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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

8,505 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 8,505
Reviews: 1,976
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 882
Gots: 1,319 | FT: 45
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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aerozeppl

New York

4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Weibull for sending a few bottles my way.

A: Clear golden color with two fingers of white head. Very nice clarity to this beer. Lacing from the top down.

S:Nice fresh hop nose. Tons of citrus right out the gate. Very much a west coast IPA.

T: NIce malt backbone with just a few citrus hop flavors. One of the more balanced IPAs that I have head while still being super hoppy.

M: Nice crisp and refreshing medium body.

D: Super drinkable and amazingly well balanced. I would have this on my short list of beers to buy if it were available in my area. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 19:06:20 | More by aerozeppl
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KeefD

Minnesota

4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks go out to IBUnit63 for this long awaited brew! Pours a pale golden orange color with a huge three finger billowy head that had great retention and left some thick rings of lacing down the glass. My goodness, I could smell the hops from 5 feet away. Enough grapefruit and citrus aroma that this seems like the cure for the common cold. A nice piney aroma is also present and almost zero maltiness in the nose. Sometimes I just love these IPAs that are practically absent of caramel malts and let the hops shine, but it's not often. This is lovely, though. Very nice bitter, hoppy flavor, mostly consisting of grapefruit, orange and possibly some lemon zest, rounded out by a light piney flavor and some cracker like toasty malts giving a somewhat solid backbone. Body on this one is the only that it's lacking, being on the low side of medium, but it really is the only less than desirable quality. Incredibly tasty and very easy to drink. This really is a great IPA. Thanks again, Larry!

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 01:47:32 | More by KeefD
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rlcnmeyer

Missouri

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

Received in trade from a great BA (jtrockchalk)...thanks Joel!

A: Poured into a Great Divide cervoise goblet. Slightly hazy yellow/gold color with off-white head.

S: Very nice grapefruit/mango/peach aroma with piney hops prevalent.

T: Well balanced with nice dose of hops lingering through the aftertaste.

M: Light-bodied with a crisp, dry finish.

D: I really like this beer and think some people may be expecting too much from an IPA. No, it's not as big or hoppy as a DIPA, but it's not intended to be. I highly recommend trying this brew!

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 00:27:41 | More by rlcnmeyer
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hooliganlife

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Kadonny!

A - pours light orange with a slight hint of murky copper. nice light fluffy head that sits around and never dies.

S - i gave this a 5.0 because when i poured it, it was a foot away and i got a blast of floral hops in my nose. impressive

T - wow... huge floral hops with light hints of pineapple, grapefruit, and tangerine. finish is slightly malty with more hints of pineapple.

m - very light and fluffy. carbonation is big but does not bite.

D - holy shit. ive been pretty meeeh with ballast point after the dorado and big eye IPA but this has blown my mind. this is a very solid west coast IPA that is light in just about every category (except ABV). but this is also huge on flavor and scent. hell yeah bro, this is it.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 00:21:36 | More by hooliganlife
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gyllstromk

Belgium

4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful, nearly-clear golden. Nose is pine, melon, mango, bubble gum, light citrus, and vanilla. Flavor is resiny hops, light fruit, with a nice bitterness and a perfume aftertaste. The hops are really put on front stage here and make for a delightful beer and one of the best examples of the style (a slight nit: the taste was not quite as strong as the aroma predicted). With a crisp, wet feel it makes for a refreshing summer (or anytime) beer. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 17:34:00 | More by gyllstromk
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JoeMayo

Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I think I have a new favorite IPA

A- Pours a yellow/golden color with a cream-colored head. Relatively clear with pretty good head retention.

S- Wow! Very fruity and very citrusy. Pungent grapefruit aroma hits the nose. Aromas of both grapefruit pulp and zest along with other sweet fruits. Mango is easily detected and balanced by the mild astringencies of pine and resin.

T- Well-balanced. Very fruity but just enough pine/bitterness to round everything out. This really is phenominal. Moderate sweetness with strong notes of grapefruit and mango. Citrus, namely lemon, can be detected in the background.

M- Crisp, clean, and juicy.

