Sculpin IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA
14,126 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 jaialai-untilidie
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Honestly i don't see the hype in this beer. Found it a bit too sweet. The abv wasn't that high so it probably just had a high final gravity.
The smell was fantastic, however And minus the sweetness the hop flavors were great. Worth $9 a bottle?
No, won't get again

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Photo of RolandBlunts
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

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3.79/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of Stew
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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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of bylerteck
4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got this bottle at Whole Foods in DC. From notes.

A - Poured dark golden and bright with mild carbonation. Two fingers of thick white head on top left great lace and a finger of retention.

S - Citrus, syrupy fruits, pine.

T - Pine, some booze, lot's of hops, syrupy fruits, grapefruity. Classic West Coast.

M - Good carbonation, medium to full body, nice bitterness.

O/D - Very drinkable for the style. A nice IPA. Seems to style and a good example of nailing all the expected elements of an IPA. Doesn't blow your mind, but is very solid.

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Photo of woemad
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes
12oz. bottle purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $2.69. No obvious freshness date was to be found, just the cryptic looking stamp “SC395, 13358.” Perhaps those are batch and bottling numbers.

Poured a clear, amber color, with a big beige head that left lots of lace on the sides of my glass.

The nose was of sharp, piney hop scents, with a teeny tiny malt aroma.

The taste of big sharp hops hits the taste buds first. There are citrusy notes, but they take a back seat to bitter, piney flavors. There is just enough malt flavor on hand to provide a backbone that keeps the hop flavor balanced. Big, dry zap to the palate at the swallow.

Medium bodied, with an oily, resiny mouthfeel.

This is a great IPA! I totally get the hype for this beer, and am damn glad it’s available here now. It’s a little more expensive than my usual local IPA choices, but definitely worth it to splurge on this now and again.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of jodybrutal
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle dated 3-4-14

A - Poured into pint glass. Dark golden body, two fingers creamy white head. Lots of nice lacing. Good retention.

S - Tropical fruit and tons of piney hops. Earthy tones, not much malt.

T - A really well balanced taste. Sweet and hoppy, but never too much of either. Only slightly bitter. Perfect, delicious balance.

M - Thin and crisp, very clean. Light to medium carbonation. No booze present. I could down a six pack of this with no problem.

O - I love this beer. One of my favorite IPA's for sure.

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Photo of ryan604
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 14,126 ratings
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