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RATINGS: 2544   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Garbageman (487) - Lexington, South Carolina, USA - MAR 10, 2013
From tap at Keg Cowboy. Pours deep orange in color with a small white head that lingers. Aroma is all citrus with grapefruit, passion fruit and bread. Taste follows with a lite body and smooth end. Not too bitter. Also this is a fruity IPA not Piney.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drcboehm (104) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Draught/Growler. Took one taste to know this would be good. Enjoying the great floral and citrus flavor, grapefruit. Delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brain_Parasite (70) - California, USA - MAR 8, 2013
Amber in color, with small white head. Sweet aroma, lots of peach, pine and hop notes. A lighter IPA, taste of hops and peaches primarily with bread and citrus notes as well. A great beer and a cool example of the range of the IPA style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jkdhoo (1) - Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2013 does not count
An outstanding IPA. I know my ratings aren’t high enough to be counted, but I have been drinking exclusively IPA for the past 3 years and this is the best IPA to date. The big difference between Sculpin IPA and the others is the aftertaste. Sculpin IPA leaves a light aftertaste, so much so that I feel like I could still rate food and/or wine if so needed. Much different than like a ruination IPA, which is so bitter it literally ruins the palette. When my local beer mart has this, and the wife is ignoring the finances, I will indulge in this beverage any chance I get.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bucs572000 (237) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 8, 2013
Got this beer for a gift. Aroma is a citrusy hoppy scent. Wow very hop forward, nice blend of citrus and tropical fruit. Love this Ipa!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
closey22 (1684) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 8, 2013
Hazy gold with thin off-white head; aroma is strong, complex and pleasant array of hops grain w/ some woody+nutty notes; flavor explodes into a hoppy delight with some citrusy notes of grapefruit; feels silky smooth with a nice fizzy bite; finishes dry and roasty hoppy

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2013
draft @ redlight redlight. Sweet pines notes on the nose. Pours an amber gold color with a white head. Bitter pine upfront with herbal notes and a very earthy bitterness finishes with a resinous sticky feeling. Pretty good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fr5ed (62) - Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2013
This is an amazing, clean, crisp, complex, delicious IPA. Full spectrum of hop aromas and flavors: pine resin, melon, pineapple, orange, lemon grass along with a slight sweet malty base.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eros47 (53) - Huntington Park, California, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Ballast point nails it again. As soon as I cracked the bottle open, the hops made their presence. Earthy hops dominate the front of the palate while fruity hops and the malts take over on the back end. Great stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tbelczak (9) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2013 does not count
Hoppy aroma is a beautiful blend of pine, citrus, and mango. Crystal clear, light copper appearance. Malts get lost in bitterness and finishing hops, but I wasn’t looking for that in this beer. Persistent, tiny bubbles of carbonation rise from the laser etched bottom of my glass, creating a very small but persistent head that releases those wonderful aromas from start to finish. The carbonation creates an incredibly light mouthfeel. Despite the lack of malt balance, an excellent beer with a very nice blend of hops.

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