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RATINGS: 2230   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.


3.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
cdorsal (3) - Texas, USA - AUG 25, 2012 does not count
Decent beer. Iím not fond of the amount of apricot however and the beer literally feels like itís evaporating off your tongue at the end. I want the middle to linger. Meh.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - AUG 25, 2012
22 oz bottle poured into a tumbler pint glass. Best by date is 09/07/12, so this should be nice and (relatively) fresh... A: Pours a lightly cloudy golden amber color with light carbonation. The head is a nicely frothy two finger offwhite head with excellent retention and texture. Leaves a nice ring of lacing, and is a generally beautiful beer. S: Nicely tropical, with notes of mango, apricot, and passion fruit. A little bit of the malt backbone pops up here, too. Nice smelling, but not quite as boldly aromatic as I was expecting. T: Much like the nose, strong tropical fruits (mango, grapefruit rind, and apricot) open things up, and stay there throughout the flavor progression. Aside from the citric notes, this is also very piny (and almost peppery) in its hop composition, especially on the finish. The malt backbone is just there - all it does is provide a neutral canvas while giving a nice balance. I like the complexity of the hop character, but this isnít the end all be all I was expecting it to be. Itís still a good IPA, though. M: Very dry and very oily. Itís a rather coarse and prickly beer in general; a little more smoothness would be incredibly welcome. While the coarse, well carbonated character gives it nice drinkability, it means itís a little harsh going down. O: Itís a good IPA. Itís a very good IPA. But itís NOT the masterpiece I hoped it would be. I feel like itís too resinous and dry to truly belong in the elite tier. And given its price here on the East coast, I doubt Iíll revisit this again (except on tap).

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ChefShane (4) - - AUG 24, 2012 does not count
Citrus, balanced hops, nice finish. Beautiful beer. If you like Ballast Point check out Mother Earth Brewery just north of them, small brewery about to take off. One of the few legit breweries in their area.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
grunx (367) - - AUG 20, 2012
Sense cap mena de dubte una de les millors IPAís que he provat. Enviada directament des dels Estats Units per un bon amic. Fresca, equilibrada, llarga... Un 10!!!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JuniperJesus (6) - CHICAGO, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2012 does not count
The citrus and tropical aromas immediately seduce you into the secluded part of the world where tourists disappear and legendary tales begin. Are you ready for adventure? Sculpin lets you know sheís not your everyday IPA as soon as you wash up on the shore. She flashes her delicate pineapples and you finally wrap your tongue around her sweet mangoes for the first time. You see little difference between the celestial bodies as both the sun and her white gold complexion refresh your soul and tingle your libido. Her hops playfully nibble and bite, but never lose sight of why you came. She wants to satisfy but she doesnít want you to leave. Each sip is a tease that both surprisingly exceeds legend and leaves you yearning for more. You want her again and again. Her siren song calls you and you only. This is why youíre lost, sailor. Itís because you want to be.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bs476 (80) - - AUG 19, 2012
Good ipa with malt and hops abundant. Missing something, some watery-ness but very very slight. Lemon zest with minor vegitation from hops.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aniela (3728) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2012
Bottle at CCB Day, Sštila 2012-07-07. Golden beer with a offwhite head. Hoppy, fruity, grassy aroma with a metallic notes. Hoppy, fruity, citrus flvaour. Sourish. A nice beer :-)

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 18, 2012
From a Liquor store on Lake Mead Blvd in Vegas. Hazy yellow with great retention. Smell juicy peaches, malt, tropical fruit. Taste is like peaches and cream. No alcohol, hoppy and bitter, earthy and a bit of tea. Awesome ipa.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fletchfighters (1255) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2012
A-- Poured the typical IPA color, yellow gold. Lots of carbonation bubbles and beautiful head to this. Head stayed at about a solid two finger level. Well compacted, tight head to this. Just a little off white in color. Good, thick lacing on the sides of the glass. S-- Mango, passionfruit, fresh citrus and a little bit of pine. Great nose and so full of flavors. T-- Candied grapefruit, turns to fresh grapefruit, turns to pine and Carmel. YUM. M-- Got how the grapefruit turns to several different flavors. Also get lemon, a bit of grass and then to bitter pine and grapefruit at the end. Long lasting pine and grapefruit flavor. Medium high carbonation and very creamy. The way the flavors change is excellent. D-- Excellent. great beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - AUG 14, 2012
Bomber. Poured deep gold with a medium-sized off-white head. Aroma and flavor were hop forward but not overly bitter. Lots of citrus, some pineapple, very dank and earthy hops. Enough malt to keep it from being off-balance. Medium to thick mouthfeel, but not particularly sticky or oily. A really good IPA.


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