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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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2,306 Reviews
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Reviews: 2,306
Hads: 12,487
Avg: 4.38
pDev: 22.37%
Wants: 1,375
Gots: 4,345 | FT: 46
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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Reviews: 2,306 | Hads: 12,487
Photo of Troy-Hawaii
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy orange-yellow color. Not overly bitter like most IPAs makes it fairly easy to drink. Slight after-taste, but nothing really bad about it. Overall a good beer.

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Photo of mnj21655
4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bomber with code 15091 poured into a pint glass.

Pours a golden orange in color with minimal white head that quickly dissipates to nothing, no lacing. Hoppy aroma. Lots of citrus; some lemon, grapefruit, and peach. Taste is much like the aroma, very clean, lots of hops upfront with a solid bitterness and a slight malty sweetness in the background. Good mouthfeel with medium body and carbonation. Overall this is a great IPA, very drinkable, a beer I keep coming back to.

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Photo of Beric
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Can into tulip
Served: 25 August 2015

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with some slight copper notes. Looks somewhat like rose gold but definitely not as pink/red. The haze gives the beer depth, for sure, but looks a bit weird around the edges, as it lightens the profile and looks somewhat funky. Minus points there, but nothing crazy.

Smell: Bright citrus hop notes, as you would expect from a West Coast brewery. Grapefruit, pine, lemon, and cajeput all present in the nose.

Taste: Much like the nose, but with a detectably sweet malt base to back it up. Refreshingly bitter, which bucks the trend against super sweet, 'juicy' IPAs, which I'm happy to see.

Mouthfeel: Medium to medium-high body with medium carbonation. Very refreshing, but definitely feels bigger on the palate than smaller IPAs.

Overall: A great IPA from a great brewery, but nothing that'll stand out from the pack. Given that this and Grapefruit Sculpin are the same price here in Boston (~$14/sixer), I'll stick with the Grapefruit Sculpin, which I find more intriguing for the money.

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Photo of reds2harleys
4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer really surprised me in a good way. Its seems to get its due respect here but in my circle most had given it a thumbs down. I'm with the thumbs up crowd on this one. Very nice citrus note. Its pours light and drinks easy. Not the smoothest beer but very flavorfull. Definitly a beer better enjoyed in the summer. Its the summer ale of IPAs. Well done Ballast Point.

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Photo of crotharagain
3.06/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Underwhelmed. Traded for this with a Gray Sail Brewing Captain's Daughter. Granted, the Sculpin had been sitting in a hot car over the weekend, therefore I want to give it another shot ASAP.

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Photo of vikinggary28
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into trusty glass mug. Slightly cloudy amber colour with quickly dissipating white head. Smells of smooth hops with a hint of citrus. The taste is an excellent balance of hops, slight citrus, and just enough piney/grassy to compliment. Goes down easy. This has got to be one of the best Cali IPA's out there. I love it.

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Photo of Pip_Count_167
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This only recently came into distribution here in Maine, and I was hooked immediately. Crisp and hoppy, but rounded with a dry citrus taste. This has become my go to IPA in a six pack, 12 oz. cans available too, perfect for summer outings. Fantastic.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I know this beer is supposed to be one of the better IPA's out there, and I would agree to some extent. It is nicely balanced for an IPA - just hoppy, piney, and citrusy enough. But I wasn't necessarily overwhelmed with it. It was a good IPA but I think I'm to the point where I'm at IPA overload and can only tell if an IPA is bad.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is probably the best go-to beer at the gas station. Widely distributed and always consistent on taste. A bit malty for my liking but definitely one of the best dollar values in the craft.

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Photo of kitch
4.77/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A 22 fl oz bomber with a bottled code date of 15063 which means 4th March 2015, and poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a very nice clear golden orange colour with a two and a half finger white head that dissipates slowly leaving a thin foamy layer and thick lacing.

Aroma: Nice strong aromas with tropical mango and peach strongest followed by apricot, citrus orange and some pine.

Taste: Starts with citrus grapefruit and some light bready malts, followed by tropical fruits mainly mango, apricot and pineapple, hints of pine and finishes with bitter grapefruit once more.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation and very refreshing.

Overall: Stunning, absolutely loved it. One of the best IPA’s out there in my opinion. A definite must buy for me. And now I just need to try an even fresher version.

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Photo of tugdriver7
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow. Where to begin. The latest in my IPA taste comparison (bottles). Heads and shoulders above any others I've tried. Amazing from first sip to finish. Deep gold with clear, subtle carbonation. Piney citrus hops presence in the nose and a rich malt backbone. The flavors mixed and mingled on the tongue in a way that I couldn't wait for the next sip to see how it would taste. Excellent American IPA. Definitely recommending this and drinking it again.

