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RATINGS: 2229   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.


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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
prosper0 (15) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 31, 2012
Interesting beer. Thought I should try this as I like more balanced IPAs that have the malt backbone to support the hops. The pour looked great, clear amber/copper color with white head and smelt strongly of malts, maybe a hint of piney hops in the nose, but mostly the caramel & breadiness of the malts broke through. Slight hint of grapefruit in the nose, but not as much as I would have liked. Taste wise it wasnít at all what I was expecting, strong malt-forward beer here that had a strong caramel and breadiness/yeast like flavor with the grapefruit noticeable, but not dominate. For an IPA I was baffled as to how the hops had fallen to the back in this beer. Mouthfeel is great, itís a very drinkable beer thatís very smooth, almost no bitterness to this beer, probably due to the lack of dominant hops. Light carbonation. All-in-all a good solid beer, but not at all what I expected in a balanced IPA. Most of the time I think IPAs as overly hopped up and never would have figured thereíd be an IPA that was overly malted up.


4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
andrewje41 (1346) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - AUG 1, 2015
During my random down time beeresearch I noticed that the last IPA rating I did (La Cumbre), allowed it to leapfrog in the ratings over this locally available beer, that much to my surprise i havenít rated. To be honest, Iím not sure if Iíve even ever had it before. I always have jumped at the opportunity to get the grapefruit and habenero, but this one always slipped through the cracks I guess. Who watches the sequels, but never bothers with the original? Apparently I do. The originals are always better right? I havenít seen The Godfather in a while. Or was that the one exception? Oh yeah, the beer. 12 oz can purchased entirely for the comparison, and to give it the chance to earn itís spot back. I have no doubts, because these guys donít really miss with their beer often. Pours a fizzy golden color with a huge sea foam head. Aroma has a huge splash of grapefruit and citrus, from a distance. Kinda filled the area, which was very nice. Very nice grapefruit, and orange fruit fronted flavor with an excellent hop character throughout. Long cool, lemon citrus like finish. Fantastic IPA to say the least. Another that deserves the hype that surrounds it. It almost seems to me like the sculpin has as much grapefruit as the grapefruit version does. Would love to compare side by side. Overall, an awesome IPA, that definitely stands out.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gregwilsonstl (1404) - Missouri, USA - JUL 31, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2015 Nearly clear. Tasted side by side with grapefruit sculpin. Much more drinkable. Well balanced.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
aleigator (470) - GERMANY - JUL 31, 2015
Pours a very clear, coppery-amber color, with a decent, stable head. Smells of biscuity malts, with a hoppiness featuring a grassy dankness as well as an orange ripeness. While the hops are beautifully well pronounced on the nose, they blend well into the malts with a note of lemon zest standing out from that mixture. Drinks outstandingly soft, with a well integrated aqueous note, perfectly covered by pungent hops, creating a fantastic refreshment. Begins with bready malts, together with a short appearing coppery note, integrated into the overall taste by sun-bathed, sweet oranges. They introduce an exuberant fruit note to the palate, covered by dry, bitter lemon, pushed by a slightly metallic carbonation. Finishes with luscious lemon rind, leafes, a sparkly burn and a dried orange. Convinces by a world-class balance between sweeter malts and distinct hops, which blend marvelously well together. The hops provide an awesome flavor profile, around which the flavors are successfully build, exhibiting a great depth

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
steelcitybrew (454) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 24, 2015
you really donít get much better than this with IPAs. Fresh, sweet, hoppy. Itís my goto IPA out west.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrewTom (452) - - JUL 23, 2015
Oranges & pineapple aroma. Excellently balanced between slightly sweet malts & bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel with a fruit salad of flavours. Believe the hype! Rated by BrewTom

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VamboladeTolly (743) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JUL 22, 2015
Bottle. Pours slightly hazy golden with small white head. Aroma is hoppy and fruity, grassy, citrus, earthy, honey, slight soap. Taste is slightly sweet and medium bitter, citrus, pine, grass, fruity, peaches. Medium body. Bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nogva (55) - NORWAY - JUL 21, 2015
Pours a clear orange with a modest white head, which just looks really inviting. Deliciously hoppy aroma of apricot, lemon zest and pine with something resembling melon. Medium body, oily feel, avg/soft carbonation. Taste of grapefruit and hop resin. Bitter and dry finish that envelops the entire mouth for quite some time.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
euniceradio (179) - Colton, California, USA - JUL 18, 2015
22 bomber to cervoise. Pours clear bright orange, white soapy head. Aroma of pine, citrus and slight trop fruit. Taste of same with sweet caramel malts. Finish is semi-dry and the bitter is well-balanced.

3.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
chriszfat (16) - Lake stevens, Washington, USA - JUL 18, 2015
Light golden ipa with very good citrus, malty aroma. Smells better than it tastes, not a 100 for me at all. Medium bitterness that builds after and tastes eh after.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
dlihcsnatas (457) - Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2015
Hazy orange brew with small fast fading head. Aroma is very citrusy and the taste is as well. Has so much of a grapefruit twang to it that I had to double check the label to make sure this was the regular IPA and not the grapefruit one. Only down side to this brew is the price. I have been looking at it on the shelves for some time but just couldnít see buying a 6 pack for nearly the cost of a 12 pack of other good IPAís. Luckily found some Ballast Point brews on the sampler shelves this weekend at $2.69 a bottle. This one is good but still not worth the hefty price.


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