Sculpin IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA
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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:
#253
Reviews:
2,526
Ratings:
14,225
pDev:
9.79%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,523
Gots:
5,960
Trade:
41
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Ratings: 14,225 |  Reviews: 2,526
Photo of markjarema11
4.73/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of goopy
3.65/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of trainingwithkev
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of acapsel
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bruno74200
4.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Second tasting in june '16, a bit old (5 months old)

L - Clear gold with a beautiful thin lacing

S - Pine, grapefruit, apricot, caramel. Define west Coast ipa

T - Pine, all citrus you want. Great bitterness. Great malt backbone. Clear but complex. This beer grows on you at each sip

F - Perfect mouthfeel, fine bubbles, juicy

O - the best ipa I've had so far. The perfect west Coast Ipa and not far too be the perfect beer. The balance is amazing. I can only imagine it fresher.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NicholasOfMKE
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of adub23
3/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

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

Photo of Bm1
3.85/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of BrewNoob1
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rynomagic
3.83/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Solid IPA. Has all the qualities you want from an IPA, but the taste isn't there for me. Pours well, good head and has a good, hearty feel. I enjoyed my 5g keg but I'll stick with the cans going forward.

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

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

Photo of Israelreyes311
4.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was my first IPA. I will not drink anything that isn't an IPA. The taste is consistent front start to finish.

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

Photo of Bob_Rhoades
4.74/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic IPA. Smells of pineapple and grapefruit. Tastes like biting into a very ripe grapefruit at first, then the well-balanced barley hits your palate. This is a perfect representation of an American IPA.

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Photo of JohnnyR305
4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of HeavyMetalKegger
4.14/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bb-magic
4.07/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JJTrex
4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very vibrant, clean taste. Enjoyable to drink, makes you look forward to the next sip. Delicious to drink.

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Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
3/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Strat58cat
2.69/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I'm way in the minority on this, and I know it. Sculpin IPA in my opinion is an unpleasant ale that I won't willingly drink again. I'm not going to drink Bud Black Crown again either unless it's forced on me by circumstances, but I have to admit I would probably enjoy Black Crown more. I respect Ballast Point, but they've gone for the unpleasant aromas and flavors that I find in some IPAs. I don't care for it, that's all. Imho, Sculpin is a fishy IPA. Completely overrated. Many better choices.

Looks fine. Clear and notably light amber in color. The head suds up well but does not retain at all. Fades away to a thin film quickly, especially for an IPA. Nice white color while it lasts, which isn't long. Little lacing.

The aroma starts off well with full grapefruit, but then there is something off. Underneath, there is a little bit of a fishy smell.

The taste starts off well with grapefruit, but then that fishiness is very apparent. It's a fishy aftertaste. No. They tried to go light on the malt to bring out the hops. At least they named it for a fish, which is appropriate.

The feel is okay. It's a very light bodied IPA, by design. They just messed up the hops or the malt in this one and ended up with a fishy aftertaste. Notably oily finish.

Overall, it's not as good as many others in the IPA space. My money is on several excellent Stone ales at this price point. I can do a lot better by just picking up a Lagunitas - or even a Rebel - for less money anywhere in Southern California. This IPA is very overrated. Other Ballast Point brews I've tried are very good, but not this one. The emperor has no clothes. Professional reviews have gone nuts over this for no good reason.

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 14,225 ratings