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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - APR 8, 2010
Bottle. Hazy golden with thin off white head. Nose of tropical fruit and pine hops. The flavour is fruit - mostly apricot, mango, melons and grassy hops. Solid malt backbone and good hoppy bitterness. I think that maybe this wasnít the freshest bottle. Some off notes in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chalsk (1090) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - APR 6, 2010
Pours an amber orange color with life and a thin foam head. Has an aroma of grapefruit and pine with hints of apricot. Has a creamy bitter taste with the bitterness becoming more pronounced through the finish. You get a very subtle hit of sweet up front and then lots of malt on the finish. Very tasty. But I feel it is a tad overrated.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 5, 2010
This is one first class IPA,in fact Iím surprised it wasnít an Imperial. First class,fresh pine aroma,that fresh lively deep one you get with quality hopping. Flavor is pure bittering hop flavor and sensation. No pretense at balance in this one. That bittering flavor was sheer joy to experience,wonderful hop flavor coated your palate and allowed you to suck the marrow for minutes after each quaff. A hopheads dream come true

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebeertourist (5046) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 5, 2010
From tap at McLaughlins, Kyoto. Hazy golden with a thick creamy head. Intense grapefruity hop aroma and flavours. Good fruity bitterness. Very good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldMrCrow (2100) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 4, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2013 Bottle from San Roque Liquors in Santa Barbara 4/4/10. Iíve heard people talking this one up for years, and Iíve always written it of as some combination of hyperbole and homerism --- man was I wrong! This is the first IPA Iíve ever encountered that can stand up shoulder to shoulder with Pliny the Elder and not have a thing to apologize for. Indeed, this one is very much in the PtE vein (or vice versa; I donít know which came first). The nose is outrageous, absolutely enormous floral, fruity, mango dry hopped delight. The flavor is tons of pineapple, ample citrus, never too much resin, just splendid. The malts stay in the background but thatís entirely appropriate for the light-toned IPA styling; itís all about the spendid fruity hop aromas and flavors. What a brilliant beer!

Revisit Santa Barbara / San Roque liquors 8/7/12. All of the above. One worthy beer!

Seattle, Whole Foods Roosevelt 8/9/13. Wow -- finally Ballast point comes to Washington state. Huge tropical fruit nose, pineapple and apricot and grapefruit. It hurts my local pride, but this has got to be the best IPA available in Washington*.

Seattle, QFC Northgate 10/21/13. And now Sculpin has made it to the local grocery. What a treat. This is a 10 for aroma if Iíve effort smelled one. Other scores are much as listed above. Dang this drinks so easy. Certainly 4.3, maybe 4.4.

*Except for Pliny, which has been darn hard to find of late.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcferc4 (59) - New Jersey, USA - APR 3, 2010
Currently in a hophead phase, and have been looking forward to this for a while. Missed the last batch at my local bottleshop, City Beverage, and was glad to hear they got more in recently. Pours a light amber color. Nice white head. Aroma is nice, but not all that strong. A big balance. Not too much of a hop bite on my bottle. Maybe the hops have mellowed a bit since the bottling? Itís on the sweet side. Smooth mouthfeel, not much carbonation. Kind of a short finish for a supposed hop bomber. Pine, sweet citrus A bit disappointed with this one, sadly. Definitely a great beer, but not as stellar as Iíd hoped (based on ratings , press, awards, etc.)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2215) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2011 bomber on 3/4/11. deep yellow pour with a solid 2 finger white head. pine and citrus hops across the nose. medium body with sparkling fresh citrus hops throughout backed by some lighter malts in the background. aggressive bitter finish that lasts a bit with some banana and other light fruit notes coming through. excellent IPA.

sample on 4/1/10... average yellow pour with a nice white head... big piney hops on the nose... large body with wonderful hops throughout, some light fruit notes... light malt base... solid bitter finish... outstanding IPA!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5407) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 3, 2010
Really good. Coppery orange, decent sized white head. Smells good - pine, caramel, maybe an odd note of coconut (?), and taste better. Flavor is more citrusy than I was expecting, given the piney aroma. Some woodsy notes emerge as it warms. Lots of grapefruit and brown sugar. Some oaky notes, too. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 2, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2010 On draft at Ballast Point Brewing (San Diego, CA): Pours out a slightly hazy golden/orange, topped with a one-inch head. Aroma of resinous and grassy hops, citrus (lemon peel, orange, pink grapefruit), some honey, and copious amounts of tropical mango and passion fruits. Taste is resiny pine, orange peel, apricots, and caramel. Soft biscuity malt backing. Coriander spice in the finish. Wish there were more fresh pine needle flavors to round it out. Drinkability: Semi-sweet crisp throughout. Palate-wrecking bitter. Pairing: Thick bison burger with lots of habanero. Rebuy: Yes. #374 on 02042010, DG.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkade8883 (250) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2010
Bonused from snojerk321. Thanks Torry! Pours clear golden with medium carbonation. Aroma is citrus and the slighest touch of thiol, but not terribly strong. Drinks dry with nice bitterness but not too much flavor. Easy to drink, but not what I had been expecting. Still a well-made beer.

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