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Photo of twage04
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great IPA, good taste and feel. Pine, citrus, herb, floral hops are all well represented, Malt is subtle, the hops are center stage per west coast style. Good depth of flavor and great all round example of the style.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quintessential West Coast IPA. Pungent hop nose, deft mix of citrus/herbal dankness/perhaps pine, though contrary to common assumption, the malt is clearly there too - clean, somewhat sweet, pleasant. Palate is citrus, pine, and a fine dose of bitterness, though certainly nothing overwhelming. This is bracing, refreshing, so clean and satisfying.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice citrus-forward hop nose. Not what I'd call complex, but somewhat rounded and not overly one-dimentional. Palate follows the nose, but with some added malt depth. Not a malty IPA by any means, but enough of a backbone.
Maybe I made a mistake in that I tried grapefruit sculpin first. This is a very good IPA, but I felt it fell just a bit short of the bold flavors in gs. Would never turn either one of these down however.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.12/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a cloudy slight orange color. A one finger of white quickly dissipating head levels down to have a nice minimal lacing.
The smell starts off with big juicy citrus hops lends a hand to an ample amount of pine (seems it comes across fairly spicy). Its all backed up by some toastiness and caramel malts. Still, there's a nice floral setting in the background.
The taste was moderately sweet backed up by a nice bitterness coming from the pine. Floral tones show their respect in the flavor.
The mouthfeel had a nice semi-sweet citrus imparting some of the rind-like parts into the bitterness of the palate. The pine comes back to be part of the harshness on my tongue.
Overall, yeah, of course I liked this one. What a wonderful AIPA that I would have again.

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
4.07/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Based off day old memories.

L: A cloudy slight orange color. One finger of somewhat quickly dissipating head. Minimal lacing.

S: A good balance of hops and malt. Some slightly toasted malts come through with a bit of caramel in the background. A bit floral and citrusy.

T: Nicely hoppy. I get a faint perfume-like/intenseley floral note as the beer warms. Citrus evident as is a bit of pine as well. I also get some sort of herbal/musty note I usually get from beers that have Columbus. Malt is not shy at all in the this beer and definitely a key player. Grapefruit for sure .Like in the aroma, I get some caramel and toasted notes. Nice to have some malt balance in an IPA but still not have it syrupy or sticky.

F: Moderate body. Carbonation is just a bit lower than usual.

O: Very drinkable IPA. Something that almost IPA drinkers could get along with. There are enough hops there to intrigue the veteran IPA drinker and enough malt to keep the casuals from cringing in bitter beer face.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent refreshing almost fruity IPA. I taste much citrus tones. Their grapefruit Sculpin must be really citrus tasting. Excellent warm weather brew.

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Photo of Beerwolf666
4.73/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I Remember the first time I Tried Sculpin..and Swear I almost Cried, it was very Hard to hold back the Tears of JOY and Pure Enjoyment,every drink Brings New Flavors and taste"s ,First and foremost Grapefruit,and it's rind,then Mango,another Sip and BAM! Pineapple hits you,then other Citrus flavors come into play,then a slight Pine flavor and a bit of bitterness.....I do Love My fruity IPA's,and this one Here is THE Best I have had to date,Magical stuff and Top Notch Quality,Cheers!

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Photo of October
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful orange, amber color. Head retention is decent at best but there is nice lacing. Im getting floral hops along with citrus on the nose. Grapefruit is apparent. Taste is incredibly balanced. Citrus hops followed by a more herbal, grassy bitterness that is not too overpowering. Each sip leaves you desiring more.

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Photo of 1ale_man
3.1/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Darker yellow look and clear. Had a slight citrusy smell but more malty. The first taste was great. Citrusy and maybe even some grapefruit. After that nothing special. More malt. The mouth feel is ok. Not watery. Overall it's an ok ipa. Maybe a real fresh one would be different. Don't get the hype. For the price, $14.99 for a sixer, I won't have anymore. It's not throw away.

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Photo of fx20736
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bought a single bottle from Beers of the World on 8/1/15 from Beers of the World. Served cold in a Duvel tulip. Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Hazy apricot, white head, nominal lacing. Aroma is a masterful blend of pine and citrus zest. Flavor is so restrained, balanced, perfect. Mouthfeel is superb. This is pretty close to perfect.

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Photo of robgutie
4.09/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice hoppy bite, mostly grapefruit with a bit of orange rind. Very enjoyable but like many good IPAs/APAs I didn't really think it lived up to the hype.

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Photo of MatthewHopHead
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The look is ok, light orange/yellow hue. The smell is bursting with fresh citrus. Easy drinker, quick hoppy flavor up front that dissipates fairly quickly. The feel is slightly carbonated and thirst quenching. I would say this is good beer for a hot and humid New England day. Not my favorite, but definitely in the normal rotation at my house. Cheers!

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Photo of aleigator
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very clear, coppery-amber color, with a decent, stable head.

Smells of biscuity malts, with a hoppiness featuring a grassy dankness as well as an orange ripeness. While the hops are beautifully well pronounced on the nose, they blend well into the malts with a note of lemon zest standing out from that mixture.

Drinks outstandingly soft, with a well integrated aqueous note, perfectly covered by pungent hops, creating a fantastic refreshment.

Begins with bready malts, together with a short appearing coppery note, integrated into the overall taste by sun-bathed, sweet oranges. They introduce an exuberant fruit note to the palate, covered by dry, bitter lemon, pushed by a slightly metallic carbonation. Finishes with luscious lemon rind, leafes, a sparkly burn and a dried orange.

Convinces by a world-class balance between sweeter malts and distinct hops, which blend marvelously well together. The hops provide an awesome flavor profile, around which the flavors are successfully build, exhibiting a great depth.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.16/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours slightly hazy golden with small white head. Aroma is hoppy and fruity, grassy, citrus, earthy, honey, slight soap. Taste is slightly sweet and medium bitter, citrus, pine, grass, fruity, peaches. Medium body. Bitter finish.

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,306 ratings.