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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.

10,940 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,940
Reviews: 2,239
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 1,152
Gots: 2,811 | 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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4.03/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Crystal clear, light amber. Thick two finger white head with amazing lacing on the glass.

S - Grapefruit, orange peel, astringent hops. Not much malts in there. Lots of different citrus fruits.

T - Hops, hops, and some malty pine needles. Orange and grapefruit flavors mixed in with pine and citrus acid.

M - Not much carbonation going on in the glass. Smooth going down leaving a light sweetness on the palette.

O - Another great west coast IPA. It's a little pricey seeing how many other IPA's there are in the world, but not a bad choice.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

651mL second bottled batch. Pours a clear, light amber with a two-finger, creamy, off-white head. Good retention and lacing. Okay lacing. Aroma is huge fresh grapefruit, tangerine, peaches and cream ice cream, huge butterscotch, caramel. Taste is fresh, citrusy, wet hops with butterscotch and a massive bitterness permeating throughout. Buttery, creamy on the palate that leaves a sort of oily mouthfeel. Wow. Fully quenching palate. 10/4/2009 9/4/8/5/17=4.3

After multiple samples of this beer on cask, tap, bomber all from Ballast Point itself, I find Sculpin to be inferior to Alpine Duet. This IPA is awesome- that is a fact. The head is massively rocky, leaves massive lace. But its superlative nose of mango peel, peaches, apricots is let down by a mostly voiding body, little butterscotch, very little creamy mouthfeel. More dry, seltzery, bitter. Still excellent, but it seems that Alpine Duet is more consistent with creating that butterscotch and peaches n cream/pineapple ice cream type flavor that Sculpin is just not delivering anymore. A shame.

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The citrus and tropical aromas immediately seduce you into the secluded part of the world where tourists disappear and legendary tales begin. Are you ready for adventure? Sculpin lets you know she’s not your everyday IPA as soon as you wash up on the shore. She flashes her delicate pineapples and you finally wrap your tongue around her sweet mangoes for the first time. You see little difference between the celestial bodies as both the sun and her white gold complexion refresh your soul and tingle your libido. Her hops playfully nibble and bite, but never lose sight of why you came. She wants to satisfy but she doesn’t want you to leave. Each sip is a tease that both surprisingly exceeds legend and leaves you yearning for more. You want her again and again. Her siren song calls you and you only. This is why you’re lost, sailor. It’s because you want to be.

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 10,940 ratings.