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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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9,710 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,710
Reviews: 2,060
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 979
Gots: 1,904 | 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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Photo of lovindahops
3.93/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was very happy to find a bottle of this in ny last week! I always wanted to try this

A- sculpin pours a light orange body with curdeled milk like layering all over the glass. Very frothy white and impressive

S- major grassy, mango, pineapple, tropical scents with a bit of grainy scent as well. Not overwhelming, but there

T- a flavorful hoppy profile consisting of citrus flavors is more than present. Very refreshing and sweet flavors are staged at the forefront, followed by some caramel malt at the end. A really refreshing ipa

M- fantastic carbonation and sticky flavors enrobing the mouth

O- a solid ipa from San Diego. My one point would br how good would this be fresh?

lovindahops, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of BrewBra
4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally picked this beer up, have seen it for a little bit, and have been told to try it, but at $10 a bomber I was slow to do so.
But this beer is awesome, I was expecting a "hop bomb", but this was a super well balanced IPA.
Once opened it poured out a beautiful clear copper, with about 1 finger of lace. The aroma was pineapple, grapefruit and a little bit of pine. Once again amazing! Right from the first sip I noticed a grapefruit taste that stuck around to the finish. With a perfectly balanced hop level. I have never had a IPA that tasted anything like this brew, almost like a new flavor for me.
Awesome! Totally worth checking out. The only thing that would keep me from buying again is the price tag.

BrewBra, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of TomTwanks
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First Sculpin ever. Stoked that BP is started to come to Ohio, hell fucking yeah!
Pours a nice pale orange with a nice 1.5-2 finger head. Spectacular lacing. Bubbles faded pretty quick with just some micro bubbles around the edge of my bruery tulip. 22 bomber with no date.(just came in like 2 days ago, it better be fresh!)
Smell - one of the most fruity smelling IPA's i've ever had. Huge aromas of mango, papaya, melon, grapefruit, apricot. Smells just absolutely amazing, just what I want.
Taste - Smooth, a nice mellow resinous hop, orange, mango. Astringent, dry aftertaste. Wow, every sip I'm just more impressed.
Mouthful - light, refreshing, resinous. Put me on a abandoned beach with fresh Sculpin and there will be no need to save me.
Overall - top notch. One of the best IPA's i've ever had..and I'm not just saying that. White Rajah, Headhunter, Sculpin...best IPAs ever had(not in any preference either.). Every beer I've had from Ballast Point has been amazing, keep on doing great work guys!

TomTwanks, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of EinWeizenbitte
4.5/5  rDev +2%

EinWeizenbitte, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of bluejacket74
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, stamp on bottle says best by 070612. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy golden/orange color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is mostly pine and citrusy (mango, grapefruit) hops, along with some caramel malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like pine, citrusy (mango, grapefruit, lemon peel) and spicy hops, and some bready malt. There's a nice lingering bitter/fruity finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a little bit slick and has good carbonation. This is a very good brew. But at $14.99 a 6-pack here in Ohio, I can get either Columbus IPA or White Rajah at a much better price. With that being said, Sculpin is definitely worth trying, I wouldn't turn one down!

bluejacket74, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of Walkinbeauty
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Walkinbeauty, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of BoatsSinkBro
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Various number of bottles, tastes/smell/etc were all consistent.
The characteristics popping out at me from this beer were the smell and tastes.
-Aroma of citrus/tropical fruits and pine-y hop.
-Taste being nearly same as smell, with fruit like taste in front and piney hop finish.
-Very balanced IPA.
A very good IPA I can drink regularly if I wasn't in the mood for the more bitter hop character IPA's.

BoatsSinkBro, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of mikeg531
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

mikeg531, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of Mollerina
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Mollerina, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of TasteTester
4.5/5  rDev +2%

TasteTester, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of Immortale25
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a somewhat hazy, glowing copper color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains before slipping down to an 1/8 inch ring around the edge of the glass with a healthy amount of surface foam. Nice slivers of lacing.

S- A very apprehensive yet enjoyable citrusy hop aroma that brings to mind wet grass, pineapple and grapefruit.

T- Sublimely citrusy hop flavor bringing with it notes of more pineapple, lemon and some spice. Very mellow and laid back unlike the assertive hop bombs you usually come across that are highly rated. Not much of a malt backbone, but there's just enough to offset the heavyish hop flavor.

M- Slightly oily with a semi-light body and medium carbonation. Also a bit tingly and dry.

O- What a great beer. At first I had trouble realizing why it was so highly revered but, now that I've had it a few times, I see that it's all in the subtleties just like Bell's Two-Hearted.

Immortale25, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of augie
4.5/5  rDev +2%

augie, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of tenacioustomato
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

tenacioustomato, Mar 22, 2012
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

MYSTIKPIZZA, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of rhhjr
3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

rhhjr, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of tmcd02
5/5  rDev +13.4%

tmcd02, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of BB1313
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a bright golden with a slight haze, nice fluffy eggshell white head, decent lacing and nice retention. The aromas are just what I'm usually looking for. Although they aren't as in your face pungent, it smells absolutely wonderful. Dank. Tons of mango and pineapple; extremely tropical. There's also some ripe grapefruit in the mix. There are some juicy flavors going on here, and still finishes pretty dry. The flavors pretty much match the nose and doesn't let down. Sweet, although the malt definitely takes a backseat. Mouthfeel is right on, lots of carbonation, smooth, and on the heavier side of medium-bodied. This is a pretty bold beer at 7% abv, but the alcohol goes unnoticed. Wow, dank right here..

This is a frickin awesome IPA. This was my first time having it, and there's no doubt it'll be in my near future. I'll put this up there with some of the best IPAs I've had..

BB1313, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of mntlover
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lightly hazy amber color with a thumb sized cream head with pretty decent lace.

Aroma is nice tropical and citrus fruits with some light pine notes. Underneath it all some spicy notes and light caramel base.

Taste is big on hop good citrus notes with lots of spice notes or so many hops they tingle the tongue. Lots of bitter grapefruit and lemon zest mingled with pine hints and what seems like peppery notes. Malt is lightly sweet with light caramel hints but hops dominate this one.

Mouthfeel is lighter medium with lots of carbonation that tingles the tongue and helps infuse it spicy notes. Pretty good feel but not overly found of extra carbonation for the most part.

Overall pretty tasty, definitive hop bomb show casing the hop. World class eh so many wonderful IPA's hard to tell but defiantly very tasty one.

mntlover, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of DrFayhee
3.83/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This golden-orange colored pour has distinct peachy aromas. Pine flavors up front with citrusy bitter hop notes on the finish. It has a pretty effervescent carbonation that really wakes up your mouth. Kind of a raw, ripping IPA that's big on hops and packs a tingly punch.

DrFayhee, Mar 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

SDNikki, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of amart79
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

amart79, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

SocalKicks, Mar 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

millered9, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of raulazzer
4.5/5  rDev +2%

raulazzer, Mar 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

theminutemen, Mar 18, 2012
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 9,710 ratings.