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RATINGS: 2500   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AndreaDel (56) - Rome, ITALY - FEB 8, 2012
22 FL.OZ bottle. Golden color small inconsistent head. Nice citrusy hop aroma, same in the mouth, super dry finish, and balanced bitternes. Very drinkable, it could be a session beer although the consistent abv.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
cooplander (543) - Florida, USA - FEB 6, 2012
light amber color, aroma is citrus with lots of grape fruit, flavor is citrus and grape fruit and more grape fruit, slight caramel malt sweetness with a very dry finish, my favorite IPA! amazing beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tycho52 (65) - California, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Location/Date: 22 oz. bottle bought at local grocery store on 2/5/12 (pre-Super Bowl, but post Chelsea/Man U - a perfect beer day!) Appearance: Pours to a clear gold with a light white head. Aroma: sure doesn’t smell like a fish! There is a citrus aroma with a balance of hoppy scent. Taste: Not overly hoppy for a San Diego IPA. It doesn’t taste like it looks. Citrus/Apricot & delicious hoppiness and a definite fruity aftertaste. Palate: excellent body, nice creamy front end with a great transition to a lingering finish that is slightly rough and tough (in a good way!). Summary: A great example of the west coast IPA. It doesn’t need to hop it up any more to show off. I think it really does as the label says - it has a sting, but tastes great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsga (7163) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 3, 2012
Medium offwhite lasting head. Amber body with strong carbonation made hazy by little floaties. Strawy strawberry chewing gum aroma with citric notes. Dry strawy resiny taste with citric grassy notes. Mid-bodied. Dry resiny strawy aftertaste with grassy wooden notes. Nice, but a bit harsh. Probably was much better when fresh. Should rerate. (0.65l bottle, City Beer, San Francisco.)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BayAreaBeers (85) - Fremont, California, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Pours a slightly hazy golden hue with a 1/2 finger. Aroma is big apricot, mango, lemon. Taste follows with a super crisp mouthfeel. Very drinkable and damn tasty. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lusikka (7649) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 28, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2014 650 ml bottle.
Pours a copper colour with a small white head on the edges. Aroma of strong citrusy hops, passion fruit and toffee. Flavour of strong bitter hops, caramel malts, citrus, toffee and passion fruit. Medium bodied, slick mouthfeel and a very long, bitter and fruity finish. Awesome IPA. 8-4-8-4-16 4.0

Draught @ City Beer Store, San Francisco @ 10/2012.
Very fresh. So much fruitiness. Excellent drinkability. Even better. 8-4-9-4-17

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (8894) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 28, 2012
65 cl bottle.
Originally rated on 31.12.2010. (8+3+8+3+15)
Pours clear golden colour with medium head. Aroma of hoppy exotic fruits, goose berry bush, mild caramel notes, grass, floral notes. Flavour of exotic fruits, grass, mild toffee notes, herbs and some berries. Crisp and refreshing brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (7923) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 28, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2014 65 cl bottle @ home, no BBE info
Aroma is rather strong with flowery hops, gooseberry bush and some exotic fruits. Flavour has lots of flowery hops with gooseberry bush, some fruits and hints of sugar. Good, refreshing and not too sweet.

35,5 cl bottle @ Vastarannan Kiiski
Aroma is fruity and hoppy with peaches, grapefruit and passionfruit. Flavour has grapefruit, aggressive hops and some peaches. Qute as good as I remembered.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiong (6192) - Espoo, FINLAND - JAN 28, 2012
660ml bottle from City Beer, San Francisco, CA

Pours light orange with a foamy white head. Aroma of fresh and fruity hops, caramel malts and floral notes. Taste of fresh hops with floral notes, malts, caramel, toffee and fruits. Dry, bitter and hoppy finish with fruity notes. Well balanced and tasty IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sask89 (507) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - JAN 27, 2012
Pours a light amber colour, almost golden, clear and with a frothy white head. Strong grapefruit and orange aromas, with subtle hop scents too. Taste is bitter with little sweetness, a pretty good balance for an IPA. Lighter body, creamy and smooth on the palate, with lively carbonation. A very strong IPA overall.

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