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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

9,792 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 9,792
Reviews: 2,066
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 983
Gots: 1,935 | FT: 41
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:
Originally named Northstar IPA. Debuted in 2005.

(Beer added by: brentk56 on 04-02-2006)
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Phood, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of safaricook
3.7/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From Whole Foods in Vienna, Virginia. Bottle has no freshness date. That is not a good idea for an IPA.

Clear orangey yellow, lots of carbonation, white head with various bubble sizes, reduces to a thin layer, leaves lacing.

Hmmm, smell is not very strong. Disappointing for a highly rated American IPA. Is it too old? Well at least it was refrigerated. There is this yellow fruit aroma that leans toward apricot. Pleasant but rather one dimensional.

There is a little caramel malt sweetness. Good and not overpowering bitterness. Lingering resiny aftertaste, but not overly pleasant.

Body is rather thin for an IPA. Carbonation is refreshing but not biting. Warming alcohol but still quite refreshing.

I am confused. This is not what I expected from a highly rated IPA. My preferences of a stronger malty backbone aside, I am disappointed of the lack of hops complexity. In no way this beer is bad, but also not exciting enough to get a higher rating.

safaricook, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of SJbigtuna
4.5/5  rDev +2%

SJbigtuna, Jul 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

TaylorIPA19, Jul 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

ChristianT, Jul 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

MellyVe, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of Dman3540
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Dman3540, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of catNoises
5/5  rDev +13.4%

catNoises, Jul 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Rob8404, Jul 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

mattdegroat, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of Bladerunner7354
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Bladerunner7354, Jul 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Mjdoyon, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of Beans11
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Beans11, Jul 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

PickleBucket29, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of Sweenz
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Sweenz, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of SamanthaRex
4/5  rDev -9.3%

SamanthaRex, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of JaimeLondon
4.09/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice american IPA of a somewhat transparent orange color with some amber tones and an ok foam.
Smell is hoppy and extremely citric, with a lot of orange tones.
Taste is more complex. Really hoppy and citric; orange, grapefruit and specially (but not easy to distinguish) fig are the flavour highlights. Taste is also highly bitter. Maltiness is not hidden yet the beer seems too much juicy.
Body and carbonation are at good level but could be higher.
Alcohol is quite well balanced.

JaimeLondon, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of curasowa
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy copper color with a thick, fluffy head that fades slowly with chunky lacing.

Aroma: Fresh hop, piney, some citrus with caramel malt underneath.

Taste: Good malt presence up front with some nutty notes, then lots of big, piney, fresh hop bitterness. Malt stays present all the way through in the background while the juicy hop bitterness leads. The fresh hop bitterness carries right on into the linger finish.

The Rest: Medium bodied, well carbonated and super tasty. This is an excellent west-coast IPA.

curasowa, Jul 12, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

JotaPe, Jul 11, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Arystotl, Jul 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

Zignot5, Jul 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Flip_Smash, Jul 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

ssteckley, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of Strata21
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Strata21, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of gunshine
5/5  rDev +13.4%

gunshine, Jul 11, 2014
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 9,792 ratings.