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RATINGS: 2544   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RogertheKid (90) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 7, 2013
Great IPA, I had it several times, but just realized that I have never rated it. The aroma, the look, the taste, the aftertaste, all of them makes it an awesome IPA. If you are a hop head, 70 IBUs are over flowing! Well done Ballast Point.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheMaha (57) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2013 Poured from a 12oz bottle to a tulip. Truly from the time you open the bottle Sculpin reveals itself as something special. The aroma bursts forth from the tulip. Citrus and stone fruit come to the fore. The earthy hops and even a tinge of cat pee funk linger underneath. Intriguing, this is absolutely one of the best smelling IPAS out there. The appearance is beautiful in itís simplicity and clarity. Pours like a medium colored lager with a minimumal white head. The carbonation is light. The taste is an explosion of strong grapefruit and lemony citrus hops. The front of the tongue is awash in juicy hop flavor and bitterness. A mild rock candy like sweetness hits in mid swallow before the bitterness returns on the finish. Yowza! This brew really is a marvel! It is well deserved of the accolades heaped upon it. One nosing, one sip and one swallow and youíll know youíre in for a game changer. Iím editing this review to reflect that in my area (Twin Cities) I can find this right at $9.99 a six pack. Iíve seen several post that call Sculpin pricey but here at least itís the same as other staples in my rotation such as Bellís Two Hearted, or Odells and cheaper per ounce than Stone IPA or Surly Furious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
poisoneddwarf (2297) - Coeur dí Alene, Idaho, USA - SEP 6, 2013
Bomber. Aroma is piney, grapefruity, catty, floral. Pours hazy cantaloupe with a thick off-white head with great retention; leaves constellation-like patterns of lace. Taste is beautifully citrusy and peachy, starting sweet before finishing with a lingering bitterness. Carbonation is fine, medium to full body. Excellent. Much better than Big Eye!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bebum (785) - USA - SEP 6, 2013
UPDATED: APR 22, 2016 Gold color, clear, tight lace. Full body, silky texture, packed with a rainbow of flavors, very complex and elegant, moderately hot mouthfeel, long on the palate. Bitter but not dry. Hoppy, herby, resiny. Delicious, worth looking for.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcnielsen (3220) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 5, 2013
Bottle picked up in Charlotte. Pours an orange color with a white head. Piney, citrus, resiny, hoppy aromas. Piney, grassy, hoppy, earthy bitterness, and citrus flavors. Very nice hoppy IPA

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2013
gold pour with a medium white head. aroma is slightly subdued, hardly any malt presence. Grapefruit citrus and herbal hop. Flavour is apricot fruitiness, very forward grapefruit bitterness. maltiness is surprisingly low yet the beer doesnít come across as overly unbalanced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ZacharyRMartin (3) - - SEP 5, 2013 does not count
Tastes citrus & grapefruit. Aroma smells very hoppy and citrusy! Amazing IPA! One of the best I've had ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Underdogs88 (325) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 4, 2013
Strong citrus, grapefruit aroma. No malt on the nose. The appearance is slightly hazy with a light gold color. The flavor is super hoppy with a lingering bitterness on the finish. The malt is very light on flavor. The mouthfeel is medium -light and the beer coats the mouth on the finish. The carbonation is medium. Overall it's really hoppy for an IPA, tastes like a double IPA. I enjoyed drinking it and will order it again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcclainc50 (217) - New York, USA - SEP 3, 2013
Pours a golden amber color with a medium head the leaves decent lacing. Aromas of hops and citrus with more hops and a bit of pine. Flavors of hops grab you with citrus notes, a botter but pleasant aftertaste. Definitely a top selection for IPAs.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mtdewa1 (441) - rome, New York, USA - SEP 3, 2013
Clear golden pour. Very nice lacing. Aroma is grapefruit and hops, overall the aroma is all there, amazing. Taste is grapefruit start to finish. Very smooth. Very good. Top 5 ipaís all time. Impressive.

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