Sculpin IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA
14,126 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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4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

L: Crystal, clear yellow with a decent white head and some good lacing.

A: Peach, pine, tangerine, grapefruit, and some tropical fruit. Malt is clean, neutral and bready, and the yeast character is super clean, but maybe a little fruity. I can't tell if the fruitiness is all hops or if there are some stone-fruity esters in there..

T/M: Smooth bitterness, moves into bright citrus, peach, pine and pineapple/tropical fruit hop flavors with a clean, crisp bready malt backbone. Mouthfeel is dry but medium bodied and the carbonation is nice and crisp. Yeast profile is very clean.

Overall, this is a stellar West-Coast IPA, truly great. The hop character is unique and delicious, the malt profile is spot-on, and the result is nothing short of exceptional. World-class.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Mycltbeer
4.61/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is as close to perfect as you want for an American IPA.

First of all the color is slightly opaque which is what I'm looking for in an IPA

Secondly the taste. Not over bitter but certainly bitter enough on the palate that the taste is still smooth.

Since I was drinking it from a growler when I pour it I'm looking for about a half an inch of head at the top of the glass and it certainly met that criteria. The head stayed with the beer pretty much to the bottom of the drink.

To me this is the standard that I'm looking for when I choose an American I PA

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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3/5  rDev -31.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.9/5  rDev +11.6%

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4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 14,126 ratings