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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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10,688 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,688
Reviews: 2,184
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 1,105
Gots: 2,585 | FT: 50
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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4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got a chance to try this, one of the highest reviews IPAs on the site. I must say.. it lives up to it's billing. One of the most well balanced and flavorful IPAs I've had, satisfies the hophead in me but isn't overly bitter and remains smooth and tasty. Not much can be said that already hasn't been, but if you get a chance to try it you should without any hesitation.

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

on-tap at big city, allston MA. (review from notes)

pours a mostly clear golden-orange tone while yielding a foamy off-white head. good retention and lacing.

haven't had it in a while but i recall sculpin having a kick-ass nose, but this... this is mediocre at best. some citrus hoppiness with a touch of malt in the background but overall nothing like i remember. i'm hoping it's just the melange of odors in the bar making discerning the aroma difficult, and there's nothing to the rumors that sculpin has fallen off.

such hopes are not buoyed by the flavor, which is likewise disappointing. not as an IPA, but as a Sculpin - important distinction. again, yeah there's some citric (primarily grapefruit) hoppiness and a little pine but just sort of underwhelming compared with what i was expecting.

overall, as an IPA this is still a pretty great beer, i'm just wondering what happened. it went from being phenomenal when i first tried (and reviewed) it in bottle to above average... possibly a fluke and i will re-review if so.

(originally reviewed: 11-03-2011)

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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3.99/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. bottle that I bought as a single from Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio yesterday for $2.50 into a clean, clear glass. "SC 140 Enjoy by 090512" stamped on the neck of the bottle.

A Thick creamy head over a light copper, even brownish orange translucent body. Certainly to style. Slight uptick since the head clings nicely to the inside of the glass upon repeated sips. 3.5

S Great flavors rise up including pineapple fruit, bitter hops in what I perceive to be a nice balance. Intriguing smell that calls to mind some of the better beers in this style. 4.5

T Sweet nectar of pineapple syrupy goodness in the front of the tongue and a longer lasting bitterness lingers on the back of the tongue in an all encompassing effect. There is a bit of heat from the 7.0% ABV but this is a good tasting beer. Again, it calls to mind some of the better beers in this category since it provides such a varied palate. 4.0

M Full for sure and even a little bit harsh with the bitterness that lingers. A big, bold beer. 4.0

D/O Drinkability is fair. This is a big beer with an aggressive ABV. I would probably only have one even if I had purchased more. Overall this is a good beer. 3.5

Notes: Apparently Ballast Point Brewing Company must have just recently started distributing to NE Ohio. I had not seen these in stores until just recently!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, finally, an IPA that is really good. Seems a lot of the "hey lets make a brewery" brewers are producing things that are labelled as an IPA, but really taste like old stale hops! Don’t get me wrong, you have a few out there that are making some really great IPAs and this is one of them. Clean, fresh, bitterly hoppy, foamy, citrusy...hits all the marks! Really nice IPA!!! I’m drinking one now!!!

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

Nice looking beer, a very bright golden color with a white head that sticks around for a few minutes before dissolving into thin lace. Very clean bright hops in the nose, a mixture of pine and citrus. Taste is also very clean citrus hops with a sharp blast of carbonation on the tongue melting into a nice orange/citrus peel finish. Very drinkable!

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 10,688 ratings.