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RATINGS: 1896   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sloth (2483) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUN 25, 2008
Medium statured light tan head, retention is good with a thin clingy lace. Hazy gold/orange appearence. Nose is fine with notes of pine, fruit, melon, some tropical aromas maybe some mango and a hint of pencil shavings, large and lucious. Body is medium with a prickly carbonation and some gentle resiny notes, lightly acidic and somewhat oily. Big piney hop flavors, grapefruit, grass and some earthy notes as well. Big hoppy flavors abound with maybe a touch of caramel malts shining through. Finish is big and bold, hoppy, dry with a magnificent bite. A really massive IPA, right up my alley! Many thanks to SDbruboy for the bomber. Thanks Cliff! Mucho grassyass bro !!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
paytoplay (146) - , California, USA - JUN 25, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2008 Overall an exceptional beer. Very unassuming given the competition out there in CA and this style. Really seaking out more and more of the Ballast Point seasonal / rare beers has become an addiction. This was widely available, but very very quickly dissapeared, though lost forever. Very lucky that a friend had some extra bottles that got "lost" for me to have the opportunity to purchase again. Will drink 1 more soon, and keep the other 2 for the next several years. Has more oil and orange flavors than other IPA’s. Complexity of hops thru the finish is what makes this stand out. I can now see why you would ever want to buy a case of a craft beer after this experience. Usually you want to move onto the next one, here you want to come back again and again. Re-tasted again last night... This beer continues to WOW me. The smell is mesmorizing. The hops perfume are very complex and creamy on the nose. Intense and balanced. Great mid and finish also but the star is the nose. Glad I was able to buy more again this week from a hidden stache, which is now no more. Maybe rating this too low.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2008
(Bottle 65 cl) Courtesy of WeeHeavySD. Slightly hazy golden with a small off-white head. Distinct aroma of peach and pine. Medium body with a rather sweet fruitiness. Aromatic and fruity hop bitterness. Lovely. 190608

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (20714) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 23, 2008
Botte #27 at Papsoes blindtasting. Cloudy amber coloured with a medium sized white head. Sweet aroma of fruits, grass, pine needles and hops with notes of grape fruits. Fruity flavour of hops, grape fruits and pine needles with notes of cardemomme. Dry hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (31169) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 22, 2008
Bottle. Papsoes MadsBerg homecoming blindtasting, bottle #27. Pours hazy orange with a lacing white head. Solid hoppy aroma with a mild spice note. Flavour is solid dry hoppy. Subdued malt base. Light spice note following. Solid hoppy fruity note briefly appearing too. Ends dry and hoppy, nice one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stine (1572) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 17, 2008
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle; vibrant orange lightly hazed. Furiously bright mandarin and sweet garlic clove nose; sunspots of brilliant tropical flourishes and a dank bed of florals, needles, and cannabis. Sunny and smooth, with balanced bittersweetness; a really ebullient and unrestrained hop presentation.

Flavor is big and citrusy, almost so bright and tangy as to be sweet with orange and pineapple sugary acidity. Lemongrass and caramelly dough bring it back. Pine-like and grassy aromatic bitterness coats the mouth slowly; commanding and firm, but never aggressive and always careful.

Honey sesame seeds, sweet pine wood, and pastry crusts lend dryness and chewiness; full, almost heavy palate is very resinous and rich, which is my only issue with the beer, really. I’d really love it to retain this punchy, perfectly balanced bittersweetness and dry texture while weighing a little less. Finishes with caramel, tropical fruit, and floral sweetness, lightly dry. Not as fun as it could have been, but it’s hardly a dissapointment; another stellar offering from this fine brewery. Thanks Larry!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Guerde (1167) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 17, 2008
(bottle, thanks Stine!) Pours gold with a white head. Aromas of pine, orange, slight lemon zest, caramel, lilac, and pepper that’s really complex and enjoyable. Taste is caramel, with some mandarin orange, grapefruit, and an initial burst of pineapple tartness that appears when the beer warms. Although the flavor improved upon warming, I thought there would be more based on the aroma. Mouthfeel was medium, with a lightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JUN 17, 2008
22oz bottle. Upon initial nosing, you would think this were an IIPA. Heavy resiny aroma. Honey glazed candied ginger. Tangerine and tropical fruit essences with a heavy, sweet malt base. Fresh and spritzy. Spruce. Wet grass and tree bark. Plenty of wet, juicy hops. Pours a mostly clear copper with a decent white head. Flavor has plenty of wet hoppiness. Spruce tips. Fairly resinous. Lots of residual sugar mid-palate but finishes quite dry and doughy. There’s also a good tropical fruit flavor as well. Fairly creamy on the tongue with bright carbonation and a lengthy, dry, bitter finish. Thanks Eben!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 5, 2008
22oz bottle. Poured a slightly hazy medium orange color. The head was foamy and white with pretty good retention. Some tattered lace was left behind on the glass at the end. Very attractive, fruity aroma with citrus and pineapple elements. There was also some distinct, but less prominent spruce. Dry up front with moderate hop bitterness of about 5-6 out of 10. Some sweetness emerged toward the end and balanced out the bitterness to some degree. Body was on the lighter end of the spectrum without being thin/watery. Hop flavors including the likes of citrus (grapefruit and orange rind) and pine were present throughout. Some malty caramel and graham cracker flavors were also there (mostly at the end) and lingered with the citrus after the finish. In general, the flavors and aromas improved as the beer warmed up a bit. I really liked this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
chrisafari (100) - Orange, California, USA - MAY 30, 2008
22 oz Bottle from Churchill’s in San Marcos. Pours cloudy amber orange with a fluffy white head. Sweet aroma of hops and citrus. Flavor begins with sweet hops and ends with hints of lemon and orange. A very very good IPA!

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