Sculpin IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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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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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.19/5  rDev -4.1%

12oz cold can w/freshness date into tulip

Appearance - Hazed over, glowing golden orange, 2 finger head has great retention and leaves ample lacing

Smell - Clean and light tropical fruits up front mixed with a big citrus blast: grapefruit all day, orangey, then light biscuit malts.

Feel/Taste - Medium body with ample scrubbing carb carries the flavors well, quite smooth, feels light and drinkable. Taste is much like nose; light tropical/stone fruit hops mixed with a citrus burst of grapefruit and orange, a touch of pine; then some biscuity, toasty malts come out to balance, finishes dry with moderate, lingering, resinous citrus pith bitterness.

Overall - An excellent citrus-bomb IPA, I just don't think it's heads and shoulders above many others... Maybe it was years ago, but these days there are many, many similar IPAs that are just as awesome. Unfortunately, the hype machine got a hold of this one and caused the prices to inflate ($7.50 bombers, $12+ sixers, c'mon). Regardless, this is a damn good beer.

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4.36/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.96/5  rDev -9.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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5/5  rDev +14.4%

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4.6/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.52/5  rDev +3.4%

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

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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

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5/5  rDev +14.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Must have for any ipa lover.

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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

5/5  rDev +14.4%

This is one of my top 5 favorite IPAs. I've been meaning to take a trip to SD to visit their brewery... Soon, very soon!

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.23/5  rDev -3.2%

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5/5  rDev +14.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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5/5  rDev +14.4%

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4.04/5  rDev -7.6%

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
4.37 out of 5 based on 13,838 ratings.
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