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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

9,670 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 9,670
Reviews: 2,056
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 978
Gots: 1,884 | 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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4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear yellow orange pour with a big white head. The retention is great as the head recedes to form a nice cap atop the brew, and laces quite nicely down the side of my Founders Goblet. A ton of bubbles race from the bottom to the top.

S: The smell has some pretty impressive depth, grapefruit, citrus, and very piney in terms of hops, the caramel malts are noted and have more of an aroma than I was expecting. The smell is extremely hop forward, don't get me wrong, but the rest of the smell provides a balance that I like.

T: The taste follows the smell perfectly. Balanced, with enough malts to make this a balanced beer instead of a hop bomb. Grapefruit, citrus, piney hops take the beer over. Dry from start to finish, I challenge you to put this down. Easy to think about grabbing for another one.

MF: Crisp and light with a dry finish.

O: This beer deserves the hype it gets. I picked it up at Al's of Hampden for $17 a 6pack. It was the first time I had every seen it on tap or in a bottle and decided why not have both. Definitely not disappointed.

russwbeck, Nov 27, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great Cali IPA with an intense bright citrusy aroma and taste.

This is a beer I wouldn't want to drink more than one at a time however due to intense fruity flavor and lack of a deep hoppy bitterness which I personally prefer. Sculpin is a high quality IPA, but to me stands out as more of a novelty than a standard.

BenHesk12, Nov 27, 2011
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Pizza Port - San Clemente.

A - a super clear light golden color with a bright white 1" head. Laced the glass nicely.

S - smells of massive hops. Tropical, citrus, grapefruit.

T - this is one of the best standard IPA's around. Big bitterness but carries a hop flavor profile. Many tropical flavors. Pineapple comes to mind.

M - light bodied, well carbonated.

O - I think if I was stranded on a desert island and I had to chose 1 beer to drink for the rest of my life... This could be it. I could drink this all day.

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 9,670 ratings.