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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.


4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
neontb (49) - - FEB 27, 2013
Bottle pour into a tulip. When I find a good highly rated IPA that I havent ever had I try to compare it to the best IPA I know I can find. Today its Sculpin vs. Bellís Two Hearted poured into identical glasses. I am a huuugggeee fan of two hearted so this is going to be a tough one, but here goes. Aroma: I gotta say sculpin wins on this one, helluva good tropical fruit aroma. Two hearted has the classic hop aroma, but sculpin is more nuanced, fruity and more tropical than most. I also have to give the appearance category to sculpin. Pours a good 1 inch head that sticks around. Its a clearer golden than two hearted with nice lacing that sticks to the side of the glass. Taste: Two hearted is so balanced piney and citrus, thats what I love about it, but the sculpin is so tropical