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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

9,288 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 9,288
Reviews: 2,028
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 955
Gots: 1,705 | FT: 46
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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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. 7% ABV, Bottled and shipped from the brewery a few weeks ago. Niiiice and fresh.

A - Poured at a tall height with vigor from my steady hand, Sculpin looks brilliant! A dense off-white foam froths up in no time and takes forever to lower but, when it reaches it's inevitable lumpy pile, thick lace coats the whole glass. The beer itself is a looker too; it shows off an almost completely clear goldenrod color. Perfection to look at.

S - The tall pour unleashes a palpable cloud of strong hop aroma into the air that's ripe with freshly cut grapefruit and pine needle with resins. A good malty backbone seems to hold up the hop nose well but is all but drowned out. The nose on this IPA would scare the pants off any non-hophead from two bar stools down.

T - Sure enough, piles of sweet malts hold up to the strong bite of the hops. Caramel and pale malts with a touch of honey lay down a foundation for juicy melon and grapefruit citrus with a sharp bite. Pine and hop resin is strong too but secondary to the fruity, grapefruit, citrusy hop flavor.

M - Sculpin is medium-full bodied and smooth going down with a sharp bitter bite to the finish. The balance and lingering flavor between the sweetness and citrusy bitterness is very nicely done.

D - It's not over-the-top in any regard which really helps Sculpin in drinkability. I've got the 22 oz bomber to myself tonight (which is good after the day I had) so I don't presume any left over [nope, none].

BeerFMAndy, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of garuda
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Mostly clear golden in color with a small white head, but it has decent retention and fairly good lacing down the glass.

S - Much bigger aroma from this brew on tap than the bottle. Big citrus hop profile with mangos up front, then grapefruit, orange peel, peach, and a touch of pine resin all making presence as it warms. Hints of toasted malt add some balance.

T - Follows the nose, with a bit more toasted malt presence, but still a deliciously complex hop profile.

M - Light side of a medium body, perfect medium carbonation level really helps bring out the hops. Creamy across the palate with residual stickiness from the hop oils.

D - This really shines on the CO2, lets the hop profile get a higher level of complexity. Alcohol is well hidden, I could sluck this down all night, until the 7% catches up to me.

garuda, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of ebin6
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Had the very last bit available at Beachwood BBQ on Friday...couldn't have been happier.

A - Milky yellow coloring with the typical large, porous head which never leaves. Bits of hops, barley, what-have you floating around

S - You can really smell the hops well on cask. Not as sharp as on-tap, but makes up for it in the range: earthy, almost herbal notes to it

T - Again, it doesn't taste as sharp as it does on-tap, however, the same range of tastes you don't get on-tap are there

M - Almost a dryness to it. Lingers long after swallowing

D - Very impressed with how drinkable it was. I only had a small bit of it, but felt that I could have had many, many more before it would start to wear on me

ebin6, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of laituegonflable
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear pale amber colour, trails of bubbles up the glass leading to a very pleasant head, creamy-coloured with good retention and nice bubbly texture on top. Lace is pretty nice and clingy. Looks good.

Ooh yeah, get those hops India! Smells fresh and fruity, almost wet-hopped level, with huge pineapple, passionfruit and lemon pepper on the aroma, balanced beautifully by a nice caramel maltiness. Smell is zesty, fruity and pleasant, very nice indeed.

Taste is a very pleasant IPA palate. Hops are noticeable from the front, with notes of pine resin and lemon rind. Malt comes through in the mid-palate, mild with nice caramel notes, rich enough even to call them toffeed. Hops come back for the finish, slightly resinous but never a real harsh astringency, although they are potently bitter. Very nice, clean finish, with enough hop flavour to pack a whallop but not leave you gasping for golden syrup for balance. Yeah, in fact the finish is sweet, with some toffee malt notes, just great hoppiness as well. That is indeed a delicious palate, full of fruitiness and vegetative flavours, fresh, but sweet and balanced. Just a hint of an acerbic aftertaste drops it short of perfection.

Smooth, noticeable malty body, not sticky but thick enough, a little bit dry on the back, yeah, pretty great texture.

Overall beautifully drinkable. A tasty, tasty drop.

laituegonflable, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of LittleDon
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on cask in a somewhat tulip shaped glass at the Stone Brewery (12 oz pour).

Dirty dishwater yellow. Not much of a head, but what there is sticks to the glass. Opaque. Resinous and piney aroma. Don't know why, and IPAs are my favorite, I'm always reminded of cat urine when I smell them (but, oddly enough, not in a bad way). Maybe too much time with my head over the litter box. Probably says too much about myself already. Piney and bitter up front. Smooth. Cask makes anything better. A tad of sweetness in the middle and on the back end. Smooth as silk. I'd have another if there wasn't so much to choose from.

