Ballast Point Sculpin IPA

Ballast Point Sculpin IPA

Rated 3.900 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Ballast Point Brewing Company

San Diego, CA, United States

Style:  IPA

7% Alcohol by Volume

70 International Bittering Units

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The Sculpin IPA is a testament to our humble beginnings as Home Brew Mart. Founded in 1992, the Mart continues to be a catalyst for the San Diego brewing scene, setting the trend for handcrafted ales. Inspired by our customers, employees and brewers, the Sculpin IPA is bright with aromas of apricot, peach, mango and lemon. Its lighter body also brings out the crispness of the hops. This delicious Ballast Point Ale took a Bronze Medal at the 2007 Great American Beer Festival in the Pro Am category. The Sculpin fish has poisonous spikes on its fins that can give a strong sting. Ironically, the meat from a Sculpin is considered some of the most tasty. Something that has a sting but tastes great, sounds like a Ballast Point India Pale Ale.

ID: 36587 Last updated 3 years ago Added to database 14 years ago

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Overall Rank281
Overall Percentile99.5
Style Rank9 of 5756
Style Percentile99.8
Lowest Score3.4
Highest Score4.7
Average Score3.979
Weighted Score3.900
Standard Deviation0.358

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  • SIGMUND 6983 reviews
    rated 3.6 3 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    355 ml bottle, from the Norwegian importer. ABV is 7%. Deep golden colour, nearly clear, moderate white head. Pleasant aroma of fruity hops (citrus, tropical fruits), also notes of pine. Distinct hoppy flavour on a background of slightly sweet malts, notes of grapefruit, pine needles and resin. Bitter finish, very bitter aftertaste.

  • CHOPZ 7305 reviews
    rated 3.7 5 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Enjoyed at the Bier Markt in Ottawa. Slightly hazy light golden-orange colour with a warm cap leaving great sticky lacing. Beautiful citrus aromas with mostly orange notes of juice and peel. Same zest creating a bitter finish. Mild juices in the background, but more fruity than sweet. Yeast lingers. The mouthfeel is quite dry. A very nice dry IPA on the orange-citrus side.

  • PALEALERIDER 2314 reviews
    rated 4.0 5 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    On tap at Bier Markt, Sparks st. Pours an average size frothy white head, decent sticky lacing. Has a pale golden appearance. Moderate carbonation. Aromas of herbal and grassy hops. Some subtle biscuit malts as well. Flavours of pine and floral hops, some citrus notes as well as herbal. Quite a lot of bitterness on the palate. The nice hop bitterness of great IPA'S. Goes down nicely. Pretty damn good.

  • GPILAFAS 268 reviews
    rated 3.6 7 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Light amber pour with a massively thick white head. Lots of lace on the glass. Large amount of carbonation. Pine and citrus notes. Impressively thick and rich mouthfeel. Flavor is typical IPA. Enjoyed this beer however it is a little too pricey.

  • BEERDOG 1556 reviews
    rated 3.9 8 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Bomber from BCLDB Seafair, and no bargain at >$10, although the weak Canuck $ is partly to blame. Clear copper pour 'neath a finger and a half of clinging white head. Floral and fruity nose, with a touch of pine. Flavour was all of the above, balanced finish with some but not a lot of malt. Ample bitterness. Even mouth, with a peppery bite. A high quality IPA for sure but I don't rate this above an 8.

  • BEAV 1788 reviews
    rated 4.0 9 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    12 oz bottle. Pours clear light copper orange with a big frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

    The aroma is sweet fruity piney hops. It's a bit subdued.

    The flavor is sweet bready malts and a little fruit with big piney peppery hops and a dank finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

    Overall, a very nice IPA. It reminds me of Odell's IPA but is a bit pricier.

  • RICHSBEER 1961 reviews
    rated 3.5 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    pours a nice light amber color with a small white foamy head. Carbonation quite noticeable. The aroma has lots of citrus fruits and flora. Grapefruit and orange zest, fresh flowers, and a little grass. Great stuff going on. The taste as the smell indicates, this is another juicy IPA. Hop choice gives this IPA a very citrus and fruity taste. A small amount of pine and grass in the finish give the ale the perfect bitterness. A small malt presence. The mouth feel is crisp and smooth. Decent carbonation and medium body.

  • JLOZIER 671 reviews
    rated 3.4 10 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Burnished copper color. Minimal head/lacing. Wow, this is bitter....and citrusy, like pineapples. Shared it with my brother-in-law from PA, who had it cask'd before. Wasn't incredible, but was certainly a great beer.

  • QATFISH 430 reviews
    rated 3.5 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Deep, clear orange with a ring and tiny island of foam. Aroma is mostly lemon and lemon peel with a little orange and orange peel. The flavor is more grapefuit with perhaps a little apricot. Good bite but just balanced enough. Tingly, not too sticky, and somewhat weighty.

  • R.ROUX 395 reviews
    rated 4.4 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    I've been looking to try this beer for quite some time and picked up the last six pack at my local liquor store. Being a hop lover I was not disappointed. It pours a cloudy, copper color with a small eggshell color head the quickly dissipates leaving some nice bubbles. The smell is amazing! Resiny hops dominated by pine, citrus, lychee and tropical fruits. I started to salivate at the smell alone. On my first sip, the piney hops run the show, with the fruity goodness following close behind. The subdued malt profile with a bit of bitterness finishes the journey. This is a great example of a "West Coast" IPA. Despite being a "hop bomb", I would also say that Sculpin is an incredibly balanced IPA. A bit pricey, but IMHO, worth it. Highly recommended.

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