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RATINGS: 2473   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.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
migwell (271) - Northampton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Iím not liking the lack of dating on this beer. Itís brewed in San Diego and Iím in Massachusetts, where I purchased it off a wooden uncooled shelf after a long, hot summer. I see that it is a highly rated brew (thereís nothing higher than 100, unless you play football and always give 110%), but what Iím drinking just seems pleasantly ordinary. In which case, depending on price and availability (never seen it anywhere else in MA other than Trubeer in Easthampton) I might have it again.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jookos (4610) - FINLAND - SEP 27, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2014 Edit: Tap@bishops, gamla. Soft caramelly nice ipa. Deserves better than the 3.4 I gave it.

Tap@sbwfí13. Amber. Caramel, hoppy nose. Medium full body. Loads of caramel, fruity us/nz-ness, with a good pine finish. Caramel, nice stronger IPA.

-- bb

3.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hermod (5458) - Vantaa, FINLAND - SEP 27, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2015 Draught @ sbwf13. Amber, thick white head. Grapefruit, floral, hoppy aroma, quite typical wipa. Flavor has grapefruity hoppyness, light caramel, bitter hoppy finish. Decent ipa. 738315 -- via beerbasher/winphone 7 15.7.2015. Rerate, DE Klomp, LinkŲping. Draught. Pours deep amber, thick white head. Very fruity, fresh, grapefruity aroma. Flavor has tropical fruits, grapefruit, pine, light sweetness. Biting finish, fruity. Very good. 838416

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
viyh (73) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Wunderbar! This is an awesome IPA with more than just a hint of pineapple and grapefruit. It has a good solid amount of bitters which contribute to the fruity aroma. This beer will make you salivate, a must have!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jesus_leal (11) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2013
Poured from a bottle. Nice and crispy mellow yellow color. First taste is caramel and as you palate its citrusy tones are revealed. Nice hoppiness. This will definitively taste better from tap. I had tried before a big eye IPA from bottle and from draft and the flavor difference is abysmal. A bit pricey for its type. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Atom (2043) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2013
On tap at BLB pours a slightly hazy copper/orange with a medium off-white head. Nice balanced aroma of tropical and citrus hops, grapefruit, with light caramel malt. Man the taste is smooth, nice bright hops balanced with the caramel malt and a perfect level bitterness to make this both flavorful and extremely drinkable. Very nice! Glad this is no available in the area.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ericular (930) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 23, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2015 Update: First time out of a can. Should be pretty fresh - just hit Rum River today. No doubt this is a quality IPA, but I had it slightly overrated. Aroma is solid before the head fades, but that goes quick. -1 Aroma, -1 Appearance, -2 overall.

Update: The middle is a bitterness that you have to endure just slightly to make it to the more mellow aftertaste. Aroma is where this beer shines. Taste is very good but doesnít quite live up. Clean, sharp, crisp, bitter hops with a sugar cookie kind of sweetness to the malts, both in aroma and up-front taste. No date on bottles, and I hate docking points when I donít know the freshness. This bottle is fresh from a new liquor store, so I feel OK with the re-rate.

On tap @ Muddy Pig. Pours a clear light amber with lasting ring of head and awesome lacing. Aroma is off the charts with grapefruit, mango, and pineapple. Taste is citrus with some pine, and very low on malt. This is crisp and bitter, a pure and simple IPA with an insanely smooth palate. Furious has a bit more malt balance, but stays more aggressive with a sharper, meatier bitterness at the expense of a little smoothness. Sculpin has a clean and pure malt-less bitterness that allows the hops to stand alone, all while somehow staying medium-bodied and smooth. Slight sugar cookie aroma, giving it some malt balance as it goes down the glass. Awesome beer. 10+5+9+5+18=4.7

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
banbeernot (39)
- Washington DC, USA - SEP 20, 2013
Mystic golden amber body with thin white head. Lingering lacing on the glass. Very well balanced IPA with an orangy nose and a hint of malt in the back end. Smooooooth palate and finish. The hop never dominates the taste but it makes its presence felt. A surprisingly full body IPA which canít be said to other noteworthy IPAs from Bells or Laguitas. highly recommended. Worth the price of admission.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
kidmartinek (4327) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 20, 2013
New copper color. White lacy head lasts long time. Funky aroma like mosaic. Kinda stinky. Stinky taste too but somehow good. Must be a gmo hop.
Earlier Rating: 1/4/2013 Total Score: 4.5
Nice orange color with a frothy head. Intense citrus hop aroma you can smolders from a foot away. It has a bitter orange floral hop taste with a weak malt undertone. Just bitchin. Canít find anything wrong with this one.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vaiz (4172) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - SEP 20, 2013
Draught @ Monte Carlo, Las Vegas. Clear golden pour. Aroma is very fruity, floral and fresh. Flavor is bitter hoppy, fruity and hugely refreshing. Amazing brew.


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