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Sculpin IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA
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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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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.76/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of ljc973
4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of direwolf00
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Peaches13
4.51/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kflorence
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours amber orange in color with a thin layer of foam atop that subsides to a layer of film. Plenty of lacing around the glass as you drink. On the pour, carbonation looked to be a tad high with lots of rising bubbles and some clinging to the edge of the glass. It seemed to subside a bit afterwards, though, and now looks quite solid.

S: Lots of citrus hops and a plentiful amount of tropical fruits. Mostly apricot, grapefruit, mango maybe some peaches and a twist of lemon. There are some sweet, roasted malts lingering in the background. Smells quite inviting.

T: Bitter citrus and pine hops hit the tongue first with plenty of tropical fruits as noted in the aroma. As the brew thins out a bit on the tongue, a sweet, bread and roasted malt character comes through, eventually transitioning back into the hops. Finishes crisp and dry with the hops lingering on the tongue.

M: This is a pretty light-bodied beer with good carbonation levels and a little bit of chewiness. Smooth and very easy to drink; slightly astringent but not overly rough on the stomach.

O: This beer is a lot more balanced than I thought it would be, though it is clearly hop-dominated. I also really enjoyed the plethora of citrus and tropical fruits which were complimented nicely by the roasted malt character. I could use a bit more chewiness in the body as I found it to be a little thin, but overall quite good. Cheers!

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- clear, golden yellow with nice white head and lots of carbonation bubbles. Lacing on the glass.

S- citrus fruit, smells very good but not as strong as I was hoping.

T- dry and some caramel malt, citrus fruity, lemon, bitter.

M- a little thin but very good amount of carbonation.

O- a very good beer. One of the best IPAs I've had.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.93/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Good sized head with an amazing amber color. Smells of citrus and hops. Goes down smooth., great mouthfeel. By far one of the better IPA's I have ever had. My first time experiencing a Ballast Point beer and was very impressed. Worth the price point.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.74/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -26%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of WiscoBrewsco
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to MrDave for the hook up with this:

Appearance - Orange in color with a small head

Smell - Great smell, big citrus hops with smells of grapefuit and orange peel

Taste - Fantastic hop profile here. The grapefruit comes in big time with a mix of mango and orange as well. This is dripping with a fresh hop taste and finishes with a slight resin aftertaste

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly thick mouthfeel, especially for a single IPA. Really sticks to the mouth and just coats every inch of space on your tongue

Overall - This is hands down one of the best single IPA's I have had the pleasure of drinking. The citrus fruit flavors and fresh hop bill are outstanding and the mouthfeel is near perfection. I could not have been more pleased with this beer and it definitely lives up to the hype. Get yourself a bottle if you can

10/24/17 Update

This is not the same beer anymore. Not even close.

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

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 14,020 ratings
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