Sculpin IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

Sculpin IPASculpin IPA
13,913 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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3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.92/5  rDev +12.1%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Douglas14
4.83/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured fresh at Ballast Point.

Pours a beautiful, light golden color with a nice, white head. The nose is of citic fruits, pine, and slight resin with a nice malt backbone. The taste is full of hops. It's nice and bitter, but it has such a great and complex hop flavor. It ends bitter and malty. It's definitely towards the bitter side, but in a good way. In the mouth it has a nice carbonation level...perhaps a little low though for the style. It's got a nice drinkability...this is such a wonderful beer! I'm so pumped I was able to try it fresh at Ballast Point!

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

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4.81/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I have heard so many great things about Sculpin, and have seen it many times at the store, but never tried until tonight. Wow what an amazing AIPA.

A - Light copper, crystal clear. Nice finger and a half of white head. Fair carbonation coming up. Can tell this one is super filtered, beautiful pour.

S - Sweet flower, with beautiful hop blast. Orange and earthyness play on the nose as well.

T - Amazing. The wave of flavor is what sets me off. Initially has a bite, then malts and sweetness comes in. After comes the citrus, and finishes with a phenomenal hope blast.

M - Killer wave over the palate. Sticky, amazing lingering aftertaste that is spot on. Perfect balance.

O - This knocked my socks off. Ballast Point does not disappoint. Great!

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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3.97/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.82/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours straw yellow with a rocky white head. Head dissipates quickly leaving a single ring of bubbles.

S - Pine and grassy hops, no malt background to speak of.

T - Very straightforward piney hops, some grass notes. No real malt signature, a one dimensional beer.

M - Thin is all I can recall

D - Fine for the style

I'm going to have to try this one again, I'm reading the reviews and I can't believe it's the same beer.

EDIT: Tried a fresher bottle and was happy to find it was much better. Big grapefruit aroma you can pickup as soon as you pop the top, more prickly resiny hops then anticipated with the nose but good. Light taste and mouthfeel, solid brew.

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4.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First, if I could give extra appearance points for the bottle art, I would. Poured into a pint glass. Body is a clear golden with much bubbling, nice airy white head that foams and bubbles nicely. Kind of like sea foam, but without the sick residues. Some lacing. Smells nice and hoppy with a little hop-metallic tinge. Good bitter citrus smells, like sticking my nose in a handful of pellets. A little fruity, but I wouldn't associate the smell with a light IPA over a fresh-hop.

Tastes very hoppy and bitter up front, with a decent malt character to round it out. This is what I'd think of as a solid IPA: with a hop presence that tastes like they were put in there to preserve the beer. Some savory flavors in there, reminds me a little of soybean or is otherwise a little meaty. Definitely not light in taste. Some lemon, hints of apricot nectar and peach as the tongue acclimates to the bitterness. Very smooth, drinkable mouthfeel. Sweet. Carbonation is there at the beginning, just enough to be enjoyable, walking the line between gentle and assertive.

To be honest, at the first few tastes I didn't think much of this brew. Half a glass down, I was starting to enjoy it. Near the end, I was looking forward to topping it off again. It'd be nice to try this one either fresh or let it sit for awhile. Looking forward to my other Ballast Point acquisitions.

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

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4.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Bright, clear, amber in color, pours 2 inches of thick white head that fades slowly. Lots of lacing.

Smell: hops, apricot, lemon, pineapple, peach, mango, citrus, orange.

Taste: citrus, apricot, lemon, orange, caramel, some pine resin, hoppy, bitter up front and at the finish, sweet in the middle.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth, not as bitter on the tounge as many west coast IPAs.

Overall: An amazing IPA. The citrus/fruity notes were very prevalent. The balance between sweet and bitter is perfect. Very well done. One of my favorite IPAs.

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 13,913 ratings
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