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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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10,370 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,370
Reviews: 2,112
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 1,035
Gots: 2,238 | FT: 42
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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A gentle pour produces about an inch of white head. There is some light lacing. Cloudy orange appearance.

Aroma is of oranges, tangerines.

Taste is similar lots of tangerine, citrus and orange. Light malt backbone that plays a supporting role.

Nice light and refreshing mouthfeel.

I got this in a trade. I suspect it is not quite as fresh as optimal. One of the bottles is markes enjoy by 8/3/12. It's still a very nice IPA but did not quite live up to the reputation.

Edit: Coming back to this as BP entered MN. Had to up a couple ratings.

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served from a bottle to a tulip glass.

A-Very distinct looking. A gorgeous orange and yellow hue that is a good deal cloudier than most single IPA's. The head is not abound, but it is awfully sticky as the one finger sticks to both the beer and the glass itself creating a nice deal of lacing. A truly beautiful beer that if drank outside reflects sunlight in an even more appealing way.

S-Very flowery in comparison to other West Coast IPA's. The hops are very much at the forefront, likewise with a good deal of citrus, but there is almost no bitterness to be found. It is very soft on the nose which hides some of the deeper notes until after the tasting. A very complex nose.

M-A nice deal of crisp carbonation and creamy malt, it feels good on the palate but is nothing too remarkable.

T-One of the most subtly intriguing beers I have ever tasted. The hops are very much there, but as described in the nose, they are extremely flowery and do not blow out your palate. The citrus, mostly grapefruit to begin followed by some orange and lemon, is also very apparent, but this beer is far beyond attempting to pick out each specific flavor. Upon first sip the beer is good but not outstandingly great, then as you keep drinking the flavor profile continue to build upon itself creating a different experience with each and every sip. By the time the 22oz. were gone I would have done anything to get more.

O-One of the most polarizing IPA's in my experience. If given the proper chance to reveal itself it lives up to the hype and then some.

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 10,370 ratings.