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Sculpin IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA
BA SCORE
4.39/5
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13,968 Ratings
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:
#247
Reviews:
2,497
Ratings:
13,968
pDev:
9.79%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,503
Gots:
5,803
Trade:
43
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Ratings: 13,968 |  Reviews: 2,497
Photo of mloichin
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Canned on Aug 11, 2015 so it's a little over 2 months old. Served cold.

Appearance: orange with bits of yellow in there. Nice fluffy head. Well carbonated.

Nose: citrus, oranges, grapefruit, a bit tropical, piney, classic San Diego IPA

Taste: Hoppy and delicious. Bright citrus fruit, oranges, grapefruit, pineapple, hops are very present but balance the beer well. Nice mouthfeel from the moderate carbonation. Very crushable.

Overall: Grapefruit Sculpin was better, Habanero Sculpin was much worse IMO. This is a classic SoCal IPA.

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

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

I absolutely Love this Ipa! Pours a solid creamy orange color with finger amount of farm house white head. Thin lacing but it sticks around for awhile. Smells of citrus fruits fell the nose along with pine and the taste to follow! Citrus, pine and hoppy, mmm Mmm good! Great brew from Ballast Point of out San Diego Ca.

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Photo of maxchio
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JTDay
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of zhrike
4.99/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Erlkoenig
3.96/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Bright yellow-copper, clear and lively with carbonation. BEAUTIFUL frothy head. Head dissipates at a moderate rate leaving just a bit of lacing.

S: Pine, citrus, grapefruit, very sharp and hoppy. A little tropical.

T: The Sculpin packs a punch. Hop flavor straight forward, the citrus and grapefruit and pine from the nose alternating on the palate. It's pretty much what I'd expect from a classic American IPA with added bitterness in the aftertaste.

F: Medium-bodied, silky-smooth, well-carbonated, probably a bunch of other descriptors with a hyphen in them. 'S good.

O: With the hype around the Sculpin and its Grapefruit sister, I was a little disappointed. Not in the beer as a great IPA, mind you; it was very good. I was disappointed that it wasn't something "more". That said, it's a solid brew and if you want a well-crafted, somewhat more bitter American IPA, this is a good bet.

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Photo of lanegan94
4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AlanLamp
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of chiefbender
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of hp2skater
4.16/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of futiledevices
4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cdannolfo
4.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of joel_lieberum
4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of ThriceJAB
4.17/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigRed10
4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BenCannon171
2.81/5  rDev -36%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Not awful but not great. Don't get the hype. Not a lot of flavor outside of the hops.

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

Photo of jeswasgui
3.9/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a vibrant copper color with a finger white head and good lace retention. The aroma had more of a malt smell to it than a hop smell. Some orange aroma to it but in the end the malts dominate. The taste is similar to the smell with some bitterness to it. It has a sticky feel to it as the lacing would suggest. I would consider it very good but not spectacular.

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 13,968 ratings
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