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RATINGS: 2468   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TedE (791) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 14, 2015
Subtle aroma of apricot, peach and stonefruit. Cloudy golden beer with thin white head. Light carbonation, oily mouthfeel. Zingy in the mouth. Aftertaste is grapefruit and lemon. There’s malt lurking in the background. This is a great beer, complex and subtle. Beautifully balanced, easy drinking (7%!). Really, really good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JAN 18, 2014
12oz can to Sierra Nevada IPA glass A - Brassy golden body, crystal clear, firm 2 finger off-white head. Textbook retention and lacing showing off. S - Awesome bouquet of citrus aroma. Grapefruit, apricot, spicy, light bready malt. Yeast comes out more as it sets. The aroma is spot on. A harmonious balance of hops, yeast and malt. T - Spicy grapefruit bitterness right off the top. Bright and clean. Sweet and bitter grapefruit flesh morphs into resinous grapefruit rind bitterness toward the end. Citrus, pineapple, and, stone unripened stone fruit dominate the palate. It has a simple sweetness that plays off the hops wonderfully. Semi grainy malts add just enough backbone to support the strong citrus hops. Finishes crisp and clean with a long bitter aftertaste. M - Medium full body, low to medium carbonation, smooth with a very clean finish. This might be the best IPA I’ve had to date. It is clean, precise, and executed almost flawlessly. It’s bursting with hop flavor and bitterness without being over the top which is hard to come by. The layering of flavors are very impressive. As of right now this is my favorite IPA to date. This 6pack was 15.99 but worth every penny. Serving type: can 11-01-2013

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 22, 2008
Pours a crystal clear, light orange gold hue, moderate layer of dense white foam sustains, light lacing. Aroma is piney resin, citrus zest, light fruits, bubblegum, a touch of underlying malt crispness, touch of alcohol. Taste is pine resin hops with a touch of florals and grass, sweet fruits and lemon/grapefruit acidity soon jump into the profile, some toasty malt enters midway, finishes dry and bitter. Palate is medium, thick and chewy texture doesn’t stay too long, moderate high carbonation. Overall a well-built IPA, the fruit and citrus provide a unique taste and the clean malt sweetness balances out the hop bitterness, a nice refreshing treat with subdued alcohol flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - OCT 16, 2006
Tap at the brewery’s 10th anniversary celebration. Citrus and grassy hops aroma, flavors follow with grapefruit and good balance of malt backbone. Very nice IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2010
22oz Bomber. Pours a medium golden color with a slight haze. A short head leaves some scattered lacing in my Alesmith shaker glass. Pungent hop aroma with notes of pine, bubblegum and nectarines. Body is medium and slick with a biting bitter finish that lingers. Flavor is quite balanced and reminds me of Hop Devil in that respect. Quite bitter and hoppy with a good balance of malts. Overall a really great IPA!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nik925 (783) - USA - APR 10, 2011
They must add a half ton of hops to this after the boil. The hop flavor is just ridiculous. The amount of hops that San Diego goes though is staggering. Anywho, malt is well in the back, bitterness is understated, and hop flavor with all sticky grassy citrus-y goodness. No taste of alcohol at all. A fine IPA. Might be the hoppy-ist single IPA I have had. If you really pay attention the malt under all the good hops isn’t that great, but it is buried so deep I don’t care.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Padron4KM (782) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2015
12 oz bottle. Clear amber, dense head, sticky lace.
Fruity hop aroma, mango, peach, apricot, grapefruit, light caramel.
Flavor is caramel, citrus, pine, stone fruit. Nice balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DoublEE (782) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2012
Solid IPA but it doesn’t live up to the hype of one of the best IPA’s in the world. Rather tame for a westcoast IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dnoaksson (781) - , SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2013
Ingredienserna är för det mesta desamma. Proportionerna varierar, liksom de framställningsprocesser som danar karaktären på maltdrycken. Men det som definierar ett öl är inte de enskilda smakerna utan samspelet mellan dem. Hur de tar fram det bästa - eller sämsta - hos varandra och framhäver en helhet som är större än delarna. Ballast Point IPA Sculpin orkestrerar sin smaksymfoni med en demondirigents befallande hand. Får det att sjunga i huvudet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrmartin (780) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 18, 2010
Yellow pour white head grassy pine, grapefruit nose. fresh Pine and citrus dry taste. Bitter crisp finish. Perfect

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