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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.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the Old Grove Ballast Point location on 3/18/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a fairly clear shiny copper, with a thin covering of bright-white frothy head. This stays rich and creamy for the most part, leaving some thick foamy lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is just chock full of juicy grapefruit, mango, and pineapple notes (with the emphasis on the grapefruit), floral hops, and spice. Bready caramel malts work with some of the tropical fruits to give the nose a bit of a sweet edge. Just so fresh and hoppy smelling. Mmmm....

The taste is aggressive up front with a firm dose of hops, laying a ton of spice and pine on the roof of the mouth. That succulant blend of tropical fruits and toasted caramel helps drench the mouth with a sticky and juicy blend of sweetness. Just great balance between the two extremes. Spice and resins linger for a good long bit in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a prickly creaminess to it that expands on the palate. This stays very smooth in the mouth overall, laying just the right amount of a sharp prickle on the tongue that really brings the bitterness of the hops out. And did I mention that the ABV is pretty non-existent? Yeah, that's pretty awesome too..

Just a classic American IPA here from Ballast Point, that combine massive but well balanced West Coast hop flavors into a wonderfully smooth and easydrinking package (for the size of it at least!). Just awesome stuff here as usual, that tasted the best that it could here on draft at the source.

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Photo of Mubbly
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought two of these at $10 per bomber. Glad I did.

Pours like a champ with a rising soft cloud of a head. It's a pillow! Or nice soft boo.. ehm. Stays put for a very long time. Nice golden color.

Smells like a bouquet of flowers! Oh - thank you! You shouldn't have! Smells can take you places.. I felt like I was in the garden of Eden for a second. Really nice. Great citrus smell floating off the beautiful cloud. I can tell that this will be very hop forward - I must proceed with caution.

The taste came in waves for me. I feel an initial hop bite roll across the tongue, followed by a nice and refreshing citrus smoothness, and ending with pleasant hop bitterness. I really appreciate the fruitiness. Tastes clean and fresh. A lot of flavors all putting their hands in to create a well crafted experience.

Feels soft and heavy. Smooth feeling that mirrors the beautiful head. Some hop oiliness. Nice.

Easy to drink. I can drink a lot of this one - the fresh flowery smell lures me in. Great flavor depth that refreshes.

Overall, it's a lot of fun. The smell stood out as the "star" to me. It took me a while to get to my first sip because of it. I'd love to see the rumored 6-pack. Unfortunately, the cost will probably keep me away for a while.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.82/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sculpin pours a hazy, dark straw color with a big, creamy off white head on top. The foam has great retention and leaves behind lots of netted lace on the glass. Inside the beer is a flurry of small bubbles slowly rising up to the surface.

The aroma is filled with orange and grapefruit citrus with some pine notes mixed in. Truly wonderful.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is pillowy soft on the palate with a mild effervescent fizz. Dry in the finish. The flavor begins bitter and slightly metallic. Orange and lemon citrus dominate the flavor. In the back there is some sweet malt and a touch of honey and yeasty bread which tries hard to balance out the bitterness. Alas, the malt bill balancing out this beer has as much chance as a nerd at a bully convention. It finishes bitter and leaves behind a flavor of orange citrus when gone.

I found myself sipping this beer. The dryness made me want to drink this with some water. It could also use some more malt sweetness to balance out all the hops. Still, The wonderful aroma and hoppy flavor should put a smile on any hopheads face.

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Photo of TCHopCraver
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bomber with a fellow BA. Received from another fellow BA. Thanks, buddy! Reviewed from notes on 3/20/10.

A: Poured golden-yellow with a pure-white 2-finger head into an oversized wine glass. The lacing was really sticky and looked like the Rocky Mountains in a glass. Head retention was good.

S: Off the charts fresh. It had a citrus-fruit, rose-floral hop profile that was nicely balanced by a golden malt and slight honey bouquet that filled my nose with fresh spring time happiness. This really made my tongue excited to experience this elixir.

