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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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10,932 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,932
Reviews: 2,238
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 1,149
Gots: 2,804 | FT: 48
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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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10oz serving served in a Boulevard Tulip at Salty Pig in Boston.

A- Translucent slightly brownish golden with about two fingers of white fluffy head that has decent retention but slowly recedes to a thin layer leaving decent lacing. Has a decent steady stream of small carbonation bubbles rising from the middle of the glass but slightly below average carbonation for an IPA.

S- Aromas of citrus hops, oranges, mango, some light grapefruit, spices, and a bit of booze in the background. Definitely a little bit more oranges upfront then your average IPA. Definitely slightly above average aroma strength.

T- Fruity citrus hops, oranges, mango, some grapefruit, some spices, finishes very bitter with a slight lingering citrus aftertaste. Very fruity, spices give it an extra bitter finish, definitely more bitter then your average IPA.

M- Medium bodied, nice carbonation, biterness tingles the tongue a little bit, finishes with a very light booze burn but pretty well hidden.

O- This was a solid IPA with a nice fruity, citrus hop taste however it was definitely too bitter for my liking, which I think takes away from the taste a little bit. I would drink this again, however there are plenty of IPAs out there that I definitely prefer. I'd recommend trying this if you like fruity IPAs, if you don't like beers that finish fairly bitter I'd probably stay away though.

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.09/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at Jungle Jim's - 22oz bomber

Pumped to find this one, as I've wanted to try it for a while. Blonde on Blonde playing in the background. Dylan might be the greatest to listen to while having one.

S - First thing that pops out at me is the aroma. I hadn't even poured the beer before I received the heavenly hop aromas. Very citrusy. Instantly sent me into Pavlov's dog mode.

A - Poured into pint glass. Thick 2.5 finger white head. Not much lacing. Very thin and transparent. Light to medium bodied for sure.

T - Definitely a hop delight. They are upfront and in-your-face but not too overpowering.

M - Very light. Nicely carbonated. Almost as if I'm sipping a very heavily hopped lager.

Overall - I definitely liked it. The hops are amazing both in aroma and flavor. Again, my personal preference would have had this be a little more balanced in the malt department. But I enjoyed it and commend it. Will most certainly have again.

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.97/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: golden color with a hint of orange. Nice carbonation with thick lacing.

S: grapefruit,citrus, slight pine

T: mango, grapefruit, tropical fruit with a deep hop finish and over tones. Smooth hoppy finish Delicious!

M: Medium body, medium carbonation. Smooth with hoppy finish

O: This the standard in which IPAs should rate against. This is such a delicious beer. One of my favorites!

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty tasty ipa. Had a similar smell to PtE, its well balanced and pretty smooth. Best IPA i have had, not being an imperial. Its pretty tasty for an IPA, my personal perference is ipa that are not too hoppy. This 1 is again well balanced and pretty damn good.

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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3.4/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Much hazier than I expected, and with minimal head. pours almost more like a hefeweizen but with the head of a pilsner. Kind of underwhelming.

The nose is primarily sweet malts, with a little bit of floral hops in there as well.

Taste is well balanced; honey sweet malts with floral hops coming in followed up by a much more bitter citrus hop presence.

Low carbonation, but just enough zip to keep it interesting.

Overall, in a vacuum, this is a decent beer, but it had been hyped up so much that underwhelming is the word that keeps coming to mind. It's true it IS very well balanced and drinkable, but it lacks any wow-factor for me.

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 10,932 ratings.