Sculpin IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
13,843
Reviews:
2,489
Avg:
4.37
pDev:
9.84%
 
 
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1,494
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5,693
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Hazy golden straw color... full fluffy white head. Good retention and lacing.

S- Definite citrusy grapefruit hops. Some pine and spice. Some sweeter fruit (peach). Decent malty backbone.

T- Sweet and Grapefruity hops, hints of pine, spice. Nice malt backbone to knock down the bitter end a touch.

M- Medium bodied, slightly sticky, sweet aftertaste.

D- Very good flavor. Very good beer.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip pint: Deep gold body, transparent but hazy with moderate nucleation. Three fingers of glistening, off-white, lumpy, bubblebath head. Leaves big rings of lacing.

Smells of grapefruit zest, like squeezing the rind & having the bursts of essence come out. Very fresh smell. Other fruity smells, kinda peachy. Slight biscuity undertone, but just enough to give some scaffolding for the hops. Very nice.

Flavor is good -- again the grapefruit & peach, a little lemon, some leafiness like tea or tobacco. And again, just enough malt to back it up without it becoming sweet. What's really impressive is that the hop character is pretty assertive but totally drinkable -- it doesn't become overbearing or aggressive, doesn't turn into a bitter-bomb, but is right with you the whole time. Ends crisply, with the flavor resting gently on your palate. Excellent balance.

Feels very smooth & dry, medium-bodied. This has to be one of the easiest-drinking IPAs I've had, I like having a strongly hoppy beer I don't have to wrestle with. Good show.

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Photo of Nelli769
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
4.37 out of 5 based on 13,843 ratings.
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