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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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10,146 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,146
Reviews: 2,094
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 1,015
Gots: 2,122 | 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 JunkYardJake
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Bullshead in Lititz.
Served in a standard shaker glass with a thin white head. Golden in color with good clarity. The nose is bright and hoppy with fresh citrus scents. Taste is much bolder and more complex than the nose. Plenty of citrus hops but also alot of sweet malts which give some depth to the palate. Strong bitterness in the finish with a dry mouthfeel. Fine tasting IPA from the west coast.

JunkYardJake, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of GehenHerzog
4.5/5  rDev +2%

GehenHerzog, Feb 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

mcintire78, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of huskermike12
4/5  rDev -9.3%

huskermike12, Feb 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

marine1975, Feb 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

wrycon, Feb 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

mrfreakybig, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of vgarneth
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I must say that I like a damn good IPA and Sculpin just so happens to be one of those. North Carolina just doesn't seem to carry anything but the 22oz., but I'm alright with that. Sculpin is the type of IPA I could drink at any given time... like right now! One of my favorite IPAs of all time. Nice job Ballast Point!

vgarneth, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of Tyrawlings
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Tyrawlings, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of mborge
3/5  rDev -32%

mborge, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of gueuzegossage
4/5  rDev -9.3%

gueuzegossage, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of Dools9
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at The Hangar in Amherst, MA. Right down the street from ZooMass.

A: Served with a finger of white, fluffy head that dissipated to a cap which retained throughout. Pretty good lacing as well. Color is a honey, gold with orangey hues.

S: Lots of juicy citrus fruits, grapefruit, tangerine, orange and some piney resin.

T: Loads of bitter tropical fruits, big orange, grapefruit, pineapple and citrus presence. Touch of honey malt sweetness keeps the hops in check. Very, very nice.

M: Medium bodied and smooth carbonation. Finishes dry and drinks very nicely.

O: Had a chance to try this on draft and I'm definitely glad that I did. Draft is far superior to the bottle imo. The bottle is a bit thinner and lacks the wow factor. Definitely one of the better IPA's I have had. Overall, a very pleasurable drinking experience, a little pricey though but I guess you get what you pay for.

Dools9, Feb 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

ChumleyX, Feb 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Crstumpf, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Bright, translucent pumpkin orange. One-inch yellow/white head which retained for a bit. Solid head retention.

S - Pine, grapefruit, sweetbread and slight alcohol.

T - Big citrus hits upfront. A bit of a mango/pineapple in the middle. Finishes dry and a slight alcohol burn.

M - Medium body with a dry finish. Nice amount of carbonation with a nice texture for an IPA.

O - My first Ballast Point brew, and I think it was a bit overrated. It's a solid brew, but I think I've had several that were better. However, I might be a bit jaded from all the awesome DIPAs I've had lately.

ZombiesAteMyDog, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of 12owls
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

so i poured this beer into a pint glass, the appearance is a nice dark copper color with very light champaign bubbles, with a nice frothy head that leaves a nice bit of lacing, it actually held it own from the top of the glass till the very bottom. mouth feel is smooth with light carbonation with a nice hop dry/bitterness taking over. i did taste some light sweetness..maybe syrup or a light vanilla taste. smell is piney with good slightly bitter hops. i did notice that in the initial bitterness there is a grape fruit and maybe orange rind coming through,but quickly calmed by that sweetness in the after taste. A.B.V is subtle and actually hidden by the sweetness that stays on the tounge. a great beer good balance. i enjoyed this very much, and could definatly see this stocked in my fridge.

12owls, Feb 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

DeezGunz14, Feb 10, 2012
5/5  rDev +13.4%

ROWDYMELT, Feb 10, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

drewloc, Feb 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

beermaned, Feb 10, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

themisanthrope, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of pigc
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a straw yellow with a hint of orange color with two finger white head that fades rather quickly.

S - Lots of citrus right up front. Grapefruit, lemon, orange, tons of tropical fruit in this one!

T - Clean citrus hops smack you right in the face right away. A subtle malt backbone shows up just enough to keep this one is check. Flavors of pineapple, orange, grapefruit, mango.

M - Medium body with slightly dry finish. Perfect for an IPA.

O - Wow, what can I say? This is truly a world class IPA and one that is definitely worth seeking out and/or trading for. Perfect example of a west coast IPA. One that all others to be judged against. Wonderful job Ballast Point!

pigc, Feb 10, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev -1.4%

CheapBeerBuzz, Feb 09, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

crashoveride, Feb 09, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

acolby, Feb 09, 2012
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 10,146 ratings.