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RATINGS: 2172   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
angrypirate06 (1387) - Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2010
Bottle thanks to mar. Hazy orange pour. Aroma is citrus, grapefruit, earth. Flavor is citrus, orange, soap, bitter. Nice duration.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zymurgeist2 (1253) - Redwood City, California, USA - FEB 28, 2010
On draft at City Beer in a tulip glass. Pours a nice golden color with a big white head and slight haze. Massive hops on the nose with grapefruit. Intense fruity hops. Forward hops of grapefruit, slight bitterness and massive hop flavor throughout. The fruit is evident for the entire taste, and it is a very well balanced taste throughout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fratto (2803) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2010
Bottle from mar. Pours yellow with a white head. Aroma is fruit hops and awesome. Bitter taste with hops and a little caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BarZigKin (511) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2010
22oz bomber thanks to mar (for a great beer!). Pours a clear, deep golden body with some off-white head that leaves lots of sticky lacing. Aroma of Ruby Red grapefruit and other fresh citrus hops. Sort of reminds me of a South Texas fruit stand in the summer. Flavor of citrus hops, grapefruit, pine, floral hops and citrus zest. Medium mouthfeel with lively carbonation. Absolutely great!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (5746) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2010
(22oz bottle thanks to mar) Pours clear yellow with good bubbles. Nose of honey, chlorine, and citrus fruit. Taste of citrus oils, grapefruit, with a very bitter finish and an oily body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pressboxjoe (282) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2011 Bottle. Rerating. Still smells amazing - pine, peach, apple, apricot, pear. Flavor nicely bitter more than sweet, but a really nice latent maltiness. Now I see what all the fuss is about.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2010
Bottle. Pours yellowish golden, clear, sticky lacing and a head. Nose is big on citrusy hops, slight vanilla, some pine. Flavor is more of the same with bigger bitter astringency, very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Bottle pours clear amber orange color with off white head. Aroma is pine, grass, pinapple, and lemon. There are just wonderful citrus flavors not typically present in other beers in this style and this one has them all in one. Medium mouthfeel. Flavors follow the nose and finish dry. Really nice beer and one Iíd drink regularly if I could.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - FEB 20, 2010
Bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass produced a finger worth of white head that laced out wonderfully. The body of the brew was a clear copper in color I got huge aromas of citrus fruits and flowery grasses coming off the nose of this one. It was really a pleasant aroma not harsh like some IPAís it did add a lot to the experience. The flavor defiantly was a west coast take on a IPA very hop forward. There is also enough sweetness form the malts to keep this brew from being one of those one dimensional brews. It had a light to medium feel to it with good carbonation. I enjoyed the bomber and would love to have another glass. It was worth the wait and I will continue to look for a fresh bottle in Mass if I can come across one. I have been looking for two years now with no luck, they just donít stick around. Now I know why.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
koshea (13) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 19, 2010
I love poking my head into city beer on the way home from the week. You find great surprises on tap. Poured into a ílil 10 oz glass. The beer was a light gold almost a honey color. The smell was exquisite. There is a lot of citrus going on; orange, pineapple and lots of grapefruit. also a good amount of the classy west coast pine hoppiness there. The taste is even better than the smell. Pure hoppiness goodness. It is incredible even with all the grapefruit hop going on itís not overwhelmingly bitter. This is beer is very well balanced and god damn delicious. There is mild carbonation here, and the beer surprisingly unsyrupy and with the 7% this beer is dangerously drinkable!

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