T: It doesn't quite have the impact on my palate that the bouquet had on my olfactory. There is more of an earthy, coppery profile than the fresh, citrus taste at which the smell had hinted. It is good and quite fresh, but not quite as enlightening as I thought it would be after smelling it.

M: Pretty standard for an IPA, I would say. It was light to medium bodied in the mouth, with a good, crisp, dry finish.

D: Although I was a little disappointed with the taste, this beer is eminently drinkable. At 7% a.b.v., I could definitely tip back several of these if the price tag wasn't sooo high. Generally speaking, I enjoyed this brew, but I'm not sure if it really stands out as far from other good American IPAs as the average review score bears out.

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Photo of BeerGodz
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Look: Bright golden/amber color, clear, thick white head with very good retention & uber good lacing!

Smell: Pungent pine hop aroma, grapefruit, apricot

Taste: Up Front: Follows the smell, with the addition of biscuit malt. Finish: A touch of sweetness in the middle, and a very long hoppy finish - YUM!!!

Mouthfeel: Light/medium body with crisp carbonation and a dry finish

Drinkability: It could not be better!

Overall Impression: This is the best American IPA I've ever had! It's what West Coast (San Diego) IPA is all about. If only it were more readily available and affordable.

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Photo of BuckyFresh
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Beer is golden/yellow in color. There is also a slight haze to it when held to the light. There is a great 1-2 finger head that is very frothy and pillowy. Great retention and nice carbonation.

Smell: The aroma of this beer is definitely its strongest attribute. Great hop/floral character with the typical grapefruit and citrus notes. I thought that the smell of this beer was also a bit sweeter than most IPAs; there is almost a bit of honey detectable resulting in a nice balance between sweetness and bitter hops.

Taste: The first thing I noticed was the nice creamy texture of this one. There is about the right amount of bitterness, but I could have used a bit more malt presence. I thought I might have started with the beer a little cold, but the flavor didn't really warm up all that much as time went by. The hop flavor was very pleasant though; the hop presence wasn't as bright as in other IPAs. There was a deeper, earthy quality to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with adequate carbonation. There was a dry finish to this one, but not so much that it was astringent. Again, I could have used a bit more malt presence to balance things out.

Drinkability: Very refreshing. I could definitely knock back a few of these (even more so if there was a bit more sweetness).

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Photo of BelgianPrincess
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden/blonde. Definitely on the light side for an IPA, but with good reason (read the bottle).

Big apricot aroma. On second thought, don't read the bottle before you drink it because then you just think what the bottle tells you to, haha. It's more descriptive than your average description. So, piney, apricot, citrus goodness.

Big hop flavor. You can tell this was very well-hopped at all stages of the boil, as well as dry-hopped in secondary. Malt character, especially being from mostly pils I'm guessing, is subdued by the hops (big, American ones), but the afore-mentioned fruit flavors provide the malt with back support, so all-in-all superbly balanced in this hophead's opinion.

Medium-bodied and just right. The bubbles float over your tongue, imparting their flavor, and in the instant between then and when you swallow, you can feel the caress of nirvana. I recommend swallowing each mouthful by the half, that way you can be on both sides of the proverbial gateway at once.

I could drink this until I fell down, got up, drank more, and then vomited. Then I'd definitely be ready to drink some more.

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Photo of punkrkr27
3.92/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Yellow-gold pour with a loose white head. Very catty with lots of ammonia like presence, some floral pine, honey and a faintly minty, very bitter finish. Medium-thinnish body with moderate carbonation. This just wasn't very impressive. The body and mouthfeel were really lacking. Big intense flavor for a standard IPA though.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter with a darker almost marigold orange, white haze and strong carbonation bubbles float to the top.

Smell of a strong grapefruit / citrus pine. All typical hop aromas are there for a strong American IPA. A very good hop bouquet for the picking.

