Sculpin - Spruce Tip
Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
IPA - American
Ranked #1,199
Ranked #11,077
4 | pDev: 6.75%
Dec 04, 2020
Jul 15, 2018
Very Good
Sculpin - Spruce TipSculpin - Spruce Tip
Notes: Our flagship Sculpin IPA shows its complexity in this limited Spruce Tip edition. For a different twist on our traditional IPA, we added fresh Oregon spruce tips that contribute a unique piney, citrus and woody character on the nose. Plus, their flavor notes of red berry, lemon and wine grapes perfectly complement our hop profile. A great brew for the holidays and well beyond, this is a standout in a forest of IPAs.
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3.44 by BigMike from Pennsylvania on Dec 04, 2020
3.75 by TallGuyCM from California on Jun 16, 2020
4.25 by Shawnspl from Rhode Island on Dec 26, 2019
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3.59/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by defunksta from North Dakota

Appearance: Pours a heavy, completely clear, medium orange color. Flat and heavy. SRM of 11. (3.25)

Aroma: Strong aromas of orange marmalade and pine. There is some tropical and black tea too. (3.75)

Flavor: Flavors initially of dank tropical and orange marmalade, but this is brief. It quickly evolves into a not-bitter pine and spruce flavor, and then it finishes with a broad berry flavor including raspberry and blueberry.

Feel: Body is medium. Carbonation is medium. Finishes relatively clean given the lack of bitterness. Some detectable alcohol at 7%

Overall: A pretty good IPA, but not what I was expecting from Sculpin. Nice classic Sculpin flavors of orange marmalade with just a hint of spruce and pine, but not bitter like I was expecting. Probably wouldn't even classify it as west coast. It's good, but only a slight tweak off of the original Sculpin, and my bottle was fairly old so I was probably missing some hop quality. (Final Rating: 3.59)

Oct 27, 2019
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4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by monkist from Hungary

I loved the original Sculpin so I tried the Grapefruit and this Spruce tip too, but they don’t seem to be able to catch up with the first one...
I mean, they are decent IPAs, especially Spruce tip, adding this ingredient makes your brew even more dank and earth (and of course piney!) which is great. Kind of enhances the hop aroma and bitterness as well - but it kind of fails to bring that punch the original had. Why is it so?
Nevertheless, the end result is still a way-above-average IPA, with the exciting extra of spruce tips. Good enough for every craft beer aficionado.

Aug 19, 2019
4.25 by Dougwillhike from New Jersey on Jul 19, 2019
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3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by tone77 from Pennsylvania

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an orange/beige color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by spruce. Taste is of spruce, citrus peels, a bit of resin. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is an interesting take on the style, and a decent beer.

Jul 10, 2019
4 by nearengine from Arizona on May 27, 2019
3.64 by beerjerk666 from Florida on May 26, 2019
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3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by Nass from Florida

Yes, there is a date on the side of the bottle. The pour is orange. The aroma is spruce tips & so is the taste. If you like west coast IPA's you should be delighted with this beer, but it's very bitter, not a beer that you want to sip & savor. I like this beer better than the regular Sculpin IPA. Cheers! B

May 19, 2019
4.17 by LXIXME from New Mexico on May 15, 2019
4 by Jonathan-Morgan from Florida on May 08, 2019
4 by Mattias from Sweden on May 02, 2019
4 by plaid75 from New York on Apr 17, 2019
4.07 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut on Apr 08, 2019
4 by paulish from New York on Apr 02, 2019
4 by a77cj7 from South Dakota on Apr 01, 2019
4.35 by GClarkage from California on Mar 29, 2019
3.75 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire on Mar 25, 2019
3.76 by EdTheEdge from California on Mar 24, 2019
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4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by WunderLlama from Massachusetts

On tap at ballast point

Draft poured into chalice

Clear copper, white foam ring

Aroma of pine, spruce

Taste the spruce

Hop taste , smooth , lingers nicely

Good beer

Mar 22, 2019
4.12 by thebooyakid from Hawaii on Mar 16, 2019
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3.27/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by oldred1492 from Minnesota

Have enjoyed other sculpins so gave this a shot since DFH PA Tuxedo is a personal favorite but harder to find. Pours a nice golden color with head that quickly dissipates. Smells hoppy but no significant spruce detected on the nose. Nice smooth feel but the taste doesn't flow right. The hoppiness fights the after spruce taste.

