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RATINGS: 1988   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 13, 2010
On tap @ Ballast Point. Slightly cloudy yellow/orange with a medium off white head. Big aroma of citrus, pine, flowers, and light toasty malt. Perfect balanced flavor of bitter and sweet that is of course heavy on the bitter side. Medium body with average carbonation and a dry, refreshing finish. This is sooo good... clean, dry and refreshing. Wish I had access to this one all the time, I’m sure having it fresh on tap at the brewery doesn’t hurt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
manny57 (162) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 12, 2010
Bottle acquired from a trade with stefanje, thanks much. This beer is everything I look for in an IPA. Very well balanaced, with a fantastic hop profile. Sadly, I have only one bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bigbeerlover (14) - North Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 10, 2010
22oz bomber bottle - ordered from San Diego - consumed in Melbourne, Australia the day it arrived. I haven’t had a better IPA. Remember we are not talking DIPA, but single IPA here. 7%, relatively low ibu, compared to others. Its the beautiful ’sessionable’ qualities that this beer has that make it stand out. So smooth, light mouthfeel and body, Pours a clear, bright golden hue, dense white head that sticks around. Aroma, peach and beautiful fresh fruits overwhelm, freshness (and my bottle has travelled). Taste, light bodied, with medium bitterness, kick ass, simple. The finish keeps giving long after you have tasted the brew, but it doesn’t build unpleasantly like some. I love you.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jjuf1853 (1245) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2010
Draft at Brass Tap (Wesley Chapel, FL). Pours a slightly hazed orange yellow color with a foamy white head. Tons of grapefruit and hops in the aroma. Delicious flavor with a nice mixture of citrus hops and malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheGB (515) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2010
Pours a light amber/yellow. Nice aroma of fresh hops, citrus and grass. Taste is pretty smooth with a nice hop flavor that is well balanced. Again, towards the citrus and grassy hops. Very nice IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2010
Bottle. Light, clear, golden color with a massive off-white head. Nose is hoppy and spicy, abundant grapefruit and pine notes with lighter notes of peach, caramel, and grass. Medium to full body with a sticky mouth feel and good carbonation. Flavor is slightly sweet and herbal, up front I get lemon peel, grapefruit, and pine resin, there is a good amount of bitterness but it is a bit aspirin like and stays with you for a long time. Pale biscuity malts are present but don’t do too much to balance the beer out. Secondary notes of toffee, grass, and spice. Finishes aggressively bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mpersinger (354) - , California, USA - OCT 28, 2010
Thanks kmweaver for sharing this bomber: Tremendous resin and orange notes in hop aroma exponentially increased in hop flavor. I suspect a touch of crystal malt supplements the lean base malt profile. There is a curious drying note in finish that I find leans toward solvent warmth, yet my knowing informal tasting partner kmweaver calls ’slightly vinous’. This may be balancing, or possibly a mark off (most prominent as beer warms). Amazing hop schedule-- is it simcoe/amarillo?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2010
From a bottle. Golden orange in color with a small white head. Big citrus fruit aroma. Orange, grapefruit, some sweeter fruit like peach jolly ranchers. Flavor is sweet with caramel malt and some peach that lead to a slightly bitter finish. Some lemon is present in the finish, too. This is fairly easy drinking due to it being only lightly bitter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nuplastikk (4705) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 26, 2010
Bottle split at a tasting. Hazy orange-yellow. Soapy, patchy head. Bright, dry hoppy aroma. Lemon and tangerine flavors. Quite fruity but not sticky at all. One of the best IPAs I’ve had. Honey and melon flavors. Awesome mellow body. Medium malt, maximum hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
acurtis (53) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 24, 2010
Ballast Point Sculpin, 22oz bomber picked up at Liquor Outlet Wine Cellar. Pours beautiful hazy orange color with large white head in shaker. Head sticks to glass nicely. Great aroma of grapefruit and hops. Super citrus flavor, clean malt base. Light, smooth and silky. Very drinkable, this is a superb brew. I was worried that the bottle may not be fresh but that was put to rest the moment I open the bottle and poured it. It smelled excellent before I could even get my nose near the glass.

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