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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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11,186 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,186
Reviews: 2,297
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 1,181
Gots: 3,045 | 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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Ratings: 11,186 | Reviews: 2,297
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4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is wonderfully pine needle filled with a citric component. Very hoppy. Don't get much, if any, of the malt backbone on the nose.

The taste reminds me quite a bit of another very famous California DIPA, even though this is "just" an IPA. It's nearly bitter enough for a DIPA, however. Very juicy here. Big citrus notes with a small pine, floral quality alongside it. Great hop flavors without being overbearingly bitter. Small spicy, biscuit notes on the finish help wrap it up along with a bit of a puckering, herbal bitterness that hangs around for a little while.

All in all, one of the best IPA's that I've had. It's quite bitter without being overpowering. The types of hops (perfect mix of predominantly citrus and pine) are appealing. Just really well done.

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of nUgZ
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy bright golden color with a 1 finger head and some lacing.

S: Lots of citrus hops of all different kinds and very little malt to speak of.

T: Nice hop bitterness followed by a decent amount of malt. Different from what I expected based on the smell.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation . Pretty dry.

O: Pretty solid IPA, but I think I like the Big Eye a little more. This is not as well balanced and refreshing. This is a great beer, but I expected more based on the hype.

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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2.95/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

"Best By" date of 12/22/12.

Body is a bright, hazy golden orange hue. Two fingers worth of white head, which dissipates to a very thin layer quickly, yet leaving a decent lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is not my favorite. Hop character is somewhat grassy and herbal. I know that it may just be something of a fashionable thing to get American IPA's to have a citrus, tropical fruit aroma, but I find it more pleasant. Some cracker maltiness in the background.

Again, I am not too impressed with this beer's taste either. I know that people swear by this IPA, but I could just have some aversion to whatever hops they are using here. It is well-balanced, with only a slight lean towards bitter. Floral hops, slight honeysuckle, biscuit malts.

Decent carbonation level, with some sharpness. Medium body, slight astringency in the finish. Good for the style, enjoyable.

This beer does not live up to the hype. It isn't a bad IPA, but it does not compare to some of the amazing examples out there...Triple Play IPA, HopDevil, Two Hearted, etc....

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -15%

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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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4.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Library Ale House in Santa Monica, listed as 6.5% ABV.

Poured a brassy golden colour with white head and impressive residual lacing. Aroma a citrus wonderland with grapefruit, tangerine and others I can't distinguish. Truly beautiful. Unfortunately the taste isn't as impressive as the aroma. Not as well balanced as I'd hoped. Some roasted malt sweetness with surprising tropical fruit tones, followed by a sharp bitterness. The finish lingers for an impressive length of time, but without the full citrus spectrum.

Would definitely purchase again.

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4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes from 8/25/12

Bomber w/ no visible bottled on date.

A- Large bubbles form a half-finger head that dissipates quickly. Alluring golden glow.

S- Aroma is mildly piney with a hint of citrus. Definitely hoppy, but not a very strong nose.

T- The taste has a lot of caramel malts not detected in the aroma. The hop profile is mild, yet dry.

M- Dry, bitter finish with a medium and smooth mouthfeel.

O- Tasty, yet indescript in flavor.

P.S. This was reviewed after drinking 2 pints of Enjoy By, so my palate may have been destroyed by that point. I also don't know if this was a fresh bottle or not. I HAVE had fresh Sculpin since, and was significantly more impressed. While I haven't actually written a subsequent review the scores here represent how I feel about fresh Sculpin, not what was written in this particular review.

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Shane. Thanks!

Drunk on 10-12-12, reviewed from notes

A: Golden-copper yellow. Great white head lasts for the duration of the beer.

N: Oh Lord in Heaven. Pineapple, mango, citrus, mandarin orange. This is like walking around a fruit stand. Some pine. This nose goes on forever.

T: As fruity as the nose is, the body is equally piney and earthy. Very, very bitter and dry. A little pineapple, but this is an overwhelming spruce bomb. Some bready/biscuity notes and malt. Quite the dichotomy.

M: Palate is dry to the point where it's like a hop covered with spikes and razors. Fair amount of alcohol.

O: The epitome of the West Coast IPA. Dry, scraping, and lacking in most of the malt needed to balance out the hops. If only the dry hopping lasted throughout the body, this might be my first perfect 5.

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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