Sculpin IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA
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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:
#257
Reviews:
2,524
Ratings:
14,204
pDev:
9.79%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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1,521
Gots:
5,936
Trade:
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Photo of NRMeadmore
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Vader444
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Radome
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from a 12 oz bottle bought in Oxnard, CA.

L - Hazy but bright with a golden-orange color; it almost looks like a witbier. Head is off-white in color and not very impressive in initial size or persistence.

S - Aromas of huge citrus (mostly grapefruit) and tropical fruits to a lesser extent. There is a nice cracked grain note and some bready malt in the background.

T - Sharp, almost sour, hops flavors hit initially, with lots of grapefruit juice character. These same sharp citrus flavors stretch through the mid-palate and into the finish and aftertaste. Along the way there is just a bit of grainy malt.

F - Medium body. Low to moderate carbonation. Very strong, bracing bitterness from the hops. Low alcohol warmth. Dry finish.

0 - I find this a nice West Coast IPA, but in my opinion it is a bit one-dimensional with the grapefruit-character hops and little else. Not a lot of malt to offset, or any kind of depth of flavor.

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Photo of Eagleyes
4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jt_thomas18
4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nreeko64
4.79/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

this is my favorite IPA so far it smells like hops are right in your face, super clear and taste is fantastic.

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Photo of ronniebruner
3.08/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Luckydog91
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jotora
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Matuhg
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ICTguy21
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of southaway
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AlexBrews
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jjholmes
3.05/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

What happened to this beer? Over the past few months, I've had several Sculpins that were less than 6 weeks in the bottle, and they all lacked the intensity and punch that I associate with Sculpin back in the day. I don't want to sound like a conspiracy theorist or some old fart who drones on about how "they don't make 'em like they used to", but unless my tastes have changed dramatically in the past couple of years, someone has watered down the recipe for this beer. It's not terrible by any stretch. It's just ... underwhelming.

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Photo of dukeandduke
4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2/17/18: 16 oz draft pour into Flamingo plastic cup in their poker room. Mild carbonation, blond pour, minimal white lacing. Pine citrus aroma, taste consistent with aroma, heavy bitterness, very pleasant. Nice firm mouth feel, medium body, fizzy carbonation holds. Overall very good IPA.

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Photo of mcinverness
3.77/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IPAQuester
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kds2437
4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JoeyJellico
4.13/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jmbranum
4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a glass at the Amtrak Legacy Club in the Chicago Union Station (by the way--- getting priority boarding, a nice place to hang out, wifi, free snacks, soft drinks, and a happy hour with decent craft beers and ok wines is pretty awesome)

The beer pours a pretty hazy honey colored beer, with a golden hue. White head.

Intense aroma, spot on for an IPA. Some citrus and sprucy notes. Slight bit of spices. Balanced dry-maltyness.

Just a good IPA. So much better balanced that many I've had lately. This one is worth looking for.

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Photo of stewartea
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jripley97
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CScott12
4.16/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bsager1
3.89/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KingQuinn
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 14,204 ratings