Sculpin IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
13,861
Reviews:
2,491
Avg:
4.37
pDev:
9.84%
 
 
Wants:
1,497
Gots:
5,717
For Trade:
43
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Ratings: 13,861 |  Reviews: 2,491
Photo of Morakaton
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Israelreyes311
4.93/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was my first IPA. I will not drink anything that isn't an IPA. The taste is consistent front start to finish.

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Photo of jheimiller
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bob_Rhoades
4.74/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic IPA. Smells of pineapple and grapefruit. Tastes like biting into a very ripe grapefruit at first, then the well-balanced barley hits your palate. This is a perfect representation of an American IPA.

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Photo of JohnnyR305
4.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of HeavyMetalKegger
4.14/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bwbetts
4.07/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JJTrex
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very vibrant, clean taste. Enjoyable to drink, makes you look forward to the next sip. Delicious to drink.

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Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
3/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Strat58cat
2.69/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I'm way in the minority on this, and I know it. Sculpin IPA in my opinion is an unpleasant ale that I won't willingly drink again. I'm not going to drink Bud Black Crown again either unless it's forced on me by circumstances, but I have to admit I would probably enjoy Black Crown more. I respect Ballast Point, but they've gone for the unpleasant aromas and flavors that I find in some IPAs. I don't care for it, that's all. Imho, Sculpin is a fishy IPA. Completely overrated. Many better choices.

Looks fine. Clear and notably light amber in color. The head suds up well but does not retain at all. Fades away to a thin film quickly, especially for an IPA. Nice white color while it lasts, which isn't long. Little lacing.

The aroma starts off well with full grapefruit, but then there is something off. Underneath, there is a little bit of a fishy smell.

The taste starts off well with grapefruit, but then that fishiness is very apparent. It's a fishy aftertaste. No. They tried to go light on the malt to bring out the hops. At least they named it for a fish, which is appropriate.

The feel is okay. It's a very light bodied IPA, by design. They just messed up the hops or the malt in this one and ended up with a fishy aftertaste. Notably oily finish.

Overall, it's not as good as many others in the IPA space. My money is on several excellent Stone ales at this price point. I can do a lot better by just picking up a Lagunitas - or even a Rebel - for less money anywhere in Southern California. This IPA is very overrated. Other Ballast Point brews I've tried are very good, but not this one. The emperor has no clothes. Professional reviews have gone nuts over this for no good reason.

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Photo of XBeerBellyT
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KT123
4.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of faithwithers
1.54/5  rDev -64.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Photo of Secondfiddle7
4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Just a delicious West Coast IPA. Not sure that the $70 case price (on the East Coast) is justified when I can buy a Lagunitas IPA for $40 a case, but Sculpin is a freaking delicious beer that is well crafted and I like to have a few in the fridge at all times, and there are times when I open the fridge, see it, and smile. On draft, it is smooth and so very drinkable!

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Photo of lindseyjohill
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Trbtodd
4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ancalagon
4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mjm5618
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JackieKu
4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can.

A: Clear pale amber. Great amount of foam and nice retention.
S: Tropical fruits, mainly pineapple. A little bit grassy.
T: Pineapple, grapefruit. Moderate bitterness. Dry. Bitter finish.
M: Creamy, medium- bodied. Medium carbonation.
O: Classic well brewed American IPA.

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Photo of IsaiahHoogendyk
3.98/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jascott2112
4.76/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Ksmoove27
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - poured an copper color, with a one finger off white head...nice lacing

Smell - floral, hoppy and citrus....a very pleasant nose full

Taste - a dry hoppiness, citrus with some pineyness...it does have a bit of a harsh aftertaste..

Feel - It's crisp, good carbonation, very refreshing

Overall -It's a very good IPA which is near the top of my list, but the aftertaste keeps AleSmith at the top.

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Photo of Shogun250
3.82/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It's a good basic west coast ipa, with a pretty hefty malt base that once was legendary and now is just average. I think it deserves it's place on the hall of fame list but it is no longer one of the best 250 beers. Lagunitas, Sculpin, and standard ipas are not the overly aromatic juice bombs that everyone looks for now

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Photo of Tomasipoi
4.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mancavebeercouch
4.14/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
4.37 out of 5 based on 13,861 ratings.
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