D- Very smooth, very refreshing, very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 14:13:30 | More by JoeMayo
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Based on 2nd bottle (cheers Bitterbill!) I'm bumping up Appearance, Drinkabilty & MF

Got this one from tendermorsel, cheers Mike! Very happy to try this!

Pours a honey color with a finger of cream colored head. Very good head retention & lacing

S: Citrus & floral hops

T: Grapefruit, lemons, a touch of apricot & breadyness, plus dryness up front. More grapefruit as this warms, then dryness & some honey & biscuitty malt, plus lemons. Finishes crisp, dry & with puckery grapefruit

MF: Medium bodied & assertive carbonation; fairly nice balance

Drinks easy, not a top flight AIPA, but almost there. Reminds me a lot of Odell IPA, but slightly better. Would love to try this on draft or cask. Finishes with lemony & grapefruitty hops, slight pepperyness. Another good one from Ballast Point!

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 03:48:06 | More by russpowell
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to find this at the Econdido Bev Mo, tucked way in the back of BP section.

This beer was a foggy golden peach with an amazing frothy white head that stuck around for the duration leaving nice strips of lace behind. This was really a beautiful beer to behold.

Smells of Christmas trees, red grapefruit and clover. This even pounced upon me while I was pouring it. This is a dominating and amazing blend of hops that was mesmerizing to smell.

The taste sadly didn't deliver. It started with a CO2 sting and then the white fluffy part of a grapefruit that's pretty much just bitterness. As a base was a little honey and creamed corn that drifted towards corn bread in the finish. A little disappointing considering the smell, but still tasty.

This felt very smooth, but almost watery with a soft carnation. I dare say this one felt bland.

This was a pretty terrific beer overall, especially the lovely head and great hoppy nose.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 16:23:36 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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avalon07

South Carolina

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

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden brownish color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head and some good lacing.

S: A nice fruit aroma of lemon and peaches, with some hops.

T: Lively flavor of peaches, lemon, hops and some apricot. Not as super hoppy as one would expect from a West Coast IPA, but still very well balanced.

M: Well-carbonated with a smooth, mostly dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: This is a drinkable beer, to be sure. Very light and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 12:45:03 | More by avalon07
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twelvsies

Maine

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

Glad to be able to try this highy hyped and hopped offering from the west coast, thanks to raoulduke37. While I haven't been wowed so far by other Ballast Point offerings, the Sculpin is totally solid across the board. Pours very light, crisp clear and golden, with a gleaming white head, excellent lacing. The nose is deep pungent grapefruit juice and lemon, piney leafy hops, and a bit reminiscent of another popular controlled substance... The flavors in this one all meld together in beautiful hoppy unison, but the main thing I'm getting here is still the grapefruit juice, and a nice bitter citrus rind, along with slick, resiny hops. The most grapefruity beer I can ever recall having. Somehow this extremely flavorful beer remains light and lively on the palate with a dry bitter finish, and very refreshing and drinkable. At one point I was thinking of this beer as a double IPA, and then the light airyness of this beer reminded me that it is just a standard IPA really pushing the out limits of the flavor envelope. Definitely a top-tier, world class IPA, wish it was more readily available.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 14:10:35 | More by twelvsies
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csmiley

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours pale and clear. Color looks to be a medium gold. The head is just a shade away from white and sticks around for three to four minutes. It tops out at about two fingers and becomes rocky pretty quick. Lacing is spotty at best. The color is much lighter than expected but that just makes it look more refreshing overall.

S - A big dose of piney hops blast through at first. Fresh cut grass quickly undercuts the pine flavor. A small amount of orange comes through midway. Malt doesn't make too much of a presence in the nose but it's not really missed. Alcohol is also absent.

T - More pine and grass comes dominate the flavor. This one has a leafy / green flavor overall. Citrus is present in the form of red grapefruit and lemon. The malt backbone shows more in the flavor than aroma. White bread and honey are barely noticeable. The alcohol is warm and soothing.

M - Lighter side of medium bodied with a mild carbonation level. Finish is very dry and bitter. Almost too dry and bitter. Almost.

