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Sculpin IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA
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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.

Added by brentk56 on 04-02-2006

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Ballast Point Sculpin has a thin, white head, a clear, slightly bubbly, orange-gold appearance, and fairly heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of strong piney hop resin, grapefruit, and generalized citrus. Taste is of all that, with sweet, white bread, and strong, but certainly not harsh bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, and there is a bit of an unfortunate chalky aspect. The finish is dry and easy drinking.


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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.56/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.4/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.8/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.56/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle. Reviewed 5/1/14.

Color is gold with a thick white head. Retention is fair with nice lacing. Aroma is grapefruit and some tropical fruits - very strong. Flavor is a blast of grapefruit on the palate, moderated by some caramel malt, but really a hop-forward beer. Finish is lingering grapefruit rind - very nice. Body is light to medium with moderate to high carbonation.

Overall a really good example of West Coast IPA that is one I often use as a yardstick against which to judge other IPAa.

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.04/5  rDev -8%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of smanson56
4.07/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of akward
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of RyanK252
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Buffalo Wild Wings

A: Pours deep gold with a frothy off white head that laces very well.

S: Citrus and tropical fruit hops, a touch of pine, with a little malt sweetness.

T: Big hop hit, grapefruit sticks out, some pine, then the tropical fruit comes out, especially as it warms with pineapple and mango notes, all backed with a nice caramel malt sweetness.

M: A bit on the heavier side of medium body, with moderate carbonation, very smooth.

O: Perhaps not my favorite big IPA, and a bit too pricey in bottles, but still a very well done brew that's earned it status as a classic.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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

A: clear; deep gold color; 1 finger off white head that receded slowly to a thin cap; very nice lacing;

S: strong grapefruit;

T: follows the nose - grapefruit from start to finish with some ripe pineapple added in at the end; bitterness kicks in at mid-palate and stays;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: really good!

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.6/5  rDev +4.8%

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4.52/5  rDev +3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 14,016 ratings
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