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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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fsbw21086 (343) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Love this one. Amazing appearance. Golden orange with aroma of toffee and alcohol. Body is super light. Bright fruity notes with bitter backbone and alcohol burn. Near perfect. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
njnut (339) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Poured from tap into Chimay glass a nice amber with white head and lace. Aroma was grapefruit and a bit floral. Taste to me was a better balance between the hops and malt. It was grapefruit not doubt but not a bomb. Med body. Really liked this one, a winner for sure.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2010
Appearance: Slightly cloudy, more towards golden than orange, with a 1 finger white crown that shows some retention and lacing. This looks like my kind of IPA! Smell: Not the most pungent IPA, but still a fairly impressive array of grapefruit citrus notes and floral hop notes over a pale malt. Taste: Grapefruit and a slight pine note coupled with grass. Nice amount of hop bitterness without much astringency! Mouthfeel: I’m not sure on this one. It’s a touch chewy, seems a touch undercarbonated, but is fairly spot on. Drinkability: Fantastic for a brew with so much hop goodness. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 08-18-2009

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jackfrost9p (338) - California, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Damn good IPA. Reminds me of the Smutty Nose IPA, which I absolutely loved when I lived in New Hampshire. Strong hops, citrus, floral and pine aromas and flavors, which equals a fabulous brew.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tightslice (337) - Redwood City, California, USA - APR 7, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2014 Bottle pour from Whole Foods Market - Redwood City, CA. So crisp with heavy grapefruit and the right amount of honey. Ideal Sunday breakfast drinking.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maltser85 (337) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - OCT 11, 2013
The beer pours a dark golden copper color with tinges of orange. It produces a nice three finger off white head that dissipates rather quickly into a nice layer covering the beer and running around the edge of the glass. Big aroma on this. An immediate dankness rose up from the glass. I got hints of pine, with citrus, mild grapefruit with a hint of lemon. I also got big tropical fruits, definitely some mango. Maybe a hint of peach and a dash of apricot. There is also some nice malty sweetness coming through that masks the alcohol nicely. Starts off very soft on the palate. Not a ton of carbonation to speak of. A lot more lemon on the taste. Picking up a bit more peach and apricot on the palate as well. Middle of the mouth the bitterness comes back into play, some of that piney grapefruit. Slightly sweet towards the back and it finishes very clean. Not really any trace of the alcohol. The body on this is medium light to medium. It’s a rather crisp beer. Some lacing left on the glass. A nice west coast IPA.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
OPIE788 (337) - Ohio, USA - MAR 19, 2014
Bottle. Dark straw color with a white head. Aromas of pine resins and floral hops. Big pine/citrus hop flavor. One of my favorites.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cristobal37 (336) - Canyon Lake, California, USA - MAR 31, 2014
UPDATED: APR 10, 2015 This is a great IPA! Bitter but still fruity. Great with spicy salsa. Refreshing. Apricot and grapefruit hoppy taste. Dry, but still quenching. Must try!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
electrotype (336) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 17, 2013
Magnifique mousse assez durable. Absolument translucide (un point négatif pour moi, visuellement j’adore les bières opaques!). Très fuitée, assez complexe tout en restant fraiche. Il y a des notes agrumées mais aussi des notes moin acides, comme le cantaloup. Une amertûme bien balancée. Une bonne IPA, définitivement axée sur les houblons. Bravo!

3.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jamesthebrit (335) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 20, 2013
A: Pours a little on the light side but otherwise amber. Head dissipates pretty rapidly leaving some good lacing. S: Aroma is very fruity. Appricot... orange are the big players. Some hops but lighter. T: Subtle fruit notes. A little bit of fruit. A little bit of malt. The bitterness seems to overwhelm the other notes and fade quickly leaving a dull bitterness. P: Carbonation is a little aggressive. Decent flavor development. I was so excited to try this beer! Great ratings.... picture of a sculpin (my wife totally takes care of them at the aquarium!) IPA, Ballast Point!!! But this beer was pretty disappointing. It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t good either. A little uncontrolled... doesn’t bring anything special to the table. The Big Eye IPA and the Calico Amber were way way better. I have a growler of this bad boy in the fridge so I will see if it gets better. Bottled w/ drink by date at 7/11/2013


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