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:
#253
Reviews:
2,526
Ratings:
14,225
pDev:
9.79%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 14,225 |  Reviews: 2,526
Photo of lic217
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jwwjd
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ToddSoonerFan
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SpecialPatrolGroup
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
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 +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brett-drinks-beer
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
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 +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Seoulcraft
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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 +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brewsky29
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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
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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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Photo of muchloveforhops3
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of g4670
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DerAtomsmasher
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mastergintoki
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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can
L: nice color kind of copperish, head subsided rather quickly
S: sweet. Hoppy, floral and citrusy. Has a bitter smell
T: it has bitterness but the sweetness that acvompanies it is great.. Some grapefruit peel.t. very balanced ipa
F: its very easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel
O: Very nice IPA. I prefer their habanero and grapefruit sculpin but its one of my fave ipa

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Photo of HoppyBastard
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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, there is no "best by" date that I can find.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear, copper color with one-finger white head, excellent retention, the head slowly settled until a thin, unbroken layer of small bubbles remained, there is significant lacing on the glass, higher than average carbonation, this is a beautiful looking beer to be sure.

SMELL: bread, flowery with some grapefruit citrus and pine.

TASTE: initially sweet bread and then grapefruit citrus and some pine, the citrus and hops are understated and the sweet malt is more pronounced, the end result is a wonderfully balanced IPA.

PALATE: medium body and higher than average carbonation.

OVERALL: I have been hearing about this beer for years and for the first time it is available in my area, sometimes I have high expectations and get disappointed.....not today, this beer is beautiful to look at and wonderfully balanced, I will buy this again and will recommend to everyone I know, my only gripe is that it cost $15.99 for a six pack, this beer should not cost more than $9.99, this would be my new "go to" if the price point were more favorable.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joe1510
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber

Received this in a great box courtesy of errantnight, thanks again Derek! Oh, wow! As soon as I cracked this open I took whiff and I can tell I'm going to be in for a treat but before I get to the nose let me explain the pour. Sculpin empties the bomber a moderately hazed golden with bursts of carbonation screaming to the surface. The clean white head grew to two + fingers on the pour and eventually fell to one finger's worth of dense creaminess.

Now, what first caught my attention and has been on my mind ever since popping the top, the wonderful nose. There's a small pale maltiness coming through way, way in back. The good stuff you ask? Huge notes of apricot, tangerine, and a big freshly broken pine needle hoppiness throughout. Ballast Point did an unbelievable job with the hop additions. It's reminiscent of the hopping I find in Dreadnaught and blows my mind that a brewer can get such vivid, delicious aromas from the little cones.

The flavor doesn't quite live up to the nose but that would be near impossible. The taste is softer than expected with a dominant apricot hoppiness upfront followed by the pinyness on the finish. A little sweet in the middle but damn, that apricot is vivid and delicious. This really is a great IPA.

The mouthfeel is spot on. Solid carbonation awakens the tongue for the moderate bitterness present from mid-palate to the finish. The body is medium but the carbonation helps it glide through without a problem.

I wouldn't have a problem drinking this beer all night. If Sculpin was available in my area it would be purchased by the forklift and drank just as quickly.

Ballast Point hit a homerun with Sculpin. This is a really great IPA with a hop profile that is very rarely found except in the most delicious of the style. Ballast Point makes some great beers and this may be the best I've tried from them yet. A new favorite!

Reviewed: 4/19/08

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Photo of 1sophrosyne1
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an IPA glass and enjoyed over 20 minutes; bottle with a cryptic stamp on the label that suggests bottling within three weeks of consumption--but not sure.

It's a lively, bright amber with superb clarity. The head was large and airy, but thick enough to linger and hold a lovely palette of aromas. Fairly good retention and lacing, too.

The nose is full of pineapple and orange with some pithy grapefruit that folds into dank notes. But that funk isn't heavy--it's like a cool mist hanging in a hemlock forest with plenty of breeze. There's a toasty noted of buttered muffin, too--delicate and compelling.

Flavors are bright and light to begin each sip. It's sweet with grapefruit, and a woody chew comes in rather quickly, with an orangey glaze. I'd like a touch more depth and bitterness, but the length of grassy and slick hop oils is very nice. Booze is apparent, even at just 7%. A bit more malt and earth complexity comes in with warming.

Moderate carbonation is right on for balancing this brew. It's both creamy and bright with nice length. The way it coats the teeth feels good. Just a bit more heft would be perfection to match this taste profile.

Overall, I am really pleased with this creature. It's a major step up from Big Eye, and for something that's available year round, a real standout. I'll certainly be looking to try it on tap if I can find it--since I might expect a more spicy experience that could be a treat with whatever food I was out to get at the same time.

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Photo of Ctb6582
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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JohnIrving
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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on 10/27 from a can in to a snifter. Canning date was 7/24, so this brew was a little over 3 months old.

Pours an orange color with a white 1 finger head. Lots of citrus and pine aroma, which matches the taste. They weren't going for balance here, this is meant to be a bitter flavor explosion but without going overboard. Lingering hop bitterness. Big mouthfeel for an IPA, perfectly carbonated. I absolutely loved it, and wish it was available in the Utah distro area.

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Photo of Quesophresco
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 14,225 ratings