Sculpin IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA
14,175 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: 14,175 |  Reviews: 2,520
Photo of gelasin
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%

Photo of dumpman
4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bottle with the code 13305.

nice clear copper color with one finger head.

overall piney fresh not too overpowering.

i love the balance on this beer smooth simcoe hop flavor but not overpowering just enough malt presence. very drinkable ipa.

good mouthfeel not too heavy or viscous.

one of my favorite ipa's, a little pricey at 13.99 for a sixer but worth it in my opinion.

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of mick303
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at torinado. Slight white film and lace. Colour is a clear orange gold, no visible carbonation. 3.75
S- ruby grapefruit, tons of earthy and herbal hops, citrus intensity with a hint of caramel. Leafy notes, with a bit of dankness. 4.25
T- smooth grapefruit, pine needles, rosemary and mint, with some biscuity malt but the hop intensity is really what you're getting here. Full on aggressive citrus and pine. Leads to a minty dry finish. 4.25
M- moderate bodied with a ton of hop oiliness, moderate bitter slickness and a peppery finish. A bit antiseptic but balanced really nicely. Creamy mod/high carbonation. Blends well to hold off an overwhelming bitterness, it is quite bitter but doesn't seem too strong. 4.5
This is a wonderfully balanced and delicious aggressive ipa, some chili even, tons of hops driving the flavor but you can wallow in the great flavor and it never gets too hoppy. Well worth the reputation, and a tasty treat. 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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

2-8-16 - Nitro version on tap at TRIA in Philly. Served in an imperial pint glass. Nice cascading head. Smooth, but not as smooth as I had hoped. Good, but not great. Get me a Grapefruit Sculpin next time.
4-9&10-16 - On tap Hotel del Coronado Sun Deck Bar. Enjoyed many of these on Saturday and Sunday while watching the Masters with my bride. Each one was Very nice and refreshing. Thanks, Bret!

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)
Best by 9/22/13 (it was consumed before this date)
A- There was a touch of haze to the golden body with strands of carbonation and a sticky eggshell white thin cream of head on top.

S- The fresh pale malt leads to some earthy pungent hops in the finish. The hops grow as the beer opens.

T- The pungent note of hops leads to a green unripe fruit hops with a woody hop finish that lingers without much bitterness. There is a sweetness hint in the finish.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a gentle fizz that compliments the hops nicely.

O- Nice strong hop flavor with a good hint of malt support. Good depth to the hop profile aswell.

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of South2NW
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber to Sierra Nevada IPA glass.

A: Amber-orange, slightly cloudy. 1 finger head with good retention and lacing.

S: Peachy, citrus and pine. Very refreshing and pleasing.

T: Smooth bitterness complimented by the citrus fruit notes and peach.

M: Light, and clean. Medium carbonation.

O: Very good IPA. Glad they make 12oz 6 packs. Could definitely sit around and enjoy a few of these.

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4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

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4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Moderate hand. No date on the bottle. New white label. Oo, fancy!

A: Light golden amber with good clarity. 1 finger of sudsy, white head with fair retention. Nice lacing.

S: Mostly fresh, piney hop with lesser grapefruit notes. Resin.

T: Smooth hop bitterness with mostly pine, resinous qualities. Dry finish. Just enough malt for balance. Nice lingering bitterness in the aftertaste with more essence of grapefruit pulp.

M: Moderate carbonation with moderate body. Nice creaminess.

O: Great IPA for sure. I prefer the Big Eye IPA to this, but I lean towards more citrus-heavy IPAs. This one is solidly in the pine-heavy camp IMO. Definitely a clean, hoppy beer.


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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-pour with a really nice golden color with a nice one finger head
S-great smell of hops with peach mango and citrus
T-the light body gives a great bittersweet malt then end with a crisp hop taste
M-well balance with great bitterness to end with
O-one of the best IPAs there is hands down

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4.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: copperish to Amber tolled. Slightly cloudy to clean. No sedimentation. Light to moderate clean white lacing, nice settle, perfect carbonation

Smell: light fresh, grapefruit, citrus, bergamot, piney, slight bite, classic American hops

Taste: clean, fresh, citrus, slight bitterness, a bit sharper than the smell, but still light with that classic fresh American IPA

M: light, slight bite in an IPA fashion, easy, clean, flavorful

I like my IPAs simple, with maybe only a dingle of couple complimentary hops.

Overall: the best or tie for the best American IPA. In comparison : Pliny the Elder, Rustic Ales IPA, green flash (maybe) , specialty deschutes (chasin freshies or similar-maybe)

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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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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 14,175 ratings