Sculpin IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

Sculpin IPASculpin IPA
BA SCORE
4.39/5
13,917 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:
#246
Reviews:
2,493
Ratings:
13,917
pDev:
9.79%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,499
Gots:
5,764
Trade:
43
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 13,917 |  Reviews: 2,493
Photo of IsaiahHoogendyk
3.98/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jascott2112
4.76/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Ksmoove27
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - poured an copper color, with a one finger off white head...nice lacing

Smell - floral, hoppy and citrus....a very pleasant nose full

Taste - a dry hoppiness, citrus with some pineyness...it does have a bit of a harsh aftertaste..

Feel - It's crisp, good carbonation, very refreshing

Overall -It's a very good IPA which is near the top of my list, but the aftertaste keeps AleSmith at the top.

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Photo of Shogun250
3.82/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It's a good basic west coast ipa, with a pretty hefty malt base that once was legendary and now is just average. I think it deserves it's place on the hall of fame list but it is no longer one of the best 250 beers. Lagunitas, Sculpin, and standard ipas are not the overly aromatic juice bombs that everyone looks for now

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Photo of Tomasipoi
4.51/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mancavebeercouch
4.14/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tmappin
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nubs
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ryanlovesbeer77
4.9/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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

Photo of Vinyard14
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jakehoodlum
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MattIPA
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hopheaddeluxe
3.64/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Coronaeus
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Momack229
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of headlessparrot
3.84/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Does the world really need another Sculpin review? Absolutely not. But.

Pours from the 750mL bomber a caramel-y orange/amber colour, slightly hazy (chill-haze?) and capped by three fingers of rocky, uneven foam that persists decently and leaves a metric tonne of lacing on the glass.

Smell is piney, citrusy goodness. Slightly soapy. Orange zest, grapefruit zest. Resin. Very green.

Taste is much the same. Piney, citrusy. Slightly soapy, a bit of biscuity/crackery malt. Bitter but not overpoweringly so, although the finish is a bit of a mouth-puckerer. Good, balanced body and moderate carbonation.

An enjoyable IPA, but my controversial take: not worth the price Ballast Point asks, and not necessarily better than any great *local* IPA you might be able to get your hands on out there.

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Photo of mthomp081
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Supergenou
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

This is my go to beer. I love it on tap, in the bottle or in a can.

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Photo of mastergintoki
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can
L: nice color kind of copperish, head subsided rather quickly
S: sweet. Hoppy, floral and citrusy. Has a bitter smell
T: it has bitterness but the sweetness that acvompanies it is great.. Some grapefruit peel.t. very balanced ipa
F: its very easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel
O: Very nice IPA. I prefer their habanero and grapefruit sculpin but its one of my fave ipa

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Photo of Shrugger
4.84/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jarhead26
3.99/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of KrissyKat6
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very happy but sweet :-D

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 13,917 ratings
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