Sculpin IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

Sculpin IPASculpin IPA
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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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Ratings: 13,878 |  Reviews: 2,491
Photo of einman
4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gqqg
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking this bad boy straight from the can like a piece of po' white trash! Can't beat the mango-guava-tropical nose. The hops make love to your tongue but in a totally violent way. Truly one of the finer IPAs out there. Would be a great beer to crush after a long run on a hot day.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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3/5  rDev -31.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of FLima
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clean amber color with a thick head with good retention and leaving laces.
Delicious citrus aroma with notes of grapefruit and other tropical fruits and biscuit malt.
Flavor of slightly toasted malts, grapefruits, pine, used tea bags, peaches and pineapple. Very dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium to full body with medium carbonation with tiny bubbles.
Flavorful, quite hoppy and malty IPA, almost a DIPA. A nice hoppy bite surprise.

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Photo of jj139
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - Clear amber/straw color with a finger sized off-white head. Medium lacing

S - Slightly shy nose of grapefruit, pine and other citrus notes.

T - So balanced with citrus right up front then the hop bitterness later. Hints of malt in there as well.

M - Such a refreshing beer, medium body but still quite full of flavor. Finish is dry and clean.

O - I really enjoy this beer, it's one of my favorites. Looking forward to enjoying another one soon.

Served in a pint glass.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of JohnParadee
4.74/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful appearance in the glass. Thin foam dissipates quickly, with lots of tiny bubbles, but fine lacing throughout. Sweet pine cone & grapefruit nose. Prominent hops up front balanced nicely with smooth citrusy malt and generous mouthfeel. Seems the perfect example of what IPA should be. Believe the hype.

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Photo of BastardKing24
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've wanted to review this beer for a while, but I've only had it once. This is my 2nd time.

Pours a dark gold/orange, with a small white head that falls to a ring and some bubbles.

Smells like some serious hops, grapefruit, pine, lemon, some malt backbone, and kinda peppery.

Taste is heavenly with loads of fresh hops, a perfect selection of them. Orange rind, lemon zest, apricot, also I get a taste very similar to my own tangerines that I have from my tree. Very inviting with sort of a peppery note in there, like an anaheim chile taste. A decent amount of bittering hops flavor resides on the tail end of the taste.

Mouthfeel is generous with a nice balance of thickness per sweetness ratio. Medium to full carbonation gives it a prickly taste bud experience. I like this brew alot and wish other breweries could come up with similar but equally unique recipes. So far Lagunitas Sucks is on par with it, and also pliny the elder. Give this one a try you won't regret it. Also I am pairing this with cracked pepper cheese curds from my local farmstead shop, giving it another dimmension as well. Good IPA's deserve to be paired well with good food.

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of MadCat
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice clear golden color with a short white head that leaves tons of lacing

Smell: Pine, herbal, and citrus hops up front, in a very beautiful bouquet

Taste: Hops greet you warmly, pine and resin bitterness, with a nice citrusy follow up, with some light malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, nice full carbonation that suits the style well

Overall: Excellent. A world class brew. The only thing stopping this from being a go to IPA for me is the price, but even at that it is tempting.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

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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%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 95.4% out of 100 with 13,878 ratings
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