Taste was similar to the aroma, just not quite as sweet as I had thought it might be going into it from the aroma. There are strong pine and grapefruit, just less on the citrus side. The dryness of the beer probably slightly takes away from the sweet flavors that are usually present from Citrus. Caramelized sugars definitely present - usually what some describe as "sugar cookies". I thought this tasted better than blind pig, not as clean as PTE. and more mouthfeel than BP.

A medium mouthfeel - not chewy , not watery, chewfactor is denigrated from the dry bitter bite. Low to medium carbonation. Drinkability is relatively high because at only 7% you could have a few of these, but tough to drink them one after the other because of price and availability.

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Photo of Stigs
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz pour, on tap @ Fat Heads Pittsburgh, served in a mini snifter

A - fingers worth of loose bubbly white foam, falling on its own very slowly. the beer is a bold slightly burn gold color, just a tad hazy with seemingly active carbonation.

S - quite piney right off the bat, a bit different from the mango overload of regular Sculpin. noticebable caramel malt underneath...balanced. needed to warm a bit to open up (one complaint about this place is the beer is usually served too cold).

T - predominantly melon, mango, citrus, peaches, apricot...turning towards piney hops. sharp attacking bitterness. pretty good, but i'm kind of adserve towards one-dimensional IPA's. some sweetness comes to life, melted caramel, some candy cane and bubble gum. not sure what exactly the dry-hopping is bringing to this, but I much prefer the regular release.

M - great here, thick oily body coats the mouth and slides down the throat. subtle but prickly carbonation. nice lasting bitterness and alcohol burn.

D - solid IPA, not outstanding...price tag in the area pushes this to a "try once and move on" beer ($6 for 12oz pour). definitely different from regular Sculpin...not better.

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Photo of Freethyhops
4.97/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle poured into a pint. the guy at the store guaranteed this to be less than a month old.

A- pours a yellowish orange color. quite light colored for an IPA but very similar in color to the ever so popular Pliny. a vigorous pour produced an extreme amount of head with heavy lacing. I don't expect much malt to come in play but the hops look to be in full force.

S- sharp citric acidic hoppiness. a barrage of tropical fruits. orange, lemon, and grapefruit. it is not extremely complex but it's so strong and inviting. it's really exactly what I want from an IPA and honestly probably as good as it gets.

T- perfect mix of bitter citrus and sweetness with a little bit of breadiness coming in from the light malt proflie. very well balanced and smooth all the way through. no taste is overbearing and I can taste that they loaded all the hops they could into the 7% malt profile.

M- very full bodied for an IPA. carbonation is at a pleasant and well integrated level. a bit of stickiness from all the hops, too. again, nothing but flawless in this category.

D- I'd like to see somebody try to take a glass of Sculpin away from me. If I hadn't just dropped $80 dollars on KBS, I would have cleared the Sculpin from shelves of this store. I haven't even had it before but reviews on this site have said it's exceptional and I can not disagree in the least. Pick up as much as you can drink in the near future whenever you see this beer on the shelves

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Photo of neorunner
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Light golden orange color. Quarter inch of of thick head that dissipates quickly.

S - Strong citrus notes: tangerine, grapefruit, and pine.

T - Great hop flavor with a solid malt backbone to keep it in check.

M - Straight forward with a reasonably smooth finish. A nice lingering hop flavor that keeps you wanting more.

D - This comes in a close second to Nelson as a AIPA that I wish I could get on a regular basis.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.88/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this from a friend at a local beer store...

A: Light gold color with a thick 2 inch white head that fades slowly. Awesome look.

S: Smells of heavy grapefruit and hops upfront. Slight honey and earthy scent in the middle with and candi sugars on the backend. Very good.

T: Super bitter hops upfront. Earthy light fruits and grapefruit in the middle with honey hidden on the backend. Not much of a hop man personally.

