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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

10,659 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 10,659
Reviews: 2,181
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 1,095
Gots: 2,563 | 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: 10,659 | Reviews: 2,181 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of chart813
4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GoldenAbbey
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mixitup
4.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Matty123
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Plasmafunk
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lateralundertow
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TylerTheTerrible
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle, bottled about 60 days ago, poured into a red plastic cup.

Smells great when it gets a little warmer. Aftertaste is a little stronger than I would like but I think I just found my new favorite beer.

Photo of McStout5
4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Reds76
4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really like the pine and tropical fruit mix on the nose. A touch more carbonation than other IPA's which really compliments the snappy hops. Solid beer!

Photo of poppollutesminds
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Snagged a growler of Sculpin before word got out. An exceptional American IPA that is actually fairly easy to get and enjoy.

Photo of greensculpin
4.71/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of REEK
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice brew would highly recommend.

Photo of Jim_Benz
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For a "west coast" IPA, Sculpin is about as good as it gets. Pricey as it gets, too! Poured into a snifter, its a beautiful, clear orange/gold in appearance, with a moderate white head that leaves thick lacing on the glass while maintaining a ring around the edges and a sizeable island in the middle. The nose, for me, is largely citrus and tropical fruit over a whiff of biscuity malt. Taste is where it really shines--the citrusy hops are balaced with a piney bitterness (though not too bitter) over a very tastey malt backbone of bread and bisquit, low on caramel. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light on first impression, but leans to medium in the middle and thickens in the aftertaste, which is moderately bitter, in a really good fashion. Carbonation is perfect for the style--meaning high enough to balance and accentuate the hop and malt flavors.Overall, it's my favorite IPA--after Bell's Two-Hearted and Surly Furious. Is it worth the price? On occassion, or at least when I'm feeling flush.

Photo of Knobs303
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CJNAPS
4.91/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A go to, Great Ipa one of the best.

Photo of doomXsaloon
4.88/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of vitamin_g
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Extol
4.86/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is amazing. I am just getting into IPA's now and such. And this is AMAZING. One of the best beers I've had. Period. Fruity and mildly bitter that doesn't linger on the tongue. I'll definitely be buying more. I wish the ABV was a little lower so I could session out on it more but the 6 I drank in one sitting was fine lol.

Photo of damndirtyape
4.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Thai 9 in Dayton, OH. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Bright copper-amber. Thin white head with plenty of persistent fine lacing on the glass.

Smell: Pine, grapefruit, floral.

Taste: Nicely hoppy. Hops are grapefruit citrus, peach, tropical fruit. Malt is bready and serves as a nice support for the hops. Finish is bitter and lingers, but not too long.

Mouthfeel: Nicely thick and a bit sticky on the teeth.

Overall/Drinkability: A solidly well done IPA. Went very well with Sushi (Tuna roll) and I think would pair well with a wide range of food. Very drinkable and I could easily have had another.

Photo of DoubleMalt
4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HartsyThaiFood
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CraigTravor
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tonymacalus
4.03/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of aj_tuna
3.58/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I love the look and nose of this but the taste is just not there for me. Not my favorite style of beer anyway but not close to best ipa.

Photo of Goodspeed83
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 10,659 ratings.