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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Photo of tchenery
4.03/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice active bright white head on top of a very clean and bright body of yellow/slight orange color. It really looks amazing. If you drew a picture of a beer, this is what it would look like.

I could smell this beer when I opened the bottle. On closer investigation it smells extremely pine-like. It almost smells like only pine, but then the grapefruit tangy citrus scent comes in as well. It almost smells like cleaning solvent, but in a really good over frangranced way (if that makes sense). Extremely fragrant and peppery.

It's like chewing a grapefruit on first sip. There are no other flavors but that of a morning grapefruit cut in half without the sourness. It really holds on to that the whole way through. Very interesting flavor. It blends into other tropical fruits and holds on to a very bitter, but light body.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light and dry. It is almost too much of all of these for my taste, but it's good nonetheless.

Very drinkable if you like the flavor. It's not extremely approachable, especially for the non craft drinker.

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of THoffner
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of stonermouse
4.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Finally scored a bomber if this one. Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Nice looking brew here. More yellow than I would've expected, and pretty clear. I like to see a little more cloudiness in my big IPAs, but nice looking nonetheless. Lacing is nice, and the head leaves perfect rings as you go.

Really potent aroma, and clean hop flavor shoots up the nostrils. This is gonna be good.

Taste is just perfect for the style. Seems to encompass the citrus and floral characteristics, in equal parts. Nice sweetness to it as well. It's pretty dry on the back end, but pleasantly so.

Mouthfeel is just a little crisp and light to be truly great. I hope for real density to a big IPA, but this is pretty light. It still works for this brew, though, because the flavors themselves have incredible depth.

Drinkability is almost off the charts. You could easily go all night with this one. The dryness at the back end is more than tolerable, and increases the overall drinkability.

I'm glad I got a hold of this one, and hopefully some day I'll get a chance to sample from the tap. I'll bet it's superb.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of dpnelson1978
4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle into glass pint.

A: Bright straw body topped with a big tight white head of generous retention that slowly recedes to a thick rocky head and sticky lace.

S: The label is spot on. Dominated by peach, mango, and a grapefruit citrus. Potently fills the nostrils. Wonderful.

T: Slightly sweet bready backbone dominated by a strong peach/apricot hop presence. Very straight forward but well executed. A much delayed pine astringency ends the experience.

M: Medium body with moderate to heavy carbonation. Hop oils coat the tongue and a light astringency puckers the taste buds well after the sip.

O: Very solid IPA though I could do without the backside pine character. Well executed and a delight to any IPA enthusiast.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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5/5  rDev +14.4%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
4.37 out of 5 based on 13,785 ratings.
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