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RATINGS: 2537   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ericular (961) - 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 doesn’t 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 don’t 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 can’t 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 (4670) - 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. Can’t find anything wrong with this one.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vaiz (4279) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rick_91709 (380) - USA - SEP 20, 2013
Poured from a can. Hazy gold with a very thick, long-lasting head. Very strong citrusy aroma. Bitter, but in a good way. Definitely would have again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bookman10 (952) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2013
I can see why this is so highly regarded. From the moment I opened the bottle and poured, there was a strong aroma of hops and citrus that permeated the room and my glass. Pours a golden-copper with thick, lasting head. Flavor is very bitter, strong hops, some pepper, and loads of citrus. Resinous and sticky on the tongue with a very bitter finish. Great IPA!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SeaneeRo66 (4) - Seven Fields, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2013 does not count
This is a fantastic IPA, one of the few that holds its own with Pliny the Elder. The combo of a smooth IPA with the fruit notes make for a great finish. Make it a point to try this beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
revolution2718 (379) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 17, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2014 Pours clear amber with moderate head. Nose is pine, mango, tropical fruit, hops. Taste is pine and peppery spicy hops on the front, on the back end it smooths out a lot with mango and tropical fruit notes. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel for an ipa. For my money the best IPA out there. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
b33r (852) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2013
Relatively fresh bottle with new label design, just a few weeks old. Bright gold color with very small white head and no lacing. Aroma is very citrusy and piney. Flavor is mostly citrus, with a clean bitter finish. This is so smooth and very crisp, and tastes good but its kind of boring. Price on the 6-packs are a bit high.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Barrelbelly (748) - BELGIUM - SEP 17, 2013
From tap at Mikkeller bar SF. Hazy orange with creamy head. Aroma of pine, mango and peach. Dry pine and mango taste.


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