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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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10,982 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,982
Reviews: 2,245
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 1,159
Gots: 2,852 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of mattcrill
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Light resiny hop aromas up front that quickly bring on thoughts of fresh peaches, apricots, and lemon zest. Clean fermentation character. Slight bit of pine tar. Candied oranges appear as it warms.

Appearance: Light amber pour with a thick, sudsy, rocky white head. Appears still in the glass.

Flavor: Earthy, spicy bitterness firmly asserts itself as the base. More pine and biting hops and less fruit and citrus that was detected in the aroma. Balance is firmly hoppy. Finish is clean and bone dry. Really no malt character to speak of. Just a hint of orange-like sweetness that compliments the assault of hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with medium high carbonation. No alcohol heat or creaminess. Quickly leaves and dries.

Overall impression: A West Coast hop bomb for sure! The bitterness is very firm and bordering on harsh. That being said, I like that. Drinkability suffers a tad but this is my kind of dry IPA. Nicely done. Welcome to Ohio Ballast Point!

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of stewart124
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yellowish-orange in color with a decent white head. Plenty of visible carbonation and another brilliantly clear beer.

Nose has more grapefruit characters and some pine to go along with biscuit and bread.

Smooth and medium bodied with a great malty profile yet a great background bitterness. More citrusy than anything in the hop department. Very easy to drink. Good light caramel notes and plenty of light bisuity/bready characters.

Just another very good IPA. Solid throughout.

Photo of Groulxsome
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this in a bar while in California and I thought it was interesting enough to get a bottle and bring back to Toronto. Notes from the bottle tasting.

A: A cloudy, deep and bright orange color.

S: It's unique. It's like lilacs and passionfruit. There are the more expected citrus and malt notes, but the unique tropical-fruit-cum-lilac is so interesting they are overshadowed.

T: Malt sweetness, with a mild citrus - something like cream sicle maybe? - then it has a nice round bitterness. Really fun to drink. It's got that floral taste but balanced with malt and bitterness.

M: Medium and creamy. The average for a better than average IPA!

O: This is a great IPA. It's got a unique taste which I've never had matched. I don't know if it'd be my everyday IPA, but it's one that's unique enough to want every now-and-then to enjoy something completely different.

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of mactrail
2.3/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Hops, or more precisely, grapefruit pith, takes over the taste totally. There is just nothing else to say.

If you like this particular hop profile, to the exclusion of every other taste, you'll think this is great. To me it's a stab to the root of my tongue. It's not a beer flavor, it's a chemical link to a very specific pain receptor.

Nice aroma, though. The usual orangey amber in the pint glass. I thought I would try this again since it's been a couple of years. But I arrive at the same conclusion: total bitterness. First glass out of the keg at Quality Social in San Diego. Couldn't be fresher.

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of lovindahops
3.91/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was very happy to find a bottle of this in ny last week! I always wanted to try this

A- sculpin pours a light orange body with curdeled milk like layering all over the glass. Very frothy white and impressive

S- major grassy, mango, pineapple, tropical scents with a bit of grainy scent as well. Not overwhelming, but there

T- a flavorful hoppy profile consisting of citrus flavors is more than present. Very refreshing and sweet flavors are staged at the forefront, followed by some caramel malt at the end. A really refreshing ipa

M- fantastic carbonation and sticky flavors enrobing the mouth

O- a solid ipa from San Diego. My one point would br how good would this be fresh?

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

Finally picked this beer up, have seen it for a little bit, and have been told to try it, but at $10 a bomber I was slow to do so.
But this beer is awesome, I was expecting a "hop bomb", but this was a super well balanced IPA.
Once opened it poured out a beautiful clear copper, with about 1 finger of lace. The aroma was pineapple, grapefruit and a little bit of pine. Once again amazing! Right from the first sip I noticed a grapefruit taste that stuck around to the finish. With a perfectly balanced hop level. I have never had a IPA that tasted anything like this brew, almost like a new flavor for me.
Awesome! Totally worth checking out. The only thing that would keep me from buying again is the price tag.

Photo of TomTwanks
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First Sculpin ever. Stoked that BP is started to come to Ohio, hell fucking yeah!
Pours a nice pale orange with a nice 1.5-2 finger head. Spectacular lacing. Bubbles faded pretty quick with just some micro bubbles around the edge of my bruery tulip. 22 bomber with no date.(just came in like 2 days ago, it better be fresh!)
Smell - one of the most fruity smelling IPA's i've ever had. Huge aromas of mango, papaya, melon, grapefruit, apricot. Smells just absolutely amazing, just what I want.
Taste - Smooth, a nice mellow resinous hop, orange, mango. Astringent, dry aftertaste. Wow, every sip I'm just more impressed.
Mouthful - light, refreshing, resinous. Put me on a abandoned beach with fresh Sculpin and there will be no need to save me.
Overall - top notch. One of the best IPA's i've ever had..and I'm not just saying that. White Rajah, Headhunter, Sculpin...best IPAs ever had(not in any preference either.). Every beer I've had from Ballast Point has been amazing, keep on doing great work guys!

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of bluejacket74
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, stamp on bottle says best by 070612. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy golden/orange color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is mostly pine and citrusy (mango, grapefruit) hops, along with some caramel malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like pine, citrusy (mango, grapefruit, lemon peel) and spicy hops, and some bready malt. There's a nice lingering bitter/fruity finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a little bit slick and has good carbonation. This is a very good brew. But at $14.99 a 6-pack here in Ohio, I can get either Columbus IPA or White Rajah at a much better price. With that being said, Sculpin is definitely worth trying, I wouldn't turn one down!

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of BoatsSinkBro
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Various number of bottles, tastes/smell/etc were all consistent.
The characteristics popping out at me from this beer were the smell and tastes.
-Aroma of citrus/tropical fruits and pine-y hop.
-Taste being nearly same as smell, with fruit like taste in front and piney hop finish.
-Very balanced IPA.
A very good IPA I can drink regularly if I wasn't in the mood for the more bitter hop character IPA's.

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Immortale25
4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a somewhat hazy, glowing copper color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains before slipping down to an 1/8 inch ring around the edge of the glass with a healthy amount of surface foam. Nice slivers of lacing.

S- A very apprehensive yet enjoyable citrusy hop aroma that brings to mind wet grass, pineapple and grapefruit.

T- Sublimely citrusy hop flavor bringing with it notes of more pineapple, lemon and some spice. Very mellow and laid back unlike the assertive hop bombs you usually come across that are highly rated. Not much of a malt backbone, but there's just enough to offset the heavyish hop flavor.

M- Slightly oily with a semi-light body and medium carbonation. Also a bit tingly and dry.

O- What a great beer. At first I had trouble realizing why it was so highly revered but, now that I've had it a few times, I see that it's all in the subtleties just like Bell's Two-Hearted.

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 10,982 ratings.