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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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9,638 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,638
Reviews: 2,055
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 976
Gots: 1,868 | FT: 40
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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5/5  rDev +13.4%

BeerNDoggerel, Mar 09, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

beerFool28607, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of jodmike2000
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

jodmike2000, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of Beejay
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale, hazy, yellow. Maybe a dark lemon peel, or perhaps pear color. Nice amount of soft head.

S: Grapefruit, and Pine. There is a nice amount of fruit in there, perhaps pineapple and mandarin orange. Bready notes with a touch of caramel in the finish, followed by earth and pine sap.

T: Wow, that is a burst of flavor. Mandarin orange, tropical fruits, grapefruit, lemon peel come right out. The bitterness is quite strong, but the hop flavor counteracts it. The finish is resinous, and earthy with a very deep and heavy lingering bitterness.

M: Medium body, but the somewhat heavy carbonation makes it feel a lot lighter. The finish is somewhat drying, but the hops leave an opposing oily feel.

O: Overall a hell of a beer. Tasty, hoppy, and bitter. Tropical fruit and citrus dominate with pine coming up in the back. I typically like a bit more malt/caramel flavor in my IPAs, but this one seems to keep my interest with a balance of hop flavor and bitterness.

Beejay, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of fvernon
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a fun surprise from a trade with acurtis - thanks man! poured from a bomber into a Deschutes imperial pint glass. not sure about when it was bottled - there is some mark on the bottle, but it's pretty obscured.

pours a pretty transparent dandelion-head yellow/orange with a nice amount of white head that leaves nice globs of lace on the glass. the aroma is a bit more muted than i was expecting, but orange peel, grapefruit, and spruce are right up front.

the taste is a sweet navel orange with candied grapefruit peel and resinous hops, and a good balance of a lasting orange sweetness on the tongue while the hops stay bitter in the back of the throat. it's nice, and I'm guessing this is really a great beer when very fresh.

the mouthfeel is a bit sticky with some residue, but works well with the hop/fruit sugar balance in the taste. overall it's a very enjoyable ipa - not a standout gold medal, although perhaps when very fresh, but still heads and shoulders above many on the market and one i would gladly reach for on a warm day.

fvernon, Mar 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

BeerTaster727, Mar 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

pjeezus, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of jrenihan
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best Before May 13, 2012

Beer is marmalade-orange in colour with a good sized white head. Very good retention. Some lacing.

Smell is strong and filled with citrus. Orange hits me most strongly, but grapefruit, apricot and mango are present as well.

Taste is similar to the nose: lots of citrus fruit. Mango, apricot, orange, grapefruit and lemon all seem present. Bitter but not overly so. Malt flavours are pretty subdued, but there is a bit of a caramel flavour. A faint bit of pine. Very nice.

Moderate carbonation, feels very good. Medium bodied and a bit sticky.

Overall, a pretty terrific IPA. Strong in all respects. I almost found myself looking for an area in which this beer didn't deliver, and I didn't find it.

jrenihan, Mar 07, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

DZales1000, Mar 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

Bin33chef, Mar 06, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

javiernano, Mar 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

SaneMan, Mar 06, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

safiske, Mar 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Mattylegend, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden hue with some haze but not much. Huge bright white sticky head. Massive grapefruit nose with some spicy pine and slight touches cracked black peppercorn and apricots.

Medium in body. Thick malt body up front showcases a crisp toasted bread like flavor with a nice dose of apricot jam. The body thins out as it rolls along the tongue but not in a bad way. The flavor breaks apart to make room for the citric, grapefruit, and piney hops. Semi bitter and drying finish. Unique and complex yet subtle as well. Could be dived into as a real sense sensation or enjoyed simply as a delicious beer.

An ipa for critics and session drinkers alike, quite a combo.

Would give it a higher score if it came in 6 packs for the latter. I could use a day off and a sixer of these.

jtierney89, Mar 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

Dizbro21, Mar 05, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

DrFunkenstein, Mar 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

leodarko, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of DaPan
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from tasting notes of March 25, 2011. Bottle from Browleys, Charlotte, NC courtesy of Mom! Thanks Mom!

Pours a hazy orange colour with 1 and a half finger head. Decent retention, lots of lace and head leaves a nice sticky residue in the glass.

Grapefruit, citrus and grassy hops greet the nose. Lots of hoppiness in the aroma. Can't wait to taste this one!

Taste of lemons, citrus, big malt backbone, hop bite.

Mouthfeel is above average, though somewhat lighter body than expected with the ABV. Medium carbonation, hops bite and somewhat peppery.

Great American IPA, would love to get more.

DaPan, Mar 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

redfox405, Mar 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

DTown, Mar 04, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

capolo2k, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of Dan3279
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been looking forward to trying this one for a while, and it was more than well worth the wait. I poured the bomber into my DFH snifter to find a great golden yellow body with a full white one inch head a small amount of sticky lacing.

The aroma was excellent, with great citrus notes, tropical fruits, and pineapple, just a fantastic smelling IPA.

The taste was exceptional, grapefruit and citrus notes upfront, with the tropical flavors in the middle that lead to a nice dry bitter aftertaste.

The body was medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall an outstanding IPA, easily enters the conversation of top five IPAs that I have ever had.

Dan3279, Mar 04, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

jakjak711, Mar 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Massbmx, Mar 03, 2012
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 9,638 ratings.