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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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10,964 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,964
Reviews: 2,243
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 1,156
Gots: 2,833 | FT: 50
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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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of jbphoto88
4.07/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Right away I am digging the style of this beer. It is crystal clear and the color of a dirty blondes silky beautiful hair. The head is aggressive and firm (that's what she said) with pillowy fluff and tons of lacing. This is a pretty brew.

The nose is right up there in points with the look, having gobs of hop character manifesting in citrus, pine and tropical fruits. Behind that hop smack to the nostrils is a warm caramelized grain scent. This one smells like a IIPA, If it tastes even half as good I am in for a brewing treat.

The taste is good but not as great as the nose. Most of the same flavors parallel the scent but in a lesser way. The hops still dominate with their pine resin and citrus but much closer now is the roasted caramelized grains. The malted fresh crush taste helps beat the hops in the distance and sculpt the finish.

Here in the mouthfeel and finish is where things get slightly tricky. The warm malty aftertaste is balance nicely with a firm hop bitterness but there is a confusing lack of carbonation. Surprising because of the aggressive head but not so much so when I feel the hop oils on my teeth. All of this leads to a smooth, extmely drinkable character with a sharp bite. This IPA was a pleasant surprise and one I will continue to buy. If you see it, get it. I put it on almost the same level as the Majaraja by Avery, which is one of my favorites and a double IPA. Consider that hop heads!

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -15%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of ixnay21
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of SanDiegoCraftFan
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of SallyBirkhart
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smell is like i said before, nicely fresh, hoppy, fruity, and floral...but this time a good. Flavors have a kick of pine and lemon around the edges, with mango and peach in the middle...I don’t find it that one-dimensional this time...in fact, I think the hop combination in this one is rather awesome. I reckon this bottle was a lot fresher than the first one I had...not sure of release dates, though I know this bottle just showed up, so its gotta be fresh..

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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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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Gambelli
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle from the local liquor store, poured into sam adams perfect pint glass. Dark gold, slightly cloudy, with 1/2" head, giving way to abundant lacing with a 1/4 " top.

Wonderful smell, citrus, flowers, apricot, peach, grapefruit, the whole gamut of citrus fruits really, with a good amount of mango, pineapple aroma included.

Taste is above described smell, with a sturdy, grain infused malt backbone, backed by a dry, bitter finish.

Dry finish leaves me wanting another sip, no another glass actually, and I am amazed by how everything balances out in this brew.

One note here, this beer is dated enjoy by 10/14/2013, and if found fresh it rivals any IPA/ DIPA
out there. If not fresh, avoid it as you will be dissapointed, and will not get the true quality of this beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of raynmoon
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a very beautiful orange color, with a hint of goldfish yellow, with a white head, not too much color in there. Just right for the style.

It smells wonderful, but almost exactly how you'd imagine; Piney sweet oranges, it's almost zesty!

It tastes even better, very smooth and juicy from the hops. Not very bitter at all. The first few sips had me thinking "whoa...".

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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3/5  rDev -32%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 10,964 ratings.