M: Refreshing, but not as refreshing as most IPA's. Leaves a dry bitter flavor on your palate. Not for me.

D: Get past the wall of hops and you can get this down.

All in all, this is a fantastic brew if you want super hops. I'm not a hop man myself. This is super dry and hoppy. If you want some malts and sweet flavors, than this is not your brew.

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Photo of md655321
4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Officially my favorite single IPA.

Flavor is almost like a double, with ludicrous amounts of hops. Smells like its brewed with grapefruit. Wonderful deep orange color and perfectly clear. I could drink this all day, and a few times I have.

Only knock against it is the price, but this is maybe the only 9 dollar a bomber IPA that I think is EASILY worth it.

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

Poured from a bomber into my tulip glass.
Color is a very pale straw yellow color. Almost crystal clear with a small amount of carbonation bubbles. Head is a gorgeous fluffy slightly off white color of about 2 fingers. Very nice retention onto the sides of the glass.

Awesome fresh hoppy aroma. Pink grapefruit, minneola tangelo almost a sweet sugar cookie like aroma from the light malts. A touch of clementine and also maybe a bit of lemon. I could definitely sit here and smell this one for a while.

Theres slightly less going on in the taste department compared to the aroma. The grapefruit is there. The sugar cookie is there as well. Some of the tangelo and orange flavors aren't there. The flavor definitely doesn't linger. It's there and then after the swallow it's gone. A small amount of bitterness on the end.

Mouthfeel is nicely done. Pretty light bodied and smooth. Goes down easily. This could be sessioned at a lower price point. Light on the carbonation.

Overall drinkability would good. I could easily drink this all the time. I can't say it's the best American IPA in the world. Having just had Bling Pig, and Founders The Chronic recently.I can't put this up there with those two. I would maybe put it in the top 10 though.

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Photo of mutterfudder
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Went out beerhunting tonight (no KBS, sadly!) but I did find some Sculpin. In Massachusetts! And the beermongers assured me it was fresh. Well, okay then! Rushed home, fridged one up and poured into a Stone IPA tulip.

A - Sculpin pours a fizzy pale copper with a thick, foamy head. Starts 2 fingers and comes down to a nice thick 1 finger. Lacing is big and fluffy down the glass. Very pretty.

S - Sculpin smells great. I pick out the hops (duh) and there's smells of fresh cut grass and citrus. It's one of the best sweet and sharp smelling IPA's I've had the pleasure of sticking my nose in.

T - There's a nice balance to this beer. The hops are more present and sharp. There's not an overly astringent note, but there's a great, fresh wet hop taste with grapefruit, mango, and lemon zest. I'm liking this a lot.

M / D - Mouthfeel is wonderful, as fizzy as it should be and doesn't leave a lingering astringency. It's also very drinkable, I went through the bomber with no issues and could have had another.

Sculpin gets a lot of hype out here, and it's a beer that does well to live up to it. It's a fresh, easy drinking IPA with good hop flavor and a really nice finish. Highly recommend (though, that $10.99 a bomber is hard to swallow...)

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Photo of erosier
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a nice golden yellow orange color with a medium bodied tall white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet toasted malts, hints of citrus-y lemony and orange aromas, and then a nice big piney, floral, citrus-y hop aroma at the end of the nose.
T: Tastes of sweet toasted malts then a big dry hoppy tastes, followed with slight tastes of lemon, orange, mango, then a big floral, piney, citrus-y hop finish that is really nice.
M: Very crisp, refreshing, light to medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, this one is excellent with a decent amount of alcohol and huge flavors it is one excellent IPA.