Mar 06, 2019
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3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by teromous from Virginia

From the bottom of the bottle: "SC1975ST 14:18 PKG 08OCT18"

Appearance: It is a very hazy gold and beige color with a short creamy textured white head. It has good head retention and lacing.

Aroma: There is a very light aroma of what smells a bit like peaches.

Taste: There is a good amount of a pine flavor to the beer and just a touch of orange character.

Mouthfeel: It is smooth and easy to drink with a medium bitterness. Good carbonation.

Overall: The beer label states that this is an "INDIA PALE ALE WITH SPRUCE TIPS." It doesn't smell like spruce but it definitely has an "evergreen flavor." There is a lot of pine character to the beer but it cuts it a bit with a note of citrus. It's enjoyable and I would drink it again. I would recommend it.

Mar 02, 2019
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4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

Pours a clear honey gold with a white pillow of a head. Nice lacing. Aroma is tropical fruits and berries. Flavor is berries and honey. Just a hint of piney hop bitterness in the finish. Feel is syrupy. Overall a very fun beer.

Feb 26, 2019
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2.94/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
by TheBigBoy from Pennsylvania

This sculpin blend did not work for mat at all. Regular & Grapefruit too good.

Feb 09, 2019
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4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by dcotom from Iowa

Question: Is this as good as the brewer's notes make it out to be? Answer: Indubitably. Appearance doesn't leave much to be desired, for sure. An aggressive pour from a 12-ounce bottle into a long-stemmed wine goblet yielded three fingers of thick white head atop a slightly hazy dark orange body. Pretty reddish-orange highlights, lots of sticky lacing. Nice burst of resiny spruce aroma, with notes of light caramel,orange, grapefruit, strawberry, and citrus zest. Medium bodied, with a sticky, resiny finish and a bitter and slightly fruity aftertaste. This sample was a little on the malty side, but deliciously drinkable nonetheless.

Feb 09, 2019
4.06 by einman from Minnesota on Feb 06, 2019
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3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by craftbeersweden from Sweden

Light hazy with a white head. A lot of lacing.

Fruity, piney nose. Pineapple, caramel malt, pine needle and citrus.
Taste: Pine, hops, pineapple, grass and caramel.
Mouth: Medium body and carbonation. Dry and hoppy. Bitter ending.

Feb 06, 2019
4 by Danmullens1 from Wisconsin on Feb 02, 2019
4.06 by Genx from Georgia on Jan 30, 2019
3.63 by MICAMD from Maryland on Jan 29, 2019
4 by Karibourgeois from Texas on Jan 27, 2019
4.19 by Berknerj from Illinois on Jan 27, 2019
4.25 by Nurt20 from Illinois on Jan 26, 2019
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4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by AyatollahGold from Indiana

Pouring from a 12 oz. can into a pint glass, this beer pours out a copper color and forms a pinky width of white crown. Not hazy, but not clear. Can see finger shadows on the other side of the glass.

The nose brings pine being the most prominent. It mixes with a nice tropical like citrus. Some wood notes.

The taste comes in with beautiful berry notes, almost making a gummy candy reminiscence. White grapes.

The mouthfeel is dry from pine, grape presence.

Overall, I love those berry notes and it still provides a nice pine to it. All balanced, dry and clean. And the most balanced pine beer I’ve had so far.

Jan 26, 2019
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3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by TheBrewsky from California

L: Pours amber in color. Unfiltered appearance. 2 fingers of a bubbly white cap that dissipated rapidly. Tight ring retention around glass perimeter with appealing amounts of lacing on glass.
S: Malt backbone prominent with notes of citrus. Spruce is mild on the nose.
T: The malt backbone sets the foundation. The spruce really shines, especially on the finish. Citrus flavor throughout with moderate dank resin. Nice hoppy piney er I mean, sprucey finish. As I drink it, the more malty bready sweetness I get. Spruce flavor resides in aftertaste.
F: Medium in body and in weight. Soft in feel but still is light and smooth to drink. ABV is on the lower side, but that seems to work well here.
O: Very enjoyable offering. Makes me want to revisit the OG sculpin. This was a treat! I am very grateful to have tried. Cheers!

Jan 22, 2019
4.25 by aztraz from Sweden on Jan 21, 2019
3.78 by VeganUndead from Virginia on Jan 21, 2019
Sculpin - Spruce Tip from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 130 ratings