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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

9,646 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 9,646
Reviews: 2,055
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 978
Gots: 1,873 | FT: 40
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 jsilva
4.5/5  rDev +2%

jsilva, Feb 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

John11486, Feb 21, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

AndyTaylor, Feb 21, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

joex444, Feb 21, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

shockrocker65, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of jimmy82063
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before date 4/1/12...poured into a tulip glass.

A) Nice holden hue, the pour gives a fluffy white head that retains very well.

S) Primarily grapefruit and mango.

T) Grapefruit and Mango again...get some lemon zest, a little piney resin and some malt for an overall clean finish. Well done!

M) Nicely carbonated no sense of the alcohol at all.

O) Excellent beer, glad to have had fresh.

jimmy82063, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of idrinkbrew
4/5  rDev -9.3%

idrinkbrew, Feb 20, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

ritter57, Feb 20, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

LostTraveler, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of MickeyHops
4.5/5  rDev +2%

MickeyHops, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of DaveBlack
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep golden color, lots of carbonation on the pour, which sticks to the bottom and feeds the relatively thin white head.

S: Surprisingly sweet and fruity smelling. Primary aroma is a mix between peach and strawberry. Lots of orange/grapefruit hop aroma as well. An amazing smelling beer.

T: Really a delicious brew. Lots of the fruity sweetness up front with mango and grapefruit, mixed with a slightly grainy malt flavor. The beer slowly gives way to the piney, floral hops and finishes relatively dry.

M: Relatively light body, moderate carbonation. Slightly syrupy feeling sticks to the roof of the mouth, but not in a bad way.

O: I can count on one hand the number of times that I have truly been wowed by an IPA, but this is one of them. The hops are potent, but not overpowering. The fruitiness of the hops mix well with the malts, and the slightly resinous floral taste on the finish is excellent. A strong competitor for the best IPA I have ever tasted.

DaveBlack, Feb 20, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

surfotog, Feb 20, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

Elfastball7, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Rizalini
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into my Deschutes tulip...

A - Pours a clear golden yellow color, with a fluffy 2 finger head of white foam. Spotty lacing holds on to the side of the glass.

S - Smells of apricot, pineapple and a little grapefruit. Great citrus hop aroma.

T/M- Tastes of citrus really matches the nose very nicely. Medium mouthfeel, great carbonation.

O - A top notch IPA for sure, very drinkable.

Rizalini, Feb 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Beezee, Feb 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

clarkw42, Feb 19, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

CEDAMA, Feb 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

DocJitsu, Feb 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -15%

2dogbrew, Feb 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

chrispoint, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of grannaniwa
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge grapefruit hop nose. Head pours tall, but backs off relatively quickly. First taste is more pungent than I expect, with cirtrusy undertones. Swishing around in the mouth a bit gives more of a vegetal flavor. Malts noticeable only in a little sweet aftertaste at the end, hidden between an initial sharp bitter taste upon swallow and a softer bitterness lingering in the mouth afterward.

Has none of that ‘syrupy’ hop flavor that I associate with way overhopped beers. Manages to stay pretty light and drinkable. No hint of high alcohol in mouthfeel.

“It showcases bright flavors and aromas of apricot, peach, mango & lemon. The lighter body also brings out the crispness of the hops.”

Overall: A, but too expensive to buy frequently

grannaniwa, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of TaySuth
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very nice cloudy, golden-amber color with a two finger head and plenty of lacing.

Smell: One of the best smelling beers out there. Lots of hop aroma with grapefruit, mango, and orange. So very inviting...

Taste: Great bitterness is immediately apparent. Nice grain flavor but the fruity hops and the most prominent attribute of this beer. Tart mango with grapefruit following. Absolutely delicious.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is well balanced with the flavor and the body. Very nice.

Overall: One of the best beers I have had. It is always worth picking up a six-pack when it becomes available.

TaySuth, Feb 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -15%

LaChupacabra, Feb 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Arkamaic, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of rtaps
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a very nice orange and you can see a lot of carbonation in the body. With a 1.5 finger egg shell colored frothy head with good retention leaving a laced rim around the glass.

great nose to this brew, very fresh. tropical fruits(grapefruits, mangos some lemon zest) it hoppy and has light floral notes in it.

taste fallows the nose for the most past. a lot of mango with a good hop presence, not a hop bomb but they're definitely there. grapefruit, and some of the lemon is found.

light bodied, highly carbonation and leaves the mouth nice and watery

overall i loved the nose of this, and the taste was very nice. seems very fresh could drink this anytime

rtaps, Feb 16, 2012
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 9,646 ratings.