LittleDon, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of Hoops4life511
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into pint glass. No freshness date visible, but I was told it was a brand new shipment.

Appearance - Absolutely perfect clarity in this golden sparkling beer. Quarter inch white fluffy head slowly fell to a persistent head that left amazing lacing throughout. A few streams of constant carbonation throughout the session. Overall a very pretty beer that makes you want to drink it.

Smell - Pineapple and apricot right up front. Some grassy and earthy notes follow. Very pleasant.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Taste is a continuation of the aroma, a very bright flavor up front, lots of hops flavors going on without being too harsh. Earthy and bitter dry finish is what you would expect. Thin feel without being watery, but still not all there. Nice carbonation, but maybe a bit much.

Drinkability - Very easy to drink, refreshing and not harsh, but toward the end leaves your mouth coated and unable to fully appreciate it. Not bad by far but not the best.

Overall, a very nice beer, one that I would gladly buy again. A must have if you are into IPA's or really any craft brew, but I don't know if it fully lives up to its top 20 rating.

Hoops4life511, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of jsanford
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into my New Belgium globe on 5/27/10

A - Golden color, huge foamy head. Good retention & lacing.

S - Grapefruit, apricot, pineapple. Biscuit maltiness at the rear.

T - Grapefruit dominates followed by pineapple and mango. Malty sweetness and pine resin finish. Wonderfully balanced.

M - Crisp. Juicy. Medium bodied with great carbonation.

D - Refreshing and very easy drinking, particularly on a hot late spring day. 22oz disappeared quickly. Glad to see the legendary Sculpin hold up, I was very happy to have found this close to me. Excited about the 2nd bottle waiting in my fridge :)

jsanford, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of deapokid
3.98/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bubbly and rich gold with a trace amount of foam and moderate carbonation. Looks malty and smooth.

Scent of sweet hops, pear and apricot are at the forefront. It's a profound aroma that foreshadows big alpha hop flavor and tart citrus sweetness.

Opens with the tongue-puckering sweetness of grapefruit, followed by an aggressive, salty and bitter hop sting. Hints of buttery caramel and dough are also on display. A dry earthiness accompanies the hop blast, somewhat mellowing out this perfect storm of hop forcefulness.

The mouth is soft and a bit unassuming at first, followed by a stinging hop bite that seems to pack a bit of body and maltiness, which helps one avoid any hop-induced palate scraping.

The 7% ABV doesn't seem very far-fetched, but that's not to say that this sweet and sassy IPA couldn't be sessioned.

deapokid, May 31, 2010
Photo of david131
4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- An ever so slightly hazed orange liquid with a creamy white head that has excellent retention for the style. There are some streams of carbonation making their way to the surface.

S- Orange rind and meat, caramel, and flowers. Pungent and very nicely blended.

T- Very bitter orange rind, caramel, and flowers. Tastes very fresh. A very nice example for the style.

M- A strong lasting bitterness keeps this on the dry side. The carbonation is a little high for my tastes, but everything works out in the end.

D- A very nice take on the style. If this came in six packs, you'd be all set.

david131, May 31, 2010
Photo of Xul
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a clear, pale orange, capped by a frothy two finger eggshell colored head. Retention is good and leaves lacing down the glass.

S: Fresh Sculpin is one of the most beautiful smells I can think of. Tons of juicy fruits - orange, grapefruit, mango, some apricot, a bit of lemon zest - along with strong pine notes. A touch of malty sweetness shows through every once in a while but it's quickly replaced by more hops.

T: The tropical fruit notes aren't quite as dominant as they were in the nose, with a strong pine taste coming through right away. The fruits and pine trade control for most of the way through the mouth with the fruit taking on a slightly sweet character at times. Finishes with piney and grassy hops.

M: Body is a bit heavier than medium, with moderate carbonation. Very, very smooth.

D: The ABV is pretty much invisible, this drinks far too easy for such a hoppy beer.

Xul, May 31, 2010
Photo of brownbeer
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kickin' off IPA-athon part deux with busternuggz.

Semi-rusty gold color with a white crown that remains a thin layer throughout. Pale like I like my pale ales to be.

The nose on this beer is extraordinary. It takes about one second to know this is what beer is about. Blasting an orgy of juicy tropical fruits in your nose and all over your face. Mango. Apricot. Hints of pineapple and pine loom about.

