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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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11,194 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,194
Reviews: 2,297
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 1,180
Gots: 3,057 | 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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Ratings: 11,194 | Reviews: 2,297
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4.91/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Very light. Pours a bright golden yellow, with a 3 finger head.

S: Very floral initial aroma. Grapefruit, mango really shines through from the hops. Smells awesome.

T - Really nice, the grapefruit is the star and the other flavors marry in nicely. It is fresh and citrusy but it adds a bitter hoppy punch that I absolutely love.

M- Biting and rather crisp. Very well carbonated.

This is one of my favorite IPA's and am extremely pleased that I can get Ballast Point in Florida now. If you love IPA's then this beer is a must try.

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -15%

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4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Thin golden color, with a thick rocky white head.

S: Lots of citrus, and pine in the smell.

T: Taste follows the nose well. Lots of citrus, and pine. Slightly resinous up front, and lots of grapefruit following that.

M: The mouthfeel is very smooth, and perfectly carbonated.

O: Overall this is one of my top three IPAs. The others being Lost Gold, and Blind Pig.

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3.53/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure why this gets such high ratings. To me, there's nothing special about it at all. Aroma is similar to Sierra Nevada Torpedo. A bit sour with a very small hint of sweetness. Mostly floral, hardly any citrus in the aroma at all. Taste is a little better, but not by much. Still no citrus. Just some bitter hops. Thin body, not much mouthfeel. Has sort of a "tea-like" flavor to it that throws me off. The finish is clean, doesn't leave much of an aftertaste -- I guess that's the best part of the beer. This is $13.99 in my area and it's actually worth about HALF of that. A big disappointment for me.

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

Literally the best IPA on the planet. If you're lucky enough to make it to the brewery when they have their special Habanero brew, you're in for a treat. Sculpin IPA infused with with the spice of Habenero peppers...you'll have to taste it to understand. Very spicy, but the spice and the bitterness of the IPA blend perfectly.

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.88/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Dogfish head spiegelau IPA glass.

A- Pours a bright golden yellow, with a fat 3 finger head on the first pour. The head is a lovely bright shade of white and fluffy as can be. Plenty of visible carbonation. There's some excellent head retention, maintaining a 1 finger head throughout.

S- Very strong aroma and incredibly citrusy. There are some strong notes of Pineapple and mango, as well as some lemon, apricot and grass.

T- The taste is really what makes this beer. There are some incredibly strong notes of lemon and citrus zest that leave a sweet yet incredibly pungent bitterness throughout the entire sip. Afterwords it fades into a very strong grapefruit bitterness before ending on some incredibly pungent somewhat earthier bitter notes along with some peach. I cannot stress how enjoyable bitter this is.

M- Biting. Rather crisp for an IPA with a light body. Very well carbonated.

O- Very hard to put down! This is one strong, hop forward beer. I haven't been this impressed with the absolute hoppy bitterness of a beer since I first tried Arctic Panzer Wolf by Three Floyds. This is the kind of hoppy beer I've been searching for for a few months now! Not a beginners IPA!

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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