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RATINGS: 2229   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2011
22 oz bottle. Definitely a quality ipa here. Bold pine and melon citrus are strong and unrelenting, with a big, chewy finish. Pours a bright burnt orange, with fine starch white head and scattered lacing. A full aroma, though maybe a bit too dense as the full notes donít project quite as well as I would like. Woody pine and big, mixed citrus fruits here, pinneapples and pears. Toasty pale malts, light nut, caramel on the other side of things. Body is full for an ipa, with a bold flow through out, densely bitter though not unbalanced. Toasted cereal grains up front, then a wave of various fruits and bitter. Estery melon, blackberry, mixed citrus, wood, and pine. Each note really bites and makes its presence known. Overall, a big, bold ipa with a great combination of strength, flavor, and drinkability. Up there with the best.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BadAprilia1000 (378) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 18, 2011
Pours a nice golden color with a decent head that only sustains a minimal amount. Aroma is not huge but very nice, notes of bitter and sweet hops, citrus providing the bitter and an almost fruity sweetness. Taste is fantastic, notes of citrus orange zest and floral bitter hops, an absolutely awesomely done IPA.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
deanso (6605) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 18, 2011
66cl bottle. Thin white head. Clear blond pour. Lovely bitterness. Very nice beer!

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rosenbergh (8556) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 17, 2011
650 ml bottle. From GBBF, London, England. Courtesy of Brandman.
Cloudy deep orangey golden colour with small white head. Aroma is near perfection. I could be sniffing this all night. Fruits (a lots of), mild pine, candy, marmalade and balancing malt. Flavour is also very balanced. Much more bitterness, but also caramel malt. Pine, marmalade, fruits, tree leaves and malt. Dry Bitterness stays. Excellent blend of hops. Very enjoyable. Probably the best IPA ever.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dresden (1154) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - DEC 15, 2011
Pours a clear, dark golden with a finger of white head. Lots of grapefruit aroma. Tastes of apricot, pine, mango. Quite bitter... more than other west coast IPA. Alcohol is well hidden. I wish I knew the bottled on date of what Iíve got. It feels like its a bit more tame than others have said.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
magdalar (516) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - DEC 13, 2011
Bottle. Pours a clear golden with a white head. Smells of grapefruit and orange peel. Tastes of a light bitter with a medium sweetness, well balanced but not perfectly. Light bodied. Light carbonation. Texture is syrupy. Finishes dry. Tasty.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chris2431 (241) - Oregon, USA - DEC 11, 2011
floral, grass, spruce, amber, orange, minimal head, medium body, average carbonation,

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
omega (786) - NEW ZEALAND - DEC 10, 2011
A lovely big hoppy IPA from Ballast Point. Ticks all the boxes and is very palatable.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hivemind (770) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 8, 2011
22-oz bottle at On Tap w Andy, James, Streets. Really light-looking pour with nice white head. Aroma is fresh as hell with citrus notes. Palate is a deep, earthy base with incredible balance and a fruity hop profile (grapefruit, orange peel). Great stuff.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hopachemyeye51 (12) - Redding, California, USA - DEC 7, 2011
Itís all been said before. A delicious brew. Aroma isnít the thing with this great concoction, Itís everything. The smell the look and especially the taste. Incredibly satisfying. Each taste leading you on toward the next and in each a new surprise. almost perfect.


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