Sculpin IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States

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

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Ratings: 13,811 |  Reviews: 2,486
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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3.25/5  rDev -25.6%

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4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.67/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - transparent straw, pilsener color, with almost two fingers of white head that reduces to half of a finger quickly, moderate amounts of active visible carbonation

S - super citrine aroma, some serious grapefruit bitterness notes with a great piney side, the fruit aromas continue with some peach and apricot aromas, as the label suggests, though i dont pick up on the mango it refers to

T - wow, whered the fruit go. in the taste, the hops are completely piney, some background dark sweetness, like a bit of brown sugar, theres a sense of a cloying fruitiness, but it never arrives, just hop bitterness throughout the entire taste

M&D - you need to be a hophead to enjoy this, not because its huge on the hops, but that its only characteristic is a superb hop profile, maybe this one sat too long, (only a week in my cabinet) as a pervious reviewer mentions, the supreme quality of this brew is its linger-osity, you can feel/taste the hops for minutes after each sip

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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3.98/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of AdamBear
4.92/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

thanks to Shaggy9356 for getting me this one...

A-pours an amber gold with a whole lotta off-white colored head. has a bit of lacing that stays.

S-MMM this smell puts a heart warming smile on my face! its smells like spicy but grassy hops. there's even a bit of sweet citrus in there as well. it has a great strength to it as well!

T-mmm and the taste makes me smile as well. this IPA is like a wonderful dessert. after your first sip, you're so happy you have the rest of the bottle still ahead of you. it comes in with a large blast of the spicy and grassy hops. there's a really pleasant bitterness that follows. It has a great creaminess and even a tad of saltiness in there as well that makes this IPA stand out from other i've had. the after-taste is mostly grassy with a bit of citrus in there as well. bottom line: i consider myself to be a hophead and this IPA pleases me as much as any!

M-has a good, creamy, medium carbonation with a crisp finish

D-Thank goodness this comes in a bomber! although, it might as well come in 12oz so i could get 6 packs and drink them in a night. this is so good and it stays so tasty all the way through! i love this beer!

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4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap; poured into a pint glass.
Appearance - bubbly gold; modest white head that leaves solid lacing.
Smell - the citrus hops, mango and apricot grabs your attention and your senses; well done!
Taste - that's good; follows the nose brilliantly! More please!
Feel - an IPA like it should be; hop forward, but not overly aggressive, well balanced and easy drinking!
Overall - available in a 12 pack and in a can, bonus!

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.26/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Serving - Can poured into a Speiglau IPA Glass

A - Big white 3 finger head, golden straw color, very active carbonation. A touch lighter than normal for an IPA.

S - Very piney. I got a big blast when I cracked the can. A little resiny in the background.

T - A touch bitter and sweet. Follows the nose. It's a touch ordinary. The piney hops run the show. I'm not getting any citrus notes like others have suggested.

M - Lively as all hell. A sweet finish on the tongue.

O - Don't get me wrong here, it's a very good beer...with good being the operative word. I was left a little disappointed. I enjoyed it but it is nothing I would actively seek out. The carbonation was a little strong as well.

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4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer was poured into a snifter to better capture the aroma on this one. The appearance was a copper color with red accents mingling throughout the glass. A modest white head topped the glass with the beer demonstrating lacing and a solid level of retention as the beer disappeared. The beer exploded with a grapefruit aroma. It may be an exaggeration, but I might suggest you could smell this one from the other side of the room. On the initial taste, one detects grapefruit, papaya, apricot, and lemon on the back of the tongue. The IPA progresses from sweet to more bitter as the sample continues. Grassy notes emerge and the malt backbone is just noticeable. The presence of the malt is just noticeable enough to make sure this is something more than a hop-bomb. In the aftertaste, the citrus notes combine as though it has become citrus candy. There is a noticeable warming sensation that also emerges. The thickness allows that taste to linger with the warming sensation.

For an American IPA, this is pretty close to perfect. Though it is well-balance, it is far from mild in the taste department.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
4.37 out of 5 based on 13,811 ratings.
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