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Sculpin IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA
BA SCORE
4.39/5
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13,967 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:
#247
Reviews:
2,497
Ratings:
13,967
pDev:
9.79%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,502
Gots:
5,802
Trade:
43
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Ratings: 13,967 |  Reviews: 2,497
Photo of sdlhy
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JooJooEyeballs
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of robbmotiwalla
3.99/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Belekinbeer
4.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Could be the best IPA I've ever had.

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Photo of Hopglow
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of OB1
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Natellis123
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

One of the best standard IPAs I've had. Crisp. Fresh. Strong hops, but not by any means too much, in my opinion. This is my "go to" IPA.

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Photo of jmossqs
4.91/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows sweet clean malt, resinous hops, piny notes and a little citrus. Enticing.
Great balanced flavours, again there's a mix of sweet clean malt and piny, resinous hops. Some spicy notes as well. Superbly balanced, very drinkable.

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

Photo of sparx1100
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of porter_collie
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed from 12 oz. can

A - Drank straight from the can, but from a bit poured into a glass, a nice straw color.

S - A plethora of citrus aromas waft out of the can top. Grass, mint and even a hint of green onion sneak in, too.

T - A full-on citrus bomb. Really tastes like a orange Julius in beer form. Tangerine and clementine brightness with a hint of ruby grapefruit pucker. Some floral and garlic savory flavors are present. The malt is pleasantly low on sugar and has a biscuit flavor that lets the hops shine. Aftertaste is all bitterness and ripe orange.

M - A sprightly carbonation buoys up the hops atop a dry and light body.

O - A fine West Coast IPA. The pure orange and clementine citrus flavors are oh so enjoyable and make for a world-class beer experience summer or winter.

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Photo of Riggsby
4.66/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I first drank this lovely at Stone in Escondido in 2007. At the time I was blown away by the citrus forward aspect of this beer. A couple of years later I toured the brewery just before this beer blew up in the national sense. We had a personal tour and were told they were putting 7 varieties of hops in each batch. The expen$e to make this ale was considerable. Thus the addiction began. I believe that, with my uncle, we put this beer on the map on the East coast because we were drinking at least a pallet/year. I have a set of garage doors nailed with thousands of caps to prove our consumption!! But what happened? As they grew this brew dropped off. I remember that on our West coast visit they were expanding tankage to outside fermenters. I believe this and hop shortages/prices changed this beer. Pliny on tap on the East coast, at least at Monk's, is close to what you taste in Santa Rosa. I can't say the same for Sculpin. Like a first love, she always fades with time. Thus the toying with grapefruit, kiwi, habaneros, etc to cover up the loss of what made this beer unique. Ballast boys- get back to the basics and make less so that we have "more"!

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

Photo of handcrafty
4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drink fresh! Nom nom nom.

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Photo of davidkenzler
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Ri0
4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

poured 12oz can into snifter. Not able to identify any date.

A - Pours a hazy gold and apricot hues with a 2 finger white head. Decent retention that fades to a collar and leaves webs of lacing on the glass.

S - Aggressive west coast hops on this beer, with some citrus, pine, and grapefruit. I also pick up a nice malt/yeast combination.

T - West coast piney hops are up front, followed by some sweet citrus mid-palate and a bitter finish. There's a pleasant malty sweetness that complements the citrus well. I get some lingering bread and biscuit with a solid bitter grapefruit finish.

M - Medium creamy mouth feel with ample carbonation and a nice bitter finish.

O - It's my first time drinking Sculpin and it reminds me of Fatheads Headhunter.

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Photo of Emmige1
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of beergoot
4.09/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle label data: none noted.

Crystal clear, golden body with strings of small bubble carbonation rising and a thick, frothy, white head. The aroma combines interesting qualities of spice and grain; pine tar. Honey-like sweetness with a light cereal grain base highlights the flavor; well-balanced and soothing hop bitterness. Medium body with a combination juicy/dry quality.

It is hard to beat a solid, sublimely complex IPA like this one. Deftly balanced across the sensory spectrum, this brew drinks easily and completely satisfies. Must...find...more...

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Photo of dymmig89
4.17/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SDwomp
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

One of the finest beers to grace the earth.

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Photo of beerdoggle
4.84/5  rDev +10.3%

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 13,967 ratings
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