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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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4139) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 30, 2009
Thanks a ton smokepot23. Pours a very pale translucent honey gold with a thin offwhite head. Looks great. The nose is very citrusy and tropical, lemon peel, mango, some piny/spicy hops, resinous. Flavor is very fruity and citrusy, sweet resinous hops, mango, mandarin orange, nice dry bitterness. Dry bitter palate. Very tasty.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
djtimeless (222) - Colorado, USA - APR 27, 2009
Pours out a clear orangeish gold with lots of head. Taste is creamy and hoppy. Lots of spicy hops. Great IPA with, some sweetness and lots of pine. Had last year, best IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - APR 27, 2009
I have had this many times this year and again last night. Aromas of pine, citrus, apricots and hops. Flavors of the same including a little pepper and spice. Very nice for a IPA and I look forward to future releases.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmac (4208) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 26, 2009
22 oz bomber from padrefan98, thanks Jon. Wow this is simply an IPA and not a double, very impressive. Pours a golden orange with an average size bright white foamy head. Aroma is cat piss, grassy hops, citrus and call me nutts but my first impression was also some peanut butter. Body is prefect, medium bodied, medium to slightly strong carbonation with a bitter finish. Flavor is citrus, fresh cut grass, slight pine, biscuit. This one is a big hop bomb for a straight up IPA, not for the nonhop hearted.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonkeyBra (3526) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2009
Bottle thanks to WeeHeavySD . Thanks man! Clear, clean golden pour with thick, sticky white head. Nice, strong hoppy aroma. Hops absolutely dominate this ones flavor. Mouthfeel is nice and makes the beer extremely drinkable. Absolutely loved it.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2009
Bottle. Aroma of bitter and grassy hops . Flavor nearly entirely straight bitter hops for me, just a touch of grass, and if I press myself really hard, a slight hint of mango. Certainly highly drinkable, up there with Pliny in that regard, which Id bet is why its rated so high, but Id like more character from the hops.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilBeerDoctor (3505) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2009
UPDATED: APR 22, 2009 Bottle thanks to WeeHeavySD. Pours a clear yellow with a small white head. Aroma of grassy and garlicky hops. Flavor of bitter grapefruit and garlicky hops with a touch of citrusy sweetness and fruity hops in the finish. Certainly hop dominated. The hop profile is not my favorite, but this is a damn good IPA and extremely drinkable too. 8/4/8/5/15 (4.0/5)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2009
Bottle thanks to WeeHeavySD. Pours a hazy amber with a white head. Citrus and pine hops dominate the aroma and flavor. Some nice malt balance, some resin in the flavor. Good stuff, glad to finally try it.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
scoobydank (6) - Maple Grove, Minnesota, USA - MAR 25, 2009 does not count
L: Barely off white frothy thick head. Crystal clear bright light amber color. Tight tiny bubbles dance up the glass. S:The glass is over a foot away from my nose and I can still smell those stinky delicious hops. Freshly cut spicey gass is the first thing. A slight sweet candied apricot floats in. T: That fresh cut spicy grass is the first sip. A weedy grassyness even. It continues to bombard you with those hops. A caramle sweetness meshes with a grainy bredyness. A touch of pepper. M:Tiny little bubbles flick the tongue. Yes it still feels fat and round. D:Frickin great. The balance of this beer is amazing, yet the grassy hops are so pungent. Everything just gives way to each other for a beautiful beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (8981) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 15, 2009
22 ounce bottle shared by cdumler. Thanks! Pours a clear medium amber color with a thin head. Good head retention and lacing. Big resiny hop aroma with some mild tropical and citrus fruit notes. Taste is very heavy hops.... pine, earth, vegetal and a little metal. Slight citrusy fruit and caramel notes. Medium bodied.


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