D - Drinkability is pretty good on this selection. It's really well done overall and something i could see having time and time again. The alcohol stays well under control which helps it go down with relative ease. Any real faults in this brew are very minor and nothing that would be considered a deal breaker for me. Kudos to Ballast Point for a great brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 01:26:40 | More by csmiley
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alcstradamus

Washington

4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A--Pours a pale copper color, very bubbly with about two fingers of head using a standard pour in a pint glass. Pretty good lacing left behind.

S--Delicious citrus hops. Let's see....orange, mango, white grapes, pineapple. If they ever made a hop cologne, it would probably smell pretty close to this.

T--The citrus profile remains in the taste, there is also a bit of a floral/pine resin to it as it washes down. There is a solid balance to this, I thought the hops would overwhelm based on the nose but that turns out not to be the case. This is very crisp and inviting. At first I was underwhelmed by the taste, but I think most of that can be attributed to the high expectations that the aroma caused me to have. The more I drank, the more I enjoyed it.

M--Medium bodied for a single IPA, finishes fairly clean

D--Great beer, I love the hop profile. Glad I was able to get a couple of bottles

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 01:10:33 | More by alcstradamus
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TexIndy

Texas

4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 650ml bottle that my buddy got from South Bay Drugs into a pint glass. No dating info on bottle but was just released so know it's fresh. It was a slightly hazy golden color. Multiple carb streams and some lacing. It had a massive off-white head that very, very slowly settled to a constant foam cap.

The aroma was perfect. Strong punch of citric/grapefruit hops with plenty of floral hops and pine as well. Really getting into the AIPA/ADIPA aromas and this one was perfect. Had a great balance and not overly piney, grapefruity like some other recent ones I've had. A joy to smell this one. The taste was amazing as well. Excellent from start to finish during the drink and during the whole bottle. Starts out with a great initial smoothness and then the hops build to the finish. The only thing keeping it from a 5 for me is that I wish that it had just a bit more bite at the end. It's not an a ADIPA so not expecting a tongue punisher but even for a single it was lacking just a little bite.

Overall, an exceptional beer that I give my highest recommendation. Beg, borrow, steal but get your hands on this one. I know I'll be looking for more of it. Most worthy of the hype, praise and high ranking.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 00:51:27 | More by TexIndy
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A clear, bright copper body with lots of active carbonation bubbles. A big, thick, soapy off-whtie head with fantastic retention; it leaves great lacing too. Good looking beer.

The aroma is powerful as soon as you pop the cap of this one. All kinds of hops. Fruity pineapple, apricot, citrus all with a touch of sweetness from the malt.

This is a great beer. The big hop aromas carry over to the flavor. Once again, all kinds of fruity hop flavors come through; pineapple, apricot, grapefruit and a good touch of bitterness. Just enough malt backbone to balance it out.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation, good and oily.

This beer is fantastic, one of the best IPAs I've ever had. Maybe THE best.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2009 15:20:34 | More by Hojaminbag
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raverjames

Virginia

5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have had this beer in a bottle, but the growler was the real treat. This is a wonderful brew in the bottle, but on tap it is just about the best IPA out there.
When you first pour it, all you smell is ruby red grapefruit. The aroma is so intense, I just can't get enough. It has a half inch head that dissipates slowly as you drink. When you take a sip, you get a load of simcoe and amarillo hops in your mouth. The citrus taste is just amazing. This is all assisted by the fact that Ballast Point went for one of the cleanest malt bases I have ever experienced. Honestly, I just drank most of a growler by myself. I can't get enough of this beer. It gets my vote as best IPA available. It tops Pliny in every way. Good job, Ballast Point.

Serving type: growler

05-13-2009 07:20:11 | More by raverjames
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HeyItsChili

China

4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a growler into a pint glass. Pours crystal clear gold with a tint of amber and a big, fluffy white head that slumps a bit and sticks around.

S - Smells fantastic. Apricot and grapefruit are potent, sweet, and sugary with and underlying hop bite.

T - Crisp hops tasting like a number of citrus fruits, a fair amount of bitterness, and a nice white pepper spice thrown in there.

M - Extremely light, crisp, and refreshing.