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Photo of caresville
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i want to give this beer all 5's but i actually feel there possibly could be a better IPA out there somewhere... maybe. i really do think this is the best IPA i have ever had.

a- pours a deep orange sunset type color, big old white puffy head, tons of carbonation, and perfect lacing... could you ask for anymore?!?!

s- an array of floral hops and fruit bomb galore. so fresh and potent i can smell the fruit in the glass 2 or 3 feet from it.

t&m- so good. so so so sooo good!! pineapple, guava, mango, lemon, lime, orange, raspberry, strawberry, and on and on and on. total fruit bomb on every level, to the sweet fruits right to the bitter ones and back to the citrus ones. all of this fruit is complimented by a nice amount of hops, not overpowering and not overriding the original fruity taste. a slight bitter feel on the taste, just enough to leave your mouth puckering for more and not make you lick your mouth clean and brace yourself for another shot.

d- damn near perfect. i had trouble giving it all 5's for the fact that i think the hops were a little weak and i would like to see a little bit more added to this beer without it having that peatmoss and pine tree taste and keeping the high levels of fruits. i could argue this beer on to anyones top 5 favorite IPA list.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date. Major thanks to mb2696 for the bottle!

(A)- Pours a clear orange color that produced a beautiful fluffy white head that is just sticking & clinging to the sides of the glass as if the foam didnt want to dissipate. It did, it just took awhile.

(S)- Creamy lemon, pineapple, mango, & peach citrus that has a burst of pine behind it. Great fruits that are actually almost tropical together. Bits of honey-like malts in the background.

(T)- Wow, a huge dryness up front that totally dries out the mouth until it overflows with the same creamy citrus/tropical fruits from the smell. A much more pronounced pine bitterness than what was in the smell brings up the rear with an even bigger dryness than the start. Not much malt, but just a touch of honey-like cream comes through: very subtle though.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance even if its a huge fruit/hop bomb of a beer. The massive dryness is really dynamic when combined with the great creamy fruits & piney bitterness. Great feel & character for the style.

(D)- A great example of a great IPA. Rather fruit driven that I enjoy. Goes down easy & tastes great. What I like about it is that it wasnt just made to draw higher IBUs, but that it balances all of the things that makes a great IPA. Fantastic brew!

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Photo of kwakwhore
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes:
Purchased from Southbay Drugs
Clear golden pour with a voluminous white head. Amazing retention and copious lacing.
Piney hop and citrus perfume subsides into a consistently hoppy aroma.
The flavor is lean and hoppy. As the beer warms, some fruitiness emerges, I never quite got the mango/pineapple flavors that others describe, but this definitely gets better the longer you let it warm.
The mouthfeel is soft and cushioned on the palate.
Drinkability is very high too.
I wasn't sure what to expect from such an overly hyped beer, but I was not disappointed. Very good IPA.

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Photo of 100floods
3.89/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a little golden hue. no fizz but definitely visual signs of carbonation, no head. Very nice aroma. lots of citrus and pine . It gives off a nice medium bitter aroma. This beer is light bodied. I feel like a lot of breweries will have a huge hop bomb backed by some malt, but not this one (those beers are also usually 9% and up, this is under 8%, this note is probably referring to the fact that I drink more DIPAs than IPAs). The taste is pretty good. This seems similar with it intentions as beers like Hop Juice: all about the hops, not the malt. The flavor leans more towards the citrus notes than anything, leaving a slight grapefruit taste in your mouth. The pine notes are there to balance it out, but not too much. This beer is has a bunch of flavor is not in your face. There's no direct attack from the hops, but they don't go unnoticed. Start to finish your getting a bouqet of flavors. I think as the beer warms up a tad some sweet flavors some out. Notes of grapefruit are really starting to show. I think for me to really enjoy that I'd like more malt, but it's a minor complaint.

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Photo of dwilson01
3.54/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served poured out of a bomber into a pint glass, lots of initial carbonation in the bottle but poured very smoothly, medium amount of head, dissipates pretty quickly but stays around due to constant release of carbonation.

Didn't appear cloudy at all, looks like it has been filtered , definitely glows when held up to the light, golden coloring.

Smell is not too intense for an IPA, between all the flavors I detect the bitterness of the hops coming through the most. I get no sweet smell, small amount of citrus but mostly the bitter west coast style IPA.

