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Sculpin IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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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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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sculpin...how I love thee!!! It started out with a bomber bottle and is now readily available in six packs, and boy am I happy for that. This very well may be my absolute favorite beer to drink. Perfection in a bottle.

Appearance: Pores a beautiful golden orange with a nice white head. A solid amount of carbonation present. Beautiful lacing left on the glass!

Smell: FRUIT, RICH CITRUS FRUIT! Smells absolutely delicious. I still remember the first time I took a whiff of this and couldn't wait for the taste.

Taste: Balanced perfection. Grapefruit, tangerine, some hints of tropical fruit. The hops attack but get balanced out by subtle malts.

Mouthfeel: Clean and refreshing. Hits the palette nice and smooth with a rush of the bitterness that blends nicely with the malts.

Overall: As mentioned above it is so well balanced I truly have no complaints. It's smooth, it's bitter, its refreshing. The only slight negative I could possibly find is that some places don't carry the freshest bottles which leads to a slightly maltier taste. But fresh...it doesn't get much better. I'm hoping now to get my hands on some Habanero Sculpin to see how that is.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful beer. A foggy orange with a beautiful head. A little boozy to the nose with a hint of orange and hops. Starts off a bit hoppy and sour but slides into a smooth orangey finish. This is an excellent beer. It's extremely drinkable for a (somewhat) high ABV. I love it. It really does everything I want my beer to do. Excellent. Just excellent.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Amber body, slow-rising champagne-like bubbles. Huge foamy off-white head.

S: Very fruity. Orange marmalade and mango. Very tropical.

T: It's very crisp, lovely and bitter but well balanced with a dry orange marmalade flavour. There's just a touch of sweetness. There's some rindy earthiness but it's not present in every swig. The aftertaste is a slight perfumey mango and at points it's hard not to believe there's actual fruit infused into it, even though it's not overkill. I even get a dash of lime every now and then. For a hop forward beer all the flavours are very nicely balanced and elegantly restrained, yet not meek by any stretch of the imagination.

M: Perfect mouthfeel for this type of beer. It's just the right thickness but has an eleganant kind of lightness and it's not astringient in the slightest.

O: Of the dozen or so American IPAs I've sampled this was by far the best.

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 14,016 ratings
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