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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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10,714 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,714
Reviews: 2,190
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 1,113
Gots: 2,613 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark golden liquid into the glass. Slightly hazed. The two finger high head is pale white and leaves nice and thick lacings on the glass.

S: Smells of oranges, grapefruit, Amarillo hops, pine forest, resin and honey. Very hoppy and fresh!

T: Tastes grapefruit, pine forest and dried orange peels. The bitterness is towards the grapefruit peel kind. It is also very well balanced. I expected a heavy hop tone but I found it to be surprisingly mild.

M: Light body. Not as heavy as I expected. Medium
carbonation with small and sharp bubbles. Very drinkable!

O: The smell is fantastic but it could use a heavier body to balance the hops.

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.07/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 11/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours clear coppery orange amber. Small white head with light lacing. Nice citrus hop aroma. A slightly sweet, well hopped IPA with good malt balance. Medium bodied. A quite nice IPA, worth revisiting.

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3.34/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Generally not as good as expected as far as taste. Almost a bit bland overall. Prefer IPA's more along the line of Odell IPA. Was really excited to try this one but meh. Not enough citrus tones overall and felt unbalanced. Maybe I got a bad batch. Too bad.

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

Enjoy by 09/27/12 (day before my birthday). Emptying this one in a Church Brew Works pint glass. Prices out here are always a quite exceeding for this brew. Rather than fronting $19.99 four a sixer or nearly $75 for a case, I forked over $5.75 to take this one home.

Light orange liquid and great clarity in my glass with the cascade effect from the bubbles. Almost two fingers of head from the pour, and it's mostly still there (minutes later). Draping lacing.

Picked up aromatics as soon as this bitch got cracked. Pine, citrus, and ocean water in the hop nose. Got some dark wheaty-cracker type aroma peeking through among the fresh hop goodness. Grapefruit meets orange meets big ol' spruce tree.

Tropical fruits start creepin' in on the taste. Papaya, orange, grapefruit, pine tree, and a flourish of the floral. Malts are checking themselves, as they know where they should be. Supporting actors in the world of a fruity and lively hop profile that isn't snooty and bitter. Touch of mango and kumquat.

Touch of booze in the feel, but this is a bristly beer with some slappy wetness. Not creamy as I'd like it, but milky as I'll take it.

Exceptional IPA. Primo West Coast example with all the bells and whistles. No hype necessary; just a beer I could drink every night and every day.

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 10,714 ratings.