Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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10,423 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,423
Reviews: 2,119
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 1,051
Gots: 2,298 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of RussBecker1
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served from a bottle to a tulip glass.

A-Very distinct looking. A gorgeous orange and yellow hue that is a good deal cloudier than most single IPA's. The head is not abound, but it is awfully sticky as the one finger sticks to both the beer and the glass itself creating a nice deal of lacing. A truly beautiful beer that if drank outside reflects sunlight in an even more appealing way.

S-Very flowery in comparison to other West Coast IPA's. The hops are very much at the forefront, likewise with a good deal of citrus, but there is almost no bitterness to be found. It is very soft on the nose which hides some of the deeper notes until after the tasting. A very complex nose.

M-A nice deal of crisp carbonation and creamy malt, it feels good on the palate but is nothing too remarkable.

T-One of the most subtly intriguing beers I have ever tasted. The hops are very much there, but as described in the nose, they are extremely flowery and do not blow out your palate. The citrus, mostly grapefruit to begin followed by some orange and lemon, is also very apparent, but this beer is far beyond attempting to pick out each specific flavor. Upon first sip the beer is good but not outstandingly great, then as you keep drinking the flavor profile continue to build upon itself creating a different experience with each and every sip. By the time the 22oz. were gone I would have done anything to get more.

O-One of the most polarizing IPA's in my experience. If given the proper chance to reveal itself it lives up to the hype and then some.

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4.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 Oz bottle poured into a tulip
Best by 11/28/12

A- Crystal clear golden orange with a 2 finger slightly off white head. Good retention.

S- Very west coast hop profile. There is an absolute ton of citrus in this beer. Grapefruit, pineapple, mango, lemon and there's also a bit of pine. There is a subtle sweetness from the malts that really help the hops pop.

T- A medium-high bitterness up front. Followed up by a massive array of hop flavors. All the flavors from the nose make it into this beer and really crank it up a notch. The hop flavors in this beer are very pure and strong. The malts in this beer really don't add much flavor, this beers flavor profile is hop forward. The malts are somewhat sugar sweet. Awesome stuff, your burps will taste like hops for days.

M- Bitter but obviously expected. A great sized feel to this beer. It has an almost pulpy texture from all the hop bitterness spite the beers clearness. Its very smooth and easy drinking for hop heads.

O- One of, if not the best single IPA out there. It is obviously hop forward and not quite what I would call balanced but for a hop head such as myself, this is a hell of an IPA. Really wish this was distributed to my area.

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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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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3.25/5  rDev -26.3%

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

A: This beer pours a nice honey golden clear body with a thick white head that slowly fades and leaves a lot of lace on the glass.

S: The smell is absolutely fascinating. I get a very nice citrusy hop smell with a nice amount of sweet malt.

T: The first bit of flavor I get is strong hops and a nice amount of sweet malt as the beer lingers. The flavor of this beer reminds me a lot of the stone IPA and even a bit of DFH 90 minute.

M: For a beer so strong, it goes down with easy. It has a strong hop oily coating in my mouth and has a nice faint crispness on the back of my throat and tongue as the beer goes down.

O: This is just an amazing beer. I am so freaking happy that this beer finally came down here to Texas because this is for sure one of the best beers I have ever had.

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -15%

Photo of JohnnyJam
4.73/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz brown bottle into a pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Golden orange color with a thick off white head that sticks around to the end. Lacing sticks to the glass.

S: Grapefruit and pine. Smells refreshing.

T: Big grapefruit taste and definately pine taste. Also, a tropical mango taste. Beautiful.

M: Very nice. Delicious. Carbonated but not overdone. It drinks smooth and goes down easy.

O: I like this beer! What a treat it is. Compare it to Sierra Nevada Torpedo and it has more flavors like that tropical mango flavor. It is more than 4x the cost. I will definately have it again.

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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1.95/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I will be the first to review this beer honestly.

It pours cloudy with an off white soapy head (how anyone could rate appearance any higher is beyond my imagination)

smell wasnt bad but wasnt great. hoppy if you like that but nothing special. i would say average.

taste? over complicated, involved, and not very likeable IPA.

mouthfeel medium body with a strange full/bitter aftertaste

overall? this is exactly what beer shouldnt be. It is like a 6 year old was given some beer ingrediants and tried to make it....or like an adult tried to outsmart the beer drinking population and failed miserably.
why must IPA brewers overcomplicate beer? its like they want you to slowly sip it, say you've had enough, but then you can be proud you tasted something obscure.
i rathe enjoy what i am drinking and when i am finished i can have another if i am still thirsty.

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -15%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -15%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 10,423 ratings.