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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.

10,974 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,974
Reviews: 2,245
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 1,158
Gots: 2,844 | 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%

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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%

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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%

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3.41/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a tulip glass. poured an orange color with about a half inch of white foam. The smell was not noticeable. The beer did not have a particularly notable taste or mouth feel. The beer did leave a lacing on the glass. Overall I was disappointed. Was really looking forward to this since I found the strong hoppy flavor of Big Eye to be an incredibly enjoyable beer. I won't be buying Sculpin again buy will continue to try Balladt Point based on my experience with Big Eye.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It pours a light brown with a hint of yellow but unlike a lot of IPAs this one is pretty clear with just a slight haze.

Smell: Hops and citrus, specifically grapefruit, jump at the nose.

Taste: The best way to describe this beer is crisp! Like the smell, hops and grapefruit dominate the flavor of this beer. Its almost like they squeezed a fresh grapefruit right into the bottle! It does have a slight hint of malt but not nearly as predominate as IPAs like Green Flash West Coast IPA or Stone IPA. 

Overall: I absolutely love this beer! Not only does it have a great balance of hops and citrus but I think what separates this IPA from most is how crisp it is.  It's an expensive beer but for hop heads the taste  justifies the price.

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4.11/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First day BP's in Texas. You know I've gotta try out the Sculpin. Bought a six pack at Lone Star and cracked one into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

This beer looks... beautiful. Perfect white head. Beautiful clear golden body accentuated by the Sam Adams glass.

The beer smells like pineapple with a bit of a bitter tinge at the end. Much smoother than I would have thought. Nice, but not fantastic.

The body itself is crisp, but I find myself wanting a little more. I find this to be vary similar to Lagunitas Sucks, but I liked the sucks more. It was more rounded and it was a bit more bitter.

Even though this doesn't quite meet my expectations, it's beyond solid and very easy to drink. I just wish the flavors did a bit more for me.

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 10,974 ratings.