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:
#253
Reviews:
2,527
Ratings:
14,227
pDev:
9.79%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,524
Gots:
5,961
Trade:
41
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Ratings: 14,227 |  Reviews: 2,527
Photo of wertschy
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of NorseKaiser
4.04/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JMay419
4.74/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of djchrismac
4.79/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Fahmie25
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Schlegz
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of sprinklz92
4.74/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ParadoxGuitarist
3.85/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bobbypaulson
4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stomioka
4.71/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Ru55ell
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ryanmextorf
4.04/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JLaw55
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This may be the best IPA I have ever had. This has a smoothness and balance that you don't often find in an IPA. There is a perfect sweet maltiness present to offset the hops, while still keep them front and center. The hops present a nice juicy, citrus, hop bite. It still remains light and drinkable as well.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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

Photo of AW311
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dr_Leafy_Green
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Nice golden color with a one finger creamy head, slowly dissolving. Excellent floral nose, hint of citrus. The nose of this is very distinctive. The taste starts slightly bitter and piney but finishes clean. Excellent carbonation for balance and mouthfeel.

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4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of kraticus41
3/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Didn't do much for me.

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

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4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheItalianStallion
4.83/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip

A: Deep golden in color and topped with a nice head of white foam that is 2 fingers in size. After a few minutes the head eventually settles to a thin collar of multiple tiny bubbles that stay for the remainder of the drink. A good amount of lacing is left clinging to the sides of the glass.

S: Fresh, juicy citrus hop aromas jump right out of the glass. I'm getting orange and mango, with some grapefruit as well. There is some piney hops in the background, but they are dominated by all the citrus aromas. A pretty strong nose considering this isn't a double IPA.

T: The taste of this beer perfectly matches the nose, and for that I give it a 5. You immediately get smacked with clean, crisp flavors of grapefruit and orange with some pine. The flavors are very hop forward, but you can tell there is a good amount of malt used by the fact that there is only a small amount of bitterness. The malt is there purely for balance, as it is barely perceived when it comes to the flavor.

M: This beer has a medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is very clean/crisp with minimal bitterness. It is extremely refreshing and the fact that it has barely any bitterness makes it go down very smooth.

O: Sculpin IPA is a great beer that is EXTREMELY drinkable. There is big, fresh flavors of citrus hops with a good amount of malt to balance it all out. Pretty much a perfect representation of the style with perfect balance, this is without a doubt one of the greatest IPAs that is readily available. In the small amount of time it took me to write this review, I downed 3 of these beers like it was nothing. They are dangerously, dangerously drinkable. I just kept reaching for more and more until my glass was empty. These are outstanding and without a doubt have just become my new go to IPA!

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Photo of boocie
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 14,227 ratings