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RATINGS: 2170   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dyetube (1280) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Bottle from Choice Beverages in McKinney. Pours a light copper/yellow with a medium white head. the aromas are grapefruit, grass and bread. The mouthfeel is dry, butter and has a medium body and good carbonation. Great beer! Worth the wait. Cheers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Morey (46) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2012
12oz bottle. There is a code of some sort stamped on the side of neck, but itís smeared pretty good. Last I heard, Ballast Point still wasnít bottle dating, but hopefully thatís changed.

Appearance: Pours orange in color with pretty good clarity. Thereís a touch of haze, but this oneís fairly clear. Off-white head stood about a finger tall initially, but has settled to a thin and spotty layer after only a few minutes. Thereís some lacing being left behind with each sip.

Aroma: A good mix of citrus and pine in the aroma. Iím definitely getting orange and grapefruit, but Iím also detecting a touch of blue spruce if you will. Very appealing to say the least.

Taste: The bitterness jumps in the drivers seat right from the get-go. After that, the citrus and pine carry over from the aroma and take hold of your palate. Thereís a touch of sweetness towards the middle, and itís needed! Bitter hops linger on through the finish and LONG after the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with an aggressive bitterness and moderate carbonation.

Overall: A top 10 IPA .....hands down.

Moreyís Bottom Line: As I mentioned, this beer is one of the few IPAs that Iíve had that combines both citrus and pine, which makes it somewhat unique in my opinion. Iím very confident that I could easily pick this beer out in a blindfolded IPA tasting. Recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mhwilk (6) - Alabama, USA - MAR 29, 2012 does not count
Appearance is golden and deceiving about what is to come. The aroma is somewhat flowery. Citrus hops flavor good body that is heavier than its appearance lets on. An overall pleasant experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ADfan (648) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 26, 2012
It has a dark golden color with a nice head. Aroma is tropical fruit with some floral notes. Taste has citrus with pine. The bitterness definitely comes through in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pari6819 (55) - Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2012
Nice IPA but unexpected. I get stone drug from this though not heavy amounts. It is smooth and refreshing. Clean crisp finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Kranin (23) - - MAR 26, 2012
Gorgeous golden ale with beautiful white head. Perfect balance of sweet hoppy citrus at the front end with nice punchy bitter on the back end. (22oz Bottle / Walnut Liquorette, Walnut, CA / March 2012)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammer (1079) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAR 25, 2012
Just a fantastic blend of hop and citrus tastes, with a smooth finish. This one lives up to the hype.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
b3shine (6379) - Indiana, USA - MAR 25, 2012
Bottle to snifter. Looks good; burnt-orange. Smells good too; nice and hoppy. Tastes very nice; one of the better IPAs Iíve come across. Mouthfeel is good too. Overall, a very nice beer (although a little pricey at $14.99 a 6er).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JStax (3548) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2012
Shared at Jackie-Oís. Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Appearance is a hazy gold with a frothy white head of foam. Aroma is citrus, floral, and herbal hops. Not much in the way of a malt bill. Taste is medium to high bitter, and just a light sweetness. I really enjoyed this and Iím glad to see this is starting to show up in Ohio. Thank you for sharing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
cheap (4480) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2012
So, I never tasted it because it was pretty expensive for cheapy. However, I gor a sample of 5 oz for $2, go figure and I donít even care for IPA; its there so I tried it as long as it was not over $2. Nice lacing from the start. Yes, big bitter on tap pour. Large and dull unsharp hops impacts. Tho not real sharp it is on stupid style. Looks like a pale lager fer sure.

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