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RATINGS: 2500   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (1007) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 24, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2013 Finally had this for the first time. Gold with slight hint of amber. White head that fades. Aroma is a grass field after a quick spring shower and sweet grain. Medium-light body. Flavor is on the resinous/sap side but hugely balanced towards bitterness. Light malt sweetness as well. I don’t see what all the fuss us. Had it next to Breakside India Golden Ale and thought that was several notches better. I must have a very different palate than many of the beer enthusiasts here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ej (1214) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - JUL 24, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2015 Old bottle. pours a clear caramel body with an inch of white head. Aroma of herbal spices, faded resin and pine. Taste is piney and resinous with a solid malty backbone. Hints of caramel and herbal spices. Medium body and soft carbonation . Re-rated 0,335l bottle, b.b 2016-03-23. Pours near-clear golden orange body with an inch of creamy looking top. Grassy herbal aroma with a light sting of resin along with caramel and pine. Taste is well balanced, light floral notes with hints of citrus and grapefruit. Light sweetness at first into a moderate lasting bitter finish. Very drinkable and semi-dry. Medium bodied and avg co2 levels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClubGonzo (5310) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 24, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2013 Re-rate, December 2013. Clear golden body, medium white head. Nose is red berries and red fruit, grass, peaches, hints of garden herbs. Taste is resinous herbs, citric peel, kiwi and hints of spruce and pine. Light to medium carbonation. Considerably nicer than last time. Bottle, shared with BBGTC @ "Best Before Last Summer Tasting 2013". Pours a clear golden body with a medium white head. Nose is strong herbal-spicy peppery pine tones, red fruits, cardamum, hints of caramel and berries. Taste is tight resinous bitter hop tones, dry grass, pine, red fruits and hints of melon. Medium body, soft carbonation. Pretty ok for its age, probably way better when fresh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (7387) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 24, 2013
pours hazy light golden with a small white cap, some retention. citrus and pine - moderate dankness, pears, apples but also strawberries, spicy malts - touch of caramel, oranges. moderate to low carbonation, light body - oily, medium long and slightly harsh piney finish. good and enjoyable but not excellent. remains a solid ipa.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Scipio (814) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2013
Pours a very bright, lighter amber with a medium to full, slightly off white head. The aroma is powerful. It consists of grapefruit, peach, pineapple, mango, apricot, with some mild pine notes. All impressions are balanced very well. The taste contains much more citrus fruits than your typical IPA. Many of the initial impressions remain, especially grapefruit, peach, and apricot. The pine still balances things out and is noticed more at the end. There is a very good, bitter hoppy kick that this one delivers. Strong and lingering aftertaste is mostly pine with some more mild citrus. The body is medium to full, sticky in texture, with lots of good carbonation contained within. Although it is more of a bigger beer, it is refreshing, simply for the fact that Its delicious. This is an amazing offering, and is probably one of the best IPAs I’ve ever had. This one cannot be passed up. Get it if you see it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (5888) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 22, 2013
Multiple samples @ Empire Brew Fest. Golden orange with a thin white head. Hoppy aroma, pineapple, mango, pear and peaches. Flavor is just has great as the aroma. Flavor is tons of hops and has a great pale malt backbone, little sweetness, to help balance all the fruity hops. The taste is juicy fruits with light touches of pine. Solid bodied full and rich palate with just a hint of creaminess. Nice lingering bitterness. I would order this on draft in a heartbeat!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DeliveryDriver (170) - Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2013
Pours a clear golden with a creamy, white head that sticks and leaves good lacing. Aromas of grapefruit, citrus, and piney hops. Solid malt backbone with medium bitterness. Light bodied with a decent length bitter finish. Solid, but not one of the best.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
sitzds (318) - - JUL 21, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2015 From 22oz bomber with best by date of 8/25/20. Grapefruit and licorice aromas. Creamy head with good lacing. Citrusy start with bitter hop finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jake65 (3318) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - JUL 20, 2013
Bottle: Dull copper color with a smallish sandy head. Decent bits of sticky lacing. The aroma immediately wins me over; fresh citrus and pine, the sense that a hop assault is lurking. The flavors are strong, citrus, florals, and very light pine. Nicely balanced and it really drinks quite smooth. Fine stuff. Thanks Jeremy!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Berard (591) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 19, 2013
Bottle. Pours golden yellow with white head that dissipates. Piney hop aroma. Nice hop flavor that isn't too overwhelming or boozy. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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