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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

10,668 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 10,668
Reviews: 2,184
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 1,096
Gots: 2,571 | 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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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

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

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

No bottle date. In my area, I often found Sculpin with older bottle dates.
This was just new into TJ's so I thought I would give it another try.

Pours a orange-red color in a Spiegalgau glass with a 3F head.

The aroma is not intense, but good citrus( more orange than grapefruit) and a bit sweet.

Very carbonated, and a good hoppy bitterness.

The taste is very west coast- I have tasted this style of brew before- hoppy,
citrus, and a clean finish.

However, it's not distinctive. I like the Stone IPAs much better- and the Port Brewing IPAs- they have a distinctive character.

Excellent brew- but not a standout.

Photo of IpaBeerDrinkers
4.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mandudeson
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cfalls
4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thick head with pretty good retention. The hop flavors tend toward a nice grapefruit bitterness. Smells great.

For me, this beer just has too thick of a maltiness to it. I prefer IPAs with a lighter body. Also, the hop flavors don't taste quite as fresh to me as most beers rated this highly. Still one of my go-to's.

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.01/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good looking beer, poured somewhere between yellow and orange, not clear but not quite hazy. Decent head that dissipated rather quickly. The smell is awesome, I am getting some citrus jumping out at me and then you pick up some pine and malts behind that and I swear what seems like caramel in there faint. Wonderful mix. The taste left me somewhat disappointed, it was good but not great to me. The bitter comes in to fast and lingers way to much on the back of the tongue without the wonderful splash of flavor in the great IPAs. Had Heady and Sip of Sunshine recently and this one was not close. Possible that it was an old bottle so I will revisit sometime to see if I do not still find it overrated.

Photo of Weaselbob74
4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Bcraw8989
4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of swanfungus
4.19/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dutesanch
4.02/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DanG3
3.98/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sakeldon
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of deakin
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Brevbin
4.76/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 10,668 ratings.