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RATINGS: 2266   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
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 14, 2011
Bottle. Pours an unclear orange with an average, off-white head. Aromas of light malts, caramel, and lots of hops (pine, orange, grapefruit, peach). Flavor is slightly sweet with a strong hop flavor. Hop notes of grapefruit, pine and other sweet fruits nicely balanced by some moderate malts.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (21414) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 14, 2011
Bottled at Stockholm Beer Festival. Hazy golden, small head. Salty grapefruit aroma. Medium bodied with rounded mouthfeel. Salty and hoppy, some grapefruit. More bitter than aromatic. Standard IPA.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (6476) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 14, 2011
7/10/2011 on tap @ Blind Tiger, NYC (2011-542)
Clear deep orange beer, creamy yellowish head, unstable and adhesive. Aroma: exotic fruits, passion and pineapple. MF: good carbon, full body. Taste: very fruity, passion fruits, bit of spices, grapefruits, bitter hop, pretty sweet too, some alcohol. Aftertaste: lemony, citrus, sour pineapple, very long lasting bitter. Very nice balanced IPA!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jw0406 (915) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 12, 2011
22 oz bomber pours a golden amber color with a nice white head. Aroma of grapefruit, pine, citrus. Medium bodied, balanced beautifully with a hops up front and some sweet malt. Great IPA

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Johnsense (1012) - - OCT 11, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2012 Bomber poured into a Duvel Tulip - Bold amber colour with 3 fingers of head. Fresh citrus fruits in the aroma - Mango nectar, Apricot. Taste is a bit more complex with citrus fruit, apricot, a touch of alcohol, toffee malt. Velvet mouthfeel. Wonderful

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerCast_Rich (1905) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 11, 2011
[keg at BrewDog Bar, Edinburgh] Just a fantastic IPA, from start to finish. Inviting clear gold with a thin white head, the aromas of fruity hop come out even from a cold keg pour. As it warms, the tropical and orange aromas become even more in evidence. Very drinkable, lovely slightly sweet fruitiness before a bitter hop finish. Alcohol is there, but only just noticeable. I think this one does well because it’s so balanced, and everything is restrained – there’s nothing in yer face about this one, it’s superbly crafted [07102011]

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bhightow01 (44) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 10, 2011
Tasted at Ballast Point. Light orange color with a fizzy white head. Good hoppy aroma of pine and citrus. Very good piney hop taste transitioning to a smooth sweet caramel flavor.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dfonorow (1721) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2011
On tap at The Dirty Truth. Pour is pale blonde/gold with a large bubbly white head. Great carbonation and lacing. Aroma is of sweet flowers with some pungent grapefruit and a bitter hops perfume. Flavor is hop juice with a sweet caramel/candied sugar finish. Taste is very much like an imperial ipa but without the alcohol burn in the finish. Quite good, but not that well balanced.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sarahmarie (265) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Beautiful orange copper with a pillowy white head. Gorgeous lacing throughout. I just have to sit and admire this baby. Bouqet of grapefruit and melon. Pungent hop flavor with citrus and the perfet malt balance. Lingering sweetness with long lasting bitterness. Dry finish with some alcohol warmth, I can’t put it down, it is soo good.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Koyo (251) - SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2011
Sample at Stockholm Beer and Whiskey Festival 2011. Aroma has a lot of tropical fruits, mango, pineapple and other sweet aromas. Taste has a punch of bitterness but balanced by a heavy malt base with sweetness that rounds the beer off as it goes down.


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