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RATINGS: 2482   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   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.

TheMaha's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheMaha (57) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2013 Poured from a 12oz bottle to a tulip. Truly from the time you open the bottle Sculpin reveals itself as something special. The aroma bursts forth from the tulip. Citrus and stone fruit come to the fore. The earthy hops and even a tinge of cat pee funk linger underneath. Intriguing, this is absolutely one of the best smelling IPAS out there. The appearance is beautiful in it’s simplicity and clarity. Pours like a medium colored lager with a minimumal white head. The carbonation is light. The taste is an explosion of strong grapefruit and lemony citrus hops. The front of the tongue is awash in juicy hop flavor and bitterness. A mild rock candy like sweetness hits in mid swallow before the bitterness returns on the finish. Yowza! This brew really is a marvel! It is well deserved of the accolades heaped upon it. One nosing, one sip and one swallow and you’ll know you’re in for a game changer. I’m editing this review to reflect that in my area (Twin Cities) I can find this right at $9.99 a six pack. I’ve seen several post that call Sculpin pricey but here at least it’s the same as other staples in my rotation such as Bell’s Two Hearted, or Odells and cheaper per ounce than Stone IPA or Surly Furious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
martin00sr (2384) - Haderslev, DENMARK - MAY 24, 2016
Cloudy amber, offwhite froth. Fruity, caramely aroma. Peach, pine, notes of passionfruit. Flavour has pine, grapefruit and peach, some toasted malt or biscuits. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tommygun453 (32) - California, USA - MAY 22, 2016
Pours a hazy golden color with small foam head. Aroma is of lemon, apricot. Taste starts out sweet with hints of apricot , mango, peach, lemon. Finishes off dry and very bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Danjo312 (107) - Hamburg, GERMANY - MAY 21, 2016
Tolles Bier. In der Nase schön fruchtig, nicht zu tropisch, dafür trotzdem schön reich an süße! Im Glas wunderbar golden, leicht rosé. Leichter, schnell verschwundener Kopf. Schmeckt herrlich herb mit toller Frucht. Süß und lang anhaltend im Abgang. Super Einsatz von qualitäts-Malz! Reicher Körper. Kann ich an warmen Tagen immer wieder schön kühl trinken! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
M15ter (5) - - MAY 17, 2016 does not count
Pine, floral, and honey aromas. Golden pale color with light white head. Well balanced bitterness for IPA. Pine, hoppy flavors. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Yimisaison (3) - Santiago, CHILE - MAY 14, 2016 does not count
Color cobre anaranjado, con espuma blanca grande y persistente. Aromas a frutas tropicales, durazno y maracuyá, productos de los lúpulos, bastante dulce pero balanceado. Sabor increíble: De cuerpo ligero y pegajoso, muy resinoso con un amargor final intenso, que queda después de un buen rato. Excelente cerveza que ya era tiempo de probar, un referente de las IPA.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
dakeeper (8) - Vaucluse, AUSTRALIA - MAY 10, 2016 does not count
Not my thang. Hop a bit off. Aftertaste odd. Sorry but disappointed. --------&#

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rosskyle (419) - - MAY 7, 2016
12oz bottle. Clear golden color with a white head. Grapefruit hops aroma. Tropical fruit upfront with a hops finish. Medium light body. Very well balanced. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ttheilen (361) - USA - MAY 6, 2016
I do not wax on poetically about beer but I do know the quality of a beer once tasted. This review is not about my tastes but reinforces the numbers, which are arbitrary.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trapped (2015) - New York, TURKEY - MAY 5, 2016
Bottle. Faintly cloudy dark orange with off-white foamy head, floral hops aroma, medium carbonation, lightly bitter orange peel taste, somewhat thick body, medium bitter orange peel finish. Well balanced and flavorful.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
stantheman (855) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 3, 2016
On tap at Rogue in Gastown neighborhood of Vancouver. A medium orange amber beer with moderate white head and a hop nose. This is one of those west coast style IPAs that succeed by finely balancing hop and malt flavors. Nicely done! 4

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