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RATINGS: 2352   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tomer (2425) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - SEP 10, 2010
At a tasting, thanks DSG, small stable head, hazy deep orange colour, flowery aroma with grapefruit, peach and pine, flowery soapy flavour with peach and a hint of alcohol, very strong bitterness but not completly out of proportion. A fair IPA.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
stonelis (38) - Kutztown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2010
Poured a hazy orange with a thick 3 finger head. Nice lacing. Aroma is incredible, citrus and floral hops. Light to medium body. Light to medium carbonation. Good mix of grapefruit, mango and pine. Very drinkable. This just might be my favorite IPA yet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckeyeBoy (4068) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 7, 2010
Bottle as a sweet extra thanks to daknole. This was the second time I have had this the first was at the 09í GABF (no notes) and then now with a note pad in hand. Pours out dark gold topped with a nice tall head. Aroma was so good tons of citrus hops and sweet caramel. Taste was more of the citrus/floral hops along with a great malty backbone and the sweet caramel to keep it all balanced out.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (10001) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2010 Sample from a bottle courtesy of JaBier at the Day Before Labor Day party. This brew is a hazy orange-gold color with a medium white head that dissipates steadily. Thin rings of lacing. Great aroma of ripe peaches, citrusy hops and pine. Medium body with a moderately bitter piney hops character along with flavors of citrus and malt. The finish is hoppy with a lingering citrusy aftertaste. Good IPA all around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mustangjoe (183) - redondo beach, California, USA - SEP 6, 2010
An excellent IPA. Nice citrus, floral hop aroma and flavor. One of the better IPAís ivíe tried.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 5, 2010
22oz bottle, although Iíve had it from growler as well. Beautiful amber hue, and great carbonation, very fresh at time of sampling. So much citrus intermingling with the resin aroma, little bit of a tropical note. Very well balanced, hop profile goes right through the palate start to finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
theisti (3588) - 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 (6787) - 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 (4007) - - 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.

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