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RATINGS: 1931   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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San Diego IPA
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6259) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2014
Bottle. Head is initially large, frothy, white, mostly lasting. Body is dark yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly hoppy (herbs, lemon), lightly yeasty (dough). Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately astringent. Rated this side-by-side with the Big Eye IPA, which is also 7.0% and in the same style. The differences are significant, however...this has almost no aroma, which is strange for an American IPA, but itís much better balanced in the mouth. Big Eye is an abrasive, astringent, crude west-coast resin bomb, whereas this is more British-styled, like a really high-ABV Bitter. It would be well enough if this was 4.0%, since it would be usable as a mindless session beer...but with all this booze and the lack of an enticing nose, itís not really suited for either sipping or quaffing. So, pretty much the same score as Big Eye but for different reasons.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
isaiah41v10 (3) - Fair Lawn, New Jersey, USA - OCT 20, 2014 does not count
Nice complex taste with a few different levels. A fruit taste in the beginning with a finish of bitter at the end. Not to mention a nice kick.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nealblind (874) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - OCT 19, 2014
Gold orange pour. Aroma of mango, tangerines, dank garlic herbal. Tastes grape, pine, big resin, honey, barley, orange, tangerine, peach. Long bitter finish of apricots and minerals.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adthorson (2) - Elk Grove, California, USA - OCT 18, 2014 does not count
Maybe my palate is numb due to so many high alcohol IPAs but I did not feel this beer had the sting that it describes. Lacking the sting does not take away from the balanced smooth drinking IPA that the beer is. I didnít find there to be any dominating or overwhelming flavors but I did find that the first sip was just as good as the last. As I move away from the double and triple IPAs, this beer will definitely be added to my rotation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dliberto (172) - Hampstead, Maryland, USA - OCT 16, 2014
Poured from a can into a snifter. Pours a cloudy orange/amber with a small white head. Aroma consists of pine, resin, peach, mango, and tangerine. Taste is much the same with a nice and balanced malt backbone that does not take away from the hop flavors. It has a very nice dry bitterness on the end. Medium bodied brew with moderate carbonation and a sticky mouth feel. Amazing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
legion242 (2224) - Richardson, Texas, USA - OCT 16, 2014
Poured a pretty clear light orange with good lacing. Very balanced in the mouth with decent malt to hold back the hops.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
susanamayer (211) - Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2014
Aroma is all hops, very crisp, citrus, pine and herby notes. Flavor is sweet (like lemonade is sweet) but dominated by the tangy, tart hops, grapefruit, pine, grass and subtle earthy notes as well. Leaves the mouth with a wonderful tingly, pucker.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nakedwhendrunk (2196) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - OCT 15, 2014
I never thought Iíd ever see this in my own hands but due to a local friend who went out of town and brought this back I have to thank him a ton. This was poured into a nonic pint. The appearance was a hazy burnt orange to slightly bronzed brown color. Thereís 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. Thereís 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 itís respected food.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ramboraffe (535) - SWEDEN - OCT 14, 2014
355 ml bottle. Clear amber with white head. Smell is hoppy pine and floral. Taste is a light malt and heavy hoppy with grapefruit, pine and flowers. Dry with high bitterness and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eduardovl (865) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
330ml bottle served in a pokal glass. A: Pours a slightly hazy light orange color forming a thin bubbled and creamy light yellow head. Great retention and lots of soapy and lingering lacings formed and left in the glass S: Delicious mix of sweet pale grains and piny hops. Notes of grapefruits, oranges and orange zest. Strong notez of flowery hops T: Light sweet upfront. Strong notes of pale malts, grapefruit, oranges, orange zest. Intense and persistent hops bitterness. Strong citrus and piny hops character. Earthy end M: Medium body. Light molasses. Good carbonation. Bitter piny end O: Excellent drinkability. Perfect American IPA [ BA Review @ 8/5/2014 ]

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