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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Photo of TheGreatReverend
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance 3.5: The color is close to that of a lager, very yellow and light pale. Though, it is more opaque, giving it a translucent cream soda quality.
I prefer a much darker IPA, as that is usually indicative of strong flavor.

Smell 4.5: The scent is most interesting. A friend poured my glass for me, and from a meter away I could smell pineapple, citrus, and undertones of hops. The pure aromatic power of this drink is quite amazing.
The only reason the score is not a 5.0 is because citrus and pineapple are something that I feel belong more in the purview of hefeweizens.

Taste 4.0: Despite the initial lack in pallor and obtrusive aromas, this is still an IPA. The initial bit comes in crisp in flavor and wet in feel. After the gulp, the sweetness dissipates and hops round out the pallet.
I fancy a savory sweet drink in most of the cases, that's why barley wines are probably my favorite. The sweetness did dock this IPAs taste score as it still out of the ordinary for IPAs.

Mouthfeel 4.5: The citrus and pineapple flavor disappear if left in the mouth for a moment. The IPA flavor comes through a bit more and leaves the drinker well satisfied.

Drinkability 5.0: Where hops set the overtone, the sweet flavors play an important second fiddle to keep the balance subtle.
This brew is and easy one to knock back, but actually picking up one, or it's uniqueness might keep you from it.

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Photo of alexgash
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fresh 22 oz. bottle.

Mostly clear (slight haze) golden peach body. Solid inch of fluffy, whipped, eggshell white head. Very good lacing. Giant hop nose full of citrus, pineapple, and resin. There's also a strong orange marmalade presence. Malty fruit sweetness blends in to create an orange sorbet impression. I could smell this all night...

Taste starts off, not surprisingly, with a strong, minty-herbal hop bitterness. Cookie-ish malt follows, but soon gets overshadowed by big grapefruit, orange, and pineapple hop flavor. Nicely acidic, and tongue-numbingly bitter. Some fruity malt gets lost in the hops; I would definitely not call this balanced! More citrus into the finish with a strong herbal, resinous aftertaste. Delicious. Medium-bodied, with a slightly lively feel. Dry finish. An excellent very hop-forward citrus bomb!

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Photo of jpro
4.92/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Scooped a bomber at the Charleston Beer Exchange - I love this stuff!

Sculpin pours a lovely honey-copper / orange, with a sudsy snow-white head. Nice lacing. Aroma is superb: tropical fruits -> pineapple, mango; maybe a little apricot; citrus notes; touches of grain; some hints of pine and resin... almost smells like a hopped version of the syrup you would find in a can of tropical fruit mix! Taste is top-notch, as well: Piney hops followed by tropical fruit hints; bitter (yet not overwhelming) hop bite, yet some sweet aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with a hint of an oily / resinous feel; carbonation is perfect; crisp; very smooth; sticky (the stickiest of the icky!). Drinkability: unheard of! Delicious... one of my favorite IPA's! Fellow BA's, get your hands on some of this stuff - you won't regret it!

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Photo of stuckonhops
4.9/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on cask at the bishops collar in philadelphia. First time at that bar and i will definetly be back.

A-- AMAZING sticky sticky almost gooey lacing. Beautiful head retention. Golden/orange hues. Bar was dimily lit so cant say much about the appearance

S-- WOW!! GRAPEFRUIT rinds upfront with tons of citrus punch. Light pine/flowery notes. DOMINATED by grapefruit with orange rind in the back.

T-- one sip, two sip, three sip...YUMMMM... last time i had a beer that tasted this much like grapefruit juice was the hopslam fresh in february. Not overly bitter. Jst TONS of hop flavor with slight caramel backup to play beautifuly alongside the hops. i dont think this beer could taste ANY better.

M-- full bodied flavor but not too heavy and sticky. just sticky enough to leave hoppy trails along the palate. What is the mouthfeel? it is all smiles after you take one sip. i dont think one person took a sip without grinning from ear to ear. it is that good.

