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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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10,396 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,396
Reviews: 2,115
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 1,046
Gots: 2,261 | 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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4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle in Sam Adams glass
best by 12/28/2012

A: Crystal clear, light copper/dark straw color with a one finger almost white head that leaves lots of lace.
S: Citrus and tropical fruit, a sense of sweetness
T: Sharp bitter, but not at all unpleasant, oranges and pine, and something that reminds me of flowers. No sign of the alcohol.
M: Very crisp, with a tingly amount of carbonation.
O: An excellent example of a west coast IPA. There is a lot going on, but it is not an overwhelming/dominating beer (you can have a conversation about something besides the beer). I wish this was a 6% beer vs. 7% so I could drink a six pack over a whole Saturday :) Something makes me think of Two Hearted, I think I need to pick up some for comparison.
Highly recommended.

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the growler into a Duvel tulip. Bosy is clear orangey-amber that appears more golden in color when backlit. Small head of white that leaves good splotchy lace with each sip.

S: Hops. Citrusy -- grapefruit and oranges - and plenty of apricot. Touch of pine in the background.

T: Honeyish sweet malt up front is followed by apricot. Also hop bitterness (lemony) and oranges, with a touch of grapefruit and tropical fruit salad. Hint of spice too.

M: Slight slickness or oily feel to it that I don't recall from having it on tap or from the bottle. Call it medium in heft, maybe a touch heavier.

D: Good stuff.

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours an awesome light orange with a subtle rust-like hint. the carbonation is great and the head formation is white in color with tight tiny bubbles. head dissipates rather quickly but hugs the rim of glass.

S: big grapefruit and peaches, with secondary apricot and mango. awesome balance of these tropical fruits with the massive piney hops

T: once again, a very nice balance of the tropical fruits (grapefruit, mango, peaches a slight apricot) with a big hoppy pine backbone. i also pick on a just a slight hint of lemon.

M: medium bodied and carbonation is spot on, leaves an ever so slight hop bitterness on the palate which is highly appealing.

O: this is just an excellent brew. the hops and the tropical fruits are so well balanced with one another. this brew is definitely worthy of the high ratings that it has received.

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 10,396 ratings.