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RATINGS: 2265   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jjuf1853 (1285) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2010
Draft at Brass Tap (Wesley Chapel, FL). Pours a slightly hazed orange yellow color with a foamy white head. Tons of grapefruit and hops in the aroma. Delicious flavor with a nice mixture of citrus hops and malt.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheGB (570) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2010
Pours a light amber/yellow. Nice aroma of fresh hops, citrus and grass. Taste is pretty smooth with a nice hop flavor that is well balanced. Again, towards the citrus and grassy hops. Very nice IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2010
Bottle. Light, clear, golden color with a massive off-white head. Nose is hoppy and spicy, abundant grapefruit and pine notes with lighter notes of peach, caramel, and grass. Medium to full body with a sticky mouth feel and good carbonation. Flavor is slightly sweet and herbal, up front I get lemon peel, grapefruit, and pine resin, there is a good amount of bitterness but it is a bit aspirin like and stays with you for a long time. Pale biscuity malts are present but donít do too much to balance the beer out. Secondary notes of toffee, grass, and spice. Finishes aggressively bitter.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mpersinger (360) - , California, USA - OCT 28, 2010
Thanks kmweaver for sharing this bomber: Tremendous resin and orange notes in hop aroma exponentially increased in hop flavor. I suspect a touch of crystal malt supplements the lean base malt profile. There is a curious drying note in finish that I find leans toward solvent warmth, yet my knowing informal tasting partner kmweaver calls íslightly vinousí. This may be balancing, or possibly a mark off (most prominent as beer warms). Amazing hop schedule-- is it simcoe/amarillo?

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2010
From a bottle. Golden orange in color with a small white head. Big citrus fruit aroma. Orange, grapefruit, some sweeter fruit like peach jolly ranchers. Flavor is sweet with caramel malt and some peach that lead to a slightly bitter finish. Some lemon is present in the finish, too. This is fairly easy drinking due to it being only lightly bitter.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nuplastikk (5090) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 26, 2010
Bottle split at a tasting. Hazy orange-yellow. Soapy, patchy head. Bright, dry hoppy aroma. Lemon and tangerine flavors. Quite fruity but not sticky at all. One of the best IPAs Iíve had. Honey and melon flavors. Awesome mellow body. Medium malt, maximum hops.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
acurtis (53) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 24, 2010
Ballast Point Sculpin, 22oz bomber picked up at Liquor Outlet Wine Cellar. Pours beautiful hazy orange color with large white head in shaker. Head sticks to glass nicely. Great aroma of grapefruit and hops. Super citrus flavor, clean malt base. Light, smooth and silky. Very drinkable, this is a superb brew. I was worried that the bottle may not be fresh but that was put to rest the moment I open the bottle and poured it. It smelled excellent before I could even get my nose near the glass.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crit (3562) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 21, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2010 Deep gold,white head.Musty citrus hop nose.Thin, unbalanced palate.Musty citrus hops, some bitterness,faint malt,medium hop end.Acetic and soft carbonation. Donít really see what all the fuss is about, I obviously had a bad bottle

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fourplayed (69) - Lakewood, California, USA - OCT 18, 2010
Aroma is mildly sweet floral, fruit, citrus, hops medium. this smells delicious. nice white head with lite lacing as it breaks up. A lite clear golden amber. small amount of tiny bubble rising up. Taste is not close to the smell. hops up front are balanced nicely with malts. The fruit, citrus sweetness is more buried than expected. Lite body to the palate not too much carbonation that holds up start to finish. Goes down easy with just enough mix of hops, malts, sweetness, bubbles to keep it interesting. Mild alcohol warmth in finish. A good brew Iíd have again

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcberko (9626) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 17, 2010
22 oz. bottle, pours hazy golden orange with a white head. Piney hop aroma, with lots of different fruits: peach, apricot, mango and lemon are all noticeable. Flavour is a barrage of fruit flavours, with the peach and apricot jumping out in front, and lemon toward the finish. And of course, a massive burst of hops that kick towards the middle and finish off the palate. Creamy, buttery mouthful. Wonderful brew.


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