D-- well we were puttin em back pretty easy and it caught up with me quick. i was tryin to get as much as i could before the cask kicked cuz it was so delicious.

if you ahvent had it and you like hoppy beers FIND SOME!!!

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Photo of Bung
4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bright golden pour, some white head and bubbles. Light caramel malt and a ton of citrus, green apple, pine in the strong aroma. Taste is a mirror of the aroma. Tons of hop bittering mid through the finish. Quite lively mouthfeel, refreshingly so. Brings me way back to when I had my first Sierra Nevada Pale and I thought wow. This did that, only after much more experience on the pallet. This is a must for any IPA fan.

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Photo of InsolublePancake
4.77/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Crystal clear gold with a touch of orange. A decent head forms from a semi-aggressive pour and forms tons of sticky lace as it dissipates. Beautiful beer.

S- Wow, this is nice. There's a wonderful mix of tropical fruit and leafy, piney aromas here. It's like a glass of mango-orange juice with pine needles in it. I can't detect much in the way of malt, but I don't really care. This is what an IPA should smell like, period.

T- The taste is similar to the smell although with more of an emphasis on the citrusy, fruity flavors. The malt also comes through a bit with a discernible cracker-like flavor that complements the massive hop flavors quite nicely. The overall flavor is bone dry with nary a hint of sweetness in sight... er, taste. The finish is bitter but not overly so as it manages to avoid the intense aspirin-like bitterness that some IPAs have.

M- Surprisingly light with good, crisp carbonation that works quite well with the flavor.

D- I could drink this stuff until I got sick. I guess the ABV is a little high for the style, but you'd never know it from the taste. The combination of the light mouthfeel and crisp, dry flavor make this one dangerous.

This is, without a doubt, the best regular IPA I've ever had. It has all the hoppiness of a DIPA and the drinkability of a regular IPA. I wish I could get this with regularity but, alas, it is only an occasional rarity. If you have access to this beer and have not yet tried it, go get some now. Highly recommended.

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Photo of callmescraps
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this on cask, but wanted to grab a bottle or get it on tap before I gave a review. So finally dug up a bottle, and interested to see how it compares.

Appearance - A very pale copper color. Half an inch of soapy, off white head. Quite clear. Paler than many IPAs.

Smell - Hot damn. It's just beautiful. Lots of apricot, definitely some mango, and the peach. Possibly some pineapple as well. Really one of the fruitiest beers I've ever smelled. Just great.

Taste - Comes pretty bitter up front. The fruit is there, definitely some apricot. A nice mellow sweetness on the finish. Some sweet peach as well. A tangy bitter weirdness sort of follows, not too happily. Maybe a hint of green wood.

Mouthfeel - Pretty light. A touch more carbonation would be good. Just to make it a little crisper.

Drinkability - Goes down very smooth. A very easy drinker. But the piney aftertaste is off-putting.

This is a very nice beer. I don't love the aftertaste, which seems a little bitter and astringent. The smell is amazing, but the taste doesn't quite live up. Still, it's a very good beer and one that I wish was more readily available. It turns out the cask was a nice representation as well. I'll look forward to having some more.

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Photo of oberon
4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great to get my hands on some of this stuff (thanks Roger at Bestway).Poured into a small tulip glass a clear light golden with a clingy 1/2 finger white head.Holy smokes the aromas are just awesome!A mix of big citrus and tangerine just jump out at ya,a hint of caramel/biscuit is there but its a little faint but hey who cares the hop profile is frickin great.Fresh hop flavors abound with tangerine sticking out the most,its lemony with a bit of mango and overripe pineapple,the sweet biscuit malt base does not hide itself as it holds on thru the duration of the glass.Iam not sure if I have had a beer of the style with such fruity hop complexity,wow this is worthy of the rating.

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Photo of watkins
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

A: Clear golden-yellow, with a slight orange tint, with a two-finger head that laces nicely.

