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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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
blklab2007 (2028) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 11, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2009 bottle poured a light orange amber color with a white head that streaked down the glass. aroma has resiny hops, juicy citrus, sweet fruit, and perfect sweetness. crisp medium mouth feel. flavor hits an amazing hop level, citrus blasted, lemon rind, grapefruit, peach, apricot, fresh flowers, and plenty of sweetness. this is one amazing beer, really wowed me

on revisit this has an even more amazing nose, peach, sweet tropical, gentle citrus, balanced bitterness. everything is at such a dialed in level allowing the amazing hop flavors to be showcased.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
agl108 (806) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2009 Rerate 10/28/09 after scoring a case of these fuckers. Originally rated 8/9/09: shared 22 oz. bomber at Teresa’s. Poured golden with fizzy head. Fresh cut orange and grapefruit nose. Crisp, citrus hop flavor. This beer is all about FRESH CUT citrus fruit. Low IBUs make this one a great, sessionable IPA. Damn near perfection when it comes to IPAs.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeneugs (3555) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 9, 2009
Pours clear, light yellow orange with a disappearing off white head. Nice aroma of pine, florals, and grapefruit. The flavor has mango, peach, apricot, pine , grapefruit, and florals at the end. Sweet caramel rounds it out. Light bodied for a IIPA with an excellent flavor and palate. A top notch beer and one of my favorite IIPA’s.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AmEricanbrew (6030) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 5, 2009
Clear amber with a white head. Huge sticky home grown ganja bud aroma with pine and grass. medium body. Tongue numbing hoppy flavors of grass pine grapefruit, with some malty sweetness to cut the scorching hops a tad. Love the smell, but the flavors are on the harsh side.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (6051) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2009
what an ugly fish, but a beutiful brew! .. . lots of citrus, to go with the light flowery aspects .. . medium body .. . clean and sweet .. . really reely riley tasty .. . decent foam .. . who’s the black guy in the cosby show again? adam sandler...

   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 (3092) - 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.

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