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Sculpin IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA
14,009 Ratings
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 benloho
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a pretty golden tangerine color with a finger and a half of head. Cloudy. Nice lacing.
S: Sweet and citrusy. Mango and grapefruit predominantly on the nose. Powerful at first then fades off a bit. Beautiful smell.
T: Awesome! Beautiful balance with the malt sweetness and the hop bitterness. I taste citrus and tropical fruits like mango and pineapple.
MF: Balanced and smooth. Super drinkable for 7% ABV. Maybe a bit less carb than I'd like.
O: The definition of a West Coast IPA, and I think it ranks above Stone's IPA in my book with a little better malt backbone. This is awesome!

I drank this in a blind taste test along with Jai Alai, 60 Minute, Hop Nosh and SweetwaterIPA. All impressive IPAs. Sculpin ranked just below Jai Alai for me. Those two definitely stood out.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.11/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.19/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle marked SC 421 14022 at 45 degrees into a standard pint glass
Aroma of red pine
Head average (3 cm), off white, creamy with rocks, slowly diminishing to uneven ring
Lacing good – uneven rings with many gaps, tiny bubbles
Body medium yellow, clear
Flavor begins with a distinct pine terpene taste with no alcohol, malt, or diacetyl noted. It ends with a chalky astringency. No alcohol after burn is noted.
Palate is light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

A very attractive beer to both the nose and eye. The taste is not very complex, being basically piney. Overall, an easy drinking IPA.

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 14,009 ratings
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