S: Clean, citrusy hop bouquet mainly dominates here, with a nice sweet hint of malt. Smell is extremely balanced, impressive.

T: Up front, citrus hops come out. Grapefruit tartness, no doubt. The mid-palate shows a slight burst of the malt, yet leaves with a grassy-hop finish with more grapefruit. This IPA's different stages remind me of several IPAs I've had before, but all at once. Hard to explain, but this is an interesting, kick-ass beer.

M: Really crisp and not over-carbonated. Just right medium-body feel.

D: No doubt this is one of the better IPA's I've ever had. Considering though, I seem to have fallen off of the hop-wagon, and my taste is leaning more toward wild ales and scotch ales recently. Just at the moment the drinkability is a little lower, though this brew is indeed exceptional. I'm also drinking this on an empty stomach at 1 p.m., too. So drinkability could be higher.

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Photo of Murchmac
4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally this beer was available in SF. Been wanting to try this for a while.

This beer pours a little thin, like an Imperial 40oz or something. Lots of carbonation and some head.

Smells very strange, at times it smells like a classic citrus/piney west coast IPA, at other times, it smells skunked and rotting.

For big hop taste, it does the trick, coupled with very little malt presence, this beer makes you burp up hops. Tasty sweet malts kicks in at the end.

As an IPA, this beer is really complex with the hops. Comparable to the complexity some Imperial stouts achieve with Malts. It's like a kaleidoscope of citrus and tropical fruits.
I also really like the sweetness that overtakes and warms your mouth with this puppy though, along with the resiny hops. Good mix on your palate...

Worth getting, would have had higher ratings if the smell was better and didn't look so thin...

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Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.87/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle purchased at the Charleston Beer Exchange. Special thanks to those guys for letting me buy this relatively scarce brew since I can not get it in GA. Poured into a Sierra Nevada Hop Tulip.

A: A very nice looking brew. A light clear orange color with a pillowy white large bubble head. The head does settle just a little, but it never completely disappears. Each sip leaves nice lines of lace.

S: As soon as I started pouring the beer, I started smelling a huge grapefruit and other citric fruit aromas. Just an absolutely amazing aroma.

T: Not surprisingly, the taste is loads of citrus fruit just like the nose hinted at. There really is not much in the way of malt pressence at all. However, the hops are done well and are not just thrown in to create a bitter beer. They create an excellent flavor to the beer. It certainly doesn't hurt that your nose gets to take in the wonderful aroma with each sip as well. This one competes with Dreadnaught, Hopslam, and Furious as the best tasting IPAs that I have had. It is a real treat to be able to drink this brew.

M: Very nice carbonation level gives what is a bit of a thin bodied beer a bit more character.

D: The excellent hop flavor that is by no means overly bitter makes this one disappear faster than I would like. There really is nothing that is objectionable in the feel or flavor to make this one a slow go.

What a great beer! Ballast Point makes some good beer, but this one is a home run.

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Photo of nc41
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grapefruit on the nose and on the tongue. Sharp citrus that I absolutely love. Pours nice looks pretty all that good shit, holds a nice head to the end, but taste is where this one is at. Really a well done IPA at a sensible ABV level without sacrificing taste. Surprisingly deep in flavor. Dangerously drinkable too, i would prefer it in a sixer, but i take this one any way I can get it. case worthy to the extreme.

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Photo of bulletrain76
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Draught at the brewery. Gold with a white head that laces the glass well. The aroma is one of the most intense hop blasts that i have ever stuck my nose into. Pine, peach, apricot, and mango are just HUGE in the nose. The flavor has the same gigantic juicey hops but a relatively low bitterness that perfectly balances the bone dry malt. Speaking of malt flavor, you'd struggle to pick out much if anything through the hop juice. Medium, almost light bodied with medium carbonation. This is really a hop paradise on tap. I had a bottle a couple days after sampling it on tap, and while excellent, it didn't quite live up to sucking this nectar right out of the brewery's tap. Very similar to Pliny in that freshness is the world.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.9/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. no date. tasted in early may 2009.

