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RATINGS: 1855   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 22, 2008
Pours a crystal clear, light orange gold hue, moderate layer of dense white foam sustains, light lacing. Aroma is piney resin, citrus zest, light fruits, bubblegum, a touch of underlying malt crispness, touch of alcohol. Taste is pine resin hops with a touch of florals and grass, sweet fruits and lemon/grapefruit acidity soon jump into the profile, some toasty malt enters midway, finishes dry and bitter. Palate is medium, thick and chewy texture doesn’t stay too long, moderate high carbonation. Overall a well-built IPA, the fruit and citrus provide a unique taste and the clean malt sweetness balances out the hop bitterness, a nice refreshing treat with subdued alcohol flavor.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sparky (2133) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 19, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2008 Bomber courtesy of DarkElf. Pours a crystal clear gold with one finger white head and spotty lacing. Nose is very fruity with ripe oranges and pink grapefruit. Taste is caramel, apricots, orange peel and a resiny pine finish. Medium mouth feel. This is a full flavor IPA and I’m glad I got a chance to try it this fresh. Thanks Stephen again for the hook-up!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexanderj (3298) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - SEP 14, 2008
Bottle; picked up yesterday. Poured a rich gold; carbonation streams; lacing; compact, medium sized white head. Huge, pungent aroma; grapefruit, melonand citrus, with some pine,, toffee and buttered bread. Great aroma. Had a sample on cask yesterday, but I definitely like it from the bottle today better. Powerful hop presence, as expected. Sweet caramel beginning that gives way to grapefruit and pine. Some buttery, biscuit in the middle. Very nice balance and just an overall really good beer. Up there with the best of the style.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2008
Hazy golden with tiny white head. Sweet and hoppy aroma with caramel notes. Sweet flavor with loads of hops, grapefruit, pine and caramel notes.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2008
Hazy golden colour with a white head. Hoppy, piney and light fruity aroma with malty sweet notes. Very hoppy, piney bitter flavor with fruity notes.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (34282) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2008
Bottle 66cl. @ Amerikaner blindsmagning @ Papsoe, Bottle #27.]
Light unclear medium orange color with a average, frothy, good lancing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to light heavy malty, caramel, moderate to heavy hoppy, pine, orange, fruity - tropic ala peach - mango - lemon. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long to average duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. (190608)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 29, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2011 Bottle on 12/11/2010 courtesy of BrewEngineer. Clear golden amber body with a small frothy white head. Big citrus and resiny hop aroma. Big citrus and resiny hop flavor on a light malt background. Medium body with moderate carbonation. 8/3/8/4/16 - 3.9 Bottle at Ballast Point during the RBSG Pub Crawl Tour on 08/01/2008. Clear golden body with a large frothy off-white head. Big spicy hop aroma. Huge spicy hop flavor with light caramel. Medium body with medium carbonation. 7/3/8/3/15 - 3.6

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - AUG 14, 2008
Bottle: (Thanks puzzl!) Nice cloudy glowing orange pour with a tight off white head. Sweet aroma- citrusy resins with some butterscotch sweetness and a cookie-like-malt note. Light feel with a fairly sweet flavor. Some subtle butterscotch gives way to later piny citruses and a late dry/resiny finish. Decent IPA, could be better with less sweetness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - AUG 13, 2008
RBSG 2008, from the bottle at the brewery. Pours gold with a smooth white head and thick lacing down the glass. Floral pine hop nose, soft citrus notes, but the pine took over. Very nice balance with a fruity caramel malt base and the earthy pine hop finish, soft tropical fruit notes find their way into the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 13, 2008
Big fresh hop aroma with nice minty notes. Rich buttery hop in the flavor with basil and carroway. The hops are bright but very bitter, not highlighting enough citrus or resin for me. Pretty tough to drink with a bitter finish.


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