The pine notes come out a bit more in the taste. Still, the fruity citrus pounds forward. Bitter orange, apricot, and a slight grassiness. It's medium-bodied, crisp, and dry with a refresing bitterness that is forward and delicate at the same time. Like a sexy doctor giving you a rectal exam. It's insane how they made this beer perform like this.

Loved it. Try it.

brownbeer, May 30, 2010
Photo of beerwolf77
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into my pint glass the beer is clear golden yellow. Two fingers of off white head fade slowly to leave sticky lace everywhere.

The aroma is pure pine and citrus hop goodness. Grapefruit and lemons slathered in pine sap. Nothing else to smell here. That's a good thing in my book.

The flavor is pretty much a mirror of the nose. Loads of citrus and pine assult your taste buds. A modest amount of malt helps to keep this from going off the rails into unbalanced territory. Bitter mouth puckering finish.

Medium body with plenty of carbonation.

Overall a fantastic AIPA. So glad I was able to secure a few bottles of this.

beerwolf77, May 30, 2010
Photo of nlmartin
4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer came to me thanks to sodonne1. Big thanks man!... The beer was served chilled in an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: The body of the beer is a pleasing apricot coloration. The head is a nice thick biege coloration. Thick lacing marks the passage of the beer from my glass.

Smell: A very nice aromatic combination of citrus grapefruit, lemon, lime very nice pine counternotes. A bit of malty sweetness peaks out but is swallowed up by the hops.

Taste: The aroma is delivered in the flavor. Very nice bitter hops lead the flavor. The citrus is layered and the brief sweetness is kind of like pine laced orange juice. In short this is awesome.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body is light carbonation is perfect. This is a very easy to drink hoppy beer. Wish I had about a gallon of this beer.

nlmartin, May 29, 2010
Photo of axeman9182
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Duvel tulip, Sculpin is a lovely light orange color. A good sized (~ 2 finger) creamy white head forms and leaves behind plenty of lace (though a little more would have garnered a 5). Sculpin smells incredible, a mega blast of peaches and juicy grapefruits. The first sips then are a little bit of a disappointment, as there's a little bit of an unwelcome bitter undertone to the citrusy flavors, that when combined with the clean hop bitterness is just too much.This issue fades as the beer warms though, so a bump up to a 4 is warranted. The medium carbonation is very fine, to the beer's credit, and the body is, for a beer with no appreciable malt presence, surprisingly full. Sculpin was a bit of a mini roller coaster ride for me, thrilled with the appearance and nose and initially underwhelmed with the taste, only to have the beer recover beautifully. As one would hope, there's no heat at all from this 7% ABV beer, a fantastic example of a hop forward IPA

axeman9182, May 29, 2010
Photo of Gobzilla
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a light orange with yellow hues and a thin head that left pretty good sticky lacing.

S: grapefruits, citrus and great piney hoppy aromas. After a couple whiffs I also got hints of caramel and a good malt presence.

T: very crisp refreshing piny hop punch with grapefruit bitternes and hints of cramel with a good malt balance.

M: medium body with good carbonation that accents the flavor and a bitter crisp finish.

D: very good drinkable DIPA that deserves to be in the top 20. I'm glad I can get my hands on more

Gobzilla, May 29, 2010
Photo of beerthulhu
4.03/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured an orangeish-lemon with a good clarity and an impressive 4 finger plus rigid foamy head that was wallboard in coloring. The head towers in the middle breaching the glass rim with a sturdy structure that remains so for a good time only then yielding and leaving fat sticky trails for a lacing down the glass. Soft crackles and pops can be heard from the carbonation breaking the surface and head providing for both a good audio as well visual appeal.

S: The nose was sweet and fruity of strong intentions. Sweet mangos, Lemons and perhaps kiwi provide a fresh wet offering. On the trail was the faintest hints of wet grass providing subtle contrasting highlights. Its strongest moment was minutes after the pour, if it had a bit more staying power I would have had a hard time actually getting to the tasting portion. Soft dry lemon grains concludes things.

T: A smooth wet hopping mixes well with a sweet fruitiness of mangos, passion fruit and some grassy pineapple notes. Sweetly toasted grains add the perfect backbone while the hops come to show on the swallow with a dry hard offering and fade of citrusy flowers and grass. Smooth fresh wet hopping in the start concludes with a nice dry hop touch for the finish showing some complexity and layering.

M: Crisp with a medium body, hindering more towards the full end of the spectrum while providing a good tingle of carbonation. Very smooth texture with a dry grassy touch on the swallow.

