Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 2229   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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - MAR 10, 2010
Yellow-gold pour with a loose white head. Very catty with lotes of ammonia like presence, some floral pine, honey and a faintly minty, very bitter finsih. Medium-thinnish body with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theis (14468) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2010
Bottle at Pre-ZBF 2010 (Thanks to ???). Clear yellow - white head. Grassy aroma, nice bitterness, toasted, grassy, caramel, light malty, bisquit, classic american IPA - nothing special.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 6, 2010
Golden pour w/ a huge soapy bubbly white head w/ sticky lacing. MMMMM Simcoe! Sweet passion fruit, mango, and apricots... so fruity a bit of sticky bitterness in the aroma, comes through as "juicy". I donít know what else to say about this, other than itís fantastic. Full well coated lightly creamy pal. Flavor is not as nice as the aroma a bit of a dry hop oil dominates w/ a bit top much grass for my taste the apricots come through in the taste but the other fruits get a bit lost. I enjoyed it but the taste just wasnít there comapred to the aroma.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
1FastSTi (3344) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 6, 2010
The beer pours to a nice golden body with a tall creamy white head. Very nice lacing. The aroma smells like tangerines and Jesus. (ok, so I put that in there because I said that.) But seriously, some nectarines and apricots too. Light bit of mango. The flavor is huge for a simple IPA. Lots of mango, nectarine, and tangerines. Complex and super citrusy. The palate is nicely bitter but not overly so. The fruit flavors really balance it out. Perhaps the best regular ABV IPA Iíve ever had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
italianjohn (2489) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2012 Clear little hazy golden orange white head citrusy hop aroma lacing ... taste of lemon peach apricot grapefruit very citrusy and tart a smooth and clean citrus taste ..... with a nice solid hop bite but a citrusy explosion ..... a true west coast ipa dry bitter hop finish ..... the citrusy flavors and bitterness balance so well just an amazing/awesome ipa

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JW32Hoops (70) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 4, 2010
Wow, wow, wow. Iíve always been a fan of Ballast Pointís Big Eye IPA, but Sculpin takes it to a whole different level. Aroma lets you know youíre in for a hoppy ride with some sweet grapefruit notes. Pours a clean, light golden color with a standard IPA one finger, quickly dissipating head. This tasty glass of hops doesnít make sweet love to your palate, it smashes like two kids on prom night, drunk off cheap schnapps. Sweet, then bitter, then sweet again. Sculpin is intense and delicious at the same time. I gave my wife one sip of this and she said quote "I feel like it bit my mouth"...nuff said.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cavie (4042) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2010
Bottle courtesy of mar. Clear golden color. Foamy white head. Huge hopped nose. Sweet hops with very spicy pine notes. Taste is spicy as well. Wet hops and sap. Very tasty . Quite!

   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 (1280) - 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 (2835) - 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.

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