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RATINGS: 2306   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 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
theisti (3521) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - SEP 2, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2014
++++ Re Rate 5 Oct 2014 ++++
Rerating this to increase the score. Over the past years I have had this beer in can, bottle and on draft again and it is consistently amazing. My favorite IPA at the moment. (9,5,9,5,18 - 4.6)

++++ Original Rating 4 Jun 2013 ++++
12 oz draft at City Beer in San Francisco. Pour is a hazed orange golden with a well formed one inch off white head. The head is lasting, and leaves behind great lacing. Pretty beer. Aroma is all hops, dank pine citrus and full of resin. Fresh, also some balance provided by biscuit malt. The taste is initially the big, fresh hops, lingering with a pleasant dry bitterness. The biscuit malt of the nose gives it a nice body and balances. Palate is medium to full bodied, with lowish carbonation and the clean dry finish. A really nice IPA, happy to have it tried it on draft. (8,5,9,5,17 - 4.4)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (6657) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 2, 2010
Bottle [650ml] shared with rudolf, HogTownHarry & garthicus -- c/o rudolf. Pours a hazy golden-orange with an average size diminishing white head. Aroma of citrusy hops, resiny too, some fruit and all backed by caramel malt. Flavour of lots and lots of citrusy hops, Itís mostly just hops but itís awesome. Big bitter finish. Medium bodied. Fantastic stuff -- thanks rudolf!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SSSteve (3991) - - AUG 31, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2014 clear orange with a small, stable, whipped white head. fruity and stemmy with floral notes in aroma. superb, easy palate with proper carbonation and slick mouthfeel without being too full. flavors are melony with some citrus and just slight hints of dry hopped vegetal notes. a really nice beer.

22oz bottle. work trip to Wilmington, NC. took a trip to the beach and to lighthouse beer and wine(right near da beach) after work. sculpin pours a clear orange under a medium off-white head. big peachy, mandarin aroma. palate is light to medium. burning warmth in finish. very bitter and quite dry. flavor of white grapefruit and orange. not enough malts for me. 8/31/10 8/3/6/3/12

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcc5468 (121) - USA - AUG 31, 2010
From a 22 oz bottle. Thick creamy head. Pour is a dark orange/amber color. Fruit hop aroma as advertised. Citrus hops are definitely present in the taste. Nice solid hop taste. No afterbite. Although only a 7% ABV the alcohol is well hidden. Good IPA. I would definitely drink again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dpjuart (1094) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2010
Bottle shared by Nate. Pours yellow w/ orange hues and a big white head, rocky and glorious. Orange and lemon nose with resin. Citrus, lemon, resin, mild bitter with some litterbox notes. Solid IPA

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 28, 2010
22 oz bottle. Pours a light amber with a small white head leaving a small white head leaving a small amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma is strong of citrus hops with a bit of alcohol. Taste is strong of citrus hops with a little bit of bready yeast and a strong bite on the finish. Medium bodied. Strong carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 28, 2010
from old notes Mostly clear, orange-copper hue; fluffy, white head. Huge mango-apricot aroma, slightly dank-catty, lightly toasty. Cookie and caramel sweetness, bright and crisp fruits and acidity, almost overwhelming in the aftertaste. Huge, lingering hop tingle alongside Finnish pinesoap. Slick texture, bountiful carbonation, medium-full body. Massively hopped with wonderfully restrained malts. 22 fl oz bottle.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MosesMendoza (30) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 27, 2010
Near perfect beer. Nose is super citrusy, grapefruit and some sweeter orange too. Taste is citrus hops, a touch of bitter peel, and more of a malt backbone than I expected. I know people are putting hoppier, higher abv IPAís out there, but this one is just perfect.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 25, 2010
UPDATED: APR 26, 2011 Rerate 4-26-11
Very consistent, right now Iím drinking this on a nightly basis. This is pretty much IPA perfection, and is pretty much everything I want in an IPA. Decidedly better in bottle than on tap. Unfortunately I canít find it in bottle anywhere other than Julioís Liquors. Will stock up soon for the summer before going back home, thinking ~20 bottles, ~$200, hope that will be enough.
10 5 10 5 19

Orig. rating 8-25-10
Clear amber; medium frothy white head; appetizing appearance. Incredible aroma, lots of grapefruit, passionfruit. Easy to gulp down; medium bitterness, white grapefruit, slightly powdery texture. On the dry side but carrying a lot of flavor. This hits you in the same way that peeling a grapefruit releases its aromatics. Exceptional IPA.
10 4 8 4 18

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
buck2 (1) - New York, USA - AUG 25, 2010 does not count
Itís damn good .....but....for the price there are many just as good and comparable IPAs out there with higher abv and a cheaper price.

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