Sculpin IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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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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4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
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 Neil1974
5/5  rDev +14.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of UnionMade
5/5  rDev +14.4%

Pours a bright, vivid, orange-gold color, topped with a nice little puff of white foam. Excellent lacing, sheeting down the glass all the way to the bottom.

Smells so bright and citrusy. Resinous hops and more hops. It's like olfactory sunshine. The malts are very clean and don't offer much resistance to the insistent hop scent that wafts up the minute I cracked my first can.

The flavor opens with clean toasted malt flavor, barely a hint of grass or pear esters, moving lightning quick into one of the brightest, most gloriously balanced hop finishes I've ever experienced. It's just pure west coast hoppage. Spicy, citric, resinous and floral. If you love hops, this is the beer you want to be drinking. The balance is pretty impressive. The hop flavors dominate the beer, but never once do I feel like the bitterness is overpowering. At first, I felt like the body may be a touch thin, but if it were any denser, it wouldn't allow the hops to dance so easily from front to back across each sip. Peppy carbonation adds to the bright liveliness. Somehow this brew manages to maximize hop enjoyment while maintaining terrific drinkability. A masterpiece.

This might be the perfect, definitive american IPA.

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Photo of cgskippy
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of knicks19947
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of KevinZ2301
4.5/5  rDev +3%

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5/5  rDev +14.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Russkiy
3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of rebel-fist
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of cooperla1
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of GMorgan
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of s_wit
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.56/5  rDev +4.3%

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2.52/5  rDev -42.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.92/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.56/5  rDev +4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of JasonHaviland
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
4.37 out of 5 based on 13,814 ratings.
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