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Import Friday – Ballast Point Sculpin IPA

October 29, 2010

Ever since I got in to the big bold IPAs found in North America, I’ve always heard that Sculpin from Ballast Point was one to try. And to back that up it’s currently sitting in the number one position on BeerAdvocate’s top American IPA list. I figured the only way to get my hands on a bottle was a trip down to San Diego, California. Eventually I started seeing Ballast Point beers trickle their way on the shelves in BC. Sculpin just never showed up. Well that all changed a few weeks ago. Sculpin is now available in BC.

People simply cannot get enough of Sculpin – a deceptively light bodied, yet very hoppy IPA that is brimming with bright apricot, peach, mango and lemon flavors which are imparted by the skillful use of a vairety of hops. Sculpin is a testament to humble beginnings as Home Brew Mart, where we began our commitment to making unique yet highly drinkable beer. We literally struck gold (as in medal) on this particular experiment – at the World Beer Cup 2010 in the International Pale Ale category. Despite its poisonous spikes, the meat from a Sculpin is considered some of the tastiest. And that’s what makes Sculpin the perfect name for this IPA: Has a sting but tastes great – now that’s a Ballast Point India Pale Ale.

The origins of Ballast Point begin when Jack White founded a homebrew shop called Home Brew Mart in San Diego during 1992. Yuseff Cherney eventually joined on at Home Brew Mart. Together they founded Ballast Point Brewing in the back of Home Brew Mart in 1996. By 2004 Ballast Point had grown too large for the back of Home Brew Mart and had to move out. I don’t think I could have condensed that anymore.

Sculpin has an aroma of massive tangy citrus and tropical fruits intermingled with pine. Mango, papaya, grapefruit, lemon, orange, pineapple, herbal and peach. A superb showcase of Cascadian grown hops. Yet, even with all those hops there is still a small malt presence, however, that minimal malt presence all but disappears when drank. This well attenuated ale finishes very dry with a slightly hop spiciness and slowly fading bitterness.

Sculpin is one of the greatest beers I have ever drunk, and the best of the American-style IPAs. Yes, better than our own Red Racer IPA, however, at $8.50 a bomber I’ll still continue to drink Red Racer IPA consistently. If you’re a hophead you need to experience this beer. Maybe the extra cost is worth it to you, but not to me.

Rating: Great
Style: American IPA
ABV: 7.0%
Serving Temp: 6-8ºC
BCL: n/a


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  1. Dad permalink

    Better than Red Racer IPA, it must be good!

  2. I couldn’t agree more! Sculpin kicks assssss!!!!! Had it during Philly Beer Week back in June. Loooooved it! I give this one a solid A!


  3. Where’d you buy it Dave? I haven’t seen any outside Vancouver.

  4. I bought my bottle at Village Green Liquor Store in Vernon.

  5. Dad permalink

    I’ll stop by there next time i’m in Vernon and buy a few.

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