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Sculpin IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA
BA SCORE
4.39/5
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13,967 Ratings
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:
#247
Reviews:
2,497
Ratings:
13,967
pDev:
9.79%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,502
Gots:
5,802
Trade:
43
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Ratings: 13,967 |  Reviews: 2,497
Photo of Alex-Alkis
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The aroma is tangy with lots of fruit, like grapefruit and banana. The taste is sweet and strong with hops. A very well balanced West coast IPA.

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Photo of DavetotheB
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Flyjetz
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

One of the best IPAs I've ever tasted. A mouthful of flavor. First tried at the Yard House in West Palm Beach. If there is a perfect beer, this is close.

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Photo of jefftennis
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of seeswo
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a nice white head. A very mild citrus hop flavor comes off the nose. A very light, clean citrus hop flavor carries through the taste. Good balance - not too sweet and a good hop profile. Good mouthfeel, possibly a bit of extra sweetness in the body. Overall, this is a very good IPA. You can do far worse than Sculpin, especially fresh.

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Photo of SteveCarrozza
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of elgiacomo
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle unknown date. Served around 45F. Thanks to Ryan for this unexpected extra!

Pours lightly hazy golden amber with a three finger fluffy white head that holds a great cap and leaves nice spotty lacing.

Aroma is lemon, apricot, floral & grassy hops, some light tropical fruits, some melon, a bit of pineapple, some orange and grapefruit, caramel and bready malt. Good to very good strength.

Flavor is citrus, lemon, orange, grapefruit, some pineapple and apricot, a little bit resinous, balanced against some bread and light caramel malt, finishes with very good bitterness. Minimal alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a bit oily, medium carbonation.

An excellent IPA for sure although the hype train leaves a tad bit to be desired, particularly in the aroma department. I’m stoked to finally get a chance to try Sculpin and while it may not be quite everything I had hoped it is still a fantastic IPA and one I would seek out again.

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Photo of juhl31
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks city beer store, sf

-yellowy gold. decent carb and lacing

-a sweet, citrus hop nose. takes a bit to pull it out though

-very balanced. tastes like a single IPA version of pliny the elder. some grapefruit, good hops

-lil carb bite at first and then smooth. a touch oily

-very good. would never mind drinking this. not sure about top 12 though, but thats fine

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very solid example of an IPA and my favourite of the lineup at an IPA tasting in October. Great pour with frothy head. Clean clear and crisp. Smells like hoppy goodness with some citrus and just a hint of malt. Tastes like a balanced hop profile between a few types of hopes... some citrus, floral hints, very good. A bit bitter on the back of my tongue but overall very drinkable

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Photo of Myboyblue8
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mothman
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split with ThePeskyDingo

Poured into Sierra Nevada Tulip Pint Glass

Pours almost 1 finger of white thin head. Color is a clear golden orange. A medium level of carbonation bubbles. Head fades down to a thin layer, but leaves some great lace. Nice full walls.

Aroma: Damn this is a fruity ipa. Everything the bottle has listed is here: apricots, peaches, mangoes, and lemon. Big hop aroma: floral and earthy. One of the best smelling ipas I have smelt.

Taste: Very bready initially, then comes all the same fruits that are in the smell. A ton of hop and citrus flavors blend together. Big floral taste all around.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but a little smooth. A nice bite for an IPA. Medium bodied. Good level of carbonation. Ends with a nice hoppy, only slight dry aftertaste. This is pretty much how an IPA should be for mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a very impressive ipa. Easy drinking and a ton of great fruit flavors. One of my favorite ipas. If I can get more fresh, I probably will. I can see why it is one of the top IPAs.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle enjoy by 11/30/12 poured into a tulip.

The beer comes out a golden copper colored body that is slightly see-through. Not much of a white head lays atop a glowing brew. Good head retention and lacing.

The nose on this is just a big ol punch of sweet fruits. There is orange, grapefruit, tangerine, peach, and pineapple.

A more pronounced grapefruit in the taste. There is a punch of bitterness that mellows quickly into a nice soft lingering bitterness. There is also enough sweetness to hold up to the bitterness. More of the other fruit like orange comes out a little underneath the grapefruit.

Medium bodied and just the right amount of carbonation. It drinks fairly smooth.

I’ve had this before and thought eh, but this fairly fresh(from what I can tell) bottle is amazing and totally worth the price point.

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Photo of CityofWind_brew
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of mjyoung
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split w/ bbb099

A: Pretty marigold color, crisp with a filmy off-white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Strong whiff of clean hops with a subtle hint of underlying citrus tones and malt base.

T: Strong hop notes up front with a powerful malt backing. Definitely a citrus concoction, with hints of orange, grapefruit, and maybe something else I can't put my finger on. Mango maybe?

M: Good! Not much to say aside from the fact that nothing about the mouthfeel interferes with the taste.

D: Great. Went down very smoothly and was quite refreshing. This is one my new favorite IPA's.

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Photo of AlabamaWeather
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BethanyB
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Slightly hazy and light orange in color, with a large, frothy, white head.

Smell: A blast of zingy hops. White pepper, citrus, grass, and sugared grape fruit are laced with a gentle pale malt aroma.

Taste: High hop bitterness is balanced by crisp and refreshing zesty hop flavors, with citrus at the forefront. The bitterness lasts well into the finish. A pale malt backbone provides balance, while still allowing the hops to shine.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel and medium-high carbonation add to this beer's strong bite.

Overall: A very bitter, yet refreshing and tasty IPA that clears the sinuses with its complex American hop flavor profile. Both the alpha and beta acids are well-showcased here. Truly an enjoyable IPA that will hit the spot for any hophead.

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Photo of Awolter
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sellen
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of scaba
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bradaplast
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of fastsrt
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle poured in a wine glass

A: off white head, amber, hazy.

S: herbal, resinous hops, take over the smell

T: bubble gum, tropical fruit, unique taste, that I like.

M: finishes more sweet and fruity than bitter and is incredibly smooth.

D: this is the third time i have had this There are not too many ipa's that i buy more than once but this is a good drinking beer.

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Photo of RegV
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rmehughes
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of cultclassic89
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Skendawg
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed While Drinking

A- After being poured a nice, mildy yellow, but mostly white head forms on top of a beautiful caramel body. The color is a combination of caramel, orange and gold. Absolutely Gorgeous.

S- Extremely fruity, a lot of grapefruit. Fantastic aroma. One of my friends, after one whiff, turned to me and said "That's just what beer is supposed to smell like". I agree.

T- A great IPA taste. Thick and rich without losing the fruitiness experienced in the aroma.

M- Very little carbonation, and extremely smooth. An easy ride over the taste buds and down the throat.

O- Overall a great beer. I may have to incorporate this into my top 5 beers. Great IPA.

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 13,967 ratings
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