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:
#249
Reviews:
2,511
Ratings:
14,101
pDev:
9.79%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,514
Gots:
5,873
Trade:
42
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Ratings: 14,101 |  Reviews: 2,511
Photo of tomdiamond
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mcrawford
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Raime
4.01/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ballast Point Sculpin.

Finally. Finally. FUCKING FINALLYYYYYY arrived in Michigan!. Release date was today as a matter of fact. Went and grabbed a sixer for $12.99 . Was gonna get a few of the other ballast point beers but I'm already a bit strapped for the week. I genuinely hope this one lives up to the insane amount of hype it is given in the beer world. Enough talk, it's drinking time.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass. Poured a slightly murky orange with a finger and a half of creamy looking white head that eventually settles down to a moderately thick froth amongst the top of the drink. Carbonation appears to be on about moderate levels with this beer. Lacing is sparse.

Smell - The nose starts off with a moderate to higher level of sweetness and centenniel esque hoppiness. Lots and grass and sweet candy like malts. The hops are lowly piney in nature and there is a rather large dosage of fresh cut grass. Pine levels are low though clearly present.

Taste - The flavor profile on this beer is very clean. Headed by a nice dosage of pine notes though not exactly bitter in any sense of the word. A bit of mango like juicyness and papaya. The malts are once again very sweet like in nature and not overly present. The thing I like the most is it's almost session ipa like in nature though without the cloying sweetness those beers tend to quickly bring on.

Feel - Mouthfeel on this brew is very creamy and coats the tongue along with the rest of the mouth very nicely. Carbonation is low to moderate depending on the specific swallow. Moderate pine notes without the bitterness really dominate this aspect as well. Beer swallows very easily and ups the bitterness a bit in the throat..

Overall - Well...I will admit I was expecting something truly beereligious(trademark) but instead I got a very well done session like IPA that manages to control the stupid sweetness that most of them allow to prevail. Reminds me of Oskar Blues Pinner with better balance which makes a huge difference. I will surely try more beers from these guys, but I do not think this one should be rated as highly as it it. In terms of Michigan beers, it was comparable to a less malty, slightly more hop forward Two Hearted Ale. As always, try it and come to your own conclusion..

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Photo of q33jeff
4.02/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

**
04/11/2015
Bottle to tall glass. Appearance: light golden color. Medium white head. Aroma is pine hops, citrus, grass, . Taste is also pine, hops, citrus,grass. Touch of ash. Very smooth and well balanced. Feel is light, medium carbonation. A nice beer. Thought I had rated this a few months ago on my last 6-pack, but I saw I did not when rating the grapefruit version.
**
03/26/2016
Side by Side of 5 IPA's
1. Southern Tier UnEarthly
2. Ballast Point Sculpin
3. Evil Genius "This One Time At Band Camp"
4. Alpine Pure Hoppiness
5. Alpine Duet
**

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Photo of DMcGirr
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of redsg2
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of likeablepaper
4.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Provner
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FLDanielV23
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

An oldie but a goodie. Light amber color, soft white head. Aroma is tropical, this was one of the first ipas that started to deliver that mango aroma. Throw in some peach for good measure.

Taste is great, so crooooshable. 7% hearty, but never overpowering. Prolly a little more malt body to it in the mouthfeel than a lot of the new super dry west coast ipa's coming out. Bitterness is dialed in around 50ibu I'd venture to guess.

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Photo of EMH73
4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Starts off with a great smell of hops and fruit. Incredibly well balanced IPA, so many citrus and fruit flavors but none overwhelms. Moderate bitterness, just a terrific IPA.

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Photo of bhunt201
4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of eldoctorador
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of phizzle
4.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mothmanscott
4.71/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy deep gold bordering on a pale orange amber producing 2+ fingers of frothy, variously bubbled, moderately lasting, white head that leaves a nice coating of lace. Aroma is pine resin, grapefruit pith & zest, pineapple, orange, peach & sweet caramel. Taste is grapefruit, pine, juniper, pineapple, peach, sweet & bready cobbler pie dough, vanilla & a hint of honey with the sweeter portions mid-sip through the finish. Aftertaste is bitter grapefruit & pine. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slick & wet in the mouth, drying after the swallow,medium-high carbonation with a high octane peppery prickle. Absolutely delightful!

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Photo of mhbach97
3.81/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Just doesn't do it for me. I prefer the smell and taste associated with the pine and citrus of New England IPA's

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Photo of heyheymdn
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of luke12345
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of theDuck
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ChefSamG
4.74/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

orange color, nice foamy head
Smells delicious hint of orange citrus
Tastes excellent. Nice balance not too fruity not over the top hoppy but nice west coast piney bitter hop
perfect carbonation
I could drink this as my go to IPA. it is an excellent beer and not too crazy ABV also can stick with it for a while

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Photo of daem3384
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of RDefieux
4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LambicLion
4.09/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jonnydrinker
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 14,101 ratings
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