Sculpin IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA
14,146 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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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of SCOTT1974
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

I think that this is one of the best IPA I have ever had. It had a citrus note in the beginning and great finish. This is the type of beer that I want when I go out to dinner at a great restaurant. It is sophisticated and complex enough to know it is special. Great mouth feel and smooth going down. The appearance is a little cloudy, but worth the burst of flavor. I highly recommend.

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Photo of chileman
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of WTKeene
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a snifter. No date on the can or six pack box, unfortunately.

Appearance: A loose one finger white head, some lacing. Beautiful copper orange, almost red color. This is a beautiful beer to look at.

Smell: Lots of hops. Floral, some grapefruit. A light hint of something sweet, perhaps thats the malt.

Taste: Very hop-forward. Citrusy character, some bready malts after the hop bomb has gone off, lingering hop bitterness in the aftertaste, that I would personally call unpleasant. I prefer my IPAs to be a bit less overtly bitter. The rest of the flavor is quite nice though. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: About as much carbonation as I'd want, it has a nice body to it. Certainly not thin.

Overall: Not my favorite IPA, but I can see what people like about it. I'd say the six pack was definitely a good choice, I could see myself drinking more of this.

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Photo of collino
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of Larrydoherty
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of JaBes
4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Thedaver4220
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of 80x2HopHead
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of C_Roetting
3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of MNBeerGeek
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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

This beer tastes like how you would expect a San Diego IPA to taste like. Lots of big citrus flavors. Mainly grapefruit I would say. Not much malt going on. 7% ABV isn't too hot either. Good mouthfeel as the bitterness doesn't scorch the tongue or palate. A very solid IPA. Not the best you can find in San Diego or even SoCal for that matter but a solid choice nonetheless. I was very glad to find it at Brewforia in Meridian, Idaho. So thanks to them for getting it fresh to a relatively small market. Cheers Ballast Point!

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Photo of Duane_Opfer
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into an IPA glass. Enjoy by date of 10/10. Consumed on 9/14.

A - Poured less than a finger of head that quickly dissipated. Golden amber in color with readily apparent carbonation. Clear/no cloudiness. Yields significant delicate lacing as beer recedes.

S - Fragrant. Tropical fruit, honey, and pine. Very dank.

T - Taste and complexion of this beer changed dramatically as it warmed. Initially dominated by lemon, with hints of honey, mango, and pine with a hoppy bitter finish. However, as the beer warmed, the flavors really came out... peach, melon, and an intense grapefruit finish. Hides ABV very well.

M - Higher level of carbonation accompanies taste well, and is very fitting for mouthfeel as well. Liquid tingles tongue nicely and has a crisp feel. Medium bodied and yields a slight foam in the mouth.

O - No denying this is a very good beer, among the best of year-round nationally available IPA's. However, beer is overpriced. $10.99 for a 22oz bottle or $16.99 for a 6-pack is borderline absurd. Really enjoy it, but will not purchase very often until the price comes down...

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of PieOhMy
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into pint glass.

A Copper. Transparent. Thick white foam.

S Hops. Caramel malt. Very floral.

T Ahh this is nice. Hoppy as hell. Right up front the hops hit you. Nice and bitter with a kick of citrus and pine.

M Good body. Nice refreshing finish.

O First time for me. Not the last. Really well crafted IPA. Good and bitter but not overdone. The mix of flavors is great. So glad Ballast Point is in Minnesota.

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 14,146 ratings