Sculpin IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA
14,127 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: 14,127 |  Reviews: 2,513
Photo of Poupae
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of DeFaz
4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a very light orange color, almost straw color. Few carbonation bubbles can be seen. The head is fairly short.

Smell: Very pleasant aromas in the smell, although the smell itself isn't as strong as I would like.

Taste: Citrus, grapefruit, and some pine from the hops. A touch of malt to balance, but the hops work here the most. Fairly complex with all of the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Excellent. The thickness of the beer is spot on, and the carbonation is very good, although maybe a touch much. The beer finishes nicely despite the dryness and bitterness at the beginning of the taste.

Overall: This beer goes down incredible easy, has a nice flavor and nose profile (although neither are quite as pronounced as I would like) and an excellent mouthfeel. In my opinion the beer doesn't live all the way up to its hype, but it's still something I'd seek out again.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.02/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

13311 - so reasonably fresh.
Huge billowy head. Quite clear golden amber. Can't pour full bottle into SN IPA glass due to size of the head.
Fresh west coast hopping and very pleasant aroma. Hint of hop oil and pale malt background. Solid, but not exceptional.
Nice mix of flavors and very nice balance. Hop flavors throughout and firm bittering on the extended finish. Malting lacks any strong sweetness. Hops give some grassiness and push intensity without going to the point of unpleasant.
Good feel. Soft and enjoyable fullness to the moderate feel.
This is good. I've had several bottles now and I enjoy this one the most, but it's not to the point of the current mean (4.41). Also I can do just as enjoyable for less cost.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful translucent amber with an offwhite head.

S: Tons of tropical fruit, mango, papaya, pineapple, maybe passionfruit in the nose.

T: Dry, nice malt undertone, spicy citrus, floral, some tropical fruit in the finish.

M: Medium bodied, just the right amount of carbonation for an IPA.

O: An excellent IPA, made by brewers with excellent taste in hops. Great from a can, best when poured from a bottle (or maybe a fresh can).

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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of rajendra82
4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The pale amber color and a clear body were typical of the West Coast style of IPA. The smell was a mix of pine and grapefruit, with some tangerine thrown in too. Taste was spicy, piney, bitter, and out-freaking-standing. Just exactly what a juicy IPA should be. Medium body and a slippery mouthfeel fit the style perfectly. A bit of sugary sweetness in the finish to complement the bitterness. Drinkable beyond words, Can I have another please.

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of mimbriglio
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of ddavison
5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of SenorEsteban
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of YoudownwithABV
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of RMelyon
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of smanders
3.99/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 16oz wide-mouth Ball jar.

A - Pours a beautiful honey color with a soft, white head. Web-like lacing.

S - Grapefruit and pine with a medley of tropical fruit. The citrus really whets the appetite!

T - Fruity hops up front that give way to a smooth malt follow through. Light, clean, and refreshing.

M - medium-bodied with a slightly oily texture.

Drinkability - Yum! If you love citrus-forward IPAs you will love Sculpin. Unfortunately, this ale is priced out of the "everyman" budget; $10.99 for a 22oz bomber---Please!

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of tmryan21
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RichIron883
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of SoCalSuds
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Fcip78
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I gave a bottle of Scuplin to my friend, whom never had it before, and he commented to me the next day that it was like this giant pint of grapefruit. That sums up why Scuplin is one of my favorites. There are plenty of IPAs with hop additions and grains that are similar to Scuplin, but never quite hit the bullseye like Scuplin. It really nice West Coast style ale, but gives the grapefruit hop aromas just the right finish, so as not to underwhelm or have that one note hop taste. Fantastic beer and highly recommended.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of vissai
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 14,127 ratings