Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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11,832 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,832
Reviews: 2,442
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 1,302
Gots: 3,676 | 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: 11,832 | Reviews: 2,442
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.

Photo of Cylinsier
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can

Pours a clear golden color with a coarse two inch head, dissipates very slowly to a lacing.

Smells of honey, buttered bread, grapefruit, and pine.

The taste is of honey and bready malt with a maple hop followed by hints of strawberry, passion fruit, and orange citrus. Finished with a piney bitterness.

Medium body with tingly carbonation on the tongue.

An exceptionally good IPA that does everything right. Drinks very easy and smooth. Deserves to be in the pantheon of great American IPAs. If anything could stand improvement, its the mouthfeel which is every so slightly thin for what the beer is. Otherwise, top notch.

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

If you like IPA you like this.... The Iconic IPA.. not much better than this...

Photo of elgato31
3.44/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Like this IPA. very smooth

Photo of SensorySupernova
4.67/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear dark gold with an off-white head that eventually faded, leaving little lacing.

Smell: Pretty strong citrus and floral hops.

Taste: Moderate-to-strong hop bitterness up front, into a dry malt backbone. A little alcohol sweetness at the very end, and lingering hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Middle of the road thickness and carbonation.

Overall: Solid IPA. Good bitterness, but not over the top, and plenty of aroma.

Photo of THoff94
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very good IPA. Hits all the right tasting notes.

Photo of exposd
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great west coast IPA from Ballast Point Brewery, but I spoiled myself by tasting the grapefruit and habanero versions of this beer before trying the original. Lots of hops and bitter citrus ofruit on this one. Nice light amber color poured into a pint glass with great head and heavy lacing. This is an amazing brew, but for me with the added grapefruit or spicy heat to the special variants, they are both favorite flavors of mine already so it makes it hard to ever get around to drinking the original.

Photo of Safa1
4.89/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I went in thinking that this has got to be over rated. It is not. It's a great beer. One of the best beers I have ever had. The problem is that it is always 7.99 and that is a lot. Port brewing is almost as good and nowhere near as much money.

Photo of W_Des
4.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Solid IPA that's widely available. Nice citrusy hoppy nose with a crisp body and lingering bitter finish.

Photo of satagajr
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Out of a bottle on 6-1-15.

Smooth and hoppy with a sweet, fruity finish.

Very tasty

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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