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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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10,930 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,930
Reviews: 2,237
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 1,150
Gots: 2,802 | 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:
Beer added by: brentk56 on 04-02-2006

Originally named Northstar IPA. Debuted in 2005.
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Enjoy by 04/02/13.

A: Pours a clear golden amber with a dense two finger white head. Lots of visible carbonation in the body. Leaves a touch of lacing as the head dissipates over the course of minutes or so.

S: Rich hop blast, a sweet fruity blended with an earthy pine. Very enticing, makes my mouth water in anticipation. Malts come through as sweet fruits. Almost a rye like spice, perhaps the yeast?

T: Hops hit you from the start and linger all the way deep into the aftertaste. Starts off with a fruitiness that meets some bittering pine and finishes with a spiciness. Very mellow considering how hoppy it is.

M: Great body on this. Fairly thick with a nectar like feel but isn't overly sticky or hard to put back. Pretty clean finish, light carbonation.

Overall this is one exceptional IPA. Very easy drinking and loads of flavor. Would be good for any hophead even those just getting into the style. 12oz is not enough!

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -15%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Mdog
4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Gold, good carbonation and head.

Smell: Moderate, citrus.

Taste: Nicely sweet, variety of fruit with grapefruit taking the lead. More balanced than expected, not bitter.

Comments: I picked up a bomber while in the quad cities over the holidays. It was a few months old (bottled in Oct) but no oxidation notes came through. It's a very nicely fruity IPA and more balanced than I expected. Maybe some of that was the age, but still a very tasty drink.

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3.25/5  rDev -26.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer was poured into a snifter to better capture the aroma on this one. The appearance was a copper color with red accents mingling throughout the glass. A modest white head topped the glass with the beer demonstrating lacing and a solid level of retention as the beer disappeared. The beer exploded with a grapefruit aroma. It may be an exaggeration, but I might suggest you could smell this one from the other side of the room. On the initial taste, one detects grapefruit, papaya, apricot, and lemon on the back of the tongue. The IPA progresses from sweet to more bitter as the sample continues. Grassy notes emerge and the malt backbone is just noticeable. The presence of the malt is just noticeable enough to make sure this is something more than a hop-bomb. In the aftertaste, the citrus notes combine as though it has become citrus candy. There is a noticeable warming sensation that also emerges. The thickness allows that taste to linger with the warming sensation.

For an American IPA, this is pretty close to perfect. Though it is well-balance, it is far from mild in the taste department.

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfect IPA. Not sure what else to say, but I will:

A: Glowing amber with ruby highlights. Lovely.

S: Sweet citrus with slight dank of bold hops. Lovely. Amarillo? Centennial? Not sure, but damn, they smell good.

T: Perfect. So balanced, it's almost comical. Big bitter on the front that smooths out quick; clean tart of the citrus fruit in the middle; and then the touch of malt on the back that binds it together and sweetens it just enough. I haven't had a more balanced IPA that doesn't skimp. It's not too heavy, not too light, not too sweet. It really is, perfect.

M: Yep. Awesome. Creamy, chewy, but just enough. Not too much, not too little. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Perfect.

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.84/5  rDev +9.8%

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 10,930 ratings.