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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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10,929 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,929
Reviews: 2,236
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 1,150
Gots: 2,801 | 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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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.32/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Probably the freshest I can get it. Best by 12-07-2012.

Appearance: Perfectly clear light amber/orange. Head is pillowy, bright-white, creamy. Drops to a chunky, foamy cap and collar. Notches of lacing adorn the glass. Moderate carbonation. It glows.

Smell: Big tropical nose from the start. Tangerine and mango with some pineapple. Citrus comes through the back with a nice punch of grapefruit. Slightly resinous. Fresh mint. Malts run some sweet breadiness. Caramel malts. Slightly roasted. Floral. Tropical flowers!

Taste: Maltier than the nose. Pithy bitterness plays over some sweet caramel malts. Mildly earthy and herbal. Tropical notes in the back with some big tangerine on the finish. Mild roastiness. Lingering bitterness. Earthy builds. Grass and grapefruit. Floral back.

Mouthfeel: Moderately dry. Smooth moderate carbonation. Body is a little heavier than standard. Quaffable.

Overall: I genuinely enjoy this beer. It's a damn fine IPA, but the price point hurts it. Try it, love it, gay fish.

Photo of micromaniac129
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful golden amber. Lots of foamy head dense and leaves tons of sticky lacing.
Lots of carbonation too. A pleasure to watch.
But watch I did not for I must smell this brew and smell I did, of an abundance of fresh hops.
Earthy and floral and fresh and lots of it. Smell is all hops no malts here.
Taste is pur wonderment. Loads of hops and balanced nicely with sweet malts. Hops are fruity with grapefruit mangos and peachs. Malts have a plesent bready sweetness.
Feels wonderful on the palette sliding around at a medium weight. Has a slightly bitter finish
Quite possible one of the best IPA,s out there or definitly in the top 10.

Photo of Saxmusik45
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of BeerLover99
4.71/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: shiny golden/orange body, finger beige head,
very nice lacing

S: grapefruit, lemon zest, pine

T: grapefruit, lemon peel, pine, grain/malt, oily
bitter finish

M: med body, nice oily/sticky mouth

O: YUM! Need to try more Ballast Point brews.
This is quite good and any hophead should
grab a pint.


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Photo of 57md
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is burnt orange with a half finger of head that dissipated rather quickly. The nose is reminiscent of a fresh pine forest. There is some light malty flavor, but the big taste comes from the hops. The bitterness simply grows into a hoppy crescendo. Frankly, I would consider this more like a DIPA than a straight-up IPA since the tongue tingles even after the last sip of this offering is gone.

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden orange with a thin, creamy off-white head. Aroma is fresh peaches and some caramelized sugar. Taste begins with a huge apricot blast, followed by a caramel and fresh bread middle. After that is a raw, resinous piney hop flavor that obliterates your palate. Mouthfeel is rich. Carbonation is a tiny bit high. Overall an amazing IPA. I wouldn't say this is my favorite IPA of all time, but its not hard to see why its ranked #1 IPA on BA.

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 10,929 ratings.