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:
13,843
Reviews:
2,489
Avg:
4.37
pDev:
9.84%
 
 
Wants:
1,494
Gots:
5,693
For Trade:
43
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Ratings: 13,843 |  Reviews: 2,489
Photo of jrb378
4.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Beric
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Can into tulip
Served: 25 August 2015

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with some slight copper notes. Looks somewhat like rose gold but definitely not as pink/red. The haze gives the beer depth, for sure, but looks a bit weird around the edges, as it lightens the profile and looks somewhat funky. Minus points there, but nothing crazy.

Smell: Bright citrus hop notes, as you would expect from a West Coast brewery. Grapefruit, pine, lemon, and cajeput all present in the nose.

Taste: Much like the nose, but with a detectably sweet malt base to back it up. Refreshingly bitter, which bucks the trend against super sweet, 'juicy' IPAs, which I'm happy to see.

Mouthfeel: Medium to medium-high body with medium carbonation. Very refreshing, but definitely feels bigger on the palate than smaller IPAs.

Overall: A great IPA from a great brewery, but nothing that'll stand out from the pack. Given that this and Grapefruit Sculpin are the same price here in Boston (~$14/sixer), I'll stick with the Grapefruit Sculpin, which I find more intriguing for the money.

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Photo of Hack
4.73/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of evanfox81
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wookieboy1
3.98/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gregf51
4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

This beer really surprised me in a good way. Its seems to get its due respect here but in my circle most had given it a thumbs down. I'm with the thumbs up crowd on this one. Very nice citrus note. Its pours light and drinks easy. Not the smoothest beer but very flavorfull. Definitly a beer better enjoyed in the summer. Its the summer ale of IPAs. Well done Ballast Point.

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

Photo of Ian_paquette
4.67/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of crotharagain
3.06/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Underwhelmed. Traded for this with a Gray Sail Brewing Captain's Daughter. Granted, the Sculpin had been sitting in a hot car over the weekend, therefore I want to give it another shot ASAP.

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Photo of Simon212
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Whatup14
3.84/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of vikinggary28
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into trusty glass mug. Slightly cloudy amber colour with quickly dissipating white head. Smells of smooth hops with a hint of citrus. The taste is an excellent balance of hops, slight citrus, and just enough piney/grassy to compliment. Goes down easy. This has got to be one of the best Cali IPA's out there. I love it.

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Photo of Nrod
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ricknelson
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Wer34truh
4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden, with a relatively small head.

Smells of pine, moderate citrus, and a fair amount of tropical fruits.

There is quite a bit of both pine and hops, yet the bitterness is lacking. Which I am quite content with. Additionally, mouthfeel is light. This is an enjoyable, yet non-combative beer, which is perfectly balanced.

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

Photo of stratusjeans
4.02/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thundersnow
4.11/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of AustinRT
4.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Happyyb
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
4.37 out of 5 based on 13,843 ratings.
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