Sculpin IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

Sculpin IPASculpin IPA
BA SCORE
95.4%
Liked This Beer
4.39 w/ 13,878 ratings
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:
#251
Reviews:
2,491
Ratings:
13,878
Liked:
13,241
Avg:
4.39/5
pDev:
9.57%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,500
Gots:
5,733
Trade:
43
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 13,878 |  Reviews: 2,491
Photo of cduffy201
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SaltofOH
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can dated 15135 (May 15, 2015). Boston Shaker at World of Beer.

Appearance: Bright, light gold with orange tint - slight haze. 2 finger white, frothy head. Nice lacing, but not remarkable. Excellent retention.

Aroma: Massive hop resins, graprefruity, slightly malty background. Pure resin/grapefruit; not getting the tropical or pine notes as much.

Taste: Bold, hoppy arrival, but not overpowering; light sweetness on mid-palate, but would not describe this as a sweet beer; it is the impression of sweetness without actually being sweet, if that makes any sense.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp hoppy bitter, though there is some malt backbone there to speak of; really perfect for an IPA.

Overall: Does not live up to the hype, though it is probably the second or third best IPA I've ever had. That said, there are a number of more widely available and less expensive alternatives. It is super refreshing and clean; if it were $10.99 a six pack, I'd buy it every weekend. But at $14.99 per sixer, it is for special occasions only. Really puzzled by how World of Beer has cans; only ever seen it in bottles, bombers, or kegs here otherwise.

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Photo of PhillyJ
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

. The cans are making this readily accessible everywhere which is great. This is a top notch IPA you will not find a smoother ale. I'm not gonna compare this to any other ipas. This beer is a classic if you haven't had it yet do yourself a favor and try it. if you can find the grapefruit buy all you find seriously though..

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Photo of Sensei04
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Kgreat44
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of chrissy820
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Bought 6pk in cans . Hazy orange/gold color with medium head that settles to thin coat of lacing in my DFH chalice.
Nice hop, citrus smell not too strong .

A dab of hop sting on the back of my mouth.

Enough texture to have substance, but very easy to drink.

This is one highly rated beer that lives up to expectations

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Photo of Jamstone714
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Songminx2
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bingja18
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MIrvine
3.5/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ctylinebeer
3.9/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into tulip

L - Gold color with a thick foam dome

S - Flowers flowers flowers. Lavendar notes as well

T - I get the malt first with a citrus-bitter aftertaste.

F - Very light in body. Dangerously drinkable

O - File this one under citrus-IPA. I have not had the Big Eye IPA yet, but I would describe it as a strong session-IPA. Very light and drinkable but the ABV and IBU count makes this an IPA. Give this to someone who is "scared" of trying IPAs so that they can get the bitterness. Very good beer and would like to have this again, but I'm down to my last bottle from the six-pack...=[

Cheers!

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Photo of gbw5009
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JayE0920
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MrT172
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeremy0682
3.57/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of acdcsmith22
3.95/5  rDev -10%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jdrankin
3.83/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wolfpac255
3.98/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StevenMilligan
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Light amber/dark orange.

S: Aricot, lemon rind, cut grass.

T: Apricots and lemon rinds again. Naval oranges. Bitter, dry finish with a hint of piney hops.

F: Medium carbonation and adequate mouthfeel. Not overly creamy, I enjoy that in an IPA (even if it's out or character) and miss that here.

O: One awesome IPA! I absolutely loved the grapefruit version and this is almost as good. I wish some of the fruity notes were present in the finish versus that West Coast piney bite. But that's the nature of the beast and you have to respect that. You'd be damned to catch me turn down a pint of this.

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Photo of Duff_ny
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Old trusty never fails

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

Photo of thebarkley
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ChrisMLan
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PintOfPaul
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 95.4% out of 100 with 13,878 ratings
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