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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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of foghornleghorn22
3.99/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of bstyle
5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from blinded tasting notes.

A. Pours yellow with a white head that leaves lacing.

S. Piney with some citrus peel.

T. Flavor profile matches the smell.

M. Good level of carbonation.

D. Very good - I'll definitely try to get this again.

Winner of round 1 blinded IPA tasting (over Red Racer and Stone)

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Photo of lwillitz
3.97/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle into Belgian ale glass

A - 2 fingers of white foam over a cloudy body of golden amber; nice lace

S - grapefruit, tropical fruit, floral; inviting

T - grapefruit, tropical fruit, pine, bready malt, touch of herbal

M - smooth chewy full body, high carbonation, a bit astringent

O - Sculpin is a very nice IPA.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Dools9
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at The Hangar in Amherst, MA. Right down the street from ZooMass.

A: Served with a finger of white, fluffy head that dissipated to a cap which retained throughout. Pretty good lacing as well. Color is a honey, gold with orangey hues.

S: Lots of juicy citrus fruits, grapefruit, tangerine, orange and some piney resin.

T: Loads of bitter tropical fruits, big orange, grapefruit, pineapple and citrus presence. Touch of honey malt sweetness keeps the hops in check. Very, very nice.

M: Medium bodied and smooth carbonation. Finishes dry and drinks very nicely.

O: Had a chance to try this on draft and I'm definitely glad that I did. Draft is far superior to the bottle imo. The bottle is a bit thinner and lacks the wow factor. Definitely one of the better IPA's I have had. Overall, a very pleasurable drinking experience, a little pricey though but I guess you get what you pay for.

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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3.81/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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5/5  rDev +14.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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

Photo of Muss42
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jpmclaug
4.77/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a stemmed tulip glass. I've had this brew several times now and have always enjoyed it. This will be my first review for it.

A - Golden yellow body that I can see through. Nice looking head on top. The head is white with a hint of golden yellow.

S - Nice citrusy hop aroma in this one with a bit of pine as well. This beer smells pretty good. You can tell from the aroma that this hop bomb will wreck your tongue with bitterness. While not extremely pungent this beer has one of the better aromas for a DIPA.

T - What a great beer. Nice citrus hop flavor up front with a bit of pine at the finish. The bitterness in this lingers and slowly wraps its way around your tongue. The bitterness really doesn't go away and I love it. Nice orange rind/grapefruit flavor up front. While it doesn't have any defining characteristics the malt backbone in this beer fights valiantly against the onslaught of hops. It loses, of course, but you know it was there. Fantastic.

M - medium body with a fair amount of carbonation. Nice sticky mouthfeel as well.

D - This is a real drinkable beer for a hop head. The bitterness keeps you coming back for more. As I've become accustomed to drinking really bitter beers this one still pounds my palate. I can't wait to see this in 6 packs. While I can easily drink a bomber of this it will be amazing to put away 12oz at a time.

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4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: An amazingly clear copper body capped with a small white foamy head that recedes quickly to island foam.

S: A strong aroma of grapefruit, tropical fruit, apricots, pine, and peaches with a hint of bittering hops. To me, it smells like cascade or simcoe hops, with just enough sweetness and bitterness in the nose, but very well balance.

T: A nice upfront grapefruit and apricot flavor with notes of pine, followed with a dry malty flavor, and ends with a balance hoppy bitterness. A long lasting finish which makes this a very good IPA.

M: Smooth and crisp texture; medium body; medium carbonation.

D: Really enjoy this beer. Not a chuggable beer, but one you can sit, enjoy, and drink slowly. And before you know it, you've drank 5-6 of these. A little fruitier then most IPAs, but a must try for an IPA lover.

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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.03/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
4.37 out of 5 based on 13,812 ratings.
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