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Sculpin IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA
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4.39/5
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14,019 Ratings
Sculpin IPASculpin IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
ballastpoint.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#247
Reviews:
2,502
Ratings:
14,019
pDev:
9.79%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,506
Gots:
5,837
Trade:
42
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Ratings: 14,019 |  Reviews: 2,502
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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%

Photo of TheDoctor
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A:
Pours a beautiful clear golden straw with a decent three fingers of creamy beige head that slowly settles to an immoveable ΒΌ inch of film. Good retention; lots of spotty lacing.

S:
Dry, slightly astringent, and citrus-laden. Hay, dank hops, citrus, weed, grapefruit rind.

T:
Dry, even bitterness. Resinous hops right up front with a lot of dry grassy flavors backed up by a prevalent-though-less-intense-than-in-other-IPAs-I've-had citrus character with some grapefruit rind and a tinge of breadiness from the malt right at the finish.

M:
Really good carbonation with tons of *teensy* bubbles, feels rather velvety on the whole. Medium-bodied and fairly drinkable with a dry, lingering finish. Everything it should be.

O:
Really wonderful West Coast IPA.
This is a rock-solid beer and is also one of the one or two freshest IPAs that I am aware of having enjoyed (30 days). This pours beautifully with three fingers of near perfect cream. Sports a very hoppy nose that only hints at the flavor (which is far fuller and more varied). The beer tastes very hoppy and has some tropical fruit flavors (obviously), but the palate is where it really shines. A nice prickly, creamy, coating varnish of fruity and resinous hops that leaves your mouth humming for a while afterwards.
Fabulous beer, wish I could get it again; worth seeking out.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of SteveB24
4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

appearance; orange/ gold, lots of visible carbonation, tons of thick, off white head.

smell; tons of pine and tons of grapefruit

taste; taste is subtle for an IPA. very smooth. pine is there. touch of citrusy hops. quite fruity, papaya and ,ango are definitely there, as well as other fruity notes. also slightly bread.

mouthfeel; medium body, quite creamy.

overall; very enjoyable IPA. very smooth, i cannot imagine who wouldnt like this beer.

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4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: clear hazy yellow/orange. Looks great in a glass. 2 finger head, looks amazing.

S: I am getting all the tropical notes, papaya, mango, orange, pineapple. Lots of citrus, some floral. Pine is easily detected.

T/M: Follows the nose completely, plenty of earth tones, with a pine cone taste. But the tropical fruits just keep hitting you along with the pine. You get all the best of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, with the earthy citrus taste. I couldn't ask for more.

O: Its great, the price is insane in my opinion, but can be justifiable by the taste. This is a must try IPA in my opinion. Pick one or two up, you wont be disappointed!

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3.25/5  rDev -26%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.75/5  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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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 14,019 ratings
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