Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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10,422 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,422
Reviews: 2,119
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 1,051
Gots: 2,296 | FT: 41
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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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

[poured into an Lagunitas mason jar]

I: Living in California gives a very good supply of the best ipas out there, and I finally made my way to the sculpin. Being brewed San Diego, I know what's coming. Some of my most beloved beer is brewed in SD. So lets get to it.

B: [7% ABV, 22 FL. OZ. 1 Pint 650ml Bottled 2010]Generic bottle overall, but I do like the artwork. Not the biggest fan of the signal label, but all the general information is there. There's also digital date on the bottle, but unfortunately I cannot read it.

A: I hazy orange body, with a decent head(moderate dissipation), and decent lacing.

S: Unsurprisingly upfront I'm hit with those west coast hops, sweet malt, and citrus(grapefruit and lemon are most prominent).

T: Very sweet ipa complemented by grapefruit and lemon, with a good amount of west coast hops throughout. Everything is very present. Nothing falls behind.

M: Smooth finish, medium bodied, medium carbonation, moderate alcohol presence.

O: Very tasty ipa, and wasn't surprised at all. I say it's close to wipeout ipa, but not as bold(by little). I saw that this beer as very balanced, and I like that. You can't really go wrong with any beer brewed in San Diego. Sure I would defiantly recommend, and pickup. Cheers!!!

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

Poured from 22oz into tulip.
Slight cloudy golden color with a good head and lacing. Great pine and hop aroma.
Flavor, great. Pine, floral and overall hop. Well balanced and a very amazing IPA. Its rated so high for a reason. Just go get one. Period.

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4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There is a very clear goldish color to it. Bubbles, but not a ton. A big bubbly white head and lacing. Nice almost minty scent to it.

It taste like there's a mint leaf in there. Nice floral hop taste. Mild bite to it. There a mild fruitness to it...a peach flavor underneath. The hype is right. This is a balanced IPA and the mint taste makes it very interesting.

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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%

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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%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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

Appearance: The beer pours a golden orange body with a one finger head. Retention is great. It lacks the clarity of some other IPA and Double brews.

Smell: Fresh pine and a hint of grapefruit are noticeable. It's not the most complex IPA aroma but still great for the style.

Taste: Follows the nose. Bitter hops are dominate at first with a slight pinch of citrus. Dry malts then takeover for the finish.

Mouth feel: It is medium bodied and slightly oily. There is just enough carbonation to cleanse the tongue for another sip of hop bitterness. I wish it was slightly heavier.

Overall: A very well-balanced IPA. It's not the best I've ever had but it is still a high level brew.

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to sugit for this one.

A: Nearly a full inch of tan coloured head that left a nice lacing over a hazy amber liquid. Couldn't ask for much more appearance wise from an IPA.

S: Mostly citrus: tangerine, grapefruit and orange dominate the smell profile.

T: A blast of citrus including tangerine and orange up front with a faint bitterness on the back end including grapefruit and a slight touch of pine over a honey-malt backbone. Just beautiful.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of carbonation.

O: The useage of citrus tasting hops in this IPA make it incredibly drinkable. It would make an ideal 6-pack.

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single finger head with nice lacing on a amber gold clear body. Very nice sweet aroma with mostly grapefruit and pineapple notes. Flavor is very different with mostly a dry, pine and musty hop taste. Moderate to high carbonation and medium body. Overall a very good IPA

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

How much more can be said about this beer besides the personal stories. Yes, it's a world class ipa. I agree. I've been looking for this beer for about 3 years and finally found it at a beer store on long island. After so long you would think the beer would be a let down but infact it lived up to the hype. An outstanding ipa! Very hoppy but not harsh. So easy to drink for the style. Another highlight is the crystal clear orange hued body which is a little different. This is some beer alright. If you havent had it yet, look for it. Hopefully it doesnt take you three years to find.

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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