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RATINGS: 2264   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jlieber17 (201) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 22, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2011 22oz bottle. Pours golden copper and a nice fluffy head. Amazing scent of mangoes and guava. I was ultimately disappointed with this beer, however, as the taste of this did not match the expectations provided by the aroma. There is a sweet bitterness here that I wish was featured a bit more, and there is definitely no "sting" that supposedly earned this beer itsí name.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 22, 2010
Bomber. Looks like a perfect IPA, and smells as good as any beer Iíve ever had. Just filled the room with delightful hop smells. Itís crisp, piney, and delicious with a fairly long finish. I enjoyed every drop of this great beer, but I canít say itís worth the extremely high price tag when there are other great IPAs available for a fraction of the price.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JaBier (5616) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2010
Rating #1900. Sampled at the Bistroís 13th Annual IPA Fest on 8/7/10. Didnít rate much at the festival because pretty much every beer was a palate wrecker, but made sure to try this one first and only rate it and the one immediately after it. Pours clear gold with a huge white head. Citrusy and piney aroma, smells like a hop bomb. Citrusy hop flavor up followed by a bit of malt, then a ton of pine before a clean grapefruit finish. One of the best of the festival. Right up there with Headhunter, Hopfather and IPAX.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nate (3827) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2010
From bottle. Fresh piney resinous hops, mild citric rind. A bit of sweetness. Ozone. Golden amber hazy with white head. Medium body and carbonation. Great taste. Smooth sweetness with caramel. Huge hop taste from start to finish. Big bitter after with nice balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheJester (2196) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2010
650 mL bottle. Gold with a small head. Citrus and resin in the aroma. More citrus in the flavour. Itís almost grapefruit juice! (But I like grapefruit juice). Not a lot going on by way of malt, but, somehow, it doesnít seem to matter. This is a fine adult beverage.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2010
Golden pour with a thick white head. Aroma is strong with a mix of citrus, light fruits, and strong hops. Palate is really nice, just the right thickness without being too heavy. Nice carbonation as well. Crisp flavor, clean hop profile and just enough malt to balance everything out. Easy to drink and enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 13, 2010
Bottle thanks to RegSpeir. Pours slightly hazy with a small white head. Nose is orange, peach, lemons, fruity hops, and various bright citrus- very nice. Flavor is big hops of citrus fruits, pines, grass, and just big resinous dankness. Nice light, thin mouthfeel and light carbonation finishing crisp, dry, and bitter. Great IPA!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ketchepillar (1172) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 13, 2010
Bomber. Nice hazy orange. Pillowy white head. A bit oniony for sure. Oranges. Body is spot on. Not much for malt there-which is good. Grapes. Maybe even a bit cheesy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stimulus (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2010
22 oz bomber. A: Pours a cloudy orange with a bit of yeast sediment and a one finger white head. S: Various citrus fruits and hop aromas. T: Citrus fruits, perhaps grapefruit and peach, followed by hop bitterness, and then finishing with the fruit flavors. M: Medium to light bodied and well carbonated. D: Not a typical representation of the West Coast IPA, but Big Eye would fit that mold more. This fruit flavors balancing out the hop bitterness were a pleasant surprise, and this reminds me quite a bit like AleSmith IPA, another great San Diego IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dagimp (837) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2010
From a bomber into a pint glass. Pours hay colored yellow with plenty o fluffy head. Not much lacing, kinda surprising. Aroma of hops, mango pine, skunk, etc. Palate is very, very, good. Not sticky and not light... as Goldilocks says, just right. Tastes like a West Coast IPA (or DIPA more accurately). Lots oí hops. I liked that this one was very smooth and not too biting. Very solid IPA; reminds me a lot of Deshutes Hop Henge, another very good IPA.

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