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:
#254
Reviews:
2,527
Ratings:
14,229
pDev:
9.79%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,525
Gots:
5,961
Trade:
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Ratings: 14,229 |  Reviews: 2,527
Photo of thehooksman
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GPHarris
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a one and a half fingers thick eggshell colored head into a snifter that settles into a thick ring with good sheeting and tremendous lace. the body was a bright amber color.
s - very strong aroma of grapefruit and pine with a hint of some sweet citrus fruits.
t - strong piney bitterness with a hint of spice and some lemon and orange zest. this is all hops with not a lot of balance but it is as good as it gets for an ipa.
m - thin to medium with carbonation that dances on the tongue.
d - excellent beer and a top-notch ipa.

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Photo of Eastender
4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

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

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 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 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

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 14,229 ratings