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RATINGS: 2536   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chester, Virginia, USA - JUN 16, 2013
May 2012. 22. oz. bottle. A masterpiece of an IPA. So balanced and well made and close to perfection. Only a few others can stand up to this one. Pine, citrus, hops, tropical fruit, itís all there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
philipmeese (84) - Rowayton, Connecticut, USA - JUN 16, 2013
Bomber from Craft Beer Cellar in Belmont (love that place!). Pours clear golden with goodly white, foamy head. Aroma of malty fermenting beer/slight alcohol, pine and slight background orange. Flavor, carried by a medium body, comes on softly and well-balanced. This is one of the most well-balanced, well-behaved and well-roundedly delicious IPA?s in my experience. It?s a crime beer like this isn?t more available on the East Coast. I would be drinking this every week if i could find it, and I?ve been looking for weeks now!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
adamah (214) - California, USA - JUN 14, 2013
Bursting with citrus and pine aroma. Pours a deep golden color with generous white head. The taste is bitter but opens up to some sweeter tropical flavors towards the end. This beer is so good, I feel lucky to be able to drink it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jabic (431) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - JUN 12, 2013
Ar: Bright grapefruit, orange, and pine. Ap: Orange, clear - medium off-white head with good retention, and leaves a ring of creamy foam. T: Sweet, bread malt, with some biscuit flavor - lots of grapefruit and pine, some lemon notes, too - high, clean bitterness - finish is orange, bitterness, and toasted malt. P: Medium body with high carbonation - finish is dry. O: Excellent American IPA - big and bright hop flavor with a clean and supportive malt backbone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
reberiii (498) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2013 Orange pour into snifter. Piney and orange citrus on the nose then tongue. Dry. Missing the body of an East Coast IPA, but thatís the point, right? Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwm1034 (755) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2013
12 bottle supplied by SHERM1016....thanks! Pours a rich dark yellow; moderate head. No lacing. Who cares....this is one very great beer. Bitter / hoppy (juniper / pine) nose and dry / hoppy initial taste. Bitter taste lingers....but what an excellent bitter it is! Very tasty!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brian60625 (746) - Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2013
12 ounce bottle divided into tulip glasses. Iím glad to see this distributed in the Chicago market in the past few weeks. Itís the gold standard, in my mind, for the single ipa style. Iíve benefitted from a fresh bottle, less than a month old, so the hops were at their juicy finest. Slightly herbaceous and veggie in character, and those hops pair up deliciously in a non-citrus sort of way. Medium bodied, ruby red, good amount of bubble and foam presence. At 7% abv, theyíve crafted a finely balanced ipa that you can drink without knocking out your senses nor your tastebuds. If you havenít tried this one, itís worth hunting down.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
penstemon (224) - Washington, USA - JUN 9, 2013
Pours orange-amber with a white head. Aromas of orange, peach, grass, green tea, slightly floral. Taste is grapefruit, orange, apricot, grass, and resin. This is mostly hops all around, but there is a backing of delicate malt sweetness. Finish is resinous, bitter, and mostly dry. Citrus, tropical, green and juicy with great balance. Excellent IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thewolf (12074) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2013
Bottle. Pours clear golden with a large, creamy, white head. Aroma has lovely hops, peach, grapefruit, resin, citrus. Medium carbonation, fine dry and quite creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is mild at first, bringing out sweetish doughy malts, then turns more fruity, peach, grapefruit and citrus with a piney punch. Lingering heavy bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
junon (430) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JUN 9, 2013
Tight nose Old fruit notes. Pretty smooth. Tappers off towards the end. Mild bitterness.

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