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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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9,656 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,656
Reviews: 2,056
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 979
Gots: 1,876 | 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 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
Photo of DZales1000
5/5  rDev +13.4%

DZales1000, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of Bin33chef
3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

Bin33chef, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of javiernano
5/5  rDev +13.4%

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

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

safiske, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of Mattylegend
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
Photo of Dizbro21
4/5  rDev -9.3%

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

DrFunkenstein, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of leodarko
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
Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +2%

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

DTown, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of capolo2k
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
Photo of jakjak711
5/5  rDev +13.4%

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

Massbmx, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of CaptCleveland
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz extra received from cduckett16. Big thanks!

Orange, clear liquid poured into pint glass. 2-finger head, huge lacing.

Fruit, hops, grapefruit, some pine, but the mango citrus predominates.

Nice hop bitterness, grapefruit, pine comes out. What malt? which is how it should be.

Medium body, nicely carbonated. Resin, sticky.

Well done brew. Alcohol balanced by hops. Nice.

CaptCleveland, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of Hanzo
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Hanzo, Mar 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

ChefHopMeister, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of cpacheco
4.5/5  rDev +2%

cpacheco, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of BeerDawgs
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 220z bottle shipped to Atl, GA from Escondido, CA

A - A cloudy orange, hazy. 1/2 a finger of head. Sticky lace all over the glass which will not go away

S - The smell is heavenly. Citrus hops to the extreme. Oranges and tangerines

T - Wow, citrus hops lover. Tangerine, grapefruit. The bitterness is quickly offset by the malts. Well balanced. Freaking tasty.

M - A damn good IPA. Very strong, so can handle maybe 2 at a time. Well done Ballast Point!

O -

BeerDawgs, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of aclark44
4.5/5  rDev +2%

aclark44, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of StoutKing
4.5/5  rDev +2%

StoutKing, Mar 03, 2012
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 9,656 ratings.