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Sculpin IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA
14,009 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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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.96/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A-Orange/amber. Decent white head. Foamy. Bubbly lacing like after-tide foam. Held to light becomes shiny and golden.

S-Apricot. Peach. Mango. Pineapple. Papaya. Cream. Orange. Lemon. Lime. Hops and malts can be plucked out if you're not hypnotized by the fruit arrangement playing on the nose. Floral perfume. Best smelling beer.

T-Like biting into multiple fruits at once. Creamy peaches. Yogurt-y via head foam. Apricot. Pineapple. Orange. Lemon. Lime. Any and every tropical fruit washes over tongue. A paragraph of fruits alone can be listed. Grapefruit can be detected, but I feel Sculpin to be more sweet than bitter-hoppy. Malt and pine exist. The fruits are just so dominating, like actual fruits were squeezed into the beer.

M-Low/moderate body. Medium carbonation. Typical quality IPA feel. You feel like you're drinking carbonated juice. With malt and hops inside.

O-One really can't name an IPA BETTER than Sculpin. Only a two or three finger, not even a handful, of choices that are ON PAR. For myself, Bell's-Two Hearted Ale is an example. Sculpin is the most sensory balanced IPA that opts to focus on the tropical smell and taste above all. A fridge is not a fridge without Sculpin in it at all times.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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2/5  rDev -54.4%

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4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.84/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

If you get a chance, do not consume this all when fresh. Age the second a few months and compare it. It is really better with some days on it. Or months.

This bomber was 10/30/2013 best by, on 1/1/2014 consumption. It was poured into a very large wide mouth 32 ounce ball jar with custom pewter handle permanently attached.

A: mostly clear deep gold with copper-ish suggestions. Big head settles into a constant 4mm disk that persists. sparse soapy lacing.

S: Dank dark grapefruit. Apricot. some faint grassy and lemongrass notes. very very faint esters. No malt is in forefront.

T: Apricot, pineapple, some minor citrus-musty notes. malt is very subtle, lightly roasted if roasted at all. yeast presents in a bready way, but it is EXTREMELY subtle.

M: Smooth, carbonation is very very smooth and tight. drying but not unbearable. booziness is very well attenuated. Bitter citrus on ultimate outbreath. Pleasant.

O: This is a very good west coast IPA, bordering on the too smooth to be a west coast IPA with this age.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

No noticed freshness dating

A= Pours a hazy orange color with a nice thick two finger head on it that rises and holds retention with solid lacing

S= Smells of powerful grapefruit and citrus.

T= The taste has a big citrus bite up front. Puckeringly bitter. Little alcohol bite that is hidden by the bitterness.

M= The mouth is relatively average. It's not quite the creamy IPA I was hoping for.

O= This is definitely a great beer but not as amazing as I have been lead to believe. The mouth is somewhat average and the flavor is on par with great IPAs but nothing more.

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4.94/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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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

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 14,009 ratings
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