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: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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A: Very transparent but not 100%. Medium bronze and dark gold colored body with a fluffy white head. Good lacing. Good visible carbonation.

S: I can smell the beer from the table it is on. Smells like grapefruit and tangerine. Very nice smelling. It doesn't have that "fresh hop" smell that I get from some beers though, but the smell is outstanding and it has a good reach outside of the glass.

T: Very nice taste. Tastes very much like it smells. It's like biting into a grapefruit with that bitterness that works its way to the back. Not much malt flavor, but there is this bread crust that comes through after a sip when the beer warms up a bit, that is pushed away by the bitterness right at the end. The bottle says "hints of apricot, peach, mango and lemon" which I don't completely agree with. Each palate is different though. To me it has more of a tangerine and grapefruit taste. I get a bit of pine in there as well, but not like licking a pine tree, it's just in the background a bit.

M: Finishes very dry and bitter. Clean. Just the way it should be.

O: It's a very outstanding beer. It gives the expected "IPA experience" very nicely. I would drink it again. It provides a good staple IPA when looking for something to drink. I will say that I've had other IPA's that have a fresher smell and flavor from the bottle. That's the main thing keeping me from rating it a perfect. I'm drinking it 51 days after it was bottled, and I purchased it from a store that uses refrigerated storage, so it should be fairly fresh. Keeping that in mind I would buy other beers that I know I can get fresher. I don't want to make any of this sound negative, it's just something I wanted to add for my own future reference. The beer is outstanding.

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
4.37 out of 5 based on 13,856 ratings.
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