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RATINGS: 2499   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   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.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FetMule (102) - - OCT 5, 2013
Först ölen jag testar från Ballast Point. Hade höga förväntningar och dem infriades! Extremt välbalanserad IPA. Sticker inte ut på något sätt, men är väldigt komplett. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
7stern (571) - Bromma, SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2013
Golden, almost clear, medium head. Fat aroma with plenty of fruit. Full bitterness well balanced with mango, pineapple and citrus.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aurora21 (24) - - OCT 5, 2013
Bottle poured into a Pint glass Standard pour, two finger off white head. Deep copper, darker than most IPAs I’ve had, with light but lively carbonation and little opacity. The head takes it’s time to settle back in. Beautiful aroma of grapefruit, with citrusy and floral notes. Well balanced taste, with the bitterness biting first, followed by a pleasant sweetness. Grapefruit and sugar. Medium bodied. While the balance is great, I prefer a bit more bitterness in my IPAs. This would be wonderful for someone who likes them with more sweetness. No bottling date, perhaps the hops have faded? I’ll be sure to try this again when I find it on draft, for now it’s an enjoyable IPA, but doesn’t find it’s way to the podium of those I’ve experienced.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsniclas (6532) - Billdal, SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2013
Bottled from Systembolaget Deep golden, slightly hazy with a white head. Sweet and malty aroma with tropcial fruits; apricots, pine-apple. Slightly boozy. Sweet malts and loads of mango in the flavour. Medium bitterness.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Canned 6/26/13 and picked up at The Beer Temple in Chicago. Oh, how I’m looking forward to this... Appearance: Pours with a massive four finger soapy head that stays for quite awhile. Sculpin has a pretty clear light amber color. The lacing is fantastic. Excellent looking IPA. Smell: Grass and peaches are the two things that I get most. There is also a slight citrus note in there as well. Really does smell nice. Taste: Quite a lot like the aroma, really. Kind of tastes like a ripe peach at first, and the medium feel of Sculpin gives that impression even more. There’s then a bitterness on the middle of the tongue, with a sticky, dry, piney and bitter finish. The aftertaste is just lingering pine and peach bitterness that I love. Sculpin’s an excellent name for this IPA, especially as it warms up. After being out for about ten minutes, the bitterness intensifies, and the alcohol becomes traceable. Canned and put onto my tastebuds here in Michigan just 12 days later. A six-pack ran me $14 or $15, which is definitely kind of steep (considering I can get a sixer of Two Hearted for $10), but this has an excellent bitter pine and peach flavor that I thoroughly enjoy. If this were available in Michigan, I’d definitely pick it up from time-to-time... even with the slightly higher price point.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vignale (3147) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2013
Flaska från SB. Söt doft av mango, grape och persika. Smaken är också söt med karamellig och fruktig sötma, men ändå torrare och stramare än doften. Tall och grape dominerar smaken men en viss fruktighet med mango, persika och röd grape finns där också. Rejäl grapebeska. Riktigt trevlig men tyvärr inte jättefärsk. Hur som helst en riktigt bra stiltypisk västkustipa.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tstamba (678) - Maryland, USA - OCT 4, 2013
From a bottle, pours light amber with white head quickly fading to ample lacing. Very fragrant, lots of floral and citrus. Nice hop bite balanced with notes of honey. An outstanding IPA... ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Franzen (479) - SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2013 Bottle from systembolaget
Really nice aroma, heavy in both grape, passion fruit and mango
Nice clear straw colour and great head.
The taste is nice, you can notice that some maltiness is there but it is only in the background and just enough to carry the hops. Just as the maltiness in an IPA should be. The bitterness is nice and pretty round and smooth.
The body is light to medium, the carbination average and the finish is pretty long with the nice bitterness from the taste. The palate is okey but I prefer my IPAs lighter and more carbonated.
It is a relly nice IPA. It would be interesting to try this in USA to get it really fresh, ’cause even if it is good it still has nothing on some locally produced IPAs we get fresh here in sweden

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mathia5 (24) - SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2013
This is my second tasting of this beer. First time was in Las Vegas at the Freakin Frog. This time was in Sweden from Systembolaget (Oct 4. 2013). Aroma is citrus and hops. Quite light and fresh. Color is light amber and a 2-3 cm fading head. Taste is good. Lots of mango, citrus, tropical fruits. Very nice. Quite light on the malty side. Some sweetness and a rather strong bitter finish. Just a little to bitter to find the perfect balance in my opinion. This is a very good beer, but there are better. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hackobock (3213) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2013
Bottle from Systembolaget, best before June 2014 . Clear dark golden with a dense white head, leaving a nice lacing on the side of the glass. Aroma has pine, resin, grapefruit light red berries. Taste is bitter with a light sweet malty and red berries note. Medium dry bitter piney finish. Medium body and a light sticky carbonation.


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