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RATINGS: 2350   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crispy34 (490) - Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Bomber bottle. The aroma is hoppy, but with some malt in there. I'm guessing cascades. The appearance is light bronze with good lacing. The taste is a hoppy citrus that is refreshing. The palate is good for an ipa. Overall, a good, balanced ipa. Will buy again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
teorn88 (4686) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2013
22oz bottle at BD Camden. It pours a deep golden color with a huge fluffy and soapy white head. Foam lasts long and sticks to the glass. Aroma is intensely hoppy and fruity but quite malty and balanced as well. Pineapple, apricots, citrus and toffee. Nice. Taste is sweet and malty upfront to then move into an intensely hoppy territory. Notes of toffee, pine, citrus and grapefuit. Leaves a bitter and dry sensation on the tongue. Body is silky with good carbonation. Overall, a masterful IPA, verging on the line of a DIPA though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMMillsy (1787) - Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2015 Trade from Ibrew2or3. Thanks. Had this just after a Westy 12, and it still shines. Pours loght orange, beautifully clear with a small and quickly receding head. This is one of the prettiest IPAs I have seen. Smell is divine, with floral grapefruit, pine, apricot, and mango. Smells sweet but not overly so. Best smelling for a non-double ipa for me. Bitter hop forward brew. Full bodied and sweet with heavy grapefruit and apricot hop notes. Medium mouthfeel with medium-low catbonation for the style. Lingering bitterness. Beautifully done. As I keep coming back to this, it just doesn’t have the same kick I thought it did. Severe downgrade now, but still solid beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Habanero (3430) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2013
Bottled. Pours hazy amber with an avarage sized off-white head leaving a good lacing. Great nose of citrus fruits, mango, peach, caramel and pine. Sweet flavor that ends up quite dry and nice bitter. Medium bodied, oily texture and soft CO2. A world class IPA. ★★★★★

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sfontain (850) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
60minuteman (1106) - 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 doesn’t like hop said it she liked the smell. Taste is the same. Mostly sweet some bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobertDale (4550) - 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!!

   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

   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. I’ve 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 it’s 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. It’s 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!

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