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RATINGS: 2526   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2013 Probably as fresh a bottle as you can get in the midwest (over 3 months before the enjoy by date). S: Great aroma, but subtle - sweet grapefruit, pineapple, grass, citrus zest, some breadiness, and decently resinous and astringent. A: Pours a pretty hazy gold with a nice white head that sticks clings to the glass T: Not over-the-top bitterness by any means - pretty dry. The layers of flavor are muddled and not easily perceived, but still very tasty. Lemon zest, grapefruit, solid malt backbone P: Feels like an IPA, does not linger very long O: A good IPA out of the bottle, but I image it’s an entirely different beast when it’s in its infancy on tap. Looking forward to trying it that way one day, but over priced for being bottled.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DMLINAZ (332) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 18, 2013
From a 22 ounce bottle into a frosted pint glass. Harsh hoppy bitterness follows this from aroma to first sip to aftertaste. Excellent. I get pine and citrus (grapefruit) together. I find it easy to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
rob6239 (677) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2013
On tap at Cole’s in Buffalo. Pours light and clear with almost no head at all. Aroma is strong and delicious with citrus and very hoppy. Taste has a very mild bitter to it with the big citrus notes coming through.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bakingjames (7) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 18, 2013 does not count
Very nice. Aroma mellow citrus fruits, well balanced but not screaming pine like some good IPAs. Slight passion fruit. No head retention, not that pretty. Light amber. Very well balanced with sharp but quickly fading citrus fruit. Beautiful bitterness it finish with a sharp tang at the end. Great mouth feel. Coats your mouth like acrylic paint (that’s a good thing) Overall very nice, not the best IPA in the world. Probably.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DuffMan (9498) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 17, 2013
On tap @ Public House in Vegas. Bright clear orange gold. Incredibly vibrant hoppy nose, enormously fragrant tropical fruit, citrus and pine. Oily hoppy body possessing the flavours of all the fresh aromatics found on the nose, with an added vegetal depth and a long piney bitter finish. Truly outstanding!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
degbert (1661) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Bottle. Pours a warm, lambent orange-red with a low, fine-grained head. The nose is amazing -- peach, sage, sweet flowers, rosemary -- blows me away. Snaps like a dry twig on the palate with a burst of hops followed perfectly by stone fruit and caramel. Finish is tingly and dry with a trace of long-lived bitterness. Amazing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crispy34 (496) - Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Bomber bottle. The aroma is hoppy, but with some malt in there. I'm guessing cascades. The appearance is light bronze with good lacing. The taste is a hoppy citrus that is refreshing. The palate is good for an ipa. Overall, a good, balanced ipa. Will buy again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
teorn88 (6196) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2013
22oz bottle at BD Camden. It pours a deep golden color with a huge fluffy and soapy white head. Foam lasts long and sticks to the glass. Aroma is intensely hoppy and fruity but quite malty and balanced as well. Pineapple, apricots, citrus and toffee. Nice. Taste is sweet and malty upfront to then move into an intensely hoppy territory. Notes of toffee, pine, citrus and grapefuit. Leaves a bitter and dry sensation on the tongue. Body is silky with good carbonation. Overall, a masterful IPA, verging on the line of a DIPA though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMMillsy (1788) - Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2015 Trade from Ibrew2or3. Thanks. Had this just after a Westy 12, and it still shines. Pours loght orange, beautifully clear with a small and quickly receding head. This is one of the prettiest IPAs I have seen. Smell is divine, with floral grapefruit, pine, apricot, and mango. Smells sweet but not overly so. Best smelling for a non-double ipa for me. Bitter hop forward brew. Full bodied and sweet with heavy grapefruit and apricot hop notes. Medium mouthfeel with medium-low catbonation for the style. Lingering bitterness. Beautifully done. As I keep coming back to this, it just doesn’t have the same kick I thought it did. Severe downgrade now, but still solid beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Habanero (3955) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2013
Bottled. Pours hazy amber with an avarage sized off-white head leaving a good lacing. Great nose of citrus fruits, mango, peach, caramel and pine. Sweet flavor that ends up quite dry and nice bitter. Medium bodied, oily texture and soft CO2. A world class IPA. ★★★★★

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