pale golden honey w amber tones. clear (need to decant sediment in bottle). 2-finger, off-white head, recedes to thin but constant layer. very good lacing, esp later on.

aroma: citrusy and fruity. very fresh pine goodness, plus orange and grapefruit zests. apple and other yeasty esters meet the toasted light caramel malt. more fruitiness, almost tropical, like passionfruit, pineapple or even mango.

flavors are similar, with maybe peaches coming through as well. very resinous with citrus zest and pine though, with moderate to bold bitterness. crisp at first, then lingers quite a bit. malt is sweet and toasty, but a bit underwhelming in comparison, and thus loses balance.

medium body, but without enough malt, there seems to be moments of thinness or wateriness. touch of resins towards the finish, lingering lightly. carbonation is moderate but accentuated by resins, perhaps overly crisp, and almost fizzy.

what a shame. the hop profile is lovely. and there seemed to be enough malt in the aroma, but on the palate it just seems to lose it. without enough malt backbone, it starts to feel overly resinous and lacking somewhat in body.

had samples of this on tap a couple weeks later, and while a little better, my opinion still stands. sorry, but i like their regular big eye ipa and dorado double ipa much better.

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

The beer pours out a beautiful, clear golden color with a large bright white head. The smell of this beer is filled with citrus scents (lemon and grapefruit) and pine notes.

The mouthfeel is full with moderate carbonation and a medium finish. The taste is filled with white bread and saltine-like malt flavors, followed with a strong bitterness that contains grapefruit, lemons, and pine.

This is a wonderfully drinkable double IPA that stands out from the rest with its pristine appearance and the complexity of the hop flavors.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mmmm, stinky....

This one is golden amber in color and clear with visable tiny rising carbonation bubbles. The tan-white head is nicely tight with occasional larger bubbles and a yummy hop oily looking texture. Aroma is pungent with apples, grapefruit, orange, decomposing grass, lemon pulp, and caramel maltiness. Taste is juicily dank and briskly bitter. More piles of citrus, doughy caramel and taffy. Mouthfeel is slick yet frothy smooth with brisk carbonation throughout. Good body...not too thin, nor overly heavy. Drinkable too.

Yay hoppy!

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Photo of wedge
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lightly hazed golden-orange under a thick, creamy head. Smells deliciously stinky. Dank, sugary citrus pulp, juicy ripe mangoes, peaches, and melons. Juicy, zesty, and resinous. First sip isn't seriously bitter, but definitely very flavorful. Sweet grapefruit and orange pulp...all out hops are the name of the game here, but it's not overwhelming. Bright pine needles creep in when held in the mouth for a few seconds. Juicy, oily, floral and obviously very well made. Medium bodied and chewy with just enough dryness to make me drink it down way too quick. Damn you drinkability! I'd love to have some more of on tap...right next to the couch. But, it's $9 a bottle and I can still get a 6-pack of Two Hearted for about the same price, so I'll make do. Highly delicious though...

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

Thank you to everyone who didn't show up to Teresa's today, so that there was still some of this left when I got there at 1:30PM. 3 more glasses poured after mine before the keg kicked.

A: Crystal clear orange color and produces about a half inch head poured into a standard outward-flared tulip. Head dissipates in the first five or so minutes, but the lacing this beer demonstrates is very nice.

S: Simcoe hops dominate the aroma, and they meld nicely with lemony notes.

T: Tons of grapefruit up front. I can also make out hints of lemon, apricot, and mango. Finish is deep and piney, with a light and wildly refreshing malt character. The hops are somewhat less intense in the mouth than the smell leads on, giving a beautifully balanced taste.

M/D: Delightfully carbonated with a light texture. The taste and complexity make this one IPA that I could drink all day long. A perfect IPA for a hot summer day, if you can get your hands on one!

