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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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10,373 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,373
Reviews: 2,113
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 1,035
Gots: 2,239 | FT: 42
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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Photo of HoppySailor
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into my New Belgium snifter.

A- Pours a light orange. Very light. Almost like straw. Nice two-fingers of rich, foamy head that leaves a nice lacing as it draws down. Nice looking brew here.

S- The smell is wonderful. A lot of citrus hops in there. I smell grapefruit more than anything, but there is a hint of pine and orange in there too.

T- The taste is outstanding. Heavy hops on the front, trailing off and leaving grapefruit on the finish. The bitterness is there, but it is very balanced. Just a hint of malty sweetness on the sides of the mouth, but not enough to notice unless you are looking for it. (Later) As it warms, more flavors are coming out. I am getting pine and orange peel now, in addtion to the grapefruit. It is also becoming a bit more bitter, which is fine with me. I am enjoying it at around a 45 degree temperature from the original pour and its warmed a bit since then.

M- The mouthfeel on this thing is odd. The rather exaggerated head would suggest a big carbonation bite, but it has an almost flat mouthfeel. I like it.

O- Overall I think the top rating on BA is well deserved. Only a real hophead is going to like this one, but that's me. Well done.

Photo of StoicBeast
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Zaphog
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Deaner
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of hosehead83
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glad to finally have this available in my neck of the woods--Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Clear copper/orange with a frothy head of white foam.
Aroma-Juicy, West Coast hops, perfumy.
Taste-Big onrush of grapefruit, with plenty of citrus hops all around. A bit of a dusty or chalky mouthfeel, leading to a citrus-rind bitterness. Overall, great flavor and character.
As good as advertised, and a welcome addition as one of my new favorite American IPA's.

Photo of pawpaw
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of smi
3.75/5  rDev -15%

Photo of avisong
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of volta
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of dms24
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of jbphoto88
4.05/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Right away I am digging the style of this beer. It is crystal clear and the color of a dirty blondes silky beautiful hair. The head is aggressive and firm (that's what she said) with pillowy fluff and tons of lacing. This is a pretty brew.

The nose is right up there in points with the look, having gobs of hop character manifesting in citrus, pine and tropical fruits. Behind that hop smack to the nostrils is a warm caramelized grain scent. This one smells like a IIPA, If it tastes even half as good I am in for a brewing treat.

The taste is good but not as great as the nose. Most of the same flavors parallel the scent but in a lesser way. The hops still dominate with their pine resin and citrus but much closer now is the roasted caramelized grains. The malted fresh crush taste helps beat the hops in the distance and sculpt the finish.

Here in the mouthfeel and finish is where things get slightly tricky. The warm malty aftertaste is balance nicely with a firm hop bitterness but there is a confusing lack of carbonation. Surprising because of the aggressive head but not so much so when I feel the hop oils on my teeth. All of this leads to a smooth, extmely drinkable character with a sharp bite. This IPA was a pleasant surprise and one I will continue to buy. If you see it, get it. I put it on almost the same level as the Majaraja by Avery, which is one of my favorites and a double IPA. Consider that hop heads!

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -15%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of SallyBirkhart
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smell is like i said before, nicely fresh, hoppy, fruity, and floral...but this time a good. Flavors have a kick of pine and lemon around the edges, with mango and peach in the middle...I don’t find it that one-dimensional this time...in fact, I think the hop combination in this one is rather awesome. I reckon this bottle was a lot fresher than the first one I had...not sure of release dates, though I know this bottle just showed up, so its gotta be fresh..

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 10,373 ratings.