D - Extremely drinkable, the best IPA I've ever had.

Serving type: growler

05-12-2009 22:19:06 | More by HeyItsChili
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Sean9689

Illinois

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

Thanks to fatboyjim (for including this as an extra) and goodspeed94 (for trading a couple of these to me recently). Not sure who's this was, but here it goes.

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Duvel tulip.

A - Mildly mirky golden color with a white frothy head that leaves behind some good lacing along the sides of the tulip. Some of the head seems to stick around a bit as an ultra-thin layer on top.

S - Lots of grapefruit right from the start, which is very pleasing. Obviously, lots of citrus and hops along with some sweet oranges in this one, which is really nice.

T - A good amount of bitterness up front followed by some citrus and hops in good amounts. A nice aftertaste which isn't exactly bitter but isn't exactly sweet, just right here.

M - Great carbonation, medium in body, fills the mouth and coats the palate nicely. Very crisp and refreshing.

D - Man, I really like this one. It's worthy of it's rating, that's for sure. Probably one of the best IPAs I've had, and I've had some good ones. Really amazing.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 00:09:02 | More by Sean9689
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stoutfiend27

North Carolina

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

bomber poured into la chouffe tulip..

a-beautiful golden color with a 1 finger off white head that lingered a while...nice lacing

s-unbelievable...very floral and citrus...smells like fresh grapefruit and pineapple...lovely floral hop aroma...spicy

t-much like the nose...grapefruit and pineapple up front..followed by spicy hops and bitterness..this is amazing

m-damn near perfect the only ipa ive had with better mouthfeel is hopslam(yes i realize hopslam is a dipa) but this compares very well

d-off the charts i could drink this stuff all night if it were more available around here....man i love this stuff

believe the hype..sculpin deserves it...

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2009 00:52:14 | More by stoutfiend27
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IBUnit63

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Well, hell...thanks to Dan from Marty's for informing me of this new arrival. This is one I've been jonesing for and it's finally touched down amongst the Massholes. For this hop bomb it's the Reidel Vinum Cabernet glass. Gizzit a tumble...

Pours a little lighter than expected...almost light lemon/honey. Head on first pour isn't bad...about 1/2 finger, but it goes pretty quickly. Moderate lacing; sparse carbonation rises rather quickly through the viscosity of it all.

Holy $#!+ - wonderful, uber-hopped citrusy, oily, grapefruity goodness. Past the grapefruit I'm even picking off a little pineapple here. Caramel malt with a gentle perfume provides at least a little balance. Still the hops are on parade and it's next-nigh perfect.

The viscous oily hops rule the roost of course, but they blend perfectly with the light caramel malt. Balance in abundance, most definitely...with a brightness and freshness that comes very clean.

Can't hate on this one for the palate - this is what a big IPA should be like. Huge hop presence on the citrus front with a tight yet somehow balanced finish.

It's tough for this not to drink well. It drinks very well. And now I gotta dig up more of this stuff. Knock it down quickly though - don't let these hops fade in your cellar. Excellent stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 12:18:49 | More by IBUnit63
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drseamus

New York

4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to aerozeppl for cracking a couple of these bottles.

A: Light amber body with a decent white head.

S: DAMN!! Hop city. Tons of citrus and grapefruit and a lesser bit of pine. This aroma draws you in.

T: Dead on what is should be. Almost an 1.5IPA. Not quite a double, not a single, but still great. Good bitterness but not over the top.

M: A touch thin perhaps but good.

D: Great IPA for sure.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 03:12:21 | More by drseamus
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had three pints on tap at the Khyber in Philly... first bar in Philly to put this bad boy on tap... Had the privilege of trading for a bottle recently (see my other review) and lets just say on tap it was equally as divine... mouthfeel was a tad improved as was the nose... however i already gave it a 5.... can i give it a 5.1 here????

