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RATINGS: 2536   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Daytonbeer (726) - Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2013 Pours golden orange color with nice lacing. Aroma of citrus and pine hops. Taste reminds me more of a double IPA than just an IPA. Big bold taste with big mouthful. Tons of piney hops and alcohol with a bitter spicy bite at the end.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluejacket74 (1830) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2012
12 ounce bottle, stamp on bottle says best by 070612. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy golden/orange color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is mostly pine and citrusy (mango, grapefruit) hops, along with some caramel malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like pine, citrusy (mango, grapefruit, lemon peel) and spicy hops, and some bready malt. There’s a nice lingering bitter/fruity finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a little bit slick and has good carbonation. This is a very good brew. But at $14.99 a 6-pack here in Ohio, I can get either Columbus IPA or White Rajah at a much better price. With that being said, Sculpin is definitely worth trying, I wouldn’t turn one down!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cbfobes (2881) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2012
22oz bomber thanks to csteele2144, thanks Chris! Pours a clear bright orange with a thick white head and lacing through out the glass, aroma has a nice floral touch with some pineapple and grapefruit as well, the flavor has a fruity front end with a nice bitter pine finish, awesome mouthfeel, very light and enjoyable at the same time, awesome stuff

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StPeteBeerMan (52) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2012
Good citrus and spice hop balance. Heavy body and excellent mouth feel. Good piney aftertaste.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
EastBayPints (20) - California, USA - MAR 19, 2012
Aroma: This is a colorful beer with instantly recognizable aromas. Nice bouquet. Fuzzy winter peach up front. Bright Citrus, grapefruit, pineapple and mango is hushed by slight floral and pine hops. Piney hops are very aromatic and green. Appearance: Creamy cake icing head with big bubbles nice lacing and retention. Brilliant golden to light copper color. Clear and nice natural carbonation. Taste: Nice balance between sweet roasted caramel malts and delicate citric and pine hops. Not overly bitter. Alcohol is hidden behind a nice complex array of flavors. Hops have a slightly noble bite. Palate: Creamy. Balanced. An easy drinking IPA. Medium bite of bitterness. Nicely refreshing. Overall: Refreshing and balanced. Worth the few extra bucks this thing costs. A hop aroma like this is hard to come by. It also helps that this beer reminds me of a sandy beach on a warm summer day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wlajwl (5773) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 18, 2012
Aroma is a equal mix of hops, pine, citrus and fruit. The flavor is fresh grapefruit, piney hops, citrus and a hint of various different fruit. There were quite a few flavors going on but they all worked well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ontbeertaster (2362) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 17, 2012
Bottle, pours a nice bright yellow, decent head. Aroma is quite citrusy and the flavour is very full and overall it is quite nice, interesting stuff, look forward to trying again

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
petermethot (26) - Westfield, New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2012
Great IPA - had on draft at Blue Dog in PA. Not my favorite but certainly above average

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BigSound (196) - New York, USA - MAR 17, 2012
Nice cloudy golden amber, about an inch of head settles to a half finger, pretty good lacing. Aroma is full of fruit and citrus. Lots of mango, pineapple, apricots, hops, grapefruit, and little honey. Taste is pretty close to the nose. Lots of mango and hop. It is sweet, tangy, and bitter all at once. Mouth feel is pretty bright, lots of "zing" from the carbonation. Smooth going down with some hop bitterness and a little sweetness in the body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oc4111 (119) - USA - MAR 11, 2012
22oz bomber poured into a Bruery tulip glass. Pours a clear golden color with a one and half finger head that leaves all sorts of lacing as the beer goes down. Aroma is citrus, peach and mango with a hint of piney hops. Taste is unbelievable!! This is very well balanced beer. I can see why everybody rates this beer so high. The hops are not overpowering but deliver the right amount of kick at the end.

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