Sculpin IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

Sculpin IPASculpin IPA
BA SCORE
4.39/5
13,922 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:
#245
Reviews:
2,493
Ratings:
13,922
pDev:
9.79%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,499
Gots:
5,767
Trade:
43
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 13,922 |  Reviews: 2,493
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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Photo of FrancisM12
4.16/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of edward_boumil
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a can into a tulip
L: Sexy as hell. Beautiful clear copper color , head started off quite bubbly though it quickly subsided.
S: Very sweet. Also very hop heavy. Very floral in nature, some citrus as well. Has a bitter smell that is also accompanied by a toastiness as well as a slight butteriness (diacetyl?)
T: Crisp, but not overwhelmingly so. There is bitterness and it is assertive while also not being overwhelming. Also a beautiful sweetness. that pairs nicely with the citrus aspects of the hops. Reminds me of grapefruit. I find that this IPA is quite well balanced
F: Incredibly drinkable for an IPA. Definitely some astringency, which is expected. Carbonation is not to heavy.
O: Very nice IPA. Ranks up there with the best of them. Had high expectations with this beer and they were met.

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

Photo of nomdegar
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hendryxdp
3.46/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

I have had it on tap and from the bottle. Similar tasting experience. Lots of hop flavors throughout, while staying smooth even with quite a bite from all those hops. No malt noticed. If you like hops, this is excellent. But as another reviewer noted, there are other very good IPAs that will cost a lot less.
Full disclosure: I find many IPAs to be so hoppy I think I could bite into a fresh hop and chase it with cold water and get the same taste.

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

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

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

Photo of Fen9way
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Guy_Costigan
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dgmirelli
3.93/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

bought as a single serve establishment in a train station, payed $8 for one! expected alot for $8 needed alot for $8, drank out of bottle, beer had a steady hop balance, on this particular drink tasted as a straight IPA, not much on additional flavoring but again drank from bottle with bag wrapped around. this is limiting no doubt, this was however very pricey

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Photo of Niceroad77
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What a delicious brew! This beer is very close to my favourite IPA (Fat Tug) in taste, aroma and feel. More head, retention, lacing and paler colour though. Living in British Columbia (Canada), I have a much greater accessibility tot he Fat Tug and don't have to pay as much for it. The Sculpin cost me 23.50$ CAN for a six pack. Never paid that much for a beer but I really wanted to try it because of its great reviews. Now I see why, it is in fact one of the greatest IPA's I had the opportunity to drink.

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

Photo of coop5280
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WestCoastBeerDude
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BryanReed
4.11/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice clear gold orange pour with tight-bubbled head.

Aromas of juicy grapefruit, with a touch of really sharp pine.

Tastes just like it smells, with maybe a little spiciness added.

Overall, really nice. Tons of hop flavor. Complex, and delicious.

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 13,922 ratings
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