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RATINGS: 1990   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen (9470) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2012 Bottle @ home, courtesy of daknole. Thanks! Slightly hazy, golden appearance with an off white head. Potent resiny, mary jane, piney hoppy, earthy, apricot, grapefruity, mango aroma. Resiny, sticky, piney, organic hoppy, sweet malty, fairly fruity, mango, grapefruity flavor with a sticky, organic hoppy finish. One of the more assertive IPAs out there and quite nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
probstblueribbon (3067) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 21, 2011
12 fl oz bottle from Bieropholie, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.

App.: Clear amber with a nice fluffy off-white foam. Aroma: Strong, juicy, fruity C-hops, grapefruit, pine/resin, peppery citrus, a touch of eucalyptus?, a little peach/apricot, not much in the way of malts, a touch dusty/musty. Palate: Medium body, moderate effervescence with some prickly bubbles. Flav.: More malts – caramel, a bit brothy and mashy, still plenty of pine/resin, less of the juicy, fruity hop notes, light apricot and other fruits, a touch of eucalyptus/menthol, brown/burnt sugar; dry with good bitterness and a pleasantly balanced finish of C-hops, brown/burnt sugar and light dusty/musty notes.

Pretty nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RedSox2004 (1326) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - OCT 21, 2011
Slightly hazy amber with a one-finger white head and excellent lace. Big citrus and pine hops aromas dominate, with hints of earthiness and malt. Same with the flavor profile - big bitter hops with a bite of tang on top of a solid malt foundation. Medium to full body, lively carbonation, rich creamy mouthfeel, and a crisp bitter finish. Outstanding.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GandGKevin (920) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 15, 2011
Crisp citrus hop aromas. Pours clean and clear orange with a small white head. Hop resin flavors. Finishes mildly bitter. Overall a very good IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 14, 2011
Bottle. Pours an unclear orange with an average, off-white head. Aromas of light malts, caramel, and lots of hops (pine, orange, grapefruit, peach). Flavor is slightly sweet with a strong hop flavor. Hop notes of grapefruit, pine and other sweet fruits nicely balanced by some moderate malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (19974) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 14, 2011
Bottled at Stockholm Beer Festival. Hazy golden, small head. Salty grapefruit aroma. Medium bodied with rounded mouthfeel. Salty and hoppy, some grapefruit. More bitter than aromatic. Standard IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (5148) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 14, 2011
7/10/2011 on tap @ Blind Tiger, NYC (2011-542)
Clear deep orange beer, creamy yellowish head, unstable and adhesive. Aroma: exotic fruits, passion and pineapple. MF: good carbon, full body. Taste: very fruity, passion fruits, bit of spices, grapefruits, bitter hop, pretty sweet too, some alcohol. Aftertaste: lemony, citrus, sour pineapple, very long lasting bitter. Very nice balanced IPA!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jw0406 (824) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 12, 2011
22 oz bomber pours a golden amber color with a nice white head. Aroma of grapefruit, pine, citrus. Medium bodied, balanced beautifully with a hops up front and some sweet malt. Great IPA

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Johnsense (856) - - OCT 11, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2012 Bomber poured into a Duvel Tulip - Bold amber colour with 3 fingers of head. Fresh citrus fruits in the aroma - Mango nectar, Apricot. Taste is a bit more complex with citrus fruit, apricot, a touch of alcohol, toffee malt. Velvet mouthfeel. Wonderful

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerCast_Rich (1894) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 11, 2011
[keg at BrewDog Bar, Edinburgh] Just a fantastic IPA, from start to finish. Inviting clear gold with a thin white head, the aromas of fruity hop come out even from a cold keg pour. As it warms, the tropical and orange aromas become even more in evidence. Very drinkable, lovely slightly sweet fruitiness before a bitter hop finish. Alcohol is there, but only just noticeable. I think this one does well because it’s so balanced, and everything is restrained – there’s nothing in yer face about this one, it’s superbly crafted [07102011]

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