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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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9,306 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,306
Reviews: 2,030
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 955
Gots: 1,717 | 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:
Originally named Northstar IPA. Debuted in 2005.

(Beer added by: brentk56 on 04-02-2006)
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Photo of Lunch
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 22oz. bottle acquired in a trade from jlindros (Thanks man!) into my Brooklyn snifter at the appropriate temperature.

A: Pours light glowing gold with a creamy one finger off-white head with decent retention and some spotty lacing.

S: Nice scent of citrus, tropical and bitter hops combined with a subtle biscuity malt. I can detect some grapefruit, mango, apricot, and tangerine as well.

T: The hops hit the palate first containing flavors of citrus, tropical fruit, and just a faint hint pine. The flavors really develope as it warms leaving layers of grapefruit, mango, apricot, tangerine, lemon, and orange peel. There is a pleasant bitterness up from followed by a biscuity malt and finished again with lingering bitterness that is in no way harsh.

M: lighter-bodied with creamy moderate carbonation and no trace whatsoever of the 7% abv. A little lighter than I was expecting.

D: Incredibly drinkable as the bitterness is never harsh and the flavors are full yet never over powering. If this were available locally, I would certainly drink my fair share.

Overall this was an exceptional west coast American IPA that pretty much lives up to its hype. I'm glad that I have another in the fridge from another trade and look forward to drinking it soon. Thanks again Jared! Recommended.

Lunch, Dec 22, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

tpauer, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent IPA. I finally got my hands on some. I can't believe how hard this is for me to get when I live an hour from the brewery.

Appearance is an orangish cloudy color. Not much head formed at all. There is a ring and slight lace.

Aroma is of pineapple, pine, citrus. Not a ton of aroma like pliney but pretty good.

Taste is great. One of the better IPA's. Pliney is still my fav but this one is still very good. Glad I still have another bottle left.

Mouthfeel is great. On higher end of carb for style but good.

Overall a very good beer. Go get it

PeprSprYoFace, Feb 23, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Brushkanna, Jul 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Bdel34, Jan 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

nheinzie57, Aug 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -15%

wolf_switzer, Aug 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

Westyn, Feb 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

teamwiggum, Dec 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Beerswag, Feb 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Adkins1203, Feb 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

KG710, Jun 22, 2014
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4.71/5  rDev +6.8%

rkarimi, Sep 05, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

brentblack1, Sep 02, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

MPSTARR, Apr 28, 2013
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

bsm80x, Sep 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

aoampm, Jun 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

assman79, May 20, 2013
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4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked this up at work yesterday as soon as I figured out that we had it in.
Poured into my Sam Adams glass

Appearance- golden amber color, great head, wonderful lacing

Smell- beautiful, fruity hop aroma

Taste- hops, delicious

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- This one was awesome. I loved it. It was so delicious.

jeffjeff1, Jun 22, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

greg4579, Jun 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

roostor07, May 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

anticipation23, Jun 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

costanzo_mike, Aug 08, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Duvel tulip.

I broke my own personal rule of not buying undated IPAs with this one because I've had and enjoyed it in the past and, more importantly, the fact that it flies off the shelves here, so I know this bottle was fresh.

Pine and grapefruit dominate the aroma and flavor. Sculpin has about as much bitterness as I can handle in a single IPA. It's extremely drinkable and if the rumor about 6 packs is true, I'll purchase them regularly.

chcfan, Mar 25, 2010
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 9,306 ratings.