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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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10,108 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,108
Reviews: 2,094
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 1,008
Gots: 2,095 | FT: 42
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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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

TonyMorrell, Jul 01, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

DCon, Jul 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Profchaos20, Jul 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

Hellyeahimdrinking, Jun 30, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

wceaton, Jun 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

mumbrell, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
3.85/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this several times in the past, but can't remember the details. This is from a recent tasting on tap at Blind Tiger, NYC.

Pretty standard IPA here; not really sure why it's rated so extraordinarily high on BA, but oh well. Bright golden body, almost completely opaque with haze, and capped with a creamy off-white head that retained well and left nice lacing on the glass. Nose is hop-dominant as would be expected, but not too aromatic, grass, citrus, subtle traces of ammonia well within tolerance. More of the same in the taste: citrus and pine hops, quite bitter, almost to the point of being a palate wrecker, biscuity malts in the background, lasting bitter aftertaste. Medium body, a bit harsh...not quite as smooth as some of the country's better-made IPAs, but still good quality and drinkable overall if you're in the mood for the style.

Rifugium, Jun 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

seanhug, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of Prospero
3.15/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Interesting beer. Thought I should try this as I like more balanced IPAs that have the malt backbone to support the hops.

The pour looked great, clear amber/copper color with white head and smelt strongly of malts, maybe a hint of piney hops in the nose, but mostly the caramel & breadiness of the malts broke through. Slight hint of grapefruit in the nose, but not as much as I would have liked.

Taste wise it wasn't at all what I was expecting, strong malt-forward beer here that had a strong caramel and breadiness/yeast like flavor with the grapefruit noticeable, but not dominate. For an IPA I was baffled as to how the hops had fallen to the back in this beer.

Mouthfeel is great, it's a very drinkable beer that's very smooth, almost no bitterness to this beer, probably due to the lack of dominant hops. Light carbonation.

All-in-all a good solid beer, but not at all what I expected in a balanced IPA. Most of the time I think IPAs as overly hopped up and never would have figured there'd be an IPA that was overly malted up.

Prospero, Jun 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

bdoggboston, Jun 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

beergorrilla, Jun 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

IPAchris, Jun 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

KyleMA, Jun 27, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

dasmusik, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of Sunhunters
4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 12oz bottle poured into standard pint.

Appearance (4.5) - Pours a very rich creamy one-finger head. The head sticks around for quite a while before turning into a solid egg-white glaze tenaciously covering the beer and never seems to fade entirely away. A few large bubbles remain suspended in this thin creamy layer. Thick, beautiful lacing leaves large plaques of foam all around the glass. Goldenrod liquid has high clarity and appears very effervescent.

Smell (5.0) - Good, upfront nose is potent and layered. The aroma leads off with ruby grapefruit and tangerine, moving into guava, papaya, and strawberry-kiwi. Very slight hint of breadiness presumably from the yeast ties off the aroma along with pear and a whisper of white pepper. Smells amazingly good - a fruit-forward hop bomb!

Taste (5.0) - The taste diverges somewhat from the smell: Loads of pine resin dominate, along with huge white grapefruit. Fainter notes are similar to the nose with white peppercorn, guava, and tart green pear. Big time bitterness overwhelms the palate quickly after the initial pine & fruit flavors fade. It's a hop playground - the hop character of an Imperial IPA in a fully sessionable glass.

Mouthfeel (4.0) - Dry and astringent, this brew saps the moisture from your cheek and tongue like a hot day at the beach. Huge cohumulone content is readily apparent, leaving a dry, almost itchy feeling in the mouth. Not out of line for a big hop monster IPA, but perhaps a little bit rougher than ideal. I'd consider dialing down the astringency a touch if I were in charge. Carbonation is present but not stand out. Well balanced in general. Finely done.

Overall (4.5) - Wholly deserving of its reputation. There are many, many other breweries putting out Imperial and Double IPAs on the same tier of quality, but this single IPA is extremely drinkable at 7.0% and is probably my overall favorite. It's really finely done, from start to finish, with my only real complaint being that my palate is perhaps a little to wrecked from the dryness (a ridiculous complaint given the subject). Overall this beer sets out to do exactly what it and all its peers set out to do: showcase the glory of the hop in a wildly delicious, balanced, super enjoyable pint. Get your hands on some and try it for yourself!

Sunhunters, Jun 27, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Translucent orange/copper color with a foamy 1 inch off white head and excellent retention quite a bit of lace circles the glass

Smell: Lovely grapefruit notes really stand out some citrus and pine clean up the backend

Taste: Very similar to the nose in the way the beer flows. The only problem is that it is not quite as good as the nose. Starts out with some light grapefruit and pine notes and finishes with a pinch of lemon

Mouthfeel: Just over thin body with medium carbonation and slightly dry

Overall: Very good beer. Glad I have unlimited access to it because I will be drinking quite a bit of this this summer

DarthKostrizer, Jun 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

davidIPA, Jun 27, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer had been on draft at my local and I had enjoyed a number of pints of it while I was there. I recently heard someone say that this was one of the best examples of a west coast IPA. I'm not sure I'd agree with that but it was a very good beer.

Appearance is a pale/gold. Good carbonation. Looks to be filtered.

Aroma was very hoppy. Mostly citrus but some pine comes through on the nose as well.

The flavor was great and had an excellent combination of hops malt and sweetness that does make this a very drinkable beer.

Overall a great IPA. Just not sure it's the best.

david18, Jun 26, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -26.3%

pandajuice22, Jun 26, 2012
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3/5  rDev -32%

Sam516, Jun 26, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

ryser2k, Jun 25, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

mecmd, Jun 25, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

geofftrojans, Jun 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

canoale, Jun 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

Cowcakes, Jun 24, 2012
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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