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RATINGS: 2527   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kdm1984 (814) - Missouri, USA - DEC 10, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2013 Appearance: not much head at all, but it has a nice bright orange-gold appearance, and the little head it does have leaves good lacing. Aroma - lots of orange and grapefruit citrus, some pineapple, and lots of sweet caramel malts. Flavor - mmmm! Nice grapefruit and orange profile with a solid malt backing and some hops at the end. Very well-balanced. I was expecting something a little heavier and sweeter from the aroma, but this isn’t a sugar-bomb at all. This is really easy to drink, yet full of flavor - doesn’t whack you over the head with hops, but they are there. What a refreshing IPA. This would be even better in the summer. The more I taste, the yummier it gets - lovely citrus at first, and then the subtlest of hops and malt to complete it. Nomnom. The taste and palate of this are just perfect! Enjoyed slightly beyond the "best by" date - wonder how this would be fresh? JUNE 2013 UPDATE: Now enjoying this on a hot summer day. Every bit as good as the first one I had late last year. It’s fresh, but it smells and tastes the same as I remember my slightly expired one did. If this beer had a slightly more impressive appearance and more floral, balanced aroma, it’d easily rank as the top overall single IPA in my book. As it is, the palate and taste are definitely #1 for me, and that’s what matters most, IMO.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrossini (34) - - DEC 9, 2012
Nice floral aroma and citrus taste. Great mix of hops. One of my favorite ipas out there!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
woodardjp (9) - - DEC 9, 2012 does not count
After pouring you get a great aroma of fruit and the hops. Decent amount of cream colored head. The taste is crisp with slight hints of citrus. The finish is smooth with a slight bitter undertone. As good an IPA as I've ever had. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
strongpieman (1648) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Draft. Very good ipa all around. Clear, hold, white head. Pine aroma tasteful finish.strong recommend ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 30, 2012
Hang on, hang on. A 100pt IPA? Really? Not that I doubt the numbers, as 1000 raters can’t all be wrong. It’s just that I can’t believe I tripped over one in the supermarket without looking for it. Here goes: Appears light golden with a good collar of white head that seems to be leaving a marshmallowy lace behind. Aromas of dehydrated apricots, papaya, guava and plenty of lemony hoppiness. There’s also dried mango, and light maltiness. Sweet at first and then a growing wave of sour fruit, and lemon sherbet. Excellent tanginess contributes to a long changing finish. Fruit and sour at first and then puckering bitterness and sweet malt next, then tropical flowers... You’d have to be very proud if you brewed this beer. Very proud indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sheerbrewing (117) - Athens-Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2012
Bottle thanks to a very crunchy friend pours a orangish amber with lacy white head. Aroma is very fruity definitely mango comes through and some citrus flavored hop. Flavor has a lot of hop, great balance in the use of hops nice bitterness but with lots of great hop flavor that is more citrus and a little bit of a spicy malt character. Overall this was a gem of a beer that I was not expecting but it’s an impressive beer that is very true to the style good balance of hop malt flavor aroma and alcohol warmth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Poured into a snifter out of a 22oz bomber. Pours a nearly clear brownish gold with a half finger white head. Head retention isn’t especially impressive but lacing is good. Aroma is an amazing balance between malt and hops. Earthy hops with a very faint hint of tropical fruit along with a healthy dose of wood and caramel. A touch of biscuit and apricot. Faint tropcial fruit in the flavor balanced with pine and earthy hops. Caramel is quite prominent with lots of wood. There is a little bit of toast but it is faint along with a vanilla, almost bourbon, note. Bitterness is fairly high but not harsh at all and lasts long after the flavors have dissipated. Full, smooth mouthfeel is nearly perfect. Overall, an amazingly balance IPA that is extremely easy to drink. A great marriage between malt and hop and bother perfectly compliment one another. A must-try should you ever come across it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Appearance: Clear brilliant oranges under a slightly off-white head which fades slowly and purposefully into a thin collar bordering a soft blanket. Lovely layers of lace linger and remain mostly undisturbed with a few teasatory swirls.
Nose: Massive grapefruit, key lime, and lemon esters abound – take whole fruits, cut, peel, squeeze, enjoy. Grapefruit is the dominant citrus which directs and carries the key lime and lemon. Pine needles and fir trees underneath. Whisper of mint leaf in the back. Crunchy white table crackers. Dew-dropped freshly mown grass as far as the nose can smell in-between row after row of citrus trees equally dew-dropped with fruit hanging low.
Palate: Grapefruit abounds – pink, white, and yellow – fresh, tart, sweet, and bright. Mint, fir trees, and pine needles in the finish. Bracing parching cleansing finish. Cut dew-dropped green grass. Closing the eyes I envision myself amidst rows of citrus trees hanging heavy and damp forests of vivid green fir and pine trees. Crisp, clean, and brilliant. Rind lingers atop my tongue after each swallow.
Final Thoughts: I’d drunk many a glass of Sculpin from Ballast Point before I realized I had yet to take tasting notes. Oops. Guess I’ll just have to “suffer” through another glass, and so I did and here we are now. Amidst it all I seem to have developed a mighty thirst and I know exactly why. Make mine a Sculpin, please and thanks.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ferris (12431) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 24, 2012
Bottle - Heavy fruits and some nice sweetness. Clear orange with minimal head. Grapefruit and other tropical fruits, great bitterness that lingers and cuts through almost anything. A great strong IPA, beware palette.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jur (468) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 24, 2012
Bottle @ home from SF (thx Erik!!) Pours clear gold-copper, smooth white foam. Nose is fresh, with stone fruits and pine. Taste starts fresh and crisp with citrus, to descend in depths of flavour: Granny smith apple, citrus, sugary white grapes and bags of hop. All in perfect equilibrium and with a modest 7%ABV. It doesn’t get much better than this.

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