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Sculpin IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA
BA SCORE
4.39/5
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13,968 Ratings
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:
#247
Reviews:
2,497
Ratings:
13,968
pDev:
9.79%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,503
Gots:
5,803
Trade:
43
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Ratings: 13,968 |  Reviews: 2,497
Photo of DoesntMatter46
4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured out of a 22 oz bottle into a half liter stein, and kept topping it off. Looks very yellow color and a clean white head. Looks like it could be a plisner- almost.

Smells of citrus, piney, hoppy goodness all over the place.

Grapefruit, unripe mango, and not quite as bitter as I first thought it would be. Still quite bitter, but it seems like the bulk of the hops were added later in the brewing, so you really get more flavor out of the hops rather than in your face bitterness. And has a very great after taste- still very reminiscent of grapefruit. Over all not very balanced, but that's what I expect in an IPA out of San Diego.

Feels well carbonated and not very viscousy, also somewhat oily feeling from all the hops, but it helps keep those flavors on the tongue longer.

A great beer that I could easily sit and drink most of the night. Bitter, but not to the point of insanity, just the perfect backdrop for showing off the hoppy flavor.

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Photo of jgallagher3
4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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

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

Photo of Xul
4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a clear, pale orange, capped by a frothy two finger eggshell colored head. Retention is good and leaves lacing down the glass.

S: Fresh Sculpin is one of the most beautiful smells I can think of. Tons of juicy fruits - orange, grapefruit, mango, some apricot, a bit of lemon zest - along with strong pine notes. A touch of malty sweetness shows through every once in a while but it's quickly replaced by more hops.

T: The tropical fruit notes aren't quite as dominant as they were in the nose, with a strong pine taste coming through right away. The fruits and pine trade control for most of the way through the mouth with the fruit taking on a slightly sweet character at times. Finishes with piney and grassy hops.

M: Body is a bit heavier than medium, with moderate carbonation. Very, very smooth.

D: The ABV is pretty much invisible, this drinks far too easy for such a hoppy beer.

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

Poured from can into tulip glass. Very nice golden color. Good 1-1.5" head. Awesome smell. A citrus, hoppy, piney smell. Get a hint of grapefruit. Tastes just like how it smells. Delicious. Great feeling in the mouth. Not a long lasting or overly bitter aftertaste. Nice carbonation. This is near the top of my list. Great beer.

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Photo of BigRed10
4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

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

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

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

Photo of ExpandingFlan
4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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

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

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: One of the best looking IPA's I have ever seen. Orange, straw with a slight golden hint. Lots of visible carbonation. Tons of lacing.

S: Hops, hops, hops. Grapefruit, citrus and a slight bit of pineapple.

T: Amazing just like the smell. Grapefruit, citrus, a bit of dank pine, slight grassy earthy notes and a phenomenal pineapple finish (zythos hops?).

M: Medium bodied, perfect level of carbonation for an AIPA.

O: One of the top 5 AIPA's I've ever tried. Just phenomenal. It's hard to get Ballast Point here in NY for a reasonable price (usually $15-$16 a 6 without liquor tax), but when I get the chance it is quite the treat. Every beer I've ever had from them is in the upper tiers of craft brew. Must try.

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

Photo of JohnnyR305
4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

100th Review!

Appearance -- Pours a pale orange, just slightly hazy, with two fingers of stiff, lily-white head.

Smell -- VERY aromatic. Bright tropical fruit aromas, tangerine, some grassiness and bready malt.

Taste -- The tropical fruity hop notes are immediately apparent, along with mild caramel malt sweetness. As the caramel makes way for the drier, bready malt flavors the tropical fruitiness fades into grassy notes and firm hop bitterness. Finish is crisp and exceptionally clean with little lingering flavor.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body with the perfect amount of prickly carbonation that finishes smooth and crisp.

Drinkability -- Starts fruity and caramelized, finishes dry and bitter: the best of both worlds in one sip. When an opportunity arises to drink a top-rated beer I do my best to stay critical and not get wrapped up in the hype. This beer, however, rightfully deserves all of the accolades it has been bestowed. World-class!

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Photo of fearthebeerd
4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of martinATX
4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of infi
4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

California dreamin' Sculpin IPA. 2009 bottle.

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance is a beautiful golden orange color that looks to be nicely carbonated. A thin ring of white bubbly head sits atop the beer nicely and lays some graceful sheets of lacing throughout the drink. The aroma is phenomenal. Passion fruit is everywhere - mostly mango being the heaviest scent. There's also some fresh grapefruit citrus, honey, small amounts of pine, candied oranges and some subtle spice. Total package in aromas for an IPA, it's so inviting just by nose alone.

Yeah, this totally met my expectations for a beer on the top 15. Incredibly fresh and citrus-oriented with the fruits just bursting onto the palate. Mild malt sweetness is found towards the middle of the profile and ends on a sublime hoppy bitterness, which is very subtle and not cutting at all. Can't say much more about the taste. It's very straight-forward and wonderfully delicious.

Sculpin is actually very smooth drinking and not as crisp as I originally thought it would be by looks alone. Light-bodied and moderately carbonated, it has a nice silky and oily feel on the mouth with some bubbly presence. The drinkability is amazing, I can definitely have a whole bomber to myself. My first glass was finished in a span of ten minutes - too delicious to let be alone - and giving me quite a nice buzz. A perfect IPA overall.

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

Delicious and light. Many citrus notes. Sneaky ABV

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Photo of Intelligentsia
4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-oz. bottle.

Upon opening the smell of hops, apricots, mangoes, citrus eminates. Wonderful smelling beer. Poured into a glass, this beer left behind some seriously thick lacing with a two finger head that receded slowly. A bit stuck around, white in color. The beer poured a light bronze color.

Massive citrus, apricots, mangoes, tropical fruits on the nose. Perhaps the best smelling beer I've come across. Even the empty bottle smelled great.

The taste isn't subtle -- big fruit flavors familiar to the nose and fresh hops. More complex than the average Ballast Point. Not very well balanced until it warms. Big hop bitterness on the end. Absolutely sublime taste.

Medium carbonation and a 7% a.b.v. make this seem drinkable until you realize it obliterates your taste buds.

Honestly, one hell of a brew. Looking forward to it becoming a year-round release.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of JoeMayo
4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I think I have a new favorite IPA

A- Pours a yellow/golden color with a cream-colored head. Relatively clear with pretty good head retention.

S- Wow! Very fruity and very citrusy. Pungent grapefruit aroma hits the nose. Aromas of both grapefruit pulp and zest along with other sweet fruits. Mango is easily detected and balanced by the mild astringencies of pine and resin.

T- Well-balanced. Very fruity but just enough pine/bitterness to round everything out. This really is phenominal. Moderate sweetness with strong notes of grapefruit and mango. Citrus, namely lemon, can be detected in the background.

M- Crisp, clean, and juicy.

D- Very smooth, very refreshing, very drinkable.

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 13,968 ratings
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