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RATINGS: 2481   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerathon (1679) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2012
The Beer, the Myth, the Legend. After waiting/searching 2 years for this brew, I finally got my mouth on it. Great IPA! Wonderful citrus notes in the nose and in the taste. Nice sticky white lacing. Beautiful orange-gold color. A must have to Hop Heads.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAY 20, 2012
Amber in color, clear with a thin head. Big hops forward aroma. Floral and fruity. Very nice malt backing and flavors. This was a very tasty IPA. One of the bets I have had in a long time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wittales (760) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 19, 2012
Appearance was amber gold with diminishing whitish creamy 1 finger head, spotty lacing.Aromas where sweet honey malt with grapefriut, lemons, oranges and spices. Taste was sweet figs, honey sweet malty backbone with melony citrus lemony hops comes through in the back. Palate was smooth creamy carbonation with beautiful medium balance of sweetness and hops. Wonderful IPA...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pacond (188) - Muncie, Indiana, USA - MAY 19, 2012
Orange color body with big hop flavor and bitter grapefruit finish. On point for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MacBoost (1708) - Penfield, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2013 re-rate with a more mature palate:

Pours and looks the same as I described below, but the taste is nowhere near as mind blowing. 3.6

Pours a clear light amber with a generous 4 finger head. Very citrusy aroma, grapefruit, mango. Taste follows suit, very sticky hops, very bitter. A beautiful beer. 4.3

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
50belair (3235) - Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2012
Bottle. Golden orange pour head with a foamy white head. Grapefruit hop aromas. Fantastic balance. Good body. Loads of grapefruit and melon hop notes supported by a sturdy caramel malt backbone. A very nice IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerology (27) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2012
Great and nice - a a a a a a. A a-&/$:$:$:'dndnkdn$&$)$$&$$:& via Beerology

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BVery (9189) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAY 14, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Bomber from Wilibees in Petaluma. Orange pour with great white lacing on the glass. Nose is bright citrus hops - grapefruit and mango - with some resin to round it out and make it a very full aroma. Moderate palate. Taste is sharp citrus hop that is well balanced. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jefcon (1595) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 11, 2012
What a lovely, tasty beer. Lots of hop and a gentle wash of malt. Slight amount of minerality, like stones washed in a river. Draft.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2012
Bottle. Pours a nice golden orange color with a white head. Aroma is filled with sweet grapefruit, grapefruit peel, peach, orange and tangerine and is super hoppy. Flavor follows the nose with a touch of sweet malt, I get floral notes, sweet grapefruit and grapefruit peel, subtle tropical fruit and orange and tangerine. The body is medium with a dry mouth feel. Overall a great IPA.

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