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RATINGS: 1931   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stine (1601) - 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. Iíd 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 itís hardly a dissapointment; another stellar offering from this fine brewery. Thanks Larry!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Guerde (1175) - 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 thatís 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.

3.7
   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. Thereís also a good tropical fruit flavor as well. Fairly creamy on the tongue with bright carbonation and a lengthy, dry, bitter finish. Thanks Eben!

4.1
   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.

4.2
   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 Churchillís 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!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3371) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2008
22 oz bottle. Clearish orange with a whitish head. Nose is mango, pineapple and musk. Crisp, with a tingle; substantial but light enough to refresh. Taste is orange pith, mango and toffee. Finish is dry grapefruit zest with herbal hints.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (12723) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 26, 2008
Light gold colour. Massive aroma - explosive orange and melon. Superbright. Bitter body, so much itís sweet with lots of melon, fresh fruits. Not the most balanced but what a great aroma.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 20, 2008
Clear orange color with a big white head. Knock-out nose of fresh hops...pine and hibiscus. Flavor is awesome with hops, honey and tasty malts. Easy to drink and very approachable. Loved it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Bottle via trade with mikesgroove. Pours amber orange with 2 finger creamy white head. pine, honey, peach, apricot, and flro hops. Starts witha slight malty backbone and quickly becomes floral honey hopped drying your mouth with hop bitterness. A really good ipa, but i wouldnít trade for another.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2009 bottle shared thanks to zinister. Pours a clear orange with a thin white head. Nose was of floral and citrus hops. Oranges. The taste was of orange and lemon citrus with hops just blowing you away! Mouthfeel was very hoppy up front. Super harsh and super bitter. Wow!


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