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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

10,144 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 10,144
Reviews: 2,094
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 1,015
Gots: 2,119 | 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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Photo of PorterLambic
3.88/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arrives a rich amber color with a thin filmy head of light tan.
Smell is of course hoppy, resinous and evergreen with a light, almost faint, malt note.
Taste is hops, evergreen like sucking on a fir tree, light malt and nothing else.
For an IPA, its pretty smooth and lightly effervesced. Drying even before the swallow. Slightly warming afterwards.
Not as good as I was thinking it would be but not the uber-bitter hop beast that so many others are.

PorterLambic, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of Tony44119
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Tony44119, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of teyuders
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

teyuders, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of Drunkenass
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Drunkenass, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of Pamola
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Pamola, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of Brentnjen
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Brentnjen, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of ahuckk
4/5  rDev -9.3%

ahuckk, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of Quik4life3
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Quik4life3, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of tun
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

tun, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of BigJiMo
4.5/5  rDev +2%

BigJiMo, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of skiit13
3.25/5  rDev -26.3%

skiit13, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of ejimhof
2.5/5  rDev -43.3%

ejimhof, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of sd123
3.25/5  rDev -26.3%

sd123, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of Bubbalito
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Bubbalito, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of RMoeNay
4.5/5  rDev +2%

RMoeNay, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of Dunkelmeister
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Dunkelmeister, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of jackrodgers77
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

jackrodgers77, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of bluetravlr
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A gift from Jake the Big Mistake. Thanks Jake!

A: Burnt orange coloration. Great initial head and retention. Above average lacing. Fairly clear with visible bubbles rising to the top.

S: Grapefruit and other tropical fruits and freshly baked bread. A hint of pine needle and black pepper. Not too overwhelming.

T: A nice malty backbone gives way to flavors of grapefruit, apricot and lemon zest. A nice bitterness at the end dominated by pine resins. Bready to fruity to bitter. Very nice.

M: Effervescent but full-bodied, viscous but not syrupy. Very nice mouthfeel. Definitely a lingering resinous quality.

O: Superb IPA! This is a nice blend of the tropical and resinous utilization of hops. The malt also holds the body up giving it some backbone. Refreshing yet lingering.

bluetravlr, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of Bonis
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Bonis, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of SenorHops
4/5  rDev -9.3%

SenorHops, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of Kisejohn
4.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aroma: Aggresive hop nose with lots of citrus, apricot, and peach. Some malt sweetness present.

Appearance: Golden color bordering on orange. Clear bright. One inch head with lacing present.

Flavor: Nice malt sweetness balances aggressive hop flavor and bitterness. Well balanced. Bitterness lingers in the finish. Wonderful grapefruit, apricot, and citrus hop flavors present.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body. Finishes slightly dry. Good carbonation.

Overall: Magical combination of hop aroma, flavor, and bitterness balanced with a solid malt backbone. Incredibly drinkable for such an aggressively hopped IPA. Absolutely one of the best IPAs I have had. Could this be the one?

Kisejohn, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of fiedler84
4/5  rDev -9.3%

fiedler84, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of Kmccabe33
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Kmccabe33, Jul 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

HarleyCorps, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of Bockerdoppel91
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Bockerdoppel91, Jul 12, 2012
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 10,144 ratings.