Sculpin IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA
14,231 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  rDev -8.9%

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4.61/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Due to the shop I purchased this fine beer at I'm very inclined to believe it's fresh. Gazing upon this glass I see the picture of perfection when it comes to the proper appearance for an IPA. There's effervescence, flawless clarity, a foamy white head of some size, and the hue of a golden sun. The aroma is fresh and alluring, like fresh flowers and ripe citrus fruit. There's a notable presence of tropical fruits as well, such as pineapple and mango. It seems very juicy and zesty! Just like my favorite beers should, I am pleasantly surprised by the flavor due to its complexity. It is merely kissed by those fruity aspects of the aroma, because it's true heart is chock full of resinous, earthy bitterness. There must be an inclusion of Simcoe hops, because that type of "fine cigar" reminiscence is unmistakable. I absolutely love how the more coarse bitterness pulls on the palate while the lighter flavors dance in and out with each sip. There's just a tiny bit of breadiness from the malts, which is just right for this mix. The brewers at Ballast Point came up with a fantastic recipe here, that is a rare treat. It sticks and coats to the mouth too, just how I like the mouthfeel to be. The finish is dry, but not too dry. I also like how the ABV is not off the charts so I can drink a few of them. Overall, this is definitely one of the finest IPAs on the market.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours clear orange from a 12 ounce can yielding a one-inch thick off-white head which leaves rings and spots of lace.

N: Juicy tropicals (mango and kiwi), peaches, floral. Very aromatic.

T: Citrus (tangerine and grapefruit), herbal dankness, caramel bready malt for balance and slight pine.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Dry, sticky, resiny, and bitter finish.

O: A solid all around IPA. The can format is nice and packable/transportable.

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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a 12 ounce bottle of this from City Swiggers on the Upper East Side. I don't remember the date on the bottle but my guess is this fresh was entirely at its freshest. After reading several reviews and seeing the "world class" status this beer has, I see that it's almost an entirely different beer when you can consume it very fresh. That being said, I enjoyed this but don't see what all of the fuss is about.

It's definitely a hop bomb to the nose. Lots and lots of tropical fruits also. On the taste, it's a bit bitter right off the bar but eventually opens to some sweetness. It finishes with more bitterness and some grapefruit.

I was alittle dissappionted with this beer. It tasted good but wasn't close to the classic I was expecting. Ill give it another shot though.

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 14,231 ratings