Sculpin IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA
14,177 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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Ratings: 14,177 |  Reviews: 2,520
Photo of crownrl28
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of chickenstu37
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of MotherT
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Bice4
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of jdlive
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of ZagZagg
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle poured into tulip

A: Honey colored light amber elixir; streaming bubbles ascend to a bright white two and a half finger head that’s hanging around. Spider web style lacing hugs the inside of my tulip. Appears to have medium body – good clarity, no haze or sediment present.

S: Tropically sweet up front with mango and grapefruit notes tailing with bits of citrus that whirl into a sweet pine. Picking up a lot of creamy sweetness, peach, apricot, zest. Light flower aroma muted by more dominant esters. Tail end of the nose is remotely grassy – fresh overall nose

T: Pine needles, slightly dry, opening up into a piquant hop punch, with fresh flowers, mango, earth, pineapple juice. Not too spicy, but maybe some suppressed notes of coriander. Feels balanced enough, but the malt backbone isn’t apparent until the finish. The middle mouth is strong armed by big hops - dry hopped, the bitters are moderate at best, but this bursts with a slew of juicy fruits that battle it out with earthy grass and citrus peel, slick.

M: Medium- well bodied with pleasant carbonation. Mouth filling, almost creamy, progressing into a sugary dry after taste that has some resin; earthy mouth experience

O: Aroma is superb and taste is right with it. Juicy, fresh, sweet, delicious - If you’ve heard any hype concerning this brew, believe it. Not exactly your cheapest selection, but a fantastic treat. Highly recommended.

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Photo of dmb41
5/5  rDev +13.9%

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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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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of TheDrunkenDeer
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of SkyyNapalm
4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Franziskaner
4.04/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half inch thick of frothy white head. Light copper hue with good clarity. Nowhere as bitter as the DirtWolf I just had. The aroma is a balanced play of pine like hops and light malt backbone. Mouth is thick and sticky. The taste is a nice balance of pint like hops and light malt backbone. The bitterness is picking up as it warms. Nice!

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - golden color with a great white head and lacing
Smell - citrus hop with good malt backbone
Taste - bitter citrus hops with a great balance of malts
Feel - crisp smooth medium full body
Overall - great balanced beer

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 14,177 ratings