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RATINGS: 2231   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (17335) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 22, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2015 bottle at pre-ZBF ... amber ... light white head ... bright pine hop nose ... zezty fruity hop ... little lemon ... little grapefruit ... grapefruit builds over time./Keg at brewdog agm 2015... Copper.. Thin tan lacing... Soft toffee fruit nose.. Dull dry toffee fruit.. Soft malts.. Soft toffee fruit 3.4

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mataichi (63) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - MAR 21, 2010
22oz bottle from CBX. Pours a not so cloudy light amber color with inch thick head., Very citrusy aroma of grapefruit and possibly some apricot as well. Taste is of grapefruit, but not too much of it. This is rather light and refreshing beer, but still brings the bitter pop at the end that I appreciate from an IPA. Slight hint of the sip looms in your mouth for a bit. One of the better IPAs I’ve had so far.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
shakespeare33 (203) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 21, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2011 Pint from my pal Jess down at the Local 4th and broadway SD.. The pour is typical ballast point,,, a little lighter in shade than some others but enough murkiness to let me know there is something behind the veil. The aroma is powerful.. Its deep robust experienced hops.. and the first hit to the palate is that of an impecably constructed ipa, hops yes, powerful yes.. Pine, bitter hops, but the surprise is how smooth this thing is on the afterbite.. I think its neck and neck with the Alesmith, or even nose to nose.. Now thats a heavy weight fight worth ordering.. Well down ballast point.. Oh and by the way.. the coolest name for a beer.> EVER!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
keepersj12 (2932) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 21, 2010
Sampled at AC Beer Fest. Very nice golden amber with a lacing head. Aroma of citrus and pine. Good malt backbone followed by an intense hop hit. Fantastic after taste. Very dry finish. One of the best.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Terminus (3350) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAR 20, 2010
tap at the brewery as well as subsequent bombers. man, this could be the best IPA i have ever had-just a huge hop bomb but bursting with so much flavor and freshness it was amazing! bright copper hue with a sudsy white head and good lacing! huge floral citrus nose of orange and tangerines! wow huge fresh hop flavors of sugary oranges, pineapples, citrus! its hard to write all the flavors here -just imagine every citrus flavor you could imagine combined into this beer. however, there is some grapefruit in the finish to dry it out quite a bit. not overly sweet which is a great thing! not much in the malt department, but that is not needed here-a wallop of fresh hops and citrus flavors. probably the best single Ipa i have ever had (next to fresh two hearted).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
KyotoLefty (7571) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 19, 2010
Draught at McLaughlin’s. Cloudy medium golden color, with a trace of amber. Lovely. Huge fruit aroma, citrusy hops, melon, lychee, and other tropical fruits, though mostly grapefruit, or, to be more precise, Buntan, which is a Japanese grapefruit-like citrus. Aroma is close to that of the inner peels. Sweet, fruity flavor—a bit candyish, actually, with buntan, zest, melon and pineapple. Very much like a sorbet or a fruit salad that has had grapefruit juice poured all over it. A slightly comical beer—in a good way. One of the most fun beers I have had in a long while. Balance is not perfect, but hey!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
StoutFest (77) - Stoutville, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2010
Great, great, and great! This IPA is as good as any IPA can get. Awesome from head to toe. Pours with a nice foamy head. aromas of peach, apricot, and mango. hoppy, crispy, clean finish. A very well made balanced hoppy beer I highly recommend to any hophead out there.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2010
A hazy golden beer with a small head. The aroma is amazing, it is wonderful with loads of fruit & some grass in there-lovely. After the aroma I was expecting the taste to match up to that aroma, but oddly it was not as great but still good with some of that fruit & grass showing up with a smooth ending. This IPA is all about aroma, aroma.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigbish (596) - California, USA - MAR 13, 2010
This was recommended to me by the bartender at Naja’s on Redendo Pier. What a fantastic IPA. One of the best I’ve ever had. Tons of hop flavor, well balanced with malts. Great palate. I’ll take 10 more please.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
acearl (426) - The Ham, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2010
One of the IPAs I’ve been lucky enough to sample, they are my favorite brew and what I rate beers by, trip to LA and first stop was Whole Foods Redondo Beach, they had 22 oz bombers, bought 2. tangerine gold hue with white head, nice citrusy smell, nector and resin they way it should be, well balanced texture, medium carbonation, not too bitter, very good stuff

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