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RATINGS: 1829   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2011
On draft at Naja’s. Sampled next to Pliny. Both were incredible and very easy to drink. No harsh bitter bite whatsoever. Earthy, piney aroma’s and flavors were the forefront of this bad boy. It was hard to choose the overall winner between this and Pliny. Both were outstanding.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KapitiCritique (345) - Xincheng, Henan Province, CHINA - JAN 1, 2011
On tap at Hashigo Zake The fruity nose described in the commercial description did not really present itself to me. I might have agreed on the vegetative growth of fruit trees however. It has a sense of the field and orchard other than the smell of ripening fruit. It is quite nice. The hops are in clear evidence too. It is clearly an IPA; -- - looks like a premium mainstream pilsner, even a champagne without the effervescence. good lacing and medium head; -- - bitter hops taste - nothing vaguely sweet, there is the sourness that one associates with grapefruit juice and no hint of saltiness though it is well rounded leaving me to suspect that there is salty aspect to the taste -- - medium body, good but not overdone effervescence, nothing oily or creamy and lacking anything suggesting thick or or sticky - it is clean and clear on the tongue. nice clean slightly bitter finish; -- - consistently a well rounded example of IPA.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Acknud (1078) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Awesome beer. Felt right in the mouth and ended with a pleasant aftertaste. Nice and bitter. It smelled and tastes like I was walking through a pine forest with my tongue hanging out. Thank you Smokepot23. I am glad you sent an extra!

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
cbeers21 (693) - Miami, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2010
Light golden with a lighter head but lasting ring on glass. Extremely potent floral pined hops present a marvelous bouquet to inhale. The Sturdy hop character is sublimely countered by a slightly burned and sugared backbone and fruited green apple slightly sparklingly sour echo, which gradually yeilds a lingering and lasting bittering dusty twinge tract down the center of the mouth. An outstanding brew, with an incredible aroma and impressive depth and character.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (4626) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 21, 2010
Slightly hazy golden coloured body with orange highlights, a thin tan head and a bunch of large-ish bubbles rising from the bottom and sides. Aroma of light but grassy hops, malt, a ton of citrus and a touch of white pepper. Medium-bodied; Strong hops at first that fade from grassy, herbal notes to a slightly piney and a touch resiny at the finish. Aftertaste is a bit bitter from the hops, but relatively mild compared to the style. Overall, a solid IPA, but nothing amazing, but that’s perhaps because I kept this one for a few months after purchasing it - letting the hops lose their edge. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Liquor Outlet in Boonton, New Jersey on 11-July-2010, sampled at home in Washington on 21-December-2010.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - DEC 19, 2010
Tap. Solid resiny hop profile on the flavor and aroma. But, it wasn’t really all its cracked up to be around here. I was hoping for some more juicy fruity west coast citric goodness, but wasn’t getting much of that.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah (4276) - Utah, USA - DEC 18, 2010
12oz bottle thanks to footbalm, thanks
Appearance: Clear golden with a medium sized foamy head and good lacing
Aroma: Tropical fruit and floral
Taste: Grapefruit, pine with a slightly bitter finish
Very good IPA, enjoyable. Crisp and clean.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hrking (140) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Have had this beer on a couple occasions both fresh and a few months old. It continues to rate high but I was not overly impressed and though a well made beer I think this one is boosted by local support. Good hop balance that doesn’t overpower and decent nose. Well balanced and highly drinkable but could be a little thicker on the palate with the malt base. Overall a nice beer but does not live up to the Midwest IPA’s or other West Coast upper tier IPA’s.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
halfonit (1150) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Pours a hazy deep golden color with a thick white head. Aroma is loaded with centennial hops, citrus, slight pine, and malts. Flavor has hops, grapefruit, yeast, and bread. Has nice lacing and leaves a crisp hop finish. Recommended.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joet (2121) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - DEC 9, 2010
Citrusy nose of tangelos, peaches. toasty sweet malt aromas as well. Some pine resin. very full aroma. Some pleasant grassy notes. Feel is substantial without sticky sweetness finishing relatively clean for a beer this size. Good value - even for an $8/bomber.


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