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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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigbish (491) - California, USA - MAR 13, 2010
This was recommended to me by the bartender at Najaís on Redendo Pier. What a fantastic IPA. One of the best Iíve ever had. Tons of hop flavor, well balanced with malts. Great palate. Iíll take 10 more please.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
acearl (372) - The Ham, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2010
One of the IPAs Iíve been lucky enough to sample, they are my favorite brew and what I rate beers by, trip to LA and first stop was Whole Foods Redondo Beach, they had 22 oz bombers, bought 2. tangerine gold hue with white head, nice citrusy smell, nector and resin they way it should be, well balanced texture, medium carbonation, not too bitter, very good stuff

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2010
A Mes rate: bottle at home that Sim bought back from the States.
Beautiful clean gold with a good bright white head. Good start. Crikey, THATíS an aroma. Utterly gorgeous. Massive fruit and hoppy goodness, glorious bitterness, plenty of bite and just all round adorable. The flavour is decent but not really as good as the aroma. Itís just a little too raw and just a little on the harsh side. Faint cardboard too. Good citrus and the base malt supports it all really well but it just canít keep up with the aroma. Good beer, just was hoping for more after the aroma.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fin (7012) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2010
Bottle at Pre ZBF on March 5th 2010, not sure who brought this one, but many thanks whoever it was for their generosity. This is a wonderful IPA, pours golden, soft at first in the mouth, but then the steady bitterness starts to rise. Get some good hoppy burps from tghis little number. Some fruits start to flood through, touch tropical maybe. Great label, looks like a Lion Fish. Good stuff. A6 A4 F7 P4 Ov13 3.4

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - MAR 10, 2010
Yellow-gold pour with a loose white head. Very catty with lotes of ammonia like presence, some floral pine, honey and a faintly minty, very bitter finsih. Medium-thinnish body with moderate carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theis (12740) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2010
Bottle at Pre-ZBF 2010 (Thanks to ???). Clear yellow - white head. Grassy aroma, nice bitterness, toasted, grassy, caramel, light malty, bisquit, classic american IPA - nothing special.

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MIBRomeo (2492) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 6, 2010
Golden pour w/ a huge soapy bubbly white head w/ sticky lacing. MMMMM Simcoe! Sweet passion fruit, mango, and apricots... so fruity a bit of sticky bitterness in the aroma, comes through as "juicy". I donít know what else to say about this, other than itís fantastic. Full well coated lightly creamy pal. Flavor is not as nice as the aroma a bit of a dry hop oil dominates w/ a bit top much grass for my taste the apricots come through in the taste but the other fruits get a bit lost. I enjoyed it but the taste just wasnít there comapred to the aroma.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
1FastSTi (3281) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 6, 2010
The beer pours to a nice golden body with a tall creamy white head. Very nice lacing. The aroma smells like tangerines and Jesus. (ok, so I put that in there because I said that.) But seriously, some nectarines and apricots too. Light bit of mango. The flavor is huge for a simple IPA. Lots of mango, nectarine, and tangerines. Complex and super citrusy. The palate is nicely bitter but not overly so. The fruit flavors really balance it out. Perhaps the best regular ABV IPA Iíve ever had.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
italianjohn (2232) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2012 Clear little hazy golden orange white head citrusy hop aroma lacing ... taste of lemon peach apricot grapefruit very citrusy and tart a smooth and clean citrus taste ..... with a nice solid hop bite but a citrusy explosion ..... a true west coast ipa dry bitter hop finish ..... the citrusy flavors and bitterness balance so well just an amazing/awesome ipa

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JW32Hoops (70) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 4, 2010
Wow, wow, wow. Iíve always been a fan of Ballast Pointís Big Eye IPA, but Sculpin takes it to a whole different level. Aroma lets you know youíre in for a hoppy ride with some sweet grapefruit notes. Pours a clean, light golden color with a standard IPA one finger, quickly dissipating head. This tasty glass of hops doesnít make sweet love to your palate, it smashes like two kids on prom night, drunk off cheap schnapps. Sweet, then bitter, then sweet again. Sculpin is intense and delicious at the same time. I gave my wife one sip of this and she said quote "I feel like it bit my mouth"...nuff said.


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