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RATINGS: 2266   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03   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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sfontain (845) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2013
12 oz bottle Whole Foods. Golden pour, lively bubbles, medium-sized white head with nice retention; medium lacing all the way down. Aroma floral, lemon, piney, bread, caramel-like sweetness. Solid malt backbone; clear, bitter, clean hop finish. Medium body, smooth, granual carbonation. Overall, nothing about this jumps in your face, but it screams clean and balanced. Not the most memorable beer and I struggle with this being 100th percentile overall, but this is an extremely solid textbook IPA.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
thunderhops (224) - Vermont, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Pours amber with white head and good lace. Aroma is fruity and citrus hops that come through in the taste with lots of sweet stone fruit flavor along side grapefruit and lemon. Good bitterness with a long dry hoppy finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
60minuteman (1066) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Golden amber color with lots of head and lace. Love that. Great smell of booze mild hop citrus caramel and some grass. Girlfriend who doesnít like hop said it she liked the smell. Taste is the same. Mostly sweet some bitter.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobertDale (4343) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JAN 10, 2013
22 ounce bottle. Pours a clear light gold with a very nice fluffy white head. Aroma of citrus, pine, and malt. Taste is grapefruit, oranges, lemons, pine, caramel, florals, and a bit of malt. Very nice!!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BazookaJoe (274) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Pours light orange with a huge hop nose. A dry spicy hop flavor but well balanced. An excellent IPA. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Now THIS is an IPA. Iíve had this both bottled and on tap, and I think I prefer it on tap. It pours a clear, golden orange color with a light, dense, white head that leaves some pretty sticky lacing. The nose is fantastic. Barley, caramel malts, and robust, sweet, piney hops all surface in the aroma, making for one of the best-balanced noses of any IPA I can think of. As crisp as the hops are in this, it as an incredibly smooth moth feel - so smooth that itís hard to sufficiently describe. The potency of the hops really control the palate of the beer, but are extremely well-balanced with the caramel malts. Sweet and slightly fruity, dried apricots are the fist thing that come to mind, yet the fruitiness of the beer is only obvious if you search it out. This is an extremely fine-tuned beer. It has a grainy sweet finish with a hop presence that echoes the delightful experience you taste as it enters the mouth. Itís like the flavor persists into the finish as-is. This is surely one of the best IPAs ever. Smooth, supple, sweet (but not too sweet), hoppy (but not bitter), and with absolutely no jagged edges. Good job, Ballast Point!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
williamstome (1391) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 8, 2013
Gould pour. Mildly hoppy aroma, sweet floral hoppy flavor. Nice bite! Great IPA.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopheadj (7) - upland, California, USA - JAN 7, 2013 does not count
Well defined and smooth triple ipa everyone should try once even if ur not an ipa fan.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
myfriendbubba (40) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Had at forum shops in Ceasars in las vegas. 6.75 for a twelve ounce. Expensive but in Vegas. Big floral nose. not real bitter on ront end. Excellent hop balance. Very light to non exsistant malt profile, but perfect for an IPA style. would drink all day, but too much $$$$. great brew.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndyReynolds (1068) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Crazy good ipa. Citrus, fruity hops with a solid malty backbone. Flavor is dry, with a great bitter aftertaste.


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