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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.

10,690 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,690
Reviews: 2,184
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 1,107
Gots: 2,586 | FT: 50
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Until tonight I hadn't had Sculpin in years. Glad to have it tonight with some really good carnitas tacos.

They served it in a chalice style glass. There was about a centimeter of foam at the top.

Off the top I get citrus and a decent amount of malt to balance this beer.

The flavor was good. I remember better... I also read better. The beer hadn't gone bad, but it was really subtle. I don't know what I expected. I get the hopping and malt. There is decent balance.

I'm going to try this again next week to see if this changes.

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4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Enjoy this bomber by 10/27/12 - this should be fresh.

A couple fingers worth of textured, off white head settles into a sturdy pancake of a covering. It’s brilliantly clear and a deep golden color. Aroma has a big juicy, ripe fruit profile – I can sort of imagine any tropical fruit into the olfactory. There’s also that sort of sappy/resiney smell that I usually associate with a DIPA or other malt-heavy IPAs. But fear not because the taste is certainly not too malty, rather, as you’d probably expect of a beer with such a great reputation, very well balanced between a sweet pie-crust like malt (…idk, that’s just what comes to mind) and the fresh hoppy bitterness. Taste buds want more. For an IPA it’s on the slicker side.

First time having it out of a bottle, and I think I’m lucky enough to credit Bauer on Newbury St. as my local distributor for having some fresh Sculpin in stock today ($9.99 seems like a deal...). Before I score this brew, I know the appearance will get a 5 because there is absolutely no way I can fault it. Judging by the overwhelming reviews I’ll add an echo to the chorus: this beer is outstanding and among the best in its class.

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The Beers of California


Freshness Date: 9/28/12

A: Hazy golden orange with a finger of off white foam siting atop this spectacular looking brew. The head dissipates leaving behind patches of floating foam.

S: A beautiful melange of fruit aromas: pineapple, grapefruit, and mango. The fruit is balanced with a piney earthiness along with a faint spiciness.

T: The first flavors, released after a good vigorous pour, match the nose: pineapple, citrus including grapefruit and maybe even some hint of tangerine, and tropical flavors, mostly ripe yellow mango. The earthiness then comes through consisting of freshly cut grass, pine and also a strong herbalness. The beer finishes with a tangy spice which comes through more notably as the beer settles. Although the hops take the show, they are founded on a biscuity somewhat caramel sweet maltiness.

M: The hop oils coat the mouth allowing the hop flavors to linger and be fully appreciated. Medium carbonation and mouthfeel appropriate for an IPA.

O: As a proud California native, it is my goal to chronicle the many brews that have their roots in this great state that I love so dear. Where best to start but with this west coast IPA which has managed to separate itself from an already competitive class. A great single IPA which really showcases the depth of hop flavors. Somewhat pricey at $14.99 for a sixer at BevMo although well worth it given the quality of this brew. A world class single IPA.

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 10,690 ratings.