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RATINGS: 1990   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - AUG 3, 2009
bottle shared by psprings... amber-golden colored pour with a thin white head and some random lacing. resinous nose with notes of white peaches, grapefruit, orange, flowers, pale malt sweetness and some cereal graininess. the flavor is much the same... sharp, spicy, bitter and dry on the finish with some lingering waxiness. it feels like it is missing something mid palate to put it over the edge... a richness, perhaps some malty depth. it is medium bodied leaning on light... making it terribly easy to put away. 8/3/7/4/16/3.8

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 2, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2009 Bottle at Blind Pig in Champaign IL. Pours a golden amber with a white head, and very nice lacing. Aroma is stellar, which is floral hops and exotic fruits (tangerine, mango, apricot). Lighter side of medium bodied with carbonation somewhere between medium and soft. The malt profile is very pale, pretty much to the point where the hops dominate the flavor. The hop profile more fruity than bitter, with pleasant notes of peach, orange, and pineapple. Good attenuation to compliment the fruit notes. Finish has moderate herbal spicy bitterness with toffee, but you can tell this is starting to go downhill. I would treat this beer like Pliny- drink it as soon as possible, and it may be shot after 4 weeks. This is what I refer to as a "delicate" IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
McGrupp612 (139) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2009
I paid 17 bucks for a bomber. It did not live up to the hype or the price tag. It was a good IPA however. Golden color, small head, good lacing. Hoppy aroma and slightly tropical. Hop bitterness, hop flavor and tropical fruit are the main flavors. Not as bitter or hoppy as I expected. Smooth finish with minimal hops lingering on the palate. I would like to try this in Cali to ensure freshness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 1, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2010 8/09: Pours perfectly clear and golden with an off-white quickly disappearing head. Nose is freshly hoppy and floral, then fruity, like peaches. flavors are fruity, hoppy and overall fresh tasting. Its tasty in a fruity way, but rather one-dimensional...i think the hop varieties used here bore me. (3.6)

2/10 Smell is like i said before, nicely fresh, hoppy, fruity, and floral...but this time a good 8/10 rather than 7. Flavors have a kick of pine and lemon around the edges, with mango and peach in the middle...I don’t find it that one-dimensional this time...in fact, I think the hop combination in this one is rather awesome. I reckon this bottle was a lot fresher than the first one I had...not sure of release dates, though I know this bottle just showed up at wholefoods, so its gotta be fresh..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shigadeyo (3077) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2009

9/10/2008: Ballast Point Sculpin IPA is cloudy, copper-colored, and has an off-white to beige head that offers quite a bit of lacing. It has a floral aroma that is also filled with pineapple. There is a floral hop flavor, perfume, and a toffee bitterness. There are also flavors of tangerine and lemon pell. The beer is medium-light in body and has a good body and flavor. Overall this is a nice IPA.

650 ml/22 fl. oz. bottle (7% Alcohol by Volume) shared by alexsdad06. Thanks Brad! Rating #259 for this beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2009
Bomber bottle: Pours a clear golden with a thin frothy off-white head that diminishes to the perimeter of the glass. Has an excellent hoppy aroma with hints of peaches and apricots. Citrusy lasting flavor is hoppy with a medium body and a mild bitterness in the finish. This beer is very refreshing with an all around WOW factor-excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2009
Bottle Pours a clear golden with a frothy white head. The head lasts well and produces spotty lacing. Has a good hoppy aroma of spruce, citrus, peaches, and some bread. Has a good carbonation. The flavor is real good. Mild bitterness, with good hoppy kick. Real smooth mouthfeel. Blended very well. Has a medium body. The texture is a touch oily. Has a good solid finish with an excellent aftertaste. I waited for this one for a while. Too bad the store only sold one to a customer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (10208) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 18, 2009
Bomber poured a clear gold with a lingering ring of white foam. Aromas of grapefruit, pine, biscuit, orange zest and light melon. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, pine, grapefruit and light tropical fruit with a smooth dry lingering bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 15, 2009
Draft at The Thirsty Monk. Pours a golden off-white , lasting head with a golden-amber body. Smells of citrus and floral hops...apricots, mango, and pineapple. Flavor is much the same as the aroma. Finish has the lasting fruit flavors and a slight bitterness.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
FrigidRoses (14) - USA - JUL 14, 2009
One of the best. Taste isn’t quite as citrusy sweet as the nose implies but still an all time favorite. This one is an easy drinker and the bottle disappears quickly. Cheers to the Charleston Beer Exchange for getting this gem in.

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