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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

9,053 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 9,053
Reviews: 2,010
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 931
Gots: 1,601 | 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:
Originally named Northstar IPA. Debuted in 2005.

(Beer added by: brentk56 on 04-02-2006)
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MrBURTON55

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-30-2011 16:32:04 | More by MrBURTON55
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muletrane

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured from a 12oz bottle (no dates) into a Bruery tulip.

A: Pours a clear copper colour. 1 finger of dense white head that dissapates quickly. Leaves some lacing as well.

S: Lots of citrusy hops and sweet malts.

T: Lots of piney hops in the flavor. Some citrus hops and sweet malts peek through as well. The finish is dry with lingering bitterness.

M: Moderate body and carbonation. Slightly prickly on the tongue and creamy and smooth going down.

The is simply one of the best single IPA's I've had the pleasure of enjoying. This beer has a great hop profile and is very drinkable and refreshing.

11-30-2011 14:55:01 | More by muletrane
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alwaysanswerb

California

5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-30-2011 09:00:13 | More by alwaysanswerb
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wtfuggles

Missouri

5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-30-2011 06:53:16 | More by wtfuggles
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davelag

California

4.5/5  rDev +2%

11-30-2011 05:09:05 | More by davelag
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mscott1975

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

11-30-2011 04:32:08 | More by mscott1975
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schwee

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-30-2011 03:18:25 | More by schwee
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rudy611

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-30-2011 02:48:18 | More by rudy611
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Beerwensh

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-30-2011 01:26:45 | More by Beerwensh
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aingle

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-29-2011 14:31:40 | More by aingle
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

3.86/5  rDev -12.5%

Thanks to ThaFATkid for sending this bottle.

This beer has a hazy gold color with a nice fluffy head and GREAT lacing. Perhaps the best I've seen. It has a typical IPA nose; very fruity and zesty with floral and citrus notes and just a hint of bubblegum. The flavor is quite sweet. Biscuit and fruity flavors predominate and are accompanied by a soft, dry hoppy bite and a little detectable alcohol. Nice firm mouthfeel, but a little under-hopped for my palate. The malt is there and there seems to be `room' for more hops.

Overall this is a really nice IPA, but the undeniable sweetness and slight hint of alcohol lends it a bit of that medicinal flavor that I find undesirable. To me, there are better IPAs out there. Still, I'm glad I tried this. It is certainly different than the IPAs I have access to around here.

11-29-2011 10:04:41 | More by deadonhisfeet
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AApparel

California

5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-29-2011 04:01:50 | More by AApparel
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DeutschesBier

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +2%

11-29-2011 01:21:25 | More by DeutschesBier
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SteelCityHops89

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-29-2011 00:54:59 | More by SteelCityHops89
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Pahophead21

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-29-2011 00:03:56 | More by Pahophead21
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Wolfsdenbrew

New Mexico

5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-28-2011 19:52:50 | More by Wolfsdenbrew
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ccyr

New York

5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-28-2011 18:35:13 | More by ccyr
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gfx

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-28-2011 05:43:08 | More by gfx
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russwbeck

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev -4.3%

A: Clear yellow orange pour with a big white head. The retention is great as the head recedes to form a nice cap atop the brew, and laces quite nicely down the side of my Founders Goblet. A ton of bubbles race from the bottom to the top.

S: The smell has some pretty impressive depth, grapefruit, citrus, and very piney in terms of hops, the caramel malts are noted and have more of an aroma than I was expecting. The smell is extremely hop forward, don't get me wrong, but the rest of the smell provides a balance that I like.

T: The taste follows the smell perfectly. Balanced, with enough malts to make this a balanced beer instead of a hop bomb. Grapefruit, citrus, piney hops take the beer over. Dry from start to finish, I challenge you to put this down. Easy to think about grabbing for another one.

MF: Crisp and light with a dry finish.

O: This beer deserves the hype it gets. I picked it up at Al's of Hampden for $17 a 6pack. It was the first time I had every seen it on tap or in a bottle and decided why not have both. Definitely not disappointed.

11-27-2011 20:39:02 | More by russwbeck
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rhino54

California

5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-27-2011 19:09:10 | More by rhino54
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trisweb

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-27-2011 07:02:06 | More by trisweb
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girllovesbier

California

5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-27-2011 06:41:17 | More by girllovesbier
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

11-27-2011 03:18:15 | More by brandoman63
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hiphopipa

Maine

5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-27-2011 01:15:48 | More by hiphopipa
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BenHesk12

California

4.13/5  rDev -6.3%

A great Cali IPA with an intense bright citrusy aroma and taste.

This is a beer I wouldn't want to drink more than one at a time however due to intense fruity flavor and lack of a deep hoppy bitterness which I personally prefer. Sculpin is a high quality IPA, but to me stands out as more of a novelty than a standard.

11-27-2011 01:14:01 | More by BenHesk12
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 9,053 ratings.