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:
13,856
Reviews:
2,490
Avg:
4.37
pDev:
9.84%
 
 
Wants:
1,497
Gots:
5,710
For Trade:
43
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Ratings: 13,856 |  Reviews: 2,490
Photo of BellinghamBiker
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kitekid
4.76/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Ballast Point Brewing (San Diego, CA) Sculpin IPA
What does an IPA taste like? This!
I have long been intrigued by this beer that sells for $13 (or more) a 6 pack. From start to finish (nose to after taste) this beer is impressive.
Unfortunately, at its price point, I may never drink it again. The only reason I am trying it is that it was in the Ballast Point "Sextant Collection" variety 12-pack.
7.0% ABV, 70 IBU.

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Photo of Rufus1
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Twelve ounce bottle poured into a gravity pint glass. Beer and glass same temperature. Little quirk of mine. Really nice gold color with one finger head that dissipates into a lasting rim. Good sticky lacing. Floral herbal hops on the nose with good malt in the background. Pine with some faint citrus. Taste follows the nose with bitter hops on the first sip followed quickly by the sweetish malty backbone. Some thinness in the mouth probably due to high carbonation. As with all of the really good IPA's balancing the bitter hops vs malt is an art form. This beer accomplishes this with ease.

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

Photo of BearBrewing
3.46/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Photo of Hopresin19
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber poured into tulip glass,Appearance is Hazy Apricot,with pillowy thick head good retention.Nose is mango,apricot,and pine.Taste follows the nose with a nice hop bite and lingering grapefruit pith mid palate.overall a classic west coast ipa that is a model for the style.this brew from a renowned san diego brewer is not to be missed.Highly Recommended

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Photo of baldy00
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Photo of TR_Severance
4.77/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Mnmich7662
4.66/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

This was poured into a nonic pint. The appearance was a hazy burnt orange to slightly bronzed brown color. There’s a nice looking big white foamy two finger head that dissipated to a rocky level for a sustainable moment but eventually dissipated to a fine lacing sticking and sliding at the same time. The smell had a nice sticky sweet grapefruit, light lemon and pine running over some light caramel malt. The taste was sweet and bitter with a fairly decent sweet piney to lemon bitterness over my taste buds. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. I would say this was fairly sessionable. The carbonation was good for the style and for me. There’s a nice bitterness running over my tongue in a proper AIPA sort of way. Overall, wow, this was a great AIPA that I could bang again. It came across in every good AIPA sort of way and has a good sessionability about it that could definitely go with it’s respected food.

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Photo of Justriv
3.61/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Slarson7
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Homerphobe
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dubnation
4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of grahamgillespie
4.87/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.16/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured golden in color with a decent head and lacing. Nice hoppy notes with a hit of citrus and floral. The taste was very good, very balanced hops to citrus with a mellowness to this beer. Got a lot of dryness on the finish with a burst of lemon/orange. This is a solid beer all around, medium bodied.

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Photo of gmcb_5
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cuy50
4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jack77
4.04/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of mpmsu2003
4.04/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
4.37 out of 5 based on 13,856 ratings.
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