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Sculpin IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA
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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States

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

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Ratings: 14,016 |  Reviews: 2,502
Photo of fitzy84
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bought a bottle at a local liquor store. This beer poured with a yellowish-gold appearance, though I noticed a little amber when I brought it up to the light. Also, the beer had a mushy, medium-sized head with patchy lacing on the side. Very rich aromas mixed with citrus flavors, like grapefruit, and plant tastes like pine and herbs. These aromas were quite good in the sense that were balanced: nothing too strong, but very noticeable. Good taste of citrus, like lemon and orange, as well as malts and hops. Loved that lingering bitterness that came with every sip. Great, crisp mouthfeel that makes this beer refreshing, while not being a watered down drink. Overall, this was one heck of an IPA!

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Photo of andys_war_hall
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Thin golden color, with a thick rocky white head.

S: Lots of citrus, and pine in the smell.

T: Taste follows the nose well. Lots of citrus, and pine. Slightly resinous up front, and lots of grapefruit following that.

M: The mouthfeel is very smooth, and perfectly carbonated.

O: Overall this is one of my top three IPAs. The others being Lost Gold, and Blind Pig.

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Photo of GinjaSlice
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of mrfushiman
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of screamking
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into snifter.

Appearance-pours medium orange with a 1 finger white head, not much lacing but some. 3.75

Aroma-grapefruit and orange dominate the early smell. Followed by a earthy pine that adds a little more depth. Dried apricot is in there as well. 4.25

Taste-The taste follows the aroma exactly. Two grapefruits battling in your mouth, first is sweet the other is bitter. Then comes the outdoors, pine and honeysuckle. Lots of orange in there as well. Great even taste. 4.5

Feel-light to medium body, very easy to drink, nice carbonation. 4.5

Overall-Surprised, yes I am. Didn't quite expect this beer to be this good. Very well balanced and drinkable as hell. Surprised that this is a 7% abv beer, yes. I would put this beer up there with the doubles that get all the hype. 4.5

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Photo of Jefe76
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of 4truth
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dstc
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy copper with a thick white head. Head falls very slow. Thick, clinging lace.

Aroma is all floral hop awesomeness. Getting a bit of an herbal flavor and hints of pine needles.

Taste is of strong hop and flowers. Very bitter but with a slight sweetness. Great stuff.

Medium bodied and very biting. Oily mouthfeel.

Good stuff. Awesome IPA.

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Photo of Jesse13713
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%

A huge thanks to Madvermin for sending this beer in a trade!

Appearance - A huge full three fingers of head presents itself immediately and drowns a beer filled with cloudy orange and yellow hues. Slight shrouded; yet has shadow-like transparency. Appears low carbonated and reminds me of what a goldfish looks like.

Smell - Definitely a strong hop presence here. Lemon and orange citrus notes linger quite heavily in the nose. Heavy pine characteristics as well.

Taste - A very crisp ipa with consistent lemon all throughout the taste. Quite a delicious malt profile as well. Quite a funky and 'fishy' (heh) aftertaste. Definitely some grapefruit in here as well. The lemon and pine notes remain dominent all-throughout, however.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - A pretty good IPA. The caramel notes and underpowering citrus hops make this beer very drinkable. I guess that I wouldn't say it i underpowering; but just very balanced.

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Photo of dreedvol
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got lucky enough to find this beer at Total Wine and purchased a six pack. Hopefully more to come.

Poured into double mountain pint glass.
A: Some nice lacing and a white head that dissipates
S: citrusy hop aroma, grapefruit and floral undertones.
T: slight sweetness but a nice hop bitter finish with citrus, hints of grapefruit. Bitterness is not overwhelming though which is nice. Very clean.
A: crisp carbonation and only a slight lingering finish.

Well balanced overall. Ive had and enjoyed much more hoppy IPAs but this seems to be one of the better balanced. Very nice

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Photo of jphipps83
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MKrauss
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cmalone05
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of nmoyman
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of ChewbaccaSD
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Rilesmiles
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Barnoloid
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GregJ
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kyle424
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of JamesShoemaker
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Grolwer poured into my snifter.

A - very light, almost pilsner-yellow out of the bottle, but it settles orange and amber. Not much head on the forced pour, but that's not terribly surprising, given the low ABV. I love beers that deceive with their pale color.

S - delicious. The hops are so sweet and citrusy on the nose, but you'd never expect the force of them from such a modest looking beer. The body is so odorous in fact that it almost smells like a simple syrup.

T - pretty good, but not nearly as complex. Some nice biting citrus right on the front that recedes quickly into sweetness. Very prominent grapefruit.

M - also good. Sculpin is a little too carbonated for my taste, but it fades after an initial bite into a sweet, mellow cling. Bitterness at first, but your mouth is left with sweet, sticky (but not syrupy) hops. Very tasty.

O - my second Ballast Point beer (first is VaS) to land in my top twenty all time. Very fine example of a single IPA. Could easily get a sixer and sip throughout the day.

EDIT 2/27/13: I purchased a growler fill of Sculpin at a local bottle shop; I'm giving the mouthfeel and the taste an additional .25 in the new format. Blew me away.

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Photo of JonathanC
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sculpin IPA is a great beer. Although they recently changed their formula which I believe is a downgrade, this beer can be found at a lot of locations. It is distributed throughout every liquor store I've come accross and doesn't fail to impress anyone who dives into craft beer.

This beer provides a taste with great hops and the least bit of bitterness. SMOOTH ipa. I don't however get excited as much because I can get it anywhere. But whenever you need a solid beer, this ones a good choice.

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Photo of Daedaegahgah
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beer_I_Am
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good IPA. Fruity and drinkable, not too bitter. Really surprisingly smooth. Delicious

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Photo of vkv822
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle into tulip pint.

The body is a wonderful golden with light orange highlights and a thin veil of suspended yeast throughout. There is some very light carbonation rising to a thick, foamy off-white head that leaves great lacing.
Sweet resiny hops are up front, there are citric, floral and even some sweet fruit notes all blending together wonderfully. There are some very light bready malt notes.
The flavor is an extremely pleasant mixture of most of the same flavors noted in the aroma, citric, fruity and light floral hops. I particularly enjoy the tropical fruit hop notes. The malts peek in towards the finish just enough to give this some slight balance.
The mouthfeel is fairly medium to full bodied with perfect carbonation. It does a good job of coating the mouth without becoming overly slick and resiny feeling.

Unfortunately this is one of my favorite IPA's I have had so far and I only say unfortunately because this is not currently distributed to Oregon, as if it was this would without a doubt be my go-to IPA. It really is well balanced, as far as hop-to-malt ratio, as well as a balance in hop flavor.

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Photo of mxzebrax
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 14,016 ratings
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