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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 20, 2007
UPDATED: APR 6, 2008 rerate: 6Apr2008 - bottle, shared by steiny updated reating to 4.0 fm 3.8 -------& tap at ballast pointís anniv party clear golden, very hoppy, almost like hop juice. Very much a great example of a San Diego IPA

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Sculpin
Date: 11/30/2006
Mode: Draft
Source: OLBrienís

hazy dark yellow, thin fine white head, lots of lace, sweet pine aroma with a hint of citrus, creamy body, lots of tempered hop flavor, light bitterness,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sblair (37) - SD, California, USA - AUG 18, 2007
Cask/Draft @ Hamiltons. One of my favorite IPAís. Dank, sticky, piney, citrusy, skunky. A Healthy mouthfeel and dangerously drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DYCSoccer17 (3309) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 13, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2010 5 ounce sample tasted at Bistroís IPA fest. Very pleasant floral, hempy, orangey, tangerine hop aroma. Light pine aromas also burst through. Extremely aromatic and totally quaffable. Transparent golden body with frothy off-yellow head that is relatively perseverant. Wow. Lots of hempy, resiny flavors to start. Becomes nice and malty and quite chewy in the middle. Finishes orangey, bitter, juicy, and wonderfully hoppy. Great shit. The appearance could be a little darker, but thatís nit-picking.-----RE-RATE- ounce bottle from Nugget in Roseville, CA. The aroma on this is so full of mango and apricot. I canít believe I didnít detect that in my initial rating. I guess thatís what happens when you rate at festivals. Nice floral hints are also there. Still very quaffable. The color is still light, and I certainly donít change my stance there. Again, the flavor has a ton of apricot to start along with more mango in the middle. Nice amount of hoppiness with enough malt to balance it. Great mouthfeel. Awesome stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fordest (1972) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - AUG 13, 2007
Draft at OíBrienís. Lots of citrus and apricot fruit aromas off this light coppery brew wtih a really nice white head. Flavors were similar with more on the citrus side. Grapefruit turned to pine somewhat as it warmed. Sweet fruits with a nice malty backbone. Pretty full mouth feel. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 12, 2007
Clear, strongly-hued sunshine yellow. Very sharp, dank, resiny aroma. Tangerine, orange zest, basil (?!) - all come through in very modular, defined aroma. Thinnish, elegant but dusty maltiness, anchored by rich notes of mango, tangerine and cantaloupe. Creamy, judiciously carbonated finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DenverLogan (796) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - AUG 8, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2013 Giant vanilla, oak, bourbon aroma, but a wild sour funky tropical fruit flavor. Giant contrast between aroma and taste, which can be fun! Yeah, thereís hops but this mofo be wild and funky, monky mamma boongie boomie yaaah...! Yummm!!! On tap at OíBriens...good thou wild tastiní ayieeeee!!! :) Re-rate May 2013: Pours gold from 22 oz bottle. Aroma of straw hops, grarefruit, sweet malts. Flavors of big grapefruit rind, cream of tartar bitterness, pepper. Overall big and bold with big astringency.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hapjydeuce (932) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 29, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2008 On tap at the Ballast Point brewery, and updated rating from the new bottle version. I am super stoked to see them bottling this great IPA now! Very clear gold with minimal white head that laces nicely. Tap version has a more sturdy appearance. Fantastic floral aroma seeping with hops, it makes my mouth water! Grapefruit, pine needles and orange rind in the aroma as well. Citrus and resiny hops are all over the flavor, balanced extremely well with the biscuity malt undertones. Finishes with long lasting bitterness and notes of peppery ginger spice and rye. Crisp and easy drinking. Awesome West-Coast IPA, one of my favorites of all to boot!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2008 Aroma is pine sour hoppiness and a sweet vanilla kind of thing. Pours orange - clear. Flavor is mostly pine. Some nice balanced malt blend with the hops and give it a kind of funky flavor. Like sweat socks or something, but not in a bad way really. I also got a little bit of graininess and some caramel malt. Pretty good. At this time during the night I was also pretty fucked up after many big beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUN 19, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2010 On tap @ the Liarsí Club - Pours a clear golden color with a one finger thick off white head. Light lacing. Aroma is pine, citrus, and floral hops. Flavor is big citrus (oranges) and pine hops with a touch of malt sweetness. A smooth, medium body beer. Very nice.

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