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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From Whole Foods in Vienna, Virginia. Bottle has no freshness date. That is not a good idea for an IPA.

Clear orangey yellow, lots of carbonation, white head with various bubble sizes, reduces to a thin layer, leaves lacing.

Hmmm, smell is not very strong. Disappointing for a highly rated American IPA. Is it too old? Well at least it was refrigerated. There is this yellow fruit aroma that leans toward apricot. Pleasant but rather one dimensional.

There is a little caramel malt sweetness. Good and not overpowering bitterness. Lingering resiny aftertaste, but not overly pleasant.

Body is rather thin for an IPA. Carbonation is refreshing but not biting. Warming alcohol but still quite refreshing.

I am confused. This is not what I expected from a highly rated IPA. My preferences of a stronger malty backbone aside, I am disappointed of the lack of hops complexity. In no way this beer is bad, but also not exciting enough to get a higher rating.

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
4.37 out of 5 based on 13,837 ratings.
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