Taste follows the smell, it's all hop bitterness with not too much malt in there although I get a little more of that than in the smell. Very solid flavor though, consistent and stays with you after you throw it back for quite some time.

Pretty thin mouthfeel due to the small amount of malt in this one, I think they probably just threw barley in there with a single kind of hops to maintain a single flavor throughout the tasting which they definitely achieved.

Overall, likeable beer but forgettable. Maybe I got a bad one or something but I think this one may be a little sandbagged in the overall grade it snags on here. I guess that basically I was expecting a bit more than I got in the flavor and feel of the beer. This one was really just the big eye IPA with a greater amount of hops in it so not too exciting.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour - big, bright orange and yellow with a glow that makes you think of that first morning sunrise of a long vacation. This is all topped off with a big fluffy white head.

Aroma - tropical fruits (mangoes, pineapples, papaya, guava) and loads of tangerine and grapefruit to boot. This smells heavenly, such a great mixture of fresh piney goodness from the hops. Its pungent and enticing, I am drawn in immediately.

Taste - big juicy tropical fruit flavors mesh with a great balance of cotton candy like malt sweetness. Its a perfect match for the big hop profile that Sculpin is packing. Pineapple and grapefruit really stand out on the tongue with just the right amount of bitterness and astringency but again this is backed up nicely by the sweetness.

Overall - absolutely excellent American IPA and one that stands out even amongst so many great choices on the shelves these days. This is what the discriminating hophead craves.

Would I buy more of it? - yes, yes, yes. Next time its released fresh I'll be stocking up on this super fine fish.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bocktown had this on tap, it lasted from Wednesday nights tasting to mid day Thursday. I'm glad I stopped in for some lunch time beers on Thursday. Appears a pale copper hue with a bubbling bright white head, forms intricate fine lacing down the sides of my glass as it dwindles. Aromatics have a full blown hop garden going on with bountiful citrusy graperfruit and tropical fruit tones, raw floral and herbal qualities as well, with some mild sweetness making it's way from the pale malts. Flavor was brazenly bitter full on assault of bitter orange peel pith, floral herbal hops, and again tropical fruit juiciness. Pale malts gave enough bread and biscuit components just to balance out the huge hop profile. Killer experience I can't wait to try more from these guys, mouthfeel was oily resinous medium bodied ale. Soft mellow carbonation made this one lubricatingly smooth experience, drinkable as all hell. I'm 100% sold and I'm glad I found this brew that I have been trying to track down for over 5 yrs now, a welcome addition to the Pittsburgh beer scene.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got this bottle in a trade with Sideswipe... Poured it into my New Belgium Globe glass.

Pours a coppery apricot color with a solid finger of frothy bone white head. Retention is great! Lace is clinging hard just from the head settling. Brilliantly clear. I will flat out say that this looks incredible.

I smell some sweet malts and then it's hop city. Grapefruit and pineapple, and lemony/orangey apricots. I also smell a little bit of fresh-cut flowers, but I don't know what to call it (other than flowery), but it reminds me more of the smell of actually CUTTING the flowers' stems, not of the petals.

Taste is very nice. Well balanced between malts and hops. Starts off with a pleasant malt front, sweet up front... Then the bitterness hits as it slides to the back of my tongue. I do taste grapefruity hops with a little pine rosin sensation as the hop oils coat my mouth and teeth. This thing isn't so bitter that it rips the enamel off, but it is certainly hoppy! I don't have the IBU info here, but it has to be around 100 or higher!

Finish is nice. Ends on another sweet note, which is nice. The aftertaste that lingers reminds me of having sucked on an orange slice 5 minutes ago... This is one that makes me not want to eat or drink anything else, for fear of losing that aftertaste. If I had more of this, I would have another one!

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
4.38 out of 5 based on 13,464 ratings.
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