Sculpin IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

Sculpin IPASculpin IPA
13,918 Ratings
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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Photo of NorCalBrewBuff
5/5  rDev +13.9%

When you consider all of the IPA's regularly available in northern California including the most famous regularly available (although in limited supply) brew (nod nod, wink wink), I believe this tops them all. Having consumed these top IPA's numerous times and side by side, I have come to the conclusion that Sculpin tops them all. A rare combination of all that hoppiness has to offer in a very drinkable brew. Many may consider this a very hop forward beer but in the spectrum of what is out there these days, Sculpin offers a hop experience that is flavorful and very smooth. Best of the class.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of KensWorld
4.84/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

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4.1/5  rDev -6.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Zetcha7x
4/5  rDev -8.9%

12 oz bottle purchased from CJ's Doghouse in Lansdale, PA for $3.25. No bottle date. normally I wouldn't buy an IPA without some sort of date, but I haven't had this yet and decided to roll the dice. poured it into a Sam Adams glass just for the hell of it.

Appearance-nice golden color with a slight chill haze. lighter than I expected, but looks very refreshing. steady bubbles rising throughout. no lacing, but decent head retention.

Aroma-citrus and grapefruit, but a ton of each. smells great.

Taste-grapefruit, citrus-I get a little of the Fruit Loops flavor others have mentioned, sweet breadiness. I don't get the hops I expected.

Mouthfeel-medium bodied. carbonation is right. smooth

Overall-Few issues. 1 there is no bottle date. this really irritates me, especially on IPA's. 2. I get very little hops in this beer. I don't know if that is how it is intended to be or if they have faded over time. I did enjoy this, but I definitely doesn't live up to the hype. since there is no bottle date I will be reluctant to try it again unless i know it is fresh.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a golden color with a bubbly head that is a thumbnails length high. Good lace retention.
Bold but not overpowering citric, grapefruit, mango and peach presence in the nose. This is followed by a biscuityy malt aroma as well as a resiny hops aroma on the back end of the nose.
Big hops forward taste; piny and resiny. as the drink warms, the bready malt backbone is subtle but evident and balances out the hops. The fruity tones, found in the aroma,also become present. Big hoppy, bitter and dry finish. Medium bodied. The moderate carbonation still stings the tongue. This one is very drinkable.
This is a truly delicious IPA. A moderate hop bomb that is intense but simple and subtly balanced.

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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3/5  rDev -31.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.56/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.4/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.8/5  rDev +9.3%

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 13,918 ratings
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