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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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10,940 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,940
Reviews: 2,239
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 1,152
Gots: 2,808 | 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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A gift from Jake the Big Mistake. Thanks Jake!

A: Burnt orange coloration. Great initial head and retention. Above average lacing. Fairly clear with visible bubbles rising to the top.

S: Grapefruit and other tropical fruits and freshly baked bread. A hint of pine needle and black pepper. Not too overwhelming.

T: A nice malty backbone gives way to flavors of grapefruit, apricot and lemon zest. A nice bitterness at the end dominated by pine resins. Bready to fruity to bitter. Very nice.

M: Effervescent but full-bodied, viscous but not syrupy. Very nice mouthfeel. Definitely a lingering resinous quality.

O: Superb IPA! This is a nice blend of the tropical and resinous utilization of hops. The malt also holds the body up giving it some backbone. Refreshing yet lingering.

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Aroma: Aggresive hop nose with lots of citrus, apricot, and peach. Some malt sweetness present.

Appearance: Golden color bordering on orange. Clear bright. One inch head with lacing present.

Flavor: Nice malt sweetness balances aggressive hop flavor and bitterness. Well balanced. Bitterness lingers in the finish. Wonderful grapefruit, apricot, and citrus hop flavors present.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body. Finishes slightly dry. Good carbonation.

Overall: Magical combination of hop aroma, flavor, and bitterness balanced with a solid malt backbone. Incredibly drinkable for such an aggressively hopped IPA. Absolutely one of the best IPAs I have had. Could this be the one?

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 10,940 ratings.