much lower hop presence than I expected in an IPA. There's a bit of hop flavor initially but it mostly manifests as a dry finish and then lingering minor bitterness in the aftertaste. Not getting any of the bright fruit flavors described on the label. I get a subdued malt flavor, barely barely sweet, in balance with the subdued hop flavor. I was expecting a big hop assault but this is pretty much sessionable. I'm a fan of balance over punch-you-in-the-face hops, so this is just fine with me.

M - somewhat dry

O - At first I wondered if this is what happens to IPAs if they sit on the shelf for a long time. I'd heard that hop signature drops way down with age. But I decoded the freshness dating and it's a month before its best-before date, so I guess this is how it's supposed to be. I'm not an IPA guy but keep attempting to appreciate the style. If they were all like this, I wouldn't have a problem with the style, and in fact this satisfied the nascent hop craving I've started having. Maybe my palate is finally coming around. This is a tastefully restrained and classy brew. I might even like for it to get just a bit more rambunctious. I would recommend this to anyone who has been put off by the bitter beasts of the style and wants to venture out again.

BrownNut, Apr 10, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Joeybones3, Apr 09, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

goodonezach, Apr 09, 2012
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4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at The Tipsy Crow in San Diego, CA.
Clear light amber color with a frothy one finger head that stays forever.
Aroma is all that you want in an IPA, all the elements of floral and citrus goodness with a nice caramel backbone from the malts.
Taste is absolutely spot on, the perfect balance of a palate tingling hop bitterness and sweetness from the malts. Just a good all-round well balanced IPA. Extremely tasty and delicious.
Also, this was tapped the same day I had it. Nothing can beat a fresh IPA. Leaves tons of lacing along the insides of the glass.
Easy to drink with very good mouthfeel.
Overall, this is perhaps one of the best IPA's out there.
Definitely worth a try and comes highly, highly recommended.

CaptDavyJones, Apr 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Advocate_Ames, Apr 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

rwilde, Apr 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

calmond72, Apr 08, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A light yellow copper color with a sturdy white head and fantastic lacing. The aroma offers a floral sweetness and mild citrus hop. Very pleasant but not powerful. The first swallow gets tasty grainy bread with a polite lemon overtone. Almost a rye quality, grassy too. A medium bodied brew with lightly viscous, yet peppery feel. I consider it to have light but full carbonation as well. Highly drinkable and understandably popular!

Durge, Apr 08, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

gQQgsJr, Apr 07, 2012
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3.8/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ipa has a clean appearance and a crisp hoppy flavor. The aroma is fairly weak for a premium beverage like this but it does not have any negative characteristics at all.

The first taste immediately shows a well ballanced ale. To a fault. Perhaps this is just a bit too well behaved.

I would consider getting more of this and nobody in their rght mind should ever refuse one!

schoolboy, Apr 07, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into my New Belgium snifter.

A- Pours a light orange. Very light. Almost like straw. Nice two-fingers of rich, foamy head that leaves a nice lacing as it draws down. Nice looking brew here.

S- The smell is wonderful. A lot of citrus hops in there. I smell grapefruit more than anything, but there is a hint of pine and orange in there too.

T- The taste is outstanding. Heavy hops on the front, trailing off and leaving grapefruit on the finish. The bitterness is there, but it is very balanced. Just a hint of malty sweetness on the sides of the mouth, but not enough to notice unless you are looking for it. (Later) As it warms, more flavors are coming out. I am getting pine and orange peel now, in addtion to the grapefruit. It is also becoming a bit more bitter, which is fine with me. I am enjoying it at around a 45 degree temperature from the original pour and its warmed a bit since then.

M- The mouthfeel on this thing is odd. The rather exaggerated head would suggest a big carbonation bite, but it has an almost flat mouthfeel. I like it.

O- Overall I think the top rating on BA is well deserved. Only a real hophead is going to like this one, but that's me. Well done.

HoppySailor, Apr 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

StoicBeast, Apr 07, 2012
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 9,712 ratings.