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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.

10,989 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,989
Reviews: 2,245
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 1,164
Gots: 2,864 | 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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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into pint glass.

Missed the enjoy by date on this one
A- Poured a foggy orange body, tons of lively carbonation, great tight white head with excellent lacing. Not too much retention...

S- Very much citrus (grapefruit), pine and some bitter bold hops. Not very aromatic but very inviting none the less. Kinda comes off as an Imperial by the smell alone.

T- Great taste, again grapefruit, subtle pine, sweet malts mixed with tropical fruit. Not complex at all, but a solid IPA with bold characteristics.

MF- Surprisingly light to a light-medium body, sharp carb bite, very crisp and refreshing. Flavor sticks around just long enough to make it a "sipping beer" but the light balanced body and flavor gives this beer great drinkability.

O- Solid solid solid IPA. Indeed one of the better ones I tried with interesting flavors and characteristics. If you are a big IPA lover and haven't got around to sculpin yet, you must! Glad I tried it at work today, hands down delicious.

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3.27/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer on tap at Hamilton's in SD today, and at the brewery tasting room 30 days ago. I've also had it in bottle multiple times over the last 4 months.

A: Transparent light amber body with a 1/2" head (generous pour or I think it would be bigger...). Lots of lacing left on the glass as the small head subsided.

S: Strong pine and citrus nose; dominated by tropical fruitiness to me. That was follwed by strong pine. Lots of grapefruit and astringent notes picked up.

T: Starts with a dominant hop bitterness with grapefruit citrus and pine, followed by a strong pine bitterness, and finishes with a strong, dry astringency dominated by a grapefruit taste.

MF: Medium mouthfeel, good style appropriate carbonation. Again, this beer has a strong biting bitterness and dryness.

O: A really solid IPA that everyone loves. For me, it's not to my taste. I've given it a few tries, and I just can't get myselft to like it. But, I think for those that like strong IPAs, it's a winner. So, drink and enjoy! I won't try and steal you beer. LOL

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3.75/5  rDev -15%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ithaca's Flower Power was my favorite single IPA....key word "WAS." Now it is the Sculpin. FP and Sculpin are the only 2 IPA's I've had, and I've had a lot, that perfectly capture the tropical fruit aspect of the hops..the pineapple, the mango the kiwi, the passionfruit. And not just the bitter grapefruit/orange peel. Don't get me wrong, I love the bitterness, which is why I love IPA's. Yet Sculpin blends these two worlds of sweet and bitter fruit perfectly with a creamy smoothness that is just unto itself. Exquisite

Only drawback to this beer is that I can only get it in 22oz bombers and they cost 9 bucks after tax. And that's at a beer store..can only imagine what it would cost at a bar.

That said, it is still the finest IPA I've tried to date. Highly recommended.

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3.75/5  rDev -15%

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4.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A gentle pour produces about an inch of white head. There is some light lacing. Cloudy orange appearance.

Aroma is of oranges, tangerines.

Taste is similar lots of tangerine, citrus and orange. Light malt backbone that plays a supporting role.

Nice light and refreshing mouthfeel.

I got this in a trade. I suspect it is not quite as fresh as optimal. One of the bottles is markes enjoy by 8/3/12. It's still a very nice IPA but did not quite live up to the reputation.

Edit: Coming back to this as BP entered MN. Had to up a couple ratings.

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 10,989 ratings.