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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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10,663 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,663
Reviews: 2,183
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 1,097
Gots: 2,563 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
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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3.73/5  rDev -15.4%
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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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.82/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my all time favs. Best buy date 1/05/13 (about 5 months old. I know what it tastes like fresh, but its still amazing this old) 12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a luscious orange with peach highlights. An off white, finger tall head forms. Plenty of sticky lace as the head slowly recedes. Awesome looking brew.

Aroma: Holy hell, one of the best, if not the best smelling IPA I've ever had in my life; Huge ripe peach with fresh lemon zest! (Gotta love that amarillo hop) Loads of bright clementine tangerine as well. Some faint dank piney notes lay under the hugely tropical nose. A nice and light cracker scent underneath it all if you look for it.

Taste: WHAM! Straight tropical fruit to the palate! Mango, passion fruit, papaya; you name it! The usual citrus menagerie shortly follows; grapefruit, light lemon, a big tangerine presence. Absolutely bursting with complex flavors. A bracingly dry finish. So dry in fact, it reminds me of Duvel. A flash of cracker forms on your tongue before the truly glorious bitter finish. Man, the bitterness sustains for years! Amazing.

Mouthfeel: Juicy and sticky, yet really light and refreshing. Moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: I've had this beer many times and yet I'm always taken aback by how incredible this beer is; I've never had another brew like it. Drinking this liquid work of art is akin to taking a bite out of some crazy hybrid tropical fruit. Any IPA lover... hell, any BEER lover needs to seek out this beer at any or all cost. Truly magical.

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4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dense head (~3 fingers) with a nice translucent amber color.
Aroma: Big citrus and grapefruit upfront. Also lemon, pine, and an underlying crystal malt.
Flavor: Sweet, caramel malt at the front followed by a blast of American hop flavor. A complex mix of hop bitterness takes over (mostly grapefruit and pine).
Mouthfeel: The only part about this beer I didn't really enjoy. Sculpin was a tad resiny and VERY dry for the style. Some residual sugar here from malt would go a long way.
Overall: A very solid west coast IPA. Not the best, imho, but quite a treat. A more balanced mouthfeel would make this beer truly great.

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 10,663 ratings.