A: Bright orange/amber body... has a radioactive glow to it, which might scare some people but i'll take it as the mark of greatness... the head is a flawless 3/4 inch fluffy white cap... good retention while leaving moderate lacing on the glass (perhaps the only "flaw" in this beer)

S: Heaping citric hops bombard the nose, if i didn't know any better i'd think i was drinking an immaculate mixed drink on the shores of tahiti on a cloudless day... that being said it was dark, gloomy, rainy Philadelphia... ah, spring in Philly... back to the beer... The hops take on a dynamic character, layering bright blast of grapefuit, mango, peach, apricot, orange, passion fruit ... its like drinking a Jackson Pollock painting

T: If there was an ideal citrus IPA flavor profile, this is it. Like the nose, the fruit flavored bitterness is relentless. There is enough here to explore for days. Almost no alcohol presence, and a nice, subtle sweet malt backbone keeps this beer from becoming juice.

M: Smooth, crisp finish. Refreshing. Nice bitter bite. Ideal carbonation.

D: I'm mesmerized by this beer. While its not Pliny the Younger.... this beer is right there and NEEDS to be respected as such. If it wasn't for a law school final that I need to prepare for, I would have stayed all night. I'm serious... I would have been at the bar from 5pm til they carted me out drinking this gem.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2009 01:59:24 | More by callmemickey
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SkinnyElvis

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like a BA mag advertisement with a one cm head. Color is a little lighter than expected. Smell is mostly pine with a bit of citrusy hops. Taste also has a hint of something sweet which was not expected. Mouthfeel is extremely smooth & this is very drinkable. No hint of the ABV is noted. A great IPA worth seeking.

Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2009 00:44:43 | More by SkinnyElvis
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alovesupreme

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Portsmouth snifter this beer yielded a pure white head that stuck around for the duration of the beer. Absolutely fantastic lacing.
Apricot and Peach are the interesting and unique characters to the smell of this beer. Pineapple however is the dominating fruit character.
A grapefruit character rules this beer with some great bitterness balanced by a malty character.
A fantastic mouthfeel that has good carbonation and a good body for an IPA.
A fantastic beer. Probably the best single IPA I have yet to try.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 04:51:52 | More by alovesupreme
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mjl21

California

4.88/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Acquired via trade...thanks Dan! 22 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. No bottling info is given and comes in at 7%.

A-Pours a really nice golden amber that is extremely clear. Has a nice foamy one finger white head that deflates into a frothy layer of film that sticks around. Lots of lace is left after each sip.

S-Super fresh West Coast nose. Pine and tons of citrus are abundant. Definite notes of mango, pineapple, and some lemon zest.

T-The pine and fruits come first. The perfect amount of sweet malt comes in the middle before the fruit flavor, particularly orange peel and grapefruit, comes back at the end. Not a huge level of bitterness is in this one.

M-A tad lighter in the body than I prefer in an IPA. The level of carbonation is perfect and results in a very crisp and refreshing beer. The hops also do a great job of coating my mouth with a nice oily, resiny feel.

D-Amazingly good. The 7% is nowhere to be found.

This is one that I have been waiting a while to try. I always seem to miss it when Southbay had it and I am glad I was able to acquire it as part of a larger trade. This is one that I would love to see on a regular basis and deserves all of the praise it receives in the single IPA category.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 05:25:44 | More by mjl21
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.93/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Special Thanks to Dan for @ Marty's for hooking me up with this awesome IPA. I've been wanting to try this for some time... It was worth the wait...

Pours with a fluffy white head that shows some decent retention, but loses the battle with gravity... A nice film of lacing remains all inside the glass. The beer is a very bright gold, almost brass color. Perfect clarity and some spotty carbonation. Lovely looking beer.

The aroma is just awesome. I literally smelled it from opening the bottle. Bright, fresh citrus and grapefruit. Floral and perfume like. Just awesome and also great staying power.

Wow, it does get better and better. Really well balanced with a combo of huge citrus hops and wonderful cracker like malt tones. Not really bread like, but crisp crackers... Then is crisp and clean finish....(of course with a wonderful lingering hop effect) The most drinkable 7% beer I think I've tasted.

Mouth feel is rather light, bright and refreshing..

Can you call a 7% abv sessionable? If so, then this is the one. I can now see why this is so highly sought after. I am glad I was able to get a couple of bottles.

Just awesome!!!

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 00:10:57 | More by Reagan1984
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 8,505 ratings.