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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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10,645 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,645
Reviews: 2,176
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 1,094
Gots: 2,549 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 220z bottle shipped to Atl, GA from Escondido, CA

A - A cloudy orange, hazy. 1/2 a finger of head. Sticky lace all over the glass which will not go away

S - The smell is heavenly. Citrus hops to the extreme. Oranges and tangerines

T - Wow, citrus hops lover. Tangerine, grapefruit. The bitterness is quickly offset by the malts. Well balanced. Freaking tasty.

M - A damn good IPA. Very strong, so can handle maybe 2 at a time. Well done Ballast Point!

O -

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Fubar1453
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale golden honey color, with a creamy eggshell white head.

S: Wow, lots of mango and grapefruit with some orange and a good backbone of hops.

T: So much fruit, it tastes like the hops were soaked in juice and then used, amazing, with a very small amount of residual bitter aftertaste.

M: Some stickyness but not dry at all, which I find very appealing in IPAs.

O: I wish I could get this all the time, I love juicy IPA's, so this was right up my alley.

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Dan3279 for yet another awesome trade.

Poured from a 22 oz. capped bottle (no date) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a slow-rising 1/2-finger off-white head that quickly disappears to a tiny island and thin ring of foam. The body is a slightly hazy orange amber with traces of yellow amber at the edges. A decent amount of small, slow-rising carbonation bubbles are also visible. Almost no lacing can be seen at any point during consumption.

The nose is packed full of tropical citrus aromas. Notes of apricot, mango, mandarin orange, and pineapple are all apparent. A bit of grass and pine are also noticeable. As is typical with many other West Coast IPAs, this beer's nose is very unbalanced with very little malt aromas coming through.

Piny and grassy at first, each sip quickly transitions to strong citrus hops flavors of nectarines, grapefruit, apricot, mango, and cantaloupe. As the beer is swallowed, a pine flavor quickly comes forward along with more citrus hops flavors that quickly dominate the pine. As these flavors slowly fade out, the nectarine flavor sticks around and is soon met by a slight piny bitterness that lingers between sips as an aftertaste.

Light to medium bodied with excellent carbonation, this beer is like a non-syrupy fruit nectar. The body is truly thirst-quenching. It glides over the tongue easily while being just heavy enough to properly carry and deliver a tremendous amount of flavor. The carbonation is only slightly fizzy, making it difficult to notice. This is certainly a good thing as the lack of fizz causes no distractions. The carbonation is, however, just strong enough to properly match the body and create great drinkability.

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of robL
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A perfect example of an IPA. From aroma to color to taste, it hits on all the notes that exemplify this style.

Grapefruits, lemons, hops, and grass all come through the nose and jump to the palate in a crisp, slightly bitter taste. The finishing sweetness from the malty base compliments the overall experience. With a crisp and refreshing aftertaste, you can never drink enough!

My full review here: http://beerhatesme.blogspot.com/2012/03/ballast-point-sculpin.html

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of SoCalStout
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Churchill's 2/28/2012.

Appearance: Amber orange with a 1 fingers worth of white head with moderate lacing.

Smell: Pineapple, passion and mango fruits, mild citrus, pine and hop floral. A wonderful smell but not as powerful as on-tap.

Taste: Piney hops followed by mildly-sweet tropical mango and citrus, some pine resin and orange with lingering bitterness. It's a completely bright citrus finish; some sweetness that milds down the drying. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body and moderately-high carbonation. Creamy and a bit resinous.

Overall: Just a first-rate brew. Certainly in my top 10 IPA's when fresh and on-tap like this.

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4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into Pint glass

A: A nice brownish orange, with about two finger off white head at the top that fades quickly, minimal lacing.

S: Tropical fruit every where, grapefruit, lemons, mango, oranges, pineapple pleasant notes.

T: A nice upfront taste of tropical fruit, that tail ends with some nice mixture of malts, great taste.

M: Dry finish, mid carbonation, medium bodied.

O: Amazing beer, truly reminded me of my favorite (HOPSLAM). A great well balanced beer, will definitely have more.

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A bomber poured into my Dogfish Head Signature Glass.

A: Golden straw, with a one-finger head. Some lacing sticks to the glass.

S: Light lemon and light graininess. This is a somewhat tame scent, but what's here is pleasant.

T: Strong lemon-rind upfront with some nice bitterness from the hops upfront and lightly in the finish. Some earthy notes...slightly grassy. Mild grapefruit underlies the beer, but the lemony-citrus drive the beer. Absolutely excellent.

M: Light and very carbonated. Not overly carbonated, but close.

O: I'm a big fan of this different-type of IPA than I'm used to. The lemon and medium hops drive the enjoyable taste.

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pored orange with a really thin white head. Left some lacing on the glass.

The smell was of citrus hops, lemon and grapefruit.

The taste had pine needles and citrus fruits mainly lemon.

It was smooth with some carbonation very refreshing.

Overall a good IPA there's others I prefer though and at a lower price.

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 10,645 ratings.