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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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10,651 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,651
Reviews: 2,177
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 1,095
Gots: 2,556 | FT: 48
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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3.75/5  rDev -15%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

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4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass

A-copper color creamy white head. Signs ant lacing

S-citrus fruit grapefruit mango lemon

T-follows nose fruity sweet great citrus hops

M-creamy. Dry finish.mild carbonation

O-very tasty brew lots of citrus hops crisp very drinkable

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.83/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought 6 pack at San Diego tasting room
Enjoy by 04/08/13

A: amber golden with thin head
S: yeasty, some hop. not how i remembered from the draft version...
T: caramel malt and citrusy and herbal hop bitterness. hop lingers and sticks on the tongue. well balanced beer. again, i remember draft version being more leaning towards hoppiness.
M: medium finish and not too sticky with maltiness
O: I remember its smell bursting with citrus and pine when I had them as draft in SD bars... may be the bottled version is not as good as draft version? or could it be aging?

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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

A - Somewhat large bubbling, off white in color. Faint golden orange in color. Some decent lacing

S - Not as impressive as others have noted. I've tried this on multiple occasions now and I just don't get much. Hops is a bit weak and I really have to search for the fruitiness most people gush over.

T - Again, it's a bit milder than expected. Hops isn't where I'd like to see. More hoppy in the finish than the jolt I was hoping for right out of the gate. Don't get me wrong, it's good, but I was hoping for more. Tastes more like a good balanced hoppy/slightly malty session beer.

M - A tad dry.

O - First try, I thought it had sat on the shelf for a while. Then I tried it a 2nd and 3rd time from different locations. Nope, it all tastes the same.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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3/5  rDev -32%

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4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 12-07-2012
Freshness: Best by 01-22-2013
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Tulip
Purchased: Single from Brawley's Beverage, Charlotte

A: Hazy and orange in color, with a modest white head. Retention is fair, with a nice ring of lace on the glass.

S: Citrus and grapefruit dominate the nose, a tribute to West coast hops. Fruity and fresh

T: Crisp bitterness is tempered by some caramel malt flavors. Also get tropical fruitiness. This beer is hop-forward as it should be, but has a nice balance to it.

M: Highly carbonated, with a body in the medium-to-high range. Finishes dry and with notes of citrus fruit and hop bitterness. I get some alcohol warmth as well

O: I really enjoyed this fresh and clean-tasting IPA.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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3/5  rDev -32%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light copper color with a solid one inch cream head that dissipates slowly, leaving leggy lacing.

Aroma is initially dank, with fresh cut grass and pine opening the way for a fruit salad of hops. PIneapple, mango, apricot, tangerine, and grapefruit are all present in full force. There's an underpinning of caramel malt at the base, which serves only to tie together the hop profile.

Sweet bready malt is more present in the flavor initially, ushering in tart flavors of grapefruit and sweeter mango, which turns more pithy at the finish. There's a dank character that surfaces late, accompanied by resin and pine. The finish is earthy and bitter, but not obtrusively so.

Body is moderate, with carbonation slightly higher than moderate, alleviating the hop barrage on the palate. There's a touch of alcohol warmth.

Overall, love the hop flavor profile. The aroma should be bottled and sold as perfume. A great example of the style.

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3.7/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a seidel at cellar temp.

Gold-colored and very clear body with a half finger of pure white head. Head fades but maintains a fizzy layer on top and lots of lacing. Strong notes of pine, grass, and dirt in the nose, you're smelling your way through a forest. Taste is clean and sharp but fairly one-dimensional. Definitely on the bitter side of single IPAs. Nice level of carbonation with a very, very dry finish.

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 10,651 ratings.