Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

11,828 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 11,828
Reviews: 2,441
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 1,301
Gots: 3,675 | FT: 49
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: 11,828 | Reviews: 2,441
Photo of d_porter
4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First BA review! Still developing a taste for IPAs, but I have to say this is the smoothest one yet. Doesn't have that bite of a Stone or a DF 60 min. Goes down smooth and has just enough taste to let you know its an IPA! Poured out of a bomber into a 23oz pilsner! Easy to drink, so be careful!

Photo of OregonGrown7
3.98/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great standard IPA. A little syrupy. Nothing to wow me, but packs a solid punch.

Photo of thebeerprincess
3.98/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very solid standard IPA. Nothing special about it, very good taste.

Photo of soupyman10
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Looks like an IPA, amber, great white lacing and a finger of foam. Nose and flavor are well balanced, nice drying hops with a fair bit of fruit and a touch of caramel malt. Really good flavor, almost stereotypically what I think of when I think of an IPA. It's a great brew, on par with a lot of very good ones: Two Hearted, 60 Minute, Titan, etc. Seems like maybe the hype train got a little out of control with this one, but as I said, definitely a tasty everyday beer. Very happy it's started to show up all over the East Coast.

Photo of srumbolt
4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great go to everyday drinker.

Photo of Jcorn
4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not bad. Great smell, good taste. Would buy again.

Photo of mdcrouser
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beautifully fluffy white head sits atop a glass of transparent liquid glowing gold.

Freshly carved pineapple is most apparent.

Pineapple, pine, some other citrus - oh man, that's ridiculously good.

Creamy, some sharpness and spiciness in the hops, heavy on the tongue.

Love this beer (and I don't say that much) - well-balanced, lots of freshness, unique in the pineapple being so up front.

Photo of Dag95
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very delicious IPA With fruity start

Photo of jwall76
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite IPA. So damn tasty.

Photo of frozyn
4.14/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L -- Thick white head with a pale amber color.

S -- Pine, hoppy, tropical fruit, floral.

T -- Lots of hops creates a nice bitterness.

F -- Quite good for an IPA, a little fizzy.

O -- A very good beer, but I prefer Jai Alai. For the price, I don't feel it presents a good value, especially given what else is out there.

Photo of MaximalC
3.76/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a transparent gold color with an inch of coarse, white suds. Aroma smacks of fresh squeezed ruby red grapefruit and little else; maybe a hint of honey-like sweetness sneaks through.

The taste features grapefruit, bready malt, and some grain husk (especially toward the back). Hints of bubblegum lurk beneath the surface as well. Pine resin seeps through more once the grapefruit acquiesces. Medium body and carbonation mostly stay out of the way and let the hops do their thing.

Overall, this is a solid, flavorful IPA. I don’t quite get the hype it receives, but it’s certainly good.

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

Awesome. Awesome. Awesome. Just awesome.

Photo of Eschneider98
4.84/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Great west coast style IPA

Photo of UTPharm2012
3/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poor man's Cigar City Jai Alai imo

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

This is a great beer

Photo of Uhopia
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hype! Hype! Git'cher hype right here! Well, if you have the bollocks to back it up, then I say holler the F away. You earned it. You see, what we have right here is a tasty little blend of citrus-i-nessed-up hop cones of love, swirled in a mildly malty, yet high booze content-laden brew decanted into a proper glass for pure pleasure results - every time. And if you have read any of my other plugs, it also comes in a fricken 6-pack. Thank you Ballast.

Photo of HopAlongG
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Probably the best readily obtainable IPA out there.

Photo of reddan
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is a deliciously standard IPA that only distinguishes itself by being perfect at everything.

Photo of craftbeersweden
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Golden color with a 2 finger high, white, head.

Nose: Grapefruit, lemon, pine, apricot, tropical fruit and caramel.
Taste: Smooth taste of hops, grass, pine, mango and a lot of tropical fruits. Body: A great smooth body with a little bitter taste at the end.
Perfectly balanced!

A really great brew!

Photo of car2052
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to pint glass.

A: Hazy bright orange. 1 in. white head.
S: Peach, grapefruit, dark berry, yeast.
T: Grapefruit and pine right at the front of the tongue. Sweeter fruits take over. Sweetness towards the end.
M: Medium. Nice crisp alcohol at the end.
O: Very standard IPA flavors. I would want more tropical aromas and flavors for a higher rating.

Photo of jackb112
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer gods hath rejoiced at this marvel of modern day brewing genius.

Photo of TomFdds
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A classic. Delightful. So good on tap.

Photo of do_ob
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a tulip. Pours a crystal-clear amber with nearly 3 fingers of white, sticky foam. Tropical fruit, citrus, pine, and bubblegum on the nose. Very sweet tropical fruit and floral notes up front on the taste. Medium-light weight, and a very creamy and crisp mouthfeel. Grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and banana all present up front, with a biscuity-malt settling in middleways. Finishes as creamy as ever, and produced a tingling hop bitterness on the finish. Tart fruit, pine, and hops on the aftertaste.

Incredibly well-made, well-balanced, and tasty IPA right here. It's not often I get to try these world-class brews, but this one is pretty special. Might be the best IPA I've ever had.

Photo of jweaver95
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

An IPA lover's dream. Was fortunate enough to have this at a Padres game out in San Diego, and I was not disappointed. I'm back in Chicago now, and I miss it like I miss California.

Photo of ryaneasterling
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a world class Cali IPA. Get it in the can. Ballast Point is very proud of their beer, and for good reason, but you can't cop a six pack for less than 13 or 14 bucks.

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 11,828 ratings.