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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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10,660 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,660
Reviews: 2,181
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 1,095
Gots: 2,563 | FT: 48
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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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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

Disappointing but not bad.

The beer is well balanced, good malt and piney hops here. Get subtle hints of floral hops, and touches of citrusy pineapple. The bitterness isn't really controlled enough, the sweetness of the citrus side not really pulling it back. That said, the bitterness isn't really too overbearing, so while uncontrolled its still entirely drinkable if you're used to this.

I don't think its worth the price tag. I also got this thing for 8 bucks and was expecting more, really. Kind of overpriced in a market where I know plenty of other IPA's and DIPA's that are better that I can get from anywhere from 25% cheaper to half that price.

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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

Best By Bottle date 6/27/12

6 pack for the most part consumed last week so within a month of bottling assuming the freshness dates are stamped for 3 months out.

4.5 across the board. Everything about this beer is better than good.

This beer is probably the most refreshing IPA I could think of to drink on a warm or hot day. Refreshing being the best word to use because along with the earthy pine comes a tropical blast to the senses that finishes leaning most towards a lemon citrus flavor.

Very easy drinking and a very, very crisp beer. Hop oils don't linger on as they would with a DIPA, keeping that crispness I speak of and drinkability.

This IPA is as good as it gets for a single. Only other two I can think of off the top of my head that stand up to it are Just Outstanding and Blind Pig. $14.99 a sixer is a good value "I guess" especially when you look at the $8.99 rip off for a bomber. I'd NEVER pay for a bomber of this beer for the record.

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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

A- pours a nice amber color with a billowing white head.

S- mango, citrus, pineapple, apricot, and floral hops.

T- grapefruit, pine, apricot, mango, subtle maltiness, and a little alcohol.

M- slippery wet mouthfeel with a dry finish. Mild carbonation and bitterness.

O- I really like this beer I always try to catch some sculpin whenever it's fresh. A wonderful IPA overall.

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle labeled Best By 070512 sampled on 042112.

Poured into a tulip glass with a big, pillowy head. The color was nice golden orange with a bit of haze.

Big citrus and tropical fruits jump out in the aroma. I get some pineapple, lemon, tangerine and mango with a bit of pine in there as well. Mouthwatering is a good descriptor for this one.

The taste follows the smell with grapefruit juice, apricot, peach, and pine with just enough subtle biscuit malt to hold things together.

The mouthfeel is smooth and a bit slick up front with a dry, abrupt finish.

This an all around solid IPA and belongs in its place among the top tier. It leans heavily on the hops which come through victoriously.

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4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating legible on the side. Pours hazy golden straw color with a nice 2-3 finger dense off white head with fantastic retention that reduces to a thick cap that lasts. Some nice soapy lacing on the glass. Aromas of huge grapefruit, mango, orange, pine, honey, tropical fruit, and light herbal spiciness. Fantastic aromas here with good strength and balance. Taste of big grapefruit, pine, lemon, orange zest, herbal spiciness, honey, and light biscuit. Good amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon, pine, orange, honey, and herbal on the finish for a while. Fantastic flavor balance and smoothness. Medium carbonation and body; with a fantastic creamy, crisp, and extremely smooth mouthfeel that is fantastic. Alcohol is extremely well hidden; with almost no warming noticed on the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible IPA. Huge flavor balance and smoothness. Extremely easy and pleasant to drink for 7%; with a fantastic mouthfeel.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Cork City in Hoboken, Really loving the draft list they are putting out these days. Though is was served in a chilled glass, uh and sloppily poured because it was 11pm on a Saturday.

Aroma is exactly how I envision a well balanced DIPA. Generous amounts of orange, pineapple, mango, grapefruit, and ample crisp with subtle pale malts. Mellowed aroma though compared to my last experience in the bottle, not sure how old this is, so...

The taste begins with crisp caramel malt on the tip of the tongue which disappears under the weight of the hops, then briefly surfaces again towards the end. Throughout you are greeted with an onslaught of aggressive Pacific hops, but it still stays in balance. Pine, oranges, bitter grapefruit and lemon. There's also a little touch of grassiness. Your mouth is left with a solid coating of citrus. Hop bitterness just lingers, but not too aggressively that it's not enjoyable. I hate under-malted IPAs and this is not one, but hops still own this show. Somehow finishes quite dry, perfect, just perfect.

Overall this is a really nicely hopped, refreshing, crisp and leaves me wanting more. Perfect ABV level, no dominating alcohol flavors and the perfect IPA to enjoy any time. The world is saturated with a lot of good IPAs and a lot of bad ones, but this is at the top of the great list, way above average.

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 10,660 ratings.