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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.

11,197 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,197
Reviews: 2,297
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 1,179
Gots: 3,064 | 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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Ratings: 11,197 | Reviews: 2,297
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The citrus and tropical aromas immediately seduce you into the secluded part of the world where tourists disappear and legendary tales begin. Are you ready for adventure? Sculpin lets you know she’s not your everyday IPA as soon as you wash up on the shore. She flashes her delicate pineapples and you finally wrap your tongue around her sweet mangoes for the first time. You see little difference between the celestial bodies as both the sun and her white gold complexion refresh your soul and tingle your libido. Her hops playfully nibble and bite, but never lose sight of why you came. She wants to satisfy but she doesn’t want you to leave. Each sip is a tease that both surprisingly exceeds legend and leaves you yearning for more. You want her again and again. Her siren song calls you and you only. This is why you’re lost, sailor. It’s because you want to be.

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

Poured from bomber into pint glass.

Missed the enjoy by date on this one
A- Poured a foggy orange body, tons of lively carbonation, great tight white head with excellent lacing. Not too much retention...

S- Very much citrus (grapefruit), pine and some bitter bold hops. Not very aromatic but very inviting none the less. Kinda comes off as an Imperial by the smell alone.

T- Great taste, again grapefruit, subtle pine, sweet malts mixed with tropical fruit. Not complex at all, but a solid IPA with bold characteristics.

MF- Surprisingly light to a light-medium body, sharp carb bite, very crisp and refreshing. Flavor sticks around just long enough to make it a "sipping beer" but the light balanced body and flavor gives this beer great drinkability.

O- Solid solid solid IPA. Indeed one of the better ones I tried with interesting flavors and characteristics. If you are a big IPA lover and haven't got around to sculpin yet, you must! Glad I tried it at work today, hands down delicious.

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I had this beer on tap at Hamilton's in SD today, and at the brewery tasting room 30 days ago. I've also had it in bottle multiple times over the last 4 months.

A: Transparent light amber body with a 1/2" head (generous pour or I think it would be bigger...). Lots of lacing left on the glass as the small head subsided.

S: Strong pine and citrus nose; dominated by tropical fruitiness to me. That was follwed by strong pine. Lots of grapefruit and astringent notes picked up.

T: Starts with a dominant hop bitterness with grapefruit citrus and pine, followed by a strong pine bitterness, and finishes with a strong, dry astringency dominated by a grapefruit taste.

MF: Medium mouthfeel, good style appropriate carbonation. Again, this beer has a strong biting bitterness and dryness.

O: A really solid IPA that everyone loves. For me, it's not to my taste. I've given it a few tries, and I just can't get myselft to like it. But, I think for those that like strong IPAs, it's a winner. So, drink and enjoy! I won't try and steal you beer. LOL

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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