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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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

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5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of yesmynameisjosh
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What do you say about something when everything has already been said?
To me, this beer and I have a close relationship that was at a time monogamous in our understanding. Like a first kiss from your first love, you simply can't forget for eternity what you were doing when this delicious beer quenched your palette for a first time.
The appearance is so unique as it is beautiful that when served on a flight you can immediately tell that the blood orange red color is Sculpin IPA.
The smell is subtle, yet strong enough to hit the back of your nostrils, with floral hints of pine, spice and fruit combination.
Unlike many IPA's this beer's taste is only slightly bitter, the fresh citrus taste with a hint of kick from the combination of hops and spices is a thing to behold. It is not a beer you can drink too many of though however, because it will lose it's taste. I only have 2 of these at max on draft but they do need to be ICE COLD.
I love you Sculpin.

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4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. Fairly fresh bottle as the brewery which is in close proximity

A - Bright amber-orange pour. Good amount of head. Not overdone with the carbonation. Pretty medium body for an IPA. Lot of lacing off the sides, a real nice crystalline retention.

S - A good clean and crisp IPA scent. Floral presence with a good amount of citrus bite. Nothing mind-blowing but clean.

T - Follows through with the smell. Good amount of citrus especially grapefruit followed by a solid bite from the hops. The hops carry through nicely leaving a bitter after taste. Still nice and for that amount of bitterness in the finish, very drinkable. It's borderline sessionable but can be dangerous considering the 7% ABV.

M - A great mouthfeel for a crisp IPA. That nice grapefruit citrus doesn't detract from the mouthfeel at all. Frothy and clean start to finish.

O - I drink this beer a lot. It being a local beer, still kind of pricey averaging a 6 pack at $12.99-$13.99 (on sale). I've had it old and fresh this being a fresh review. Like any other IPA an older bottle will lose a lot. That being said, this is a winner and one that holds a candle up to some of the more world class IPAs that cannot be found in 6 packs. For that reason, I can justify the price.

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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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3.98/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a bright orangey hue. Clarity is excellent. There is also a nice near white colored head that forms atop the beer and leaves behind great lacing.

S — Smells of citrus and fresh piney hops. Little bit of sweetness from malts and a nice juiciness. Bitter overall, but fresh enough.

T — Tastes of juicy and piney hops, lots of citrus, melon, lemon, mango. Very nice overall and tends towards the dry and bitter side of the spectrum.

M — Medium bodied, ample carbonation, perhaps a bit too much carbonation. Very dry and drinkable.

O — Great overall, a benchmark for the style.

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3.36/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice golden colour. Slightly hazy.

S - Not as much as I would have liked. Light citrus, pine, hint of grass.

T- Same as the smell, a bit stronger flavours than the smell indicates, but not as much as I would have liked. The balance with the malt is nice. Pleasant finish. Alcohol is not very noticeable.

M - Decent

O - A good IPA, however, perhaps overrated.

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5/5  rDev +14.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

BallastPoint Sculpin IPA
This American IPA pours an amber off orange, darker than expected~ Moderate white head, lots of bubbles~ Nose of pines, flowers, grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, oranges and maybe some mango~ Feel is medium, yet very sticky and dry, yet also silky and smooth~ Taste is what an IPA should be, bitter and sweet~ Grapefruit, Pine, Orange, Pepper, Grass, Mango, Apricot, Honey, Lemon, Bready and Earthy~ I have to give it huge points for being so complex, I do like that it starts one way and ends in a total different direction~ Yet I feel this leaves a bit of an odd after taste for me, This is a highly touted brew, maybe that's why I feel a bit let down?Although good and smooth at 7%ABV, factor in the price at $15 a six'er and it leaves me wanting a little more for my money~ Overall: 8.4

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
4.37 out of 5 based on 13,859 ratings.
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