D: Very drinkable, crisp hoppy ipa perfectly suited for a summer time quencher. I enjoyed this on a warm day of 85+F and it quenched the thirst quite nicely beating the heat and wetting the whistle. Get your own bomber, a limited release that is all mine.

beerthulhu, May 27, 2010
Photo of bobsy
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cute little fish on the label, and the world's number 1 IPA in the bottle. Let's see how this goes down.

Surprisingly light pour has this looking more light gold and less the deeper hues I'm used to with an IPA. Its a lustrous, sparkling colour with a good finger of white head that leaves some decent spots of lace on the side of the glass. Tempting tropical aroma screams pineapple, and even has some cool mango hints in there. Bitter orange and juicy grapefruit round it out, while the malt definitely plays second fiddle, with only the slightest hint of biscuit. Certainly a pleasure to nose.

The taste is decent, but doesn't quite reach the heady heights I hoped for. Quite juicy with a large dose of pineapple and grapefruit that bring a nice hop bite, which is ably countered by a slightly sweet caramel presence. Everything seems to finish abruptly, but then pine sneaks up on you and makes a surprisingly long and enjoyable finish, loaded with hop oil. There's also a slight warmth from the alcohol, and at 7% this one is starting to straddle the boundary between single and double IPA. The body is great - medium, with both an oiliness and a dryness that I really dig.

Sculpin is clearly a first-rate IPA, and a damn enjoyable beer, but it won't be cracking my top 10 list anytime soon. Masala Mama remains my favourite, and I can't help but compare the two and find Sculpin lacking the juicy intensity and bracing bitterness of my favourite. What it does have, though, is decent balance. However, I can't help but wish they'd turned the hops up to 11 and made more of that tropical vibrancy present in the nose. Regardless, try it if you can find it - I have no doubt it will be one of the better IPAs you come across.

Thanks to Eric for generously sharing this one.

bobsy, May 25, 2010
Photo of ritzkiss
4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle sent generously by G311 in a trade - thanks for adding this want!

Pours a clear golden hue with a couple fingers of soapy head which leaves some light lacing down the glass. Looks inviting.

Nose is a bouquet of citrus - lemon, orange, grapefruit, apricot, some pineapple, a whiff of floral and pine and just a hint of biscuity, caramel malt. Not as vibrant as perhaps I would have hoped but pretty damn good nonetheless.

Vibrant and bitter but superbly drinkable. All that lovely citrus finds it's way in the mouth, more lemon and pineapple coming through. Also a solid resiny pine in the finish. Medium bitterness that leaves the quenching dryness but doesn't scorch the tastebuds as much as expected. Balanced but not prominent biscuity, caramel malt.

Really clean, drinkable, fresh IPA - certainly among the upper tier but not my absolute favorite. Would have gone for a little more emphasis on the fruity, tropical citrus and at 7% it's not something you'll down a night's worth of pints of (though you'll want to). Glad I had a go at it, thanks Vince!

ritzkiss, May 25, 2010
Photo of corby112
4.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this beer multiple times in bottle, on cask and draft and am finally getting around to reviewing it.

Pours a dark golden tangerine/orange color with bright golden yellowish orange hues when held to a light source and a large 2.5 finger frothy, soapy white head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a thick lasting cap that leaves chunks of soapy lacing in it's wake.

Uber-fresh luscious hop aroma that is bursting with sweet tropical and citrus fruit notes. There is also a slight dry earthy pine/spruce character in the nose along with subtle alcohol sweetness and perfect malt balance. The maltiness is there with some slightly toasty biscuit and graham cracker but the nose on this beer is all about the hops.

Medium bodied but on the lighter end with a slightly chewy hop forward presence that lingers over the subtle malt backbone into a sweet yet dry finish. Again, the flavor of this beer is dominated by insanely fresh delicious hops that give off a slight dry bitterness and a huge tropical/citrus fruit notes. Lots of mango, pineapple, orange and lemon peel and grapefruit. There's also a slightly lactic creaminess that adds to the beer's complexity and makes it incredibly smooth and quaffable. The malt backbone is subtle and slightly toasty with hints of caramel, biscuit and graham cracker. Perfectly balanced with sweet fruit, dry bitter hop and subtle malt flavors bouncing off of each other. I can't say enough about this beer. One of my favorites of all time and highly recommended!

corby112, May 25, 2010
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.93/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a surprisingly light, but very bright golden colour, with a huge and robust three fingers of frothy cream-coloured foam. Lacing makes some extremely intricate patterns down the glass. The bright colour actually wins me over as I'm looking at it, and the lacing is so gorgeous I might have to take some erotic photography of it.

