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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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10,110 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,110
Reviews: 2,094
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 1,011
Gots: 2,098 | FT: 42
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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3.45/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22-ounce brown glass bottle poured into a tulip glass. Served at approximately 40-45 degrees F.

Pours a beautiful deep golden hue, strikingly clear and with a fat frothy cap of white foam that leisurely settles to a thick crown that holds firmly to the walls of the glass, leaving behind a nice residue of lattice-like lacing.

After such a spectacular start, the nose fails to meet the promise that the looks seem to hold. A bit of pine, a touch of grapefruit, a hint of apricot and mango and the faintest biscuit -- but all of it subdued and boring.

Medium-bodied with a light-to-moderate carbonation, the feel is fine, but the flavors are just as subdued as the olfactory glands suggest. A touch of sweetish, slightly biscuity malt opens up to a palate that, despite touches of mango and papaya and swirls of grapefruit peel and flesh, is largely masked by an overriding harsh hop bitterness that is pervasive and extremely drying, almost puckering in nature. It dominates all, leaving behind a finish that is dryer than dust, leaving behind a lingering hint of bitter grapefruit pith.

For those interested in extreme bitterness or hyper-West Coast-style IPAs, this would likely hit the spot. Sadly, though, all of the greatness I've heard about this IPA is just not there, and that includes descriptions filled with rich fruity characteristics that, at least to this palate, simply do not exist to the extent that others have claimed. Perhaps this is a different beast when fresh, but right now it strikes me as just that -- a beast, and a bitter one at that. If you're looking for extreme bitterness in your brews, then by all means, this is sure to hit the spot. But if you seek nuance or big, bold flavor, look elsewhere.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into my DFH Chalice.

A - Beautiful orange pour with a nice pillowy head that reduces to a great soapy top. Very clear and inviting. Lacing like a champ.

S - Awesome. West Coast nose for sure. Piney, grapeftuity, very strong hop aroma.

T - Outstanding. Floral hops right up front with a citrusy kick. The back end leaves a bready maltiness on your palette for the aftertaste. Very, very well balanced as it's not too much of a 'hop-bomb'. Very similar hop-notes to FW Union/Double Jack.

M - Carbonation is pretty good. A bit bubbly and could maybe benefit from a more creamy texture. This brew is probably a champ on cask. Leaves a nice wet coating in your mouth.

O - Sing it's praises. Solid every-day IPA. At 7% it's right in between that all-the-time and with-good-friends category. Great beer and would love to have a constant flow of it.

DevilsCups, Jan 18, 2012
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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 10,110 ratings.