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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.


4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NightTrainXPRS (2) - USA - JUN 15, 2010 does not count
Had on Cask, Tap, and Bottle IMO, Cask tasted the best, this is rated on experience on cask. cloudy amber/orange pour Great aroma of floral citrus, soft pleasant to drink. near perfect balance of hoppiness and floral flavors. Hands down one of the top 10 IPAís on my list.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (7746) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 13, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2014 My Bottom Line:
This artful India Pale Ale organizes sandy, citrusy hops and polished honeyed malts into a colourful array of aromas and flavors until a wooden, resinous hop bitterness rises like the dawn upon the back of the palate.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A layer of foam decorates the nearly translucent blond.
-The softly effervescent mouthfeel works wonderfully with the healthy body.
-This is very drinkable for 7% abv.
-The flavour profile is multifaceted and firm while never being boisterous. Just beautiful.
-Those lemony tips help the impression of quaffability.

Many bottles and on tap at a few places, including their Linda Vista brewery.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Elwood (3027) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUN 13, 2010
Serving: Bottle.
Pours a very light gold color with a small, foamy, white head. The nose potent with notes of tropical fruit, cotton candy, and big herbal hops. Fantastic! The taste has great malt and hop balance with lots of bittering hops and tropical fruit including notes of mango, pineapple, and papaya. Medium bodied with average carbonation and a long, bitter finish. Overall it is one of the best IPAs Iíve had and is certainly worthy of the high praise.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 12, 2010
Bottle, thanks to Doodler! Pours pale orange with red and gold flashes medium off-white head, lovely lacing. Nose is floral, plus honey (malt?), pine, stonefruit, grapefruit; palate is perfectly balanced between bitter and juicy. Notes of juniper, peach, grapefruit, hints of malt, nice dry finish that keeps developing 15 seconds after swallowing. No alcohol presence. Great!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbill (3331) - Laurel, New York, USA - JUN 10, 2010
22 oz. bottle. Pours a slightly hazed gold with a moderate linen white head that lasted through two-thirds of the glass and laced the glass well all the way to the end. Very pleasant aroma of fresh grapefruit with a few notes of caramel as well. The flavor is mild caramel followed by a solid dose of grapefruit that, unlike most west coast IPAís, is more fruity with a lesser dose of the bitter pith. Moderate bitterness at the finish is not overdone or overwhelming. Very good IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
obguthr (3651) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUN 8, 2010
Juicy apricot and tangerine nose. Clear amber, thin head. Apricot and orange peel flavor, finishing with more of a lemon zest character. NIce juiciness and bite. Well made and delicious.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drseusszb200 (688) - Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2010 poured light and golden with a decent head and good lacing smelled and tasted very hoppy crisp and clean

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
aceonbase (4) - California, USA - JUN 5, 2010 does not count
If youíre reading this, itís too late, you already know: Ballast Pointís Sculpin IPA is really something special. I had tried it at the brewery in Scripps Ranch, San Diego, CA a couple months ago, and today picked up 22 ouncer at Home Brew Mart. The two guys who came up with the recipe were actually there at the time. Poured a golden / light orange color, thick head, with clean lacing. Wonderful flavors of sweet grapefruit and lemon-doused pine. The bitter aftertaste is not as harsh as Ballast Pointís Big Eye IPA. Overall, a top-notch West Coast San Diego style IPA. This beevo is on base!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmm635 (846) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2010
Golden in color with a thick white head. Very West Coast IPA aroma. Clean, crisp piney hop aroma fills the nose. Touch of sweetness in the flavor followed by a drying, bitter finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kbutler1 (1349) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 3, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2011 Bottle. Poured into a DFH tulip glass a hazed apricot orange color with a fluffy 2 finger head that leaves some clingy lace on the glass. This is a rather fruitful IPA to me with notes of mango, pineapple, and orange along with a citris rind hop bitterness. Starts of subltey sweet with the tropical fruit notes which is then accompanied by a building citris rind bitterness that lingers all well after your drink is finished. Some warming alcohol notes on the back end. Overall, just a wonderful IPA and in my top 5. Medium mouthfeel.


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