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:
13,842
Reviews:
2,489
Avg:
4.37
pDev:
9.84%
 
 
Wants:
1,493
Gots:
5,693
For Trade:
43
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Ratings: 13,842 |  Reviews: 2,489
Photo of Eddie729
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a chalice: color is straw gold, a slight dense quality, not hazy just not clear - pretty spot on for an ipa. Head is brighter off white with fine to medium sized bubbles, head presents 1/2 inch thick and lingers very well.

Smell is citrus rind, dominant, then light clean pale malt.

Taste has slightly more maltiness, citrus/grapefruit/earth like hoppiness pervades. Just well constructed, simple but hoppy flavor.

Mouthfeel is moderate, with good carbonation, great bitterness, and just enough sweet balance.

Overall a very good IPA - simple, hoppy, bitter, no extraneous flavors.

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Photo of thesidewayz01
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

Photo of Curt3
4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of concordhijinx
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My personal gold standard of a finely balanced IPA, as long as its on tap. Great aroma noting grapefruit and some lemon oil. the citrus flavor stays on point throughout and finishes very well. Makes me miss the days of sitting at the pub in Hawaii and enjoying a couple pints.

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Photo of AllHopsMatter
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DFrisselll
4.86/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jonterman
2.6/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not sure what the hype is, maybe I had a bottle from a bad batch. I poured it into a tulip - was overly bitter, nothing complex or interesting to me - just an over done IPA. I made it through the glass, but I'm not interested in trying another one.

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Photo of hoppyhoppy
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of arr3388
4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of hubcitybear
4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BellinghamBiker
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Ballast Point Brewing (San Diego, CA) Sculpin IPA
What does an IPA taste like? This!
I have long been intrigued by this beer that sells for $13 (or more) a 6 pack. From start to finish (nose to after taste) this beer is impressive.
Unfortunately, at its price point, I may never drink it again. The only reason I am trying it is that it was in the Ballast Point "Sextant Collection" variety 12-pack.
7.0% ABV, 70 IBU.

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Photo of Rufus1
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Twelve ounce bottle poured into a gravity pint glass. Beer and glass same temperature. Little quirk of mine. Really nice gold color with one finger head that dissipates into a lasting rim. Good sticky lacing. Floral herbal hops on the nose with good malt in the background. Pine with some faint citrus. Taste follows the nose with bitter hops on the first sip followed quickly by the sweetish malty backbone. Some thinness in the mouth probably due to high carbonation. As with all of the really good IPA's balancing the bitter hops vs malt is an art form. This beer accomplishes this with ease.

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Photo of siosu
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BearBrewing
3.46/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ndiddy
4.81/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Hopresin19
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber poured into tulip glass,Appearance is Hazy Apricot,with pillowy thick head good retention.Nose is mango,apricot,and pine.Taste follows the nose with a nice hop bite and lingering grapefruit pith mid palate.overall a classic west coast ipa that is a model for the style.this brew from a renowned san diego brewer is not to be missed.Highly Recommended

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Photo of baldy00
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
4.37 out of 5 based on 13,842 ratings.
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