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RATINGS: 2352   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mtwhitney (168) - Maui, Hawaii, USA - MAY 12, 2013
I know that we are not to rate on style, but purely on if we like it. Too bad. Even though I am not a fan of west-coast hop bombs, I must say that this is one of the best highly-hopped brews out there. Lots of apricot and citrus. Amazing aroma. Hard to find, but worth the search. Did I mention the aroma? Wow.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pablo951 (529) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2014 Had it on tap at the Village Tap in Roscoe Village Chicago. Had it in a tulip glass had a slight head and even lacing with notes of citrus underlying its bold hop taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CorneliusBunkr (10) - Oakwood Hills, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2013
12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. Pours clear orange copper with 1 finger white head that laces the glass all the way down. Aroma is citrus, tropical fruits and piney. Taste is very much hop forward, but does have some tropical fruit and is quite bitter. Well carbonated and sticky on the palate. I am very happy this brewery distributes to Chicago now as this is a tasty brew i will enjoy time and time again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaBeer1972 (1562) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 10, 2013
I had this about 2 months ago on tap, but did not rate it. This rating is from a bottle. Pours ouf a clear light golden color with frothy white head that settles to a thin lace. Citrus-spice-piney aromas. Flavor is sticky and bready up front. Lots of sticky bitterness. Flavors are muddled. Was much better on tap.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
toxichop (533) - South Gate, California, USA - MAY 9, 2013
P: A nice golden orange pour with a thick white head. S: Oranges, tropical fruits, pineapples, grapefruit, slight caramel, but its pretty much hops all the way. T: Pineapples, some tropical fruits, slight pine, some bready cracker malt, but thats really hidden, pretty much it just pounds you with hop. M: Carbonation sting, crispy, with slight bitterness with a grapefruit sticky finish. O: Just a wave of hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steverus0 (244) - Shreveport, Louisiana, USA - MAY 8, 2013
A great straw colored IPA with thin and quickly dissipating head. Nose and flavor do not disappoint with great hoppy bite in some of the more floral hop varieties. Malts still come through cleanly, making this a great drinkable beer, but perhaps lacks some of the depth or interest of other iPAs. Nonetheless, Ballast Point has a great brew here with durability through the seasons, with enough character for fall and a clean and effervescent mouthfeel to deliver through the summer. Cheers! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thorongil2 (1968) - , Ontario, CANADA - MAY 7, 2013
(tap) clear golden yellow colour with a small white head; aromas of citrus, tropical fruit; predominantly bitter flavour with a long medium bitter finish

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerFunGuy (862) - California, USA - MAY 5, 2013
This holed IPA has an amazingly beautiful aroma. Very floral and citrusy. The flavor has a strong hop flavor with lots of bite. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nero55 (917) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Draft. Pours red/copper color with a small head. Aroma of floral and resin hops with notes of apricot. Medium body with a nice malt backbone and a bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wolffish (395) - Saint-Donat, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 4, 2013
Celle-ci met la barre plutôt haute pour les suivantes... Elle sent tellement bon, c’est fou!!

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