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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbill (3564) - Laurel, New York, USA - JUN 10, 2010
22 oz. bottle. Pours a slightly hazed gold with a moderate linen white head that lasted through two-thirds of the glass and laced the glass well all the way to the end. Very pleasant aroma of fresh grapefruit with a few notes of caramel as well. The flavor is mild caramel followed by a solid dose of grapefruit that, unlike most west coast IPA’s, is more fruity with a lesser dose of the bitter pith. Moderate bitterness at the finish is not overdone or overwhelming. Very good IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
obguthr (4392) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUN 8, 2010
Juicy apricot and tangerine nose. Clear amber, thin head. Apricot and orange peel flavor, finishing with more of a lemon zest character. NIce juiciness and bite. Well made and delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drseusszb200 (687) - Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2010 poured light and golden with a decent head and good lacing smelled and tasted very hoppy crisp and clean

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
aceonbase (4) - California, USA - JUN 5, 2010 does not count
If you’re reading this, it’s too late, you already know: Ballast Point’s Sculpin IPA is really something special. I had tried it at the brewery in Scripps Ranch, San Diego, CA a couple months ago, and today picked up 22 ouncer at Home Brew Mart. The two guys who came up with the recipe were actually there at the time. Poured a golden / light orange color, thick head, with clean lacing. Wonderful flavors of sweet grapefruit and lemon-doused pine. The bitter aftertaste is not as harsh as Ballast Point’s Big Eye IPA. Overall, a top-notch West Coast San Diego style IPA. This beevo is on base!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmm635 (906) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2010
Golden in color with a thick white head. Very West Coast IPA aroma. Clean, crisp piney hop aroma fills the nose. Touch of sweetness in the flavor followed by a drying, bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kbutler1 (1375) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 3, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2011 Bottle. Poured into a DFH tulip glass a hazed apricot orange color with a fluffy 2 finger head that leaves some clingy lace on the glass. This is a rather fruitful IPA to me with notes of mango, pineapple, and orange along with a citris rind hop bitterness. Starts of subltey sweet with the tropical fruit notes which is then accompanied by a building citris rind bitterness that lingers all well after your drink is finished. Some warming alcohol notes on the back end. Overall, just a wonderful IPA and in my top 5. Medium mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DialSquare (3202) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2010
On tap at smokin joes in pittsburgh. Pine and floral hop aroma. Nice tart grapefruit taste. Somehow really well balanced for a brew that tastes like flowers. Light caramel malts. Smooth finish. Great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
brainlair (236) - Maryland, USA - MAY 31, 2010
On tap at Capone’s on 5/29/2010. Pale yellow, mostly transparent with a bit of head. Aroma has lots of clean pinecone hops, very similar to PTE, but a bit less dry. Flavor has lots of pinecone hops, good bitterness, some flowery and herbal character. A faint vegetal astringency and a touch of sweetness are all that separate it from PTE. Good carbonation and mouthfeel, hoppy bitterness finishes it nicely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slipstream (2169) - USA - MAY 30, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2011 On tap at Capone’s, consumed as Roy Halladay was pitching his perfect game on the bar TV. But I was more interested in the IPAs than the IPs and Hs and Ks. Excellent aroma on this very West Coast IPA. Dry, herbal, and astringent, with lots of pine. Sharp, with lime and tropical fruit notes, and the flavor gets richer as it warms a bit. Sculpin is a remarkably good beer, in what has been an excellent week for rating IPAs. Rerated upwards in 2011.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sundevil27 (47) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 30, 2010
Into a wine glass, poured a nice golden color with a thin lace of head. Different citrus hints off the nose. Overall a smooth and well balanced IPA.

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