Sculpin IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA
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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA
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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:
#440
Reviews:
2,545
Ratings:
14,290
pDev:
9.82%
 
 
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1,531
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6,008
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Ratings: 14,290 |  Reviews: 2,545
Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: huge white head, nice clean look
S: citrus! Love my ipas with citrus vs. pine
T: like the smell, very citrus forward. Gets some bitterness from the hops, but it doesn't finish dry which is what I look for in my ipas
F: easy drinking and doesn't have a dry finish.
O: a great ipa, and it's available year- round

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Photo of jcbogantes
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RyanK252
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Buffalo Wild Wings

A: Pours deep gold with a frothy off white head that laces very well.

S: Citrus and tropical fruit hops, a touch of pine, with a little malt sweetness.

T: Big hop hit, grapefruit sticks out, some pine, then the tropical fruit comes out, especially as it warms with pineapple and mango notes, all backed with a nice caramel malt sweetness.

M: A bit on the heavier side of medium body, with moderate carbonation, very smooth.

O: Perhaps not my favorite big IPA, and a bit too pricey in bottles, but still a very well done brew that's earned it status as a classic.

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Photo of Buck_Jones
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MikeGannon1985
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AW311
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ajmitch4
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a friend, Mr. Atwill from Maryland, for sending this to Colorado for me to try. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a yellow-golden color, fairly cloudy and a firm white head.

Smells of very piney hops with a hint of citrus hiding in there. Struggling through the end of a cold right now so I know I'm missing out on more here.

Hop BOMB. Very good presence of piney and grapefruit/citrus hops. Incredibly drinkable for the alcohol and IBUs. Not necessarily a palate-wrecker...it's so smooth going down and the bitterness doesn't linger, only making you need another taste. Balances well with the malt.

Medium-bodied and very smooth. Perfect amount of carbonation.

After the first taste I was thinking this ought to be considered a double or imperial. Regardless, a very solid American IPA from Ballast Point. I'm glad I finally got to try this brew, and it was well worth the wait. Hopefully distro can be sorted out and it will make it to CO soon.

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Photo of DamienArk
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ScClem
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vonSchulze
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TKaten
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JohnnyI
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sculpin has a pleasant honey color with a surprising degree of clarity. A bit lighter and brighter than I expected. Quite a vivacious brew. So much so that I had to pour the can in to an IPA glass in stages, to prevent the foam from spilling over the top. The dense, white frothy head stood at least 3 fingers tall, cresting over the top of the glass by a good margin. Great soapy retention that lingered while gradually revealing pretty lacing. Big sweet citrus hops in the nose. As soon as the can popped open there was a burst of perfume fragrance. A subtle pine cone aroma underlies the zesty citrus. The flavors marry lightly toasted malts with a potent hop character. Despite the enormous hop profile, the bitterness is restrained. They're more of the tropical mango variety with a sweet grapefruit zest. There's a little alcohol warmth, without being distracting. A surprisingly clean finish with only some enduring tropical hop flavor. With a medium mouthfeel and corresponding carbonation this is quite easy to drink. That came as a bit of a surprise given the ABV and bold hop qualities. This is a well-balanced IPA that highlights hops in such a fashion as to give them center stage, but without overwhelming the senses. Big and balanced. I tend to prefer more pine and relish the intense hop bitterness, but this stands out to me for its supreme drinkability. This is an IPA that is accessible to both hop heads and neophytes alike.

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Photo of shopk
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lic217
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jwwjd
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ToddSoonerFan
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SpecialPatrolGroup
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a six pack of cans because of the buzz I've heard about it. Yes they had bottles but I'm a sucker for a can of beer. Smells really clean and floral and so smooth. Not overly bitter and I think rather than trying to pack as much hops into the can as they could, Ballast was more focused on creating a solid drinkable IPA. Mission accomplished. At 7% it may not be a great session beer (unless you're Irish like me) but one or two is good for circulation

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Photo of ThePizzle2015
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brett-drinks-beer
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite year round IPAs.

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Photo of taem
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Seoulcraft
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One of the best IPAs I've ever had!

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Photo of Wandreotta
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Trinidad_760
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brewsky29
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear pale orange with no head and no lacing through out.

Smell is hoppy, pine resin, and nice perfume like just wonderful, best part.

Taste is flowery hoppiness with slight citrus rinds and a dry finish with a pinch of malt in there.

This beer makes your mouth tingle with all of the hops, but dries quickly and leaves a bitterness for days.

Overall I love this beer a great IPA wonderful aroma and great flavors, but at $60 a case its not an everyday kind of beer.

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Photo of majorbase2
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light orange color with lots of carbonation bubbles. A good sized white foam head, with decent retention.

Aroma leads with a good deal of hops, citrus, and pine. Nicely balanced.

Taste starts with a little bit of citrus and some strong toasted malts. Grapefruit, with a little bit of peaches and pineapple. Hint of caramel. Relatively bitter, but it works well with the citrus and malts. The citrus stays on the tongue for the aftertaste. One of the best tasting beers I've ever had.

Mouthfeel is medium. A little bit sticky. Still very crisp and refreshing. I could knock back a lot of these.

Overall, I've heard a lot of good things about Sculpin. Even still it exceeded expectations. I've had a few from Ballast Point prior to this that didn't wow me, but this one is one of my new favorites.

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 14,290 ratings