Sculpin IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA
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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
ballastpoint.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#257
Reviews:
2,520
Ratings:
14,173
pDev:
9.79%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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1,517
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5,920
Trade:
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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Over all good beer. Pours a little hazy, with a finger of head. Hop aroma with a nice malt balance. Tastes the same; hop forward with a nice balance of toasty malt. Finishes with a citrus hop tartness. Balanced. Maybe not as much as their big eye, but balanced.

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Oh! Tomorrow I will taste this off against my #1 IPA Great Divide Titan and this one may win. It's more jammed with radiant flavors.

Appearance - The pour is perfectly clear, a deep orange amber, very orange, almost shiny. Much carbonation forms a three-finger head of white active foam, and it lasts and laces.
Into a .5l glass.

Smell - As others wrote, I could just sit here and sniff. I get more orange rind, more brightness than grapefruit, but certainly lots of fresh citrus and hops with lots of variation. Very fresh and inviting, great with food: in this case, garden tomatoes, 3 cheeses, rosemary bread, lemon olive oil, balsamic.

Taste - The flavor follows the aromas, and leads with very sharp, fresh, crisp, again orangey in the best sense of the word - flowers of hops, fireworks of hops, powerful leaps of hops.

As one reviewer wrote " the floral taste being almost bigger then the beer itself." Pine, hay, grass, open sunny herbal slopes of the California coast. The finish was large, dry, and bitter. Very complete.

Mouthfeel - great finish. makes you want another. clean and sharp and leaves you in such a good place. Totally worth a premium price.

O - Ties for my top IPA, and I think probably edges out Titan for top honors.

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 14,173 ratings