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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4.25/5  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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4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A great citrusy IPA from a great brewery. Grapefruit-IPA with a clean appearance and superb taste. Would be a great introduction to what West Coast IPA brewers are shooting for. The beer more than lives up to its reputation as an absolutely outstanding IPA.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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5/5  rDev +14.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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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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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

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5/5  rDev +14.4%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.65/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I have had many, many Sculpins. On tap, cans and bottles. I usually love it and considered it one of the better CA IPA's that are widely available. However, I recently picked up a fresh Sculpin bottle (new label, 13252 date) after going all cans for the past several months. I have to say, this is disappointing. Its totally different then the cans in aroma, taste and mouthfeel.

A: light orange/pale/good head. Nothing wrong here

S: Some spicy/resin/pine with a good amount of bready malt. I would guess that they stopped dry hopping this as much as they used to. Its very different.

T: more bitter than usual, less hop fruit and more hop "spice" (makes me think too much Nelson hops?) and more bready malt then I used to experience with Sculpin. The bitter/spice/bread is not what I want in a fresh, hop forward, CA IPA.

M: The mouth-feel is medium. Kind of a harsh/sharp/over carbonation.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just a wonderful beer. Poured in a pint glass. 4/5 clear, Olympic bronze in color, thick foamy chunky cloud like head melts into your mouth. Light but full bodied and softly fruity. Amazing. Bottle art is spectacular too on the latest run of bottles.

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
4.37 out of 5 based on 13,814 ratings.
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