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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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 17, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2011 Pours hazy golden-copper color with frothy head and good lacing. Flavor and aroma succeed in bringing out different hop qualities, with the nose exhibiting light fruity notes, including peach, tropical fruit, pineapple, bubblegum, and a lot of citrus. Flavor is far more intense, with a huge hop blast. Similar notes of fruit, and more specifically, citrus, but the bitterness is almost unexpected after the mellow fruity aroma. Extremely bitter and resinous. Great dry finish. Light yet still full bodied. Awesome beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pablo951 (479) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2014 Had it on tap at the Village Tap in Roscoe Village Chicago. Had it in a tulip glass had a slight head and even lacing with notes of citrus underlying its bold hop taste.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 2, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2010 On draft at Ballast Point Brewing (San Diego, CA): Pours out a slightly hazy golden/orange, topped with a one-inch head. Aroma of resinous and grassy hops, citrus (lemon peel, orange, pink grapefruit), some honey, and copious amounts of tropical mango and passion fruits. Taste is resiny pine, orange peel, apricots, and caramel. Soft biscuity malt backing. Coriander spice in the finish. Wish there were more fresh pine needle flavors to round it out. Drinkability: Semi-sweet crisp throughout. Palate-wrecking bitter. Pairing: Thick bison burger with lots of habanero. Rebuy: Yes. #374 on 02042010, DG.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mattmc1973 (477) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2011
22 oz bomber via trade courtesy of Snojerk321. Poured into a tulip. Pours a clear golden color, similar in color to Two Hearted, with 1-finger white head. Aroma of huge citrus and fruit - lemon, orange, papaya, mango, peach, along with some pine. Taste of sweet caramel malt and big bitter citrus, nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with medium carbonation. This is considered a world-class IPA for good reason!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - JAN 10, 2010
Yellow, almost straw-colored (great to see an IPA of this magnitude that’s actually a pale ale). A rather thin white head settles in a moderate pace. Massive hop aromas in the nose. Plenty of exotic fruits, but not so dominated by grapefruits as many other hop forward beers are. Instead here are generous amounts of mango and passion fruits (along with the grapefruit of course). Here is also a very pleasant smell of elder flowers. Some pine needles and hop resins. Biscuity malts are present as well. The taste replicates the smell with very fresh hop flavors all around. Exotic fruits (grapefruit, mango, passion fruit) mix with elder flowers and hop resins. A semi-sweet crisp and biscuity malty backbone. The finish is really bitter with notes of pine-needles and, citric notes and grassy hop notes. Medium to semi-full body, nice sticky mouthfeel. Crisp carbonation. This is a great IPA with a massive and very tasty hop profile. Still, it manages to stay very balanced. The malts are almost perfectly suited for the hop centered flavors. Serving type: bottle (Copy of old Beer Advocate review)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Collint (475) - Sylva, North Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2009
Bottle t h a n k s again to YaMar. Pours a clear yellow beer with a nice head. Aroma is grapefruit and pine, extremely hoppy. This compares to Hopslam. Bitter dry finish, very nice beer!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ellolovey (475) - Georgia, USA - JUN 18, 2014
On tap at Pizzeria Azzurri. Clear copper pour with a thin frothy white head. Nice thick lacing. Aroma of tropical fruits, sweet malts, citrus, and pine. Oily body, light carbonation, and medium bodied. Light and refreshing. Tastes just like it smells. Tropical fruits, pineapple, mango, caramel malts, pine, citrus, and a hint of tobacco on the backend. Dry hoppy finish. Nicely balanced.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MSBrindbergs (475) - Solna, SWEDEN - JUL 4, 2014
355ml flaska beställd frĺn SB. Ganska klar bärnsten med ett tjockt fint vitt skum. Doftar skarpt av humle, barrskog, viss tropisk frukt men även lite sur disktrasa. Tycker det är svĺrt att hitta distinkta smaker dĺ den kraftiga beskan tar över munnen fort. Den bitterheten är dock mycket gemytlig. Hade nog lite för höga förväntningar pĺ denna, önskar jag fĺtt prova den pĺ fat dĺ jag tror att den hade känts "större" dĺ. En stund senare växer ölen känner jag, gjorde sig bättre lite varmare än kylskĺpskall. Smak och doft kommer fram bättre.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
adster (475) - HUNGARY - SEP 29, 2014
Kristálytiszta, rézszínű italt rejteget a tengeri élőlények portréit magára öltő márka egyik leghíresebb főzete. A világ negyedik legjobb IPA-jához van szerencsénk, azt tehát nem állítanám, hogy ímmel-ámmal láttam hozzá az elfogyasztásához. Olyannyira nem, hogy e pár sor összeállításához szükséges kapacitást is elvesztegetett energiának tekintettem, ez a sör ugyanis megérdemli, hogy kizárólag vele foglalkozzunk. Azt azonban feltétlenül meg kell jegyeznem, hogy mennyire csodás az az összkép, amit varázslatos aromái és tökéletes ízjegyei hoznak létre. A trópusi gyümölcsök üde és fanyar frissessége, a barack harapható teltsége, a fűszernövények pikantériája és a sejtelmes, kekszes malátaalap adta illatok lenyűgözik érzékszerveinket. Ízének produkciója legalább ennyire bámulatos: kellően fűszeres, gyümölcsösen édeskés, lágyan malátás és mondanivalóval teli módon, ívesen kesernyés. Minden egyes molekulája mértani pontossággal megtervezett, összekarolásukat apró tűzijátékok kísérik; lézerrel faragott kompozíció ez... Adjuk hát át neki magunkat bátran!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drsandman (473) - New York, USA - APR 2, 2014
Pours copper orange, light haze, light white head. Aroma is full of fruit, pineapple, citrus, mango, light spruce. Infinitely drinkable, juicy, light sweetness, above mentioned fruits continue through to the taste, finishes up medium bitter.. orange rind. Medium body / carbo. Love how good this is, despite being fairly "available".


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