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RATINGS: 1900   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 12, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2008 This stuff is awesome. A pretty under the radar IPA in SD from what I can see. It comes and goes - when it’s here, try and snatch a pint of it. Very sharp and dry finish, great pine taste, very crisp. Leaves you wanting the next sip. A must try - usually always is at the brewery to taste

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
7837 (6) - Alabama, USA - APR 4, 2007 does not count
Got it on tap at the Brewery. In the past year or two I feel I have been hit over the head w/ 100+ ibu beers. OK, we get it. But this grapefruit bomb scales back a little (but not too much) to give me a beer that is a little more manageable than a 10% abv hangover-in-a-bottle. This is REALLY good beer. Great flavor!

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brettpace (176) - New York City, New York, USA - APR 2, 2007
Amazing, the smell of hops knocks you off your feet. Couldnt believe it when I took a wiff. My friend got a growler filled with this and gave me some. Truly a great beer. Nice and bitter, but not to bitter, hoppy taste and aroma really make this a great beer.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - MAR 31, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2007 Holy mother of god! Had it on draft at Ballast Point Brewery. This one caught my attention big time! I am now an avid IPA fan...thank you Sculpin an Ballast Point. Very citrusy, excellent aroma and excellent taste. Very balanced beer, bitter yet fruity, taste like a combo of mangos and banannas. Very bitter begining but smooth fruity finish....mmmmmm excellent especially for a 7.0% ABV!! Wish they bottled it or at least brewed it more often, sucks when you want a growler fill but they are still fermenting it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bartzilla (533) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 2, 2007
Crazy delicious. I like my big IPA’s to pucker me up and say "Damn, man!". This does that to me. Like freshly squeezed hops and hemp, this is a fresh tasting, big time IPA. One of my favorites from Ballast Point.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2007
Cask: Hazy copper with a thin off-white head. Grapefruit and sweet malty aroma. Malt dominates the flavor with a ctirus end. Long dry citrus rind bitter finish. Smooth medium bodied mouthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2556) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 21, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2009 Rating #1 Tap @ Bistro’s 9th Annual IPA Festival 8/’12/06 (6 3 6 3 14). Golden color with a light laced white head. Smooth, grassy malts with a bitter finish. Some citrus and grapefruit flavors. Rating #2 Bottle (7 3 7 3 17). A light golden color with a white head. Grassy, hoppy, and pine in the aroma. Smooth and delightfully bitter. Light fruits and citrus finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - DEC 17, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2008 Serious need of a re-rate as the first time I rated this it came right after a pint of Elder so this seemed like crap. Bomber from the Homebrewmart brewery. Pours much yellower than I expected with a big 3 finger creamy tan head. Nose is sweet, grassy and hoppy. Taste is sweet and hoppy with a very piney grassy feeling, a different but big and good IPA.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mreeves (275) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2006
Had on tap. Fairly minimal carbonation and lacing. Amber-colored, hoppy, but not as strong as I’d expected based on its billing as a "Double IPA". Not really anything special, but a good IPA.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
TAR (2495) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2006 Draft: Peach in color with a yellow cast. Stiff and fluffy white foam clings with each sip. Delicate aroma of grassy hops, honeysuckle, tangerine, and lime. Hint of doughy yeast. Carbonation is airy and slightly chalky. Dustily crackery malt dryness neutralizes the initial burst of juicy peach and orangey hops. Notes of popcorn exude as the huskiness/graininess and doughy yeast steadily grow and overshadow the vibrant hops. Flash of peachy acidity refreshes, though it hampers the body. Clean but understated grassy bitterness tickles the palate, but the crackery malt persists. Finishes dully bitter and dryly chalky, but persistently crunchy with malt, as the blandness continues with merely a hint of tangy tangerine. Has a decent aroma, but it could stand to be less doughy. As far as flavor and texture go, it’s far too grainy and there’s nowhere near enough hop flavor or bitterness to combat it. Pretty simple and boring.


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