Sculpin IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA
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4.39/5
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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
ballastpoint.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#257
Reviews:
2,520
Ratings:
14,176
pDev:
9.79%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,516
Gots:
5,922
Trade:
42
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Ratings: 14,176 |  Reviews: 2,520
Photo of Momack229
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of headlessparrot
3.84/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Does the world really need another Sculpin review? Absolutely not. But.

Pours from the 750mL bomber a caramel-y orange/amber colour, slightly hazy (chill-haze?) and capped by three fingers of rocky, uneven foam that persists decently and leaves a metric tonne of lacing on the glass.

Smell is piney, citrusy goodness. Slightly soapy. Orange zest, grapefruit zest. Resin. Very green.

Taste is much the same. Piney, citrusy. Slightly soapy, a bit of biscuity/crackery malt. Bitter but not overpoweringly so, although the finish is a bit of a mouth-puckerer. Good, balanced body and moderate carbonation.

An enjoyable IPA, but my controversial take: not worth the price Ballast Point asks, and not necessarily better than any great *local* IPA you might be able to get your hands on out there.

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Photo of mthomp081
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Seabreeze
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is my go to beer. I love it on tap, in the bottle or in a can.

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Photo of mastergintoki
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can
L: nice color kind of copperish, head subsided rather quickly
S: sweet. Hoppy, floral and citrusy. Has a bitter smell
T: it has bitterness but the sweetness that acvompanies it is great.. Some grapefruit peel.t. very balanced ipa
F: its very easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel
O: Very nice IPA. I prefer their habanero and grapefruit sculpin but its one of my fave ipa

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Photo of Shrugger
4.84/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jarhead26
3.99/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sporting_KCBBQ
4.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KrissyKat6
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very happy but sweet :-D

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Photo of FrancisM12
4.16/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of benude
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of edward_boumil
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a can into a tulip
L: Sexy as hell. Beautiful clear copper color , head started off quite bubbly though it quickly subsided.
S: Very sweet. Also very hop heavy. Very floral in nature, some citrus as well. Has a bitter smell that is also accompanied by a toastiness as well as a slight butteriness (diacetyl?)
T: Crisp, but not overwhelmingly so. There is bitterness and it is assertive while also not being overwhelming. Also a beautiful sweetness. that pairs nicely with the citrus aspects of the hops. Reminds me of grapefruit. I find that this IPA is quite well balanced
F: Incredibly drinkable for an IPA. Definitely some astringency, which is expected. Carbonation is not to heavy.
O: Very nice IPA. Ranks up there with the best of them. Had high expectations with this beer and they were met.

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Photo of DerwinWentworth
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nomdegar
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hendryxdp
3.46/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jpinoniemi
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KaraBoBeera
3.9/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of timfelix
4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I have had it on tap and from the bottle. Similar tasting experience. Lots of hop flavors throughout, while staying smooth even with quite a bite from all those hops. No malt noticed. If you like hops, this is excellent. But as another reviewer noted, there are other very good IPAs that will cost a lot less.
Full disclosure: I find many IPAs to be so hoppy I think I could bite into a fresh hop and chase it with cold water and get the same taste.

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Photo of Blinkyoureyes
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CBrodbeck
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Fen9way
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Guy_Costigan
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

bought as a single serve establishment in a train station, payed $8 for one! expected alot for $8 needed alot for $8, drank out of bottle, beer had a steady hop balance, on this particular drink tasted as a straight IPA, not much on additional flavoring but again drank from bottle with bag wrapped around. this is limiting no doubt, this was however very pricey

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 14,176 ratings