Sculpin IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
13,811
Reviews:
2,486
Avg:
4.37
pDev:
9.84%
 
 
Wants:
1,489
Gots:
5,663
For Trade:
43
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Ratings: 13,811 |  Reviews: 2,486
Photo of SurlyUtopia
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mflemis1
3.83/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tango22
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chrisgachot
3.69/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Flyjetz
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

One of the best IPAs I've ever tasted. A mouthful of flavor. First tried at the Yard House in West Palm Beach. If there is a perfect beer, this is close.

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Photo of NHSTEVE
3.81/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kristan831
4.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mahakaya
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very approachable IPA for amount of hop it carries, with lots of depth of flavour and a very dry finish.
S- Its sweet on the nose, with hints of rye bread and apricot.
T- Subtle and complex this beer goes through the full typical ipa fruit spectrum but carries nice cardamon, cumin and butterscotch as well. The hop is in the middle allowing time for a sweetness fresh finish that prevents any of the cloying build up that many hop-heavy ipa's have.
F: Very dry, light but not thin.

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Photo of Phil-T_Phil_30
3.68/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good IPA from San Diego. Had it at my cousin's wedding. Very refreshing.

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.64/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This slightly hazy, slightly sparkling pale-amber beer briefly sports a medium, slightly pebbly white head that leaves fair rafts and ladders of lacing. On the nose, it presents a good blend of strong citrus and pine, with less intense florals and a hint of pineapple. The flavor hops follow the aroma, with pine and a moderately-bitter citrus sitting atop a solid slightly-sweet bready malt foundation. The finish is slightly bitter, followed by the onset of a clinging hop bitterness that is moderate for the style both in terms of intensity and duration. Mouthfeel is a bit bigger than one might expect, and the texture is moderately creamy and peppery from the fizzy carbonation. (12 oz can, 58 days after pkg.)

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Photo of Pound
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BFriz
3.5/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of redsoxjim
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Aerizel
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of firkingroovin
4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Babbatron
4.81/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Didier
3.76/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DudeBeerYaBro
3.82/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Gerad_12
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very well done IPA. Piney nose, golden clear in color, and very tasty. I love all the new iterations of they are releasing as well. Grapefruit Sculpin has become a favorite of mine.

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Photo of iRun2Beer
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wisegreensoul
4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ghrymm
4.81/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From a 12oz bottle.
It has been a few years since my last Sculpin ,its not eazy to find in Canada.
Poured a clear Amber with a wonderful pine floral nose.
Nice white head with good lacing.
Citrus pine on the tongue exactly what a great IPA should be.

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Photo of BarrelSelect
4.72/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Mikehurls
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
4.37 out of 5 based on 13,811 ratings.
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