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RATINGS: 1983   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.


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fidelis83 (2003) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAY 9, 2010
Pours a nearly clear peachy orange with a 3 finger, chunky eggshell head that has great retention. Aroma is citrus, big mango and tropical notes, tart pitted fruit, pine sap, pear, light caramel a touch of floral honey, vanilla and sweetened cereal. Flavor is caramel and a hint of biscuit up front, quickly overshadowed by a big bunch of bitter orange, rind covered grapefruit, bready yeast, hints of pine and potpouri floral notes. Finishes with bitter citrus, faint fruity sweetness and a little woody hops. Palate is pretty light bodied, somewhat creamy on entry, dry in the middle and very dry, even astringent to the finish with a light, moderately sharp carbonation to break things up. I definitely enjoyed this IPA, but itís a little to dry and bitter in itís extremely long finish. Fantastic aroma though.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dchmela (2676) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2010
Thanks to Tom for this awesome bottle. Light orange brown pour. Huge citrus, mango, peach and pine hop aroma. So tropical and awesome. Taste is bright and crisp malt with a light citrus hop bitterness. Amazing light bitterness. Delicious.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Getbetter (884) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - MAY 8, 2010
From Tap,carmel,hoppy,lightly sweet,great ipa ,ballist point is great and this IPA is amazing on top of it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
peteinSD (1402) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 7, 2010
22 oz. bottle into a .5L glass. Light copper color with an inch+ clean white head. Steady carbonation. Healthy amount of foam clinging to the glass. Light pine scent followed by potent, fresh hops and subtle peach/lemon aroma. Crisp, slightly dry hops on the taste with a clean finish. Quite up there among the best IPAs Iíve been lucky enough to enjoy - would love to get this straight from the tap at the brewery (Iíll put that on my "to do" list).

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mystery_Tramp (29) - USA - MAY 3, 2010
Pours orange/golden. Aroma is one of the best ever in my opinion. Apricots orange jelly come to mind. Flavor was a bit too much citrus at first, but as I come back to it, I think it opens up as it warms. I liken it to grapefuit with a bit of sugar. Finish is nice a lingering with a bit of a hop bite. Very well done.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mesperon (205) - Hillsdale, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2010
Pours slightly hazy orange with big foamy off-white head. Big bold aroma of herbal hop, ripe peach and mango. Medium carbonation and light feel. Flavor matches the aroma: herbal hop with grassy/woodsy bitterness, slightly sweet with ripe fruit, crisp malt along with slight pepperiness from the alcohol. Finishes dry with lasting grassy/piney hop bitterness, slightly soapy though.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (6807) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2010
22 oz. bottle as an extra in a trade with fidelis83- thanks again, Jeremiah! Pours a cloudy gold color with a frothy eggshell white head that leaves a little lacing in the glass. Aroma is led by orange citrus and piney hops, followed by other fruit notes like mango and apricot, in addition to some floral and caramel notes. Flavor of pine resin, floral hops, orange and grapefruit citrus, caramel malts, and soap. Light-medium bodied, with fizzy carbonation and a malty mouthfeel and bitter finish. Very nice IPA.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2010
Beautiful golden pour with big white head. Aroma of grapefruit, tropical fruit, lemon zest, and subtle sugar. Very nice. Flavor huge in tropical fruit, citrus, Bread, yeast and spice. Excellent!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - APR 27, 2010
Bomber, courtesy Americabrew. This one pours a clear golden orange color and topped by a small, foamy off white head that settles quickly leaving ring of lace around the glass. The aroma shows bright and fresh oranges, grapefruit, and tropical mangos blended nicely with pine resin and green hops all atop a sweet toffee malt base. The flavor follows suit with the fresh citrus and tropical fruit shining bright to go with the huge bitterness from the hops and pine resin. The sweet toffee malt balances things just enough. Medium to full bodied with good carbonation and finishes with a clean, bitter finish. The palate is slightly sticky, but doesnít detract from the great flavor. Really nice ipa, I would love to try this really fresh.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thetomG (246) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2010
Sipping on this one as I type... form a bomber (obtained from foppa78 at DLD - thanks bro!) into my Dogfish Head signature glass. Pours a mostly clear golden color with a nice fluffy white head. Aroma is solid but doesnít really blow me away. Iím picking up a bitter citrus almost slightly lemon flavor. Bubbly carbonation rules the palate at first with a more gentle smoothness on the finish. Overall I have to say I was a bit disappointed by this. No doubt it is a great representation of the style, but I just didnít love it as much as I was hoping I would.


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