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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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11,221 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,221
Reviews: 2,302
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 1,184
Gots: 3,079 | FT: 48
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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Ratings: 11,221 | Reviews: 2,302
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4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4.8/5  rDev +8.8%

Photo of mscudder
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Really excited to pick this one up on my trip outside of my home state of GA. Poured this into a pint.

A - Nice smoke upon popping the bottle. A cloudy yellow and orange hue sits below a fluffy finger sized pale head. Retention was nice with good lacing.

S - Big grapefruit up front. Citrus and lemon peel follow. Hops really form a fine aroma.

T - Wow, this is a hell of a beer. Begins with sweet grapefruit and recedes into a wealth of hops. All of this sits atop a clean malt, making this really crisp and flavorful.

M - Light body with big flavor making the beer feel a bit bigger. Carbonation is big and sets off all the in greatness.

O - For an American IPA, I just cannot see how to make this much better. Drinkability is superb, ABV is faintly noticeable (in a good way!) and the progression is well... perfect. This beer is fantastic.

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4.8/5  rDev +8.8%

Photo of BeerGodz
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Look: Bright golden/amber color, clear, thick white head with very good retention & uber good lacing!

Smell: Pungent pine hop aroma, grapefruit, apricot

Taste: Up Front: Follows the smell, with the addition of biscuit malt. Finish: A touch of sweetness in the middle, and a very long hoppy finish - YUM!!!

Mouthfeel: Light/medium body with crisp carbonation and a dry finish

Drinkability: It could not be better!

Overall Impression: This is the best American IPA I've ever had! It's what West Coast (San Diego) IPA is all about. If only it were more readily available and affordable.

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4.8/5  rDev +8.8%

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4.8/5  rDev +8.8%

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4.8/5  rDev +8.8%

Photo of JoeBloe
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

i just found this bomber sitting by itself after my last beer haul - must have been lost or stashed behind other beers for a while -
enjoying it now and i can't believe i haven't reviewed it yet - i grabbed up a case and a half since it's current release - this bottle is as good as the ones that came way before it -
pours big and settles into an almost clear golden 'tangerine' color - beautiful - a pure white head settles to one finger, and maintains a presence to the bottom, with thick, uniform lacing - smells heavy of the crisp citrus/ pine hops as others have noted - smells and tastes 'fresh' and crisp - very citrussy up front with a nice sweet finish - feels great on the tongue, a tingle from the carbonation, with a snappy ending - - begging for more -
i was glad to find this one last bottle, and to find that it's as good as the 'fresher' bottles from a month+ ago.

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4.8/5  rDev +8.8%

Photo of mirish72
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have been wanting to try this for a while and it just happened to be on tap at Armsby Abbey today. I have tried a number of other Ballast Point brews, but have always heard great things about the Sculpin and it did not dissapoint.

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Poured a hazy orange. Smelled of fruity, piney, hop goodness. Slight head that dissipated quickly.

Tasted very smooth, with a dry hopped profile. The citrus, piney taste was unbelieveable. This beer was really drinkable and made me want another almost from the first sip and it just got better.

This is a great IPA and it surpassed the other Ballast Point's I have tried in the past. Its hope profile seemed to exceed a number of imperial IPA's that I have tried. Now if only it were actually available to buy.

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4.8/5  rDev +8.8%

Photo of joshuaarnao
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.8/5  rDev +8.8%

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4.8/5  rDev +8.8%

Photo of Lunchmade
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I just got back from work from my lunch break excursion from Ballast Point (Scripps Ranch Location). They hooked up this special keg of Sculpin with 2oz each of Crystal, Centennial and Amarillo hops.

Poured a nice orangish dark gold, 1 finger head. Smelled of extreme hops and went down just the same. WOW, I can't tell you how easy this would be to get hammered quickly on. DELICIOUS! Amazing grapefruit flavors...

Its funny when you can easily have no problem ordering two Sculpins when you can choose from a Dorado at the same time...stoked I live in SD!

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4.8/5  rDev +8.8%

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4.8/5  rDev +8.8%

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4.8/5  rDev +8.8%

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4.8/5  rDev +8.8%

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4.8/5  rDev +8.8%

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4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Holy Smoke BBQ during the snooglefest 2010 tour. The best pulled pork and pulled chicken sandwiches I have ever had. I've had this in a bottle but fresh on tap gives it that little extra kick. Wow compliments my bbq perfectly. Smells of fresh hops citrus and bitter grapefruit. I love this smell. Heavenly. Tastes like everything you could want in a hop forward citrus bomb. Balanced. It was a challenge to make this beer last.

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4.8/5  rDev +8.8%

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4.8/5  rDev +8.8%

Photo of mgbickel
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Perfect Pint glass. Instantly, a huge, 2-3 finger head formed...did someone put a slice of angel food cake in my glass? The foam receded slowly, leaving tons of itself behind. The body is yellowish gold with some tangerine lowlights.

The nose has lots of citrus hops up front...orange and lemon zest, grapefruit. The backbone of the nose is malted grain and sweetbread.

Man...the taste of this offering is fantastic! Pretty much right in line with the nose...starts off with some hops, but not overly bitter. The middle finds a sweet/grassy character and the finish goes back to the bitter (hop) side. Wonderful balance.

Medium mouth feel, a little oily with moderate carbonation.

This is one of my top overall drinking beers. Refreshing, easy to drink and complex (without being overpowering).

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 11,221 ratings.