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Photo of berebrando
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this amazing beer at Whole Foods in Irvine, California and I'm glad they had some reserves in the back. I'm drinking from a pint glass on a warm summer afternoon.

This beer is perfectly bitter - just the way I like it. The appearance is very light, golden yellow with a slight carbonation. The head is small, but the smell is amazingly hoppy, similar to pine needles with a fruit essence. The taste is similar to the smell - fruity, hoppy and bitter. Very refreshing and goes down easy. I will be heading back to the store in hopes of finding more Sculpin! Oh yeah, is it drinkable? Yes.

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Photo of Beertracker
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BPBC Sculpin IPA pours up with a persitant off-whitish head that perches above the slightly hazy, orangish-amber colored body. The hop dominated aroma is surprisingly piney with some notable citrus. The overall character is fruity (blood orange, mandarin, pummelo) with plenty of evergreen qualities. There's a moderate graininess with some biscuity, cracker nuances. The flavor starts off with some caramel sweetness that's underscored by a firm, marked bitterness. The lightly warming finish is fruity & spicy. This medium-full bodied American IPA is firm & resinous, but surprisingly easy to quaff. Hats off to the crew at Ballast Point. Here's to the reclusive Sculpin monster!

CHEERS! Beertracker

*Taster's Note: Thanks to RodBurg for the opportunity!

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Photo of dismal
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clear golden almost yellow orange color with a small white head. Leaves some lacing down the sides. I haven't seen to many IPAs with this color but it looks pretty good. Aroma is pretty strong and good, smells piney to me more than anything and a hint of citrus. Smells great. Taste is bitter at first and finishes pretty smooth. Pretty piney which is great, I've been looking for a piney IPA for a while and this one seems to be doing the trick. Decent mouthfeel, kind of light but yet medium bodied. Drinkability is high, not to high of an ABV and with a good taste it's real easy to drink. A great IPA, I'm more into DIPAs and IIPAs and not to many regular IPAs really get my attention to much but this one does, I think it's the pineyness.

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Photo of Hophead101
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

drank on 5.13.09 at home - heading to Napa Valley tomorrow to visit Russian River - woo hoo!

great color - golden yellow with tantilizing orange tints. pours with a super head - big and thick and frothy. just as nice lacing to go along with the head. very clear. smell is simply WOW. citrus oily hop, grapefruit, tangerine.

taste is slightly subdued compared to the smell but nicely balanced - gives a nice smooth and buttery mouth coating. subtle carbonation. hop doesn't linger (which is good).

nice beer. i see why people want to try this one.

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Photo of AltBock
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber bottle with a gray wrap around label. In the middle of this label is a colorful drawing of a poisonous Sculpin lying at the bottom of the ocean floor. It looks like he's either waiting for his next prey to swim on by or he's sleeping. At the top of the picture is "Ballast Point" in bold blood red letters and at the bottom of the picture is "Limited Release" in bold black letters. Off to the far left of the label is where you'll find all the mandatory US info. To the far right of the label is a lengthy paragraph that talks about Ballast Point's humble beginnings and a description of the beer. Just to the right off of that is Ballast Point's phone number. So if this expensive beer sucks, I'll call them up to complain. The one thing missing from the label or bottle is a bottled date or some kind of vintage year.

Appearance: I wanted a special glass for this special IPA, so I poured this beer into my Maudite Snifter. At first glance, Sculpin was a golden amber orange with streaks of lemon yellow along the sides. But when I held it into the light, I found out that it's more of a semi hazy golden lemon yellow with a small tint of amber. The complete opposite from what I thought it was. I thought it couldn't get any better, but then I saw the head of foam. This super fluffy head of foam was a good 1 1/2 inch in height and white as a cotton ball. This pure white head of foam had excellent slow retention that left behind a long lasting 1/2 an inch white film and 2 tons of sticky white streaks of lace. If you're not impressed by the way this beer looks like in your glass, then there is something definitely wrong with you.

