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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.

10,688 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,688
Reviews: 2,184
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 1,105
Gots: 2,586 | 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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes, reviewed 1/14/12.

Sculpin bomber, fresh from the brewery via Sean, thanks man! Poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a brilliantly clear golden honey color, with a big fluffy and soapy white head. Ok lacing.

S: Decent West Coast hop notes jump out on the nose; pine, tropical fruits, hop sweetness, bitter resin, decent floral notes. No malt detectable - good sign.

T: Smooth bitterness, front to back. There is a touch of pine, some astringent notes, papaya, mango, and grapefruit zest character. A touch of biscuity malt presence as well.

MF: Solid, smooth and lighter bodied, with decent bitterness and dryness. By no means is this beer that oppressive 'West Coast' kind of dry.

O: I'd say this is a solid drinker, if unremarkable.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first review, go easy on me fellow BA's.

Poured into a Allagash Tulip

A: Vibrant orange-yellow pour reveals an eggshell white head that discipates rather quickly. Sticky lacing appears immediatly and lasts throughout.

S: Sweet tropical fruits, floral and just a hint of pine. Slight malt but definitely hop-foward.

T: Follows nose; juicy fruits, pineapple, grapefruit are all here. Just a little sting of pine and barely any malt present.

M: Medium carbonation that blends into a rather creamy mouthfeel. The finish is fairly dry.

O: I can see why this beer is so sought after, one of my favorite IPAs. Delicious fruit and floral notes throughout with only hints of malt to keep it in line. I'm very pleased this is readily available in the Philadelphia region.

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Another great IPA! I have been lucky enough to have scored 2 bottles of this amazing beer. I had to be really picky to find anything wrong with this brew.

A- Golden amber, not as much head as I would have expected, but with just enough to do the job.

S- AMAZING! I took a sniff as I poured it, let it sit for a while and smelled as the floral, fruity notes developed. Just the right amount of hoppy scent to let you know what you are about to get into.

T- One of the best tasting beers out there. Just the right balance of hoppiness/bitterness/fruitiness/and a slight caramel flavor right off the bat.

M- Very smooth, I think I could have gone for just a touch more carbonation. Great malt/hops balance which coats the entire mouth with flavor. I got almost the entire tongue was engaged with the bitter, slightly sweet buds taking note of a well balanced beer.

O- I would put this one up with the best of them. Makes me glad we have such good breweries in the U.S..
Get some if you can and rotate it in with the others to see how it stacks up- you won't be disappointed.

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The big, bad Sculpin. Hoping it's not spoiled based on the place of purchase. Why do I continue to buy beer from there?

A: Clear, golden-yellow with a massive, white head. Fluffy, pillowy goodness that leaves behind a ton of lace with little head retention.

S: Huge floral and fruit aromas. Not overly hoppy and dry, which is great, but enough to remind you it's an IPA. Balanced nose.

T: So damn smooth and balanced. Fruity hops dominate with enough malt in the finish to keep the hops in check. Slightly bitter but it's really just juicy, refreshing hops. Every sip begs for another. Incredible flavor and quality. While IPA's can be overrated as a style and overdone, this beer reminds you that it's one of the best styles of beer for a reason.

M: Balance. That's all I can say. Perfect bitterness. Thirst-quenching. Fresh in San Diego? Please.

O: Everything I expected. Amazing stuff as it warms. Had the opportunity to try it on-tap in downtown San Diego a few months ago and cannot wait to drink it again. It deserves to be the #1 IPA at the moment.

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 10,688 ratings.