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RATINGS: 1967   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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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NCD (11) - - SEP 7, 2011
Light unclear medium orange color with a average, frothy, good lancing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to light heavy malty, caramel, moderate to heavy hoppy, pine, orange, fruity - tropic ala peach - mango - lemon.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jerm719 (117) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2014
Amazing ipa. Orange rind. Mild pineapple, mango, tropical notes. Citrus, grapefruit hops. Hops dominate malt. Nice body. Great beer. Instant classic!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbaaron (1315) - Arizona, USA - NOV 27, 2014
Clear, brilliant light orange amber with a big frothy white head. Pine and all sorts of aromatic citrus perfectly balanced by the malt. Resiny and sort of spicy woody. Crisp, light medium body with a firm but very pleasant smooth bitterness. Superb drinkability. Exquisitely crafted.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RickReallyBrew (18) - Franktown, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2014
This is a great beer if you like something between an IPA or double IPA style. It is fresh, crisp and fully hopped. This beer is less malty than some of my favorites. Funny thing is that it did not taste terribly strong either, but at 7% it is definitely an IPA but perhaps shy of some double IPAs. I have no criticism. The high attenuation of this brew lends itself to higher alcohol than an IPA, but less sweet and malty product than many IPA or doubles. It seems to cleanse my palate rather than saturate and overwhelm it with sticky sweet nectar. It is very good. I don’t think it deserves a 100 rating, but beauty is in the taste buds of the beholder. I’ve recently rated the Odell Myrcenary Double (9%) and Green Flash W Coast IPA (7%), which I’ve recently loved. This double is definitely not as sweet or sticky as another favorite, Great Divide’s Titan IPA (7%). Several Mid American IPAs I’ve tried in Kansas and Nebraska lately have had off flavors that I believe may have resulted from wimpy to nasty tasting hopping. I keep finding myself returning to Rocky Mountain and West Coast ales that satisfy. This is a top IPA in my book, but one possessing a lower residual gravity and malty character. And the high quality hopping delivered exactly what I was looking for.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SG111 (165) - - NOV 26, 2014
Bottled. No clear date on this. Pours a nice clear golden color with a nice frothy head. Aroma is big bold citrus, grapefruit, orange. Flavor is orange, some grapefruit, and a sweet malty biscuitiness. Well-balanced. Nice pleasant and very slightly slick mouthfeel. I feel this would be better rated if on tap.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
growler6 (11) - - NOV 25, 2014
Tropical fruit punch with a dried but not fresh overpowering rosemary dry finish. Lightly toasted malt compliments then allows a slightly bitter, not entirely clean finish. Feed me more. One of the best beers I’ve ever had

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (3423) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 25, 2014
Poured copper color with an off-white head. Good lacing. Nose of citrus and tropical fruit. Medium body. Smooth mouth feel. Flavor is tropical fruit, some citrus, and nice bitterness. Finish is resinous. Good stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Clownoisseur (251) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - NOV 24, 2014
Pours a honey-orange color, one finger off-white head. Moderate carbonation running up the glass. Aromas of big citrus (grapefruit/orange) with subtle notes of pine, sweet malt and tropical fruitiness. Taste has a great balance of the bitter citrus notes and a light bodied sweetness then moving to some more sweet notes of papaya, kiwi....before harmonizing with a clean, moderate bitterness in the finish. Very well rounded beer.

3.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
barbarino2000 (81) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2014
Loads of flavor in this big grumpy fish of a beer. Get it fresh if you can ---Rated via Beer Buddy

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ulises77 (3) - México D.F., MEXICO - NOV 23, 2014 does not count
A beer that pours a clear orange color with a white thin head, aroma to tropical fruits and citrus, médium body with some taste to caramel malts, grapefruits and citrus, some astringency and carbonatation, at the end leaves a little bitter well balanced. a very tasty beer

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
David_87 (33) - - NOV 19, 2014
Top notch IPA, might be the best regular IPA i have ever had. Pours clear light copper toned. Aroma is unique, SO much tropical notes and citrus it´s really insane, all this while still being able to pick up the malts in the back end. Taste is just as expected, rich tones of tropical frutis with hints of pinyness on the end. Just perfect amount of bitterness too. Had this one earlier this summer from the same batch as now, it might have lost some of it´s hop aromas but still leaves me wanting more. Insanely good IPA. Bottle from SB.


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