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RATINGS: 1753   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crossovert (6367) - Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2013 650ml bottle. No date. I hope it is fresh. It pours a lightish gold with a frothy white head. There is some decent lacing as it recedes. The smell is nicely hopped. It is mostly pineapple and generic like smarties or something. The flavor is really nice. It tastes like it gets way too much hype though. It has a clear cut bitterness which is great but it is the support act that isn’t as great as I was hoping. There is some tropical fruit backing, but I want more. Overall though it is a solid IPA. New bottle best by 9/13, Crustal clear appearance. Aroma is citrus, pineapple, caramel, bready malt, some spice. Flavor is round, fruity, citrus, nice pine, very good bready malt base. Like drinking a pilsener if it were an ipa. A finely crafted brew that took me a few times to really appreciate.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (20003) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 10, 2011
Bottled@GBBF2011. Golden colour, small white head. Aroma is fruity, wooden as well as some honey and mild nectary notes. Flavour is fruits, nectar, wood and some mild honey and sweet maltyness. Wellbalanced and quite pleasant IPA.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reynolds314 (2103) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 11, 2011
Very good IPA. Citrus and tropical fruits dominate with a nice balance of caramel sweetness. 7%abv seems to be the perfect level for an IPA as all the best ones land about at that point. Really refreshing and tasty beer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joes (70) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - AUG 8, 2011
bottle @ GBBF. Small white head, almost clear, golden yellow. Nice hoppy aroma of orange, grapefruit, maybe some apricot. Bitter aftertaste, hops in every way. Very fruity: citrus, grapefruit, a hint of vanilla. Good IPA

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gvmdw7 (180) - California, USA - AUG 7, 2011
Poured with a golden hue and an inch of head that quickly faded. Tasted of lemons and a little peach. Hoppy as an imperial ipa, but much lighter bodied. The bitterness lingers and has a cumulative effect. The more I drank the more similar to a bitter Belgian ipa it became.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
prawlie (1055) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2011
Bottle into a pint glass at the Great British Beer Festival 2011. Cloudy yellow with little head. Slightly overhopped to make it a bit sharp, but otherwise nice. Flowery hoppy aroma.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italarican (1434) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - AUG 6, 2011
Tap at Pony Bar. Pours a pale gold. Loads of perfume in both the nose and flavor. Some juicy grapefruit notes as well. Great hops bite backed by flowers and perfume. Awesome IPA!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - AUG 5, 2011
12oz bottle unknown date. Served around 45F. Thanks to Ryan for this unexpected extra!

Pours lightly hazy golden amber with a three finger fluffy white head that holds a great cap and leaves nice spotty lacing.

Aroma is lemon, apricot, floral & grassy hops, some light tropical fruits, some melon, a bit of pineapple, some orange and grapefruit, caramel and bready malt. Good to very good strength.

Flavor is citrus, lemon, orange, grapefruit, some pineapple and apricot, a little bit resinous, balanced against some bread and light caramel malt, finishes with very good bitterness. Minimal alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a bit oily, medium carbonation.

An excellent IPA for sure although the hype train leaves a tad bit to be desired, particularly in the aroma department. I’m stoked to finally get a chance to try Sculpin and while it may not be quite everything I had hoped it is still a fantastic IPA and one I would seek out again.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (1085) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 4, 2011
I split a 22oz bomber with a friend and poured it into an English nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Bright, slightly hazy apricot or banana skin hue. Some carbonation visible. Forms an average size, eggshell colored frothy head. Excellent retention and lacing.

Smell: A clean, bright, strong aroma of citrus fruits, tropical juice and flowers.

Taste: If I was a little less ethical I’d copy and paste my description of Stone’s Ruination IPA because that beer and the Sculpin IPA are extremely similar in their taste. It begins with a sharp, dry bitterness quickly followed by a sweet, rich and refreshing juice-like taste. Just like the nose, tropical fruits and citrus create for a mélange of acidic tartness and juicy sweetness. Orange and an orange sherbet-like flavor are very prominent throughout the palate. The beer finishes with an even strong burst of dry bitterness than it begins with. This is easily tolerable, but the intensity does wear down the palate a bit.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with plenty of hop energy. More tepid than carbonated.

Drinkability: What prevents Sculpin IPA from being a perfect beer, in my mind, is the fact it’s a challenge to drink. The massive hops create for plenty of flavor, but they also account for a sharp bitterness and an aftertaste that grows a little more dry and cloying with each sip. There’s a lot of energy and weight to this beer considering it’s only 7% ABV. Ideally, a great beer to have with food, although one serving in and of itself is more than satisfying.

Overall, Ballast Point Sculpin IPA is a embodies the West Coast double IPA style and reminds me why I dig beers like this so much.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Doppelganger (1387) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - AUG 8, 2011
Tap, Closed For Business, Charleston SC. Pale gold, fine white head. Stunningly fresh and beguiling hop nose--lemon sorbet, a whole grove of orange trees in bloom. Very generous without being overbearing. A tough balancing act to pull off. A bright wash of perfume-infused grapefruit citrus flavor, light body with a clean dry finish. Impressive and sophisticated if you’re paying attention. But not so egocentric that you couldn’t enjoy it while doing something else. A classy world-beating-but-not-so-crude-as-to-brag sort of beer. Roger Federrer in a glass.


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