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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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of dar482
4.79/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a clear dark amber orange with a huge huge foamy white head.

The aroma is papaya, bitter pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine, pine, a light bready sweetness.

The taste is beautifully flowery and fruity. There is papaya, dried mango, pineapple, bitter grapefruit, and more complex notes. There is a light white bready malt backbone that pushes the beer while keeping an extremely light body that is very clean.

There beer has stood up with my re-review. One of the best beers you can get on the shelf. One of my favorite IPAs ever and blows me away that it's a simple "shelf beer." Drink this beer more!

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.08/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter.

A- Golden and copper body that is mostly transparent and shows slow, trickling carbonation. The pour produces a massive head that the snifter can hardly contain and frothy, pillow-like foam shows some great persistence.

S- Lots of piney hops on this beer, sweet citrus, spicy hops, orange and grapefruit.

T- Spicy and piney hops are up front, followed by some sweet citrus mid-palate and a bitter finish. There's a pleasant malty sweetness that complements the citrus well. I get some lingering bread and biscuit in there.

M- Mellow bitterness, creamy and malty, but then finishes with a relatively aggressive, stinging bitter finish.

A tasty IPA, I only wish I could find a bottled on date to know how fresh this beer is. Still, I enjoyed it quite a bit.

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4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great beer, very hoppy, more hop then citrus. a MUST TRY for IPA lovers. The overall feel from it is very hoppy upfront, and smooth citrus in the back. Beautiful soft color betrays the mouthful of flavor. The citrus notes are in the smell and tail end of the taste, but this is definitely overwhelmingly a hoppy beer... in a great way!!

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of lsiberian
4.77/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sculpin is a clear blood orange beer with a strong light brown foamy head. On the nose it's sweetness and hops are not too strong, not to weak but just right. It's taste follows it's nose, with a wonderful grain finish that comes later in the drink. This smooth refreshing beer is unique in it's just right balance and is a good option for a new IPA drinker and a nice change of pace for the hardened one. Definitely a must drink for the beer advocate.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of jjh19
4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Very bubbly, with a bright orange hue. Looks very refreshing.

Smell: Citrusy and tropical. Very appealing.

Taste: Hops were surprisingly sharp up front, given the aroma, but not in an offensive way. Just more punch to this beer than the smell would imply.

Mouthfeel: Medium body.

Drinkability: Very tasty and drinkable. I love the art and the tone it sets with the beer. A tough IPA with big hops.

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
4.37 out of 5 based on 13,812 ratings.
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