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:
13,812
Reviews:
2,486
Avg:
4.37
pDev:
9.84%
 
 
Wants:
1,489
Gots:
5,665
For Trade:
43
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Ratings: 13,812 |  Reviews: 2,486
Photo of EamonnB
4.66/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SveNss0N
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Donkster46
4.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dankabier1
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mattboyer182
4.16/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of breadwinner
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quintessential West Coast IPA. Pungent hop nose, deft mix of citrus/herbal dankness/perhaps pine, though contrary to common assumption, the malt is clearly there too - clean, somewhat sweet, pleasant. Palate is citrus, pine, and a fine dose of bitterness, though certainly nothing overwhelming. This is bracing, refreshing, so clean and satisfying.

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

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

Nice citrus-forward hop nose. Not what I'd call complex, but somewhat rounded and not overly one-dimentional. Palate follows the nose, but with some added malt depth. Not a malty IPA by any means, but enough of a backbone.
Maybe I made a mistake in that I tried grapefruit sculpin first. This is a very good IPA, but I felt it fell just a bit short of the bold flavors in gs. Would never turn either one of these down however.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.12/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a cloudy slight orange color. A one finger of white quickly dissipating head levels down to have a nice minimal lacing.
The smell starts off with big juicy citrus hops lends a hand to an ample amount of pine (seems it comes across fairly spicy). Its all backed up by some toastiness and caramel malts. Still, there's a nice floral setting in the background.
The taste was moderately sweet backed up by a nice bitterness coming from the pine. Floral tones show their respect in the flavor.
The mouthfeel had a nice semi-sweet citrus imparting some of the rind-like parts into the bitterness of the palate. The pine comes back to be part of the harshness on my tongue.
Overall, yeah, of course I liked this one. What a wonderful AIPA that I would have again.

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
4.07/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Based off day old memories.

L: A cloudy slight orange color. One finger of somewhat quickly dissipating head. Minimal lacing.

S: A good balance of hops and malt. Some slightly toasted malts come through with a bit of caramel in the background. A bit floral and citrusy.

T: Nicely hoppy. I get a faint perfume-like/intenseley floral note as the beer warms. Citrus evident as is a bit of pine as well. I also get some sort of herbal/musty note I usually get from beers that have Columbus. Malt is not shy at all in the this beer and definitely a key player. Grapefruit for sure .Like in the aroma, I get some caramel and toasted notes. Nice to have some malt balance in an IPA but still not have it syrupy or sticky.

F: Moderate body. Carbonation is just a bit lower than usual.

O: Very drinkable IPA. Something that almost IPA drinkers could get along with. There are enough hops there to intrigue the veteran IPA drinker and enough malt to keep the casuals from cringing in bitter beer face.

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

Photo of osickeym
4.68/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mrblonde37
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bretribution
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Excellent refreshing almost fruity IPA. I taste much citrus tones. Their grapefruit Sculpin must be really citrus tasting. Excellent warm weather brew.

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Photo of Pav5069
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mwd57
4.14/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OldTime
2.98/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of guizhang
4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Extrajoker00
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Matt_Ortiz
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Fitzy01
4.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
4.37 out of 5 based on 13,812 ratings.
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