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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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10,435 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,435
Reviews: 2,122
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 1,056
Gots: 2,317 | 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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4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hail_seitan
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed from 12 oz. can

A - Drank straight from the can, but from a bit poured into a glass, a nice straw color.

S - A plethora of citrus aromas waft out of the can top. Grass, mint and even a hint of green onion sneak in, too.

T - A full-on citrus bomb. Really tastes like a orange Julius in beer form. Tangerine and clementine brightness with a hint of ruby grapefruit pucker. Some floral and garlic savory flavors are present. The malt is pleasantly low on sugar and has a biscuit flavor that lets the hops shine. Aftertaste is all bitterness and ripe orange.

M - A sprightly carbonation buoys up the hops atop a dry and light body.

O - A fine West Coast IPA. The pure orange and clementine citrus flavors are oh so enjoyable and make for a world-class beer experience summer or winter.

Photo of Riggsby
4.66/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I first drank this lovely at Stone in Escondido in 2007. At the time I was blown away by the citrus forward aspect of this beer. A couple of years later I toured the brewery just before this beer blew up in the national sense. We had a personal tour and were told they were putting 7 varieties of hops in each batch. The expen$e to make this ale was considerable. Thus the addiction began. I believe that, with my uncle, we put this beer on the map on the East coast because we were drinking at least a pallet/year. I have a set of garage doors nailed with thousands of caps to prove our consumption!! But what happened? As they grew this brew dropped off. I remember that on our West coast visit they were expanding tankage to outside fermenters. I believe this and hop shortages/prices changed this beer. Pliny on tap on the East coast, at least at Monk's, is close to what you taste in Santa Rosa. I can't say the same for Sculpin. Like a first love, she always fades with time. Thus the toying with grapefruit, kiwi, habaneros, etc to cover up the loss of what made this beer unique. Ballast boys- get back to the basics and make less so that we have "more"!

Photo of glenmoordave
4.81/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of handcrafty
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of davidkenzler
4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Ri0
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

poured 12oz can into snifter. Not able to identify any date.

A - Pours a hazy gold and apricot hues with a 2 finger white head. Decent retention that fades to a collar and leaves webs of lacing on the glass.

S - Aggressive west coast hops on this beer, with some citrus, pine, and grapefruit. I also pick up a nice malt/yeast combination.

T - West coast piney hops are up front, followed by some sweet citrus mid-palate and a bitter finish. There's a pleasant malty sweetness that complements the citrus well. I get some lingering bread and biscuit with a solid bitter grapefruit finish.

M - Medium creamy mouth feel with ample carbonation and a nice bitter finish.

O - It's my first time drinking Sculpin and it reminds me of Fatheads Headhunter.

Photo of Emmige1
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JimFries
4.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of beergoot
4.11/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle label data: none noted.

Crystal clear, golden body with strings of small bubble carbonation rising and a thick, frothy, white head. The aroma combines interesting qualities of spice and grain; pine tar. Honey-like sweetness with a light cereal grain base highlights the flavor; well-balanced and soothing hop bitterness. Medium body with a combination juicy/dry quality.

It is hard to beat a solid, sublimely complex IPA like this one. Deftly balanced across the sensory spectrum, this brew drinks easily and completely satisfies. Must...find...more...

Photo of dymmig89
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mreaber09
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Southerndiscomfort
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the finest beers to grace the earth.

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4.84/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.08/5  rDev -7.5%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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3.6/5  rDev -18.4%

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4.74/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.3/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.3/5  rDev -2.5%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 10,435 ratings.