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RATINGS: 2544   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 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 (5833) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chanokokoro (138) - Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2012
22 oz. bottle poured into a Becker Pint Glass. Ar: Citrus and honey notes with a very slight pine undertone. Ap: Pours a hazy gold with orange highlights. Pure bright white three finger head that takes several minutes to dissipate. Beautiful lacing. T: An opening salvo of juicy orange, grapefruit, and orchid transitioning into smooth slightly sweet malt and closing with a bite of just the right amount of piney hop bitterness and returning to very slight sweet malt. P: Highly carbonated, silky amooth, and just the right amount of body. O: This is an extremely well-balanced and enjoyable IPA. Incredibly easy to drink and full of flavor. Iíd love to have a stockpile of Sculpin in the summer. Without a doubt one of the best IPAís Iíve had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2012
22oz bottle from Ceebs25, thanks Brian! Pours a clear, golden-orange colored body with an inch thick, dense and foamy, white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is really nice with a lot going on. Pineapples, big tropical fruits, mango, apricot, florals, resiny pines, and a light caramel malt sweetness to balance, but allows the hops to shine. Flavor isnít as complex, but really solid. Tropical fruits, peach, grapefruit, and a light melon with some florals and moderately resiny pines. The hops are balanced nicely with a slightly grainy, lightly sweetened pale malt as well as a light caramel that stays in the background for the most part. Finishes dry with a nice, fruity, slightly sweet hopping that leaves a medium, resiny and piney, floral bitterness as well as a light malt backing to balance. Lengthy aftertaste following a light-medium body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, a really nice IPA that Iíve been waiting to try for quite some time. The aroma is great and the flavor is solid as well. Tons of hops with a malt backing that allows the hop complexity to dominate, but provides just enough balance and keeps this very easy drinking. Love the tropical fruits in this one. Excellent IPA.

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