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RATINGS: 2527   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
woodychevy (841) - - FEB 15, 2011
Had this at Happy Hour at Smoky Oak in Chas. Was almost the end of the cask-conditioned ale- poured very flat with no head. Bit hard to get past the appearance of it - doesn’t make one salivate like the traditional bubbles and foam topping one is used to. Flatness led to limited aroma and low score for appearance/ palate. Made up for it some with taste- very fruity, refreshing. Definitely unique. Would pair well with spicy food. 70 IBU’s. Definitely hoppy without being dry or bitter. Worth another taste- maybe tomorrow :)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
danielecamo (839) - ITALY - OCT 2, 2013
Alla spina. Una delle migliori IPA assaggiate negli States, aroma di frutta tropicale, freschissima e intensa. Al palato ancora frutta fresca, esotica, pompelmo, kiwi e finale amaro ma non eccessivo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HIGHB4LL (837) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2014
12 oz. bottle from Bevmo! Appearance: two fingers white head that lasts, great lacing, golden straw, clear. Aroma: grapefruit, floral, caramel, pine resin (all very strong). Palate: light body, average carbonation, bitter finish, sticky texture. Taste: nice light sweetness turning quickly into hop forward bitterness. Overall, great balance, great beer with strong tastes and aromas that compliment nicely and fit like a glove.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RhetoricalAns (837) - Red Deer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 16, 2015
650 mL bottle. Clear gold pour, tall white head, good lacing. Big citrus aroma, mild cereal malt notes. Taste is very well balanced, lots of citrus, mainly orange and a long lasting bitter finish. Great IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhatB420 (837) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 17, 2014
12oz into a glass, pours a beautiful orange rose amber with sunshine ringing through. Head is fresh and bubbly, lacing is plentiful and sticky with a 2-3cm top that covers. Aroma is pine, lemon, citurs melodies, resin, and some peach vareities. Taste has a sweet mango/pineapple freshness to it that comes up first, then mixes in the nice hops that sprout all over the tounge, freshness ensues, pine, sap, grapefruit, fresh cut grass, and then somewhat bitter on the after taste. This is a wonderful ipa, brilliant, just brilliant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - AUG 25, 2012
22 oz bottle poured into a tumbler pint glass. Best by date is 09/07/12, so this should be nice and (relatively) fresh... A: Pours a lightly cloudy golden amber color with light carbonation. The head is a nicely frothy two finger offwhite head with excellent retention and texture. Leaves a nice ring of lacing, and is a generally beautiful beer. S: Nicely tropical, with notes of mango, apricot, and passion fruit. A little bit of the malt backbone pops up here, too. Nice smelling, but not quite as boldly aromatic as I was expecting. T: Much like the nose, strong tropical fruits (mango, grapefruit rind, and apricot) open things up, and stay there throughout the flavor progression. Aside from the citric notes, this is also very piny (and almost peppery) in its hop composition, especially on the finish. The malt backbone is just there - all it does is provide a neutral canvas while giving a nice balance. I like the complexity of the hop character, but this isn’t the end all be all I was expecting it to be. It’s still a good IPA, though. M: Very dry and very oily. It’s a rather coarse and prickly beer in general; a little more smoothness would be incredibly welcome. While the coarse, well carbonated character gives it nice drinkability, it means it’s a little harsh going down. O: It’s a good IPA. It’s a very good IPA. But it’s NOT the masterpiece I hoped it would be. I feel like it’s too resinous and dry to truly belong in the elite tier. And given its price here on the East coast, I doubt I’ll revisit this again (except on tap).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FunkyF (835) - Örebro, SWEDEN - DEC 13, 2014
Burk på bishop. Brunröd med mycket vitt skum. Kryddig humledoft. Lätt metallisk smak med lite fruktighet som försvinner fort.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JUN 1, 2013
Nice fresh citrus/fruity aroma. Apricot, grapefruit flavors dominate, but all in all a extremely well balanced IPA. Very drinkable, but with plenty of character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TeamTrappist (832) - jericho, New York, USA - OCT 30, 2009
Cask at Blind Tiger. Poured a clearish light mahogany with a thin bubbly head. Nose is nice floral and piny hops. Mouthful is a bit on the thin side. This is a nice an easy drinker for the hop fan, and also for the non hop fan. The hop flavor is prevalent but not overpowering. There is a hint of sweetness up front, then it is full on hops with a nice and long lingering bitter finish.Very well balanced and extremely drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HughConway (830) - Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2011
22oz Bottle. Pours golden, creamy white head. Floral hop aroma, nice body to the beer, slightly off aftertaste.

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