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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

8,540 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 8,540
Reviews: 1,976
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 886
Gots: 1,335 | FT: 44
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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roostor07

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +2%

05-10-2013 19:52:27 | More by roostor07
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davemathews68

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -15%

10-06-2013 05:37:32 | More by davemathews68
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sfprint

Germany

3.65/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Transparent orangy gold with no rising carbonation and a two finger sudsy head.
S: floral soap on top of a fairly standard light ipa. mild hops and malt.
T: Dirtiness in the hops, like many German beers, floral soap, invisible alcohol, light bitterness/tartness. Very hidden refreshing fruitiness (grapefruit). Good, but I don't see what everyone is raving about.
M: Light to medium body, carbonation has a fluffing effect, slight mouth pucker for bitter/tartness.
O: Decent. A good one but doesn't stand out to me and for the price ($9), I'd much rather have a blind pig or a hop stoopid.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 06:58:56 | More by sfprint
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GreenMountainBoy

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +2%

03-13-2012 15:16:13 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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BigJim5021

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +2%

05-06-2013 03:26:29 | More by BigJim5021
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Ineedabeerhere

Rhode Island

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

Thanks to swnicholson and jamescrames as they have both generously hooked me up with bottles of this.

Pours a dark amber into my bruery-branded tulip with a short white head that quickly fades leaving lots of intricate lacing.

Great aroma of what I think are C-hops. Grapefruit, orange, with a resinous pine background. Tropical Fruits.

Initially a full malt flavor comes forward but with such a great mouthfeel. I was expecting more bitterness and hops up front. But wait? Through the back, comes great hop flavor coating the tongue. Such vibrant hop flavor, keeps you wanting to take another sip.

Very drinkable. A great mouthfeel about this one. At first I was perplexed by how it tasted in the sense that the malt was so present through the front, but then it just grew on me. This will be something I have to get every year now. It's going great with some peppered kettle chips.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 02:01:01 | More by Ineedabeerhere
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beergod1

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +2%

03-31-2013 13:17:17 | More by beergod1
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bschinelli

Illinois

4/5  rDev -9.3%

09-09-2013 15:46:58 | More by bschinelli
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SpAiReArGsEonNE

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +2%

02-01-2014 00:50:16 | More by SpAiReArGsEonNE
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Benesi88

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -15%

11-08-2013 16:22:23 | More by Benesi88
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LarryMyers

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

12-16-2012 01:59:37 | More by LarryMyers
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BrazilianAussie

Brazil

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

01-24-2014 21:36:20 | More by BrazilianAussie
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tmars13

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -9.3%

03-03-2013 17:33:35 | More by tmars13
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Bill235

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

05-09-2013 12:10:29 | More by Bill235
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minterro

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bought for a New Seasons grocery store in Portland, Oregon. Pretty pumped when I saw this one, cause its been on my radar for a while now. No freshness date, but I expect it to be pretty fresh considering the stores location (Hawthone) and this beers popularity. Poured into a snifter.

A&S: Little over a finger of dull yellow semi fizzy head, retains in a thin layer and leaves some speckled lacing. Beer is a hazy cream yellow coloration. Primary citrus in the nose.

T&M: Predominate tropical hoppiness upfront. Powerful orange zest towards the finish. Semi-bitter, dry finish. Crisp carbonation but the medium-ish body cause this beer to be highly drinkable.

Overall: An incredible beer and the price ($2.50 for a single) makes this beer even more appealing. Would highly recommend to anyone, craft beer drinker or not. Wish this beer reached Colorado, this would for sure end up as a go to.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2014 06:27:51 | More by minterro
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Neffbeer

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-14-2011 22:12:01 | More by Neffbeer
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jh1982

Nevada

4/5  rDev -9.3%

11-14-2011 13:11:16 | More by jh1982
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jeffthepony

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +2%

01-27-2014 05:36:09 | More by jeffthepony
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pwoody11

Delaware

4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Damn thats a scary looking fish.

From notes:
Purchased at Pinocchio's in Media, PA.

Pours an Orange-Gold with a nice frothy white head. I can smell the hop aroma almost immediately. A closer sniff brings notes of various tropical fruit. Grapefruit and Mango. Grassy and Piney. Hops all around. I'm tempted to snort the beer it smells so good.

Taste is not quite as pleasant as the nose, but very similar. Hops, Hops, and more Hops. Surprisingly it's not quite a palate destroyer like I thought it would be. Slight malt backbone, but barely noticeable. Not a bad thing though as I said the hops aren't kicking my ass.

Nice smooth beer. Glad I have access to it out here.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 00:21:39 | More by pwoody11
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BierJager89

California

4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful translucent amber with an offwhite head.

S: Tons of tropical fruit, mango, papaya, pineapple, maybe passionfruit in the nose.

T: Dry, nice malt undertone, spicy citrus, floral, some tropical fruit in the finish.

M: Medium bodied, just the right amount of carbonation for an IPA.

O: An excellent IPA, made by brewers with excellent taste in hops. Great from a can, best when poured from a bottle (or maybe a fresh can).

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 17:07:39 | More by BierJager89
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Rau71

California

4/5  rDev -9.3%

01-08-2013 22:13:37 | More by Rau71
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Zonian1

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

12-22-2013 16:36:03 | More by Zonian1
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scootercrabb

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2%

09-04-2013 13:30:53 | More by scootercrabb
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MNPikey

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

06-09-2013 03:50:54 | More by MNPikey
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Dave1999

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pored orange with a really thin white head. Left some lacing on the glass.

The smell was of citrus hops, lemon and grapefruit.

The taste had pine needles and citrus fruits mainly lemon.

It was smooth with some carbonation very refreshing.

Overall a good IPA there's others I prefer though and at a lower price.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2012 18:20:28 | More by Dave1999
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 8,540 ratings.