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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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10,696 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,696
Reviews: 2,185
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 1,108
Gots: 2,592 | 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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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of SawDog505
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stella glass. Pours a hazy orange yellow with a sticky white two inch head, leaves plenty of lacing. Smell is grapefruit, fresh cut grass, passion fruit, and pine. Taste is very balanced with all flavors, grapefruit maybe most prominent. Body is medium, perfect amount of life, on the dry side, and very drinkable. This is a great IPA not sure of its age, but awesome despite that huge problem.

Photo of Mverbeck21
5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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

22 oz bomber, no date on the bottle, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a dark orange color, a bit on the copper / red side, produces a finger and a half of creamy light tan head, leaves excellent lacing.

S- Big juicy citrus aroma, also some tropical fruits and a touch of honey. Some resiny pine. It's a very bright, refreshing aroma.

T- Super fruity and juicy like the aroma, loads of grapefruit, mango and peach, hops provide a solid leafy, green bitterness and flowers, some honey mixes in with the tropical fruit, alcohol is totally hidden, malts are subtle and pale and lend a sugar cookie sweetness as the beer warms.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel, a bit sticky on the end with a dry, leafy finish.

O- An amazing IPA, super flavorful and drinkable. I'm a big fan of the citrus-forward IPAs, if I could get this in Chicago I would buy it all the time.

Photo of choover14
4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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1/5  rDev -77.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Nice two finger head, leaves a beautiful lacing on the rim. Very light colored transparent copper - orange.

S - Very citrusy up front. Smooth pine and hops on the finish. One of the most delicious smelling IPAs I have come across.

T - Nice tropical and citrus fruits perfectly balanced with a dry bitterness from the hops. Some sweet malts that I did not pick up in the nose. Easy drinking.

M - Good carbonation and texture. If I were going to be picky I would like a tiny bit more carbonation. A bit dry, but this works to leave me wanting more.

O - I had high expectations of this beer and I was not disappointed. Great West Coast IPA with exceptional balance and drinkability. I was happy to be able to get this one fresh at Abe's. I will definitely get this one again.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jayhawk73
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Pizza Paradiso in Old Town

Review from notes (from yesterday):

Pours an orange color with a nice one finger off white head. Good lacing on my glass. Clear in appearance. Nose is tropical fruit, along with a little lemon zest. Definitely nice smelling IPA. The taste follows suit, and is excellent. Feel is medium w/ a thin malt backbone and somewhat dry finish. Overall, a great IPA- and one I'll have again. Cheers.

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3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jamex
1.98/5  rDev -55.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I used to really love Sculpin. I would periodically stop by the Scripps Ranch brewery and fill up a growler at least once a month. Many times I'd stop by the brewery just to get a pint. Life was good, and I was excited to have such a world class brew within a few minutes of my house.

Then something changed. I'm not sure what - the hops, the blending, whatever - I'm not a brewer so I can't explain it. I'd say it happened about a year ago. The aroma changed. The taste drastically changed. It just wasn't the beer I fell in love with. Tropical notes all but vanished. The bitterness was heightened. The fresh piney hints turned sour and "urinal-like."

Maybe my tastes have changed. I guess it's possible. Maybe I need to visit the Home Brew Mart location for a final test since all of this ranting is based from multiple, different growlers and pints at the Scripps tasting bar. But each pint and growler fill pushes me away. Last night I did the unthinkable: drain poured a 1/2 growler of this mess.

If there really is an alternate recipe, please BP go back to your roots. Let me once again give this golden drink the score it deserves.

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap in a 5 oz tulip glass at Haven Gastropub. Reviewed from notes. Expectations very high.

A- Thick fluffy white head. Light orange coloration. Extremely well carbonated. Sticky, fluffy lacing.

S- Very hoppy and light fruits. Light but strong smell. Nice.

T- Crisp, dry hops. Very flavorful. Wonderful dry bitter flavor.

M- Medium bodied, well carbonated.

O- Best IPA I've ever had.

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3.99/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Orange colored Indian Pale Ale with a soapy head with wonderful lacing. Overall the hop profile was good, the beer was almost oddly smooth for 7% abv, with a fantastic lingering mildly bitter hop finish. Overall, a solid and smooth IPA definitely worthy of a try but did not really live up to the hype in my opinion.

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 10,696 ratings.