Sculpin IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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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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4.81/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite GOT TO beers when I'm traveling on the west coast this beer is so identifiable by its nose, big hoppy, grapefruit, piney explosion.

Amazing west coast style IPA with plenty of body to go along with that hoppy goodness.

Never had a bad one and find myself only drinking this beer when it's on tap vs trying others it's that good

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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5/5  rDev +14.4%

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3.95/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Re-review. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear amber color. There's about one fingers worth of white-colored head. The texturing isn't overly impressive, but retention is good. Not that much lacing is left behind.

S: Quite grapefruity. Aside from the grapefruit, there are hints of Simcoe-esque pine and cat pee. There's just enough caramel maltiness to balance, without overpowering the hoppy

T: It starts with a wave of grapefruit. Some slight pine bitterness enters the middle, before being concealed by its malty finish. This is in contrast to many other IPAs which open malty and end bitter. This is a balanced IPA done properly - not overly sweet and not oppressively bitter, but just right.

M: Probably my only real complaint about this is that there's too much crystal malt tingle and sweetness lingering on the palate. I'd prefer a cleaner feel, especially considering it's not terribly round. However, there's one thing that makes this work: it's drinkable. Drinkable enough to make me overlook its mouthfeel niggles.

O: I used to not be a huge fan of this - it's taken quite a few bottles for me to get here, but I've now grown to really like this. This is easily the best IPA I've had with crystal malt, hands down, and definitely in my top 10 of all IPAs for that matter (when its fresh).

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +14.4%

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
4.37 out of 5 based on 13,856 ratings.
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