Oh, the nose is just wonderful. This is why people say things like "Sculpin has a wonderful nose". Big fresh fruity aromas - green apple peel, peach, apricot jam, rubbed lemons. Such gorgeously realised hop characters that must have been a labour of love to get right. Absolutely divine.

Taste is also brilliant. Crisp with fresh hops, which fade to a single point, leaving a clean finish, but just a counterbalance to the sweet fruit characters which still linger, ripe and fresh. So amazingly crisp, drinkable and cleansing. Absolutely nothing off. Everything is so well contained it's as though the brewers went through with a tiny pair of scissors and clipped the flavour profile to the most tiny and exact specifications.

This is, as many people before me have said, an exceptional beer. It is never an extreme beer, but it is an excruciatingly meticulous production of an IPA. Wow - this is exactly, exactly what I want from my IPA; fresh, flavoursome, clean, crisp, drinkable - and I'm so pleased I've found it.

lacqueredmouse, May 24, 2010
Photo of regspeir
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this beer more than a few times but never written a review. This one is based on a 22 0z. bottle. Poured a light golden amber with an ample two-finger head which dissapted into a white covering fairly quickly. Lacing was on the lighter side but lasted. Nose is a wonderful collection of orange and mango, some pine and floral hops. Taste starts with a some sweetness and citrus and then quickly folds into a pleasantly dry and mildly bitterness. There is some alcohol warming at the end as well. Feel is medium to light and oily. This is a very refreshing beer you must try - IF it's fresh. Highly recommended and near the top of my favs.

regspeir, May 23, 2010
Photo of mmtroop1218
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- goldeny straw appearance, cloudy, not to long of ahead retention,

S- the smell is what gets the rise out of me with this beer. smells awesome, big smell of hops with a touch of fruit, cant quite put my finger on it.

T - crisp and clean hops, and more hops, thin and tasty

M - nice bite cause of the hops, i think it feels thin in the mouth and finishes clean with you looking for more. gets better with every sip.

D- if i could find this more readily it would be in my fridge on the reg!!!!

mmtroop1218, May 23, 2010
Photo of Wisconsinality
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into SA perfect pint.
Thanks to beerwolf77 for ordering a case of this and being generous enough to share.

A- Pours a crystal clear golden with a slight orange tint to it. After a good pour, it yields a nice finger and a half worth of head that sticks around for a while and leaves spotty lacing.

S- A big burst of crisp hops. Plenty of citrus of hops and maybe even a little orange and pineapple as well. A little bit of a bready finish rounds this one out nicely.

T- Like the nose, big, crisp hops. There is a little more pine in here but still has some lemon and orange. The breadiness in the nose becomes a little more apparent in the taste.

M- There is an initial bite on the front of the tongue but that is it. A semi-dry finish that begs you to take another drink.

D- The hop bite isn't as major as some IPA's so it doesn't wreck the palate. That makes the drinkibility high. A great all around beer that I am glad was finally made available to me.

Wisconsinality, May 23, 2010
Photo of antoines15
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

again, thanks to BigBRob for this one

A: looks like an IPA

S: smells like an IPA, grapefruit, peach, and hops

T: Hops and very delicious. I can definitely see why this is rated so high

M: sorta thick at first but then smooth, very good

D: could easily drink more than my share of this, highly recommended IPA

antoines15, May 20, 2010
Photo of connecticutpoet
4.88/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After hunting for many months, this one finally became available in West Springfield, MA. So, of course, I had to snatch one up. Given that it's in the top 100 beers right now, a $10 price tag seemed like a great deal.

Poured into my pint glass, this beer produced a one finger head atop a clear yellow body. Over time, this subsided to a thin layer, and left lacing on the glass.

Aroma was a blast of strong fruity hops, mainly grapefruit, but also hints of lemon and peach. Underneath was some bready malt, but there was no doubt that this one is all about the hops.

The fruitiness did not carry through to the taste... but that's not a bad thing. Initially, I got a fine dose of pine hops and hop resins, which was followed by bready malt and a little bit of caramel. Well balanced, and not overpowering.

Mouthfeel was nothing short of amazing. Despite the hop loading, it was surprisingly light and dry. Nowhere near as heavy as one might expect. Not heavily carbonated, either.

Drinkability is truly exceptional. This went down easy, and each sip left me wanting more.

Without a doubt, this is one of the best IPAs I have had. It easily ranks with 90 Minute IPA, which until tonight was my unquestionable favorite. Now... now, I would say it's a tie.

connecticutpoet, May 18, 2010
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 9,288 ratings.