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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

8,961 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 8,961
Reviews: 2,002
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 922
Gots: 1,558 | FT: 50
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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NCSUdo

Massachusetts

4.8/5  rDev +8.8%

22 oz bottle

A: Clear copper body under a medium white head. Nice lace and retention.

S: Very nice hop aroma. Rind, grapefruit, a bit of pine with a hint of a malt in the back ground. Very well done.

T: Nice taste all around. Hops are tangy, grapefruit, bit of orange and lemon. Bitterness is medium to high, but never over powering. Nice sweetness from the malt. A certain earthiness to the hop character rounds out a very well done taste profile.

M/D: Medium bodied, very slick/oily, light carbonation, body just slides over the tongue. Drinkability is very good for this one. Incredible beer offering a ton of taste but never overpowering.

03-12-2009 00:25:54 | More by NCSUdo
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EasyReader

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2%

12-20-2011 04:13:25 | More by EasyReader
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beerman999999

New York

5/5  rDev +13.4%

12-17-2011 04:32:34 | More by beerman999999
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abcramer

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2%

02-05-2013 04:09:38 | More by abcramer
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zenithberwyn

California

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

02-23-2014 22:29:06 | More by zenithberwyn
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Pintofbrown

Iowa

4.14/5  rDev -6.1%

Had in a shaker pint.

I like the look of this orange-y, copper colored beer. Just a thin line of bright white foam for a lid. It looks the sunny southern California part.

Extremely aromatic, there is a slightly boozy ester aroma backed up with some orange and grapefruit.

The palate happily does away with the boozy esters and
leaves behind the orange and grapefruit flavors. They are a little muted by the addition of a cracker malt flavor and some resin as the drink progresses. That cannot be helped however, this thing is BITTER!

The body is on the light side, but it has substantial creaminess, as opposed to erring on the side of bubbly, much appreciated.

This IPA has a wonderful citrus twist and an enormously bitter hop bite. Combine this with great aromatics, I'd say you have a case of a well made and delicious west-coast IPA.

11-15-2013 08:07:50 | More by Pintofbrown
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kornkid8600

California

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

12-08-2011 07:19:17 | More by kornkid8600
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TicoCali

California

5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-15-2011 05:56:15 | More by TicoCali
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ohtheguilt

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

03-15-2012 04:19:22 | More by ohtheguilt
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roostor07

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +2%

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

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

12-07-2013 03:18:03 | More by moarmare
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beermanbrian

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +6.6%

Fresh growler from Brass Rail.

Golden color with a big creamy soap bubble head. Head sticks to the glass like glue and does not go away. Color is a little lighter than expected but there is nothing wrong with that.

Smell is a blast of citrus and pipe. Slips into grapefruit range, which is my favorite flavor in an IPA. Smell has me looking forward to that first sip.

First taste doesn't disappoint. Citrus up front and then it slips into oily pine. Very good.

This is one of those few beers that's been able to live up expectations lately. This one didn't let me down and has me looking forward to the full growler.

11-06-2010 20:15:11 | More by beermanbrian
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DrinkingDrake

Massachusetts

4.8/5  rDev +8.8%

Pours a golden hazy amber. With a think bubbly head.

the nose is full of mild fruits. peach/mango/mandarin mainly dominates the whole nose.some caramel backing.

very smooth with a slight hop punch up front that blends perfectly to some mango/peach flavors. Finishes with citrus hops flavor that blends into a nice earthy tone. These hops are very pronounced but very subtle. It's almost like it has been lagered.

It is hard to decide but I think I like the aftertaste better than the initial. The hops are so pungent but perfectly balanced.

12-24-2010 20:12:10 | More by DrinkingDrake
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

4.8/5  rDev +8.8%

Poured into snifter. Amazing aroma of citrusy piney juiciness. One of those ipa's that you really don't even need to drink... Just smell. Borderline double ipa,has as much flavor as one. Biting bitterness with great citrus taste. I could go on and on. Just spectacular, bottom line.

08-29-2010 21:57:27 | More by KickbacksSteve
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BierJager89

California

4.55/5  rDev +3.2%

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).

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

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

03-25-2012 21:37:21 | More by tripledbrew
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hellhammermario

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

06-27-2013 10:00:15 | More by hellhammermario
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Benesi88

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -15%

11-08-2013 16:22:23 | More by Benesi88
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Raziel313

California

3.25/5  rDev -26.3%

08-06-2014 23:01:06 | More by Raziel313
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BigJim5021

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +2%

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

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +2%

03-02-2013 22:27:40 | More by Cubatobaco
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twowheelssoar

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2%

11-15-2011 14:55:59 | More by twowheelssoar
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KiMiRaiK

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

01-28-2013 04:10:09 | More by KiMiRaiK
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MPSTARR

Florida

5/5  rDev +13.4%

04-28-2013 22:46:02 | More by MPSTARR
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Denzo

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2%

10-23-2013 22:05:21 | More by Denzo
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 8,961 ratings.