Sculpin IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
ballastpoint.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Originally named Northstar IPA. Debuted in 2005.

Added by brentk56 on 04-02-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#448
Reviews:
2,548
Ratings:
14,312
pDev:
9.82%
 
 
Wants:
1,534
Gots:
6,037
Trade:
41
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Ratings: 14,312 |  Reviews: 2,548
Photo of Heroman
3.22/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Definitely was expecting something a bit... more. It was a fine beer, sure, but it was absolutely mediocre. An average IPA that is worth spending money on, but not more than you'd pay at a grocery store.

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Photo of OhioKevin4
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of J10Murphy
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BCB76
4.02/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chebode2
4.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 12ozfan
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Carmack
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of moxo26
4.69/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bubbler
4.19/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of antihero404
3.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beer_Rabbit66
3.66/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RomanIPAFreak
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SauceMcSauce
4.77/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kaitjs7
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of santig0nzalez
4.14/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jyoung538
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JohnDon
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cramshawbar
3.2/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Has to be one of the biggest disappointments of the year for me. I was quite excited, as I love the style, the ratings are high and this is the first time I saw this sold in Toronto.
The nose is decent, but man the taste isn't. Way too bitter (and this bitterness overwhelms any other possible flavour within), with lingering effects that also include an uncomfortable film in the back of your throat.
I bought a six pack and I will finish but...A real bummer, this one.

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Photo of draegerjosh
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of VanessaM888
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I like I like

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Photo of Z-man
3.93/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of willcull78
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

At $2.64 per 12 oz bottle I had expected a very good product and it was very good; however, was it exceptional for the value? It certainly was flavorful; however, it was not hoppy like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, which I do like. (Not associated.) It had very good taste, a very good feel and smell but that extra hoppiness that one expects with a craft brewed IPA just was not there. It was certainly worth buying to try and I may even buy some more in the future but I think I'll have to wait for it to be on sale.

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Photo of DannyBigs
1.36/5  rDev -68.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Used to be good. Sold out. Cranking them out ad nauseum. Now just a shelf turd, 15 months after bottle date.

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Photo of Jakedrumz
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mctr234
4.07/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 14,312 ratings