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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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11,194 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,194
Reviews: 2,297
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 1,180
Gots: 3,059 | FT: 49
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: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh can into a tulip.

Pours a beautiful copper color iwth an inch thick head with some amazing lacing. Smell is BIG on hops and malts; you can tell this beer is going to rock your world before you even sip it. The taste is not big on hops at all, but extremely balanced, just how i like my IPAs. good sweet malts to balance out the hops makes this beer go down super easy and you will enjoy every second of it. no alcohol detectable. medium bodied with medium carbonation.

overall a world class IPA. and now they brew it in cans too? amazing.

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12 oz bottle courtesy of chrisheartsbeer, poured into my bell's tulip. enjoy by 02/15/13 marked on the label.

a - pours a deep, hazy golden shade and forms a finger or so of rocky, off white head. foam calms to a thin cap and stays put. leaves thick rings of lacing in the glass.

s - sweet citrus - orange, mango, faint berry, lightly toasted bread.

t - toasty malt with lots of grapefruit citrus notes. a massively bitter, pine resin thwack hits the tongue and lingers for a while, reminding you that this is indeed a west coast ipa.

m - lighter side of medium with adequate carbonation. co2 profile is a tad coarse, slightly oily and sticky, has a faint alcohol warming on the back end.

o - not one of the best ipas that i have tried, but solid nonetheless. a classic west coast style ipa that for me may be better enjoyed on a hot summer day than this cold winter evening. if it were distributed in michigan i'd buy a few sixers here and there.

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A: Crystal clear, very pale amber. White head of fine foam with excellent retention.

S: Grapefruit (hops) and clean pale malt, neither overwhelming. No diacetyl.

M: Medium body, medium high carbonation. Not creamy. Slight hop-derived astringency on the finish.

T: Grapefruit citrus hops dominate. Clean pale malt with very little crystal malt residual sweetness (trends toward dry). Clean fermentation profile (no esters, fusels, or other byproducts). Finishes with strong grapefruit hops flavor that lingers long after the sip has gone.

O: Well made American IPA, on the hoppy side more in the bitterness and flavor areas than in the aroma. Mild malt base and apparent use of only small amounts of crystal malt leave this beer feeling lighter on the palate than most Am IPA's. Delicious in my opinion and comparable to Lagunitas IPA.

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Aromas of grapefruit, pineapple, citrus, hops. Very pleasant.

Really pleasant, heavenly mouthfull of citrus hops, grapefruits, pineapple all swirling on the tongue complimenting each other. With a medium body, this is good stuff.

Fantastic. A great example of the great West Coast IPA. Look forward to more.

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Poured into pint glass

A-copper color creamy white head. Signs ant lacing

S-citrus fruit grapefruit mango lemon

T-follows nose fruity sweet great citrus hops

M-creamy. Dry finish.mild carbonation

O-very tasty brew lots of citrus hops crisp very drinkable

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Bought 6 pack at San Diego tasting room
Enjoy by 04/08/13

A: amber golden with thin head
S: yeasty, some hop. not how i remembered from the draft version...
T: caramel malt and citrusy and herbal hop bitterness. hop lingers and sticks on the tongue. well balanced beer. again, i remember draft version being more leaning towards hoppiness.
M: medium finish and not too sticky with maltiness
O: I remember its smell bursting with citrus and pine when I had them as draft in SD bars... may be the bottled version is not as good as draft version? or could it be aging?

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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