Smell: The aroma was as bitter as a bitter old woman. This hugely hopped up aroma wasn't messing around. All of the bitter aromas in this beer will shoot up your nose and beat your sense of smell into submission. This bitter aroma was filled with bitter citrus hops, a ton of bitter and tart grapefruit, a subtle touch of apricot, plenty of pine, a hint of lemon grass, and then this super hopped up aroma will finish up tart lemons. It's hard to say which bitter aroma reined supreme because all of them were equally as bitter and hoppy as the next aroma. Malts in the aroma? You have got to be joking! The taste was so bitter and hoppy that you won't be able to find a subtle whiff of it.

Taste: What kind of taste will I find when this beer has such a powerful bitter and hoppy aroma? Malty? Nope! The taste was just as bitter and hoppy as the powerful aroma. Not only will this beer mess up your sense of smell, but it will also mess up your sense of taste. This taste will take it to your taste buds. The taste started off bitter with citrus hops and the taste never looked back from there. Quickly following the citrus hops was a strong taste of bitter and tart grapefruit. Once the grapefruit had enough, in comes the pine needles and a subtle splash of apricot and mango. This bitter taste wasn't done with your taste buds just yet. Not by a long shot! After the exotic fruits leave the tongue, the taste then finishes up with tart lemons and a touch of lemon grass. Was there a solid malt back bone to this hopped up beer? NO!! If the flavor was bitter, then the bitter hops kicked them out.

Mouthfeel: 7% ABV? You have got to f**king kidding! The taste was so jam packed with hop and other bitter flavors that it has to be stronger than 7%. Well, I guess Ballast Point would know more about that than me. I'm sure they have the right equipment. In the end, Sculpin was a full bodied Double IPA, with a good level of carbonation, and a long lasting full flavored aftertaste. This strong aftertaste contained bitter citrus hops, tart grapefruit, pine, and a few tart lemons. This aftertaste wasn't going anywhere. It will take a good 3 gallons of bottled water to wash away all the bitter and hoppy flavors.

Drinkability: My taste buds sure took a beating from this super charged hopped up Double IPA. That's not bad thing, that's a good thing! If you love your hoppy beers (If you're on BA, then you do), then Sculpin is a must try. It is expensive, but well worth the money. If you think this beer is good in bottles, then you should try it on tap. I don't know how you get any better than this, but Ballast Point did it. If you think the bottled version is excellent, then you must try this beer on tap. It's even better on tap!

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Deuane for hauling some bottles up to me to spread around with the NEPA BA's. Poured from a 22ounce bomber bottle into my nonic Imperial pint glass. Sculpin appears a hazed golden yellow color with about two fingers of quickly fading, fluffy bone white foam. The head leaves behind a thin sticky lace on the inside of my glass. Nose and flavor consist of both ruby red and white grapefruit juice, peel, and pith, bitter essential citrus oils, medium toasted bready grains, lemon, pungent hops akin to skunk weed, mild notes of resinous pine, a touch of tropical fruits such as pineapple and mango with some sweet malt coming in towards the end to shoelace it all together. Very pleasant, dry and bittersweet finish that leaves the tongue tingling a bit. Dis be some great shite!

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

Have had this one sitting in my cellar for about 2 weeks and decided to pair it up with a wasabi, soy, garlic tuna steak on Sat night.

A - Pours a brilliant golden color, crisp and delightful looking with a nice creamy white head rising up on the pour.

S - Brilliant pine and citrus smell dominate.

T - Follows the smell somewhat as the upfront pine is followed by a grapefruit/citrus explosion. It's all good for sure.

M - Very nice and the perfect match with something spicy. The bitterness cuts through the spicyness to make a wonderful treat to the meal.

D - Nice carbonation.

I looked forward to trying this and feels that this matches up favorably with just about any of the other world class IPA's. Worthy of its lofty ratings. Would def get again if it was not so hard to find. Check it out.

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 14,126 ratings