Sculpin IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

Sculpin IPASculpin IPA
BA SCORE
4.39/5
13,919 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:
2,493
Ratings:
13,919
pDev:
9.79%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,499
Gots:
5,767
Trade:
43
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 13,919 |  Reviews: 2,493
Photo of thegodfather2701
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a orange/gold with a thick white head. It leaves some lacing, but not a thick lacing, all the way up the glass.

S-Citrus hops, grapefruit dominates and just a hint of some tropical notes. It has a pretty strong nose.

T-Like the nose, grapefruit dominates with just some slight hints of tropical flavors such as mango/pineapple. Grapefruit/citrus hop flavor overwhelmingly dominates the flavor profile. There is a decent malt backbone but the hops really dominate.

M-Perfect balance of thickness and syrup with carbonation.

D-I could drink this forever but it was $7 per pint so I only had one.

Overall, I was a little disappointed at first because I expected more tropical flavors. However, after I ordered another IPA I truly realized how great Sculpin is. The hops really stand out and dominate. I think it really is one of the best IPAs I've had.

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Photo of mcphish22
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of matt2591
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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

Photo of JayCheG
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of gatheredwaters
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mchegash
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a DFH IPA glass.

L: A vibrant orange-gold with several fingers of light tan head, with lots of rising carbonation rising up the beer. Looks pretty close to a perfect IPA

S: Delicious pine citrus notes, some mellow resinous aromas as well

T: An almost even split in taste between the resinous flavors and the pine-citrus flavors. Some light lager-ish malt characteristics as well.

F: A great mouthfeel, a moderate amount of carbonation, medium-full body, smooth.

O: A really great IPA, one that I would buy again (and did...I didn't review any from my first 6-pack, bought a second one today, "so I could review")

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of MadCat
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice clear golden color with a short white head that leaves tons of lacing

Smell: Pine, herbal, and citrus hops up front, in a very beautiful bouquet

Taste: Hops greet you warmly, pine and resin bitterness, with a nice citrusy follow up, with some light malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, nice full carbonation that suits the style well

Overall: Excellent. A world class brew. The only thing stopping this from being a go to IPA for me is the price, but even at that it is tempting.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

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

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of JDW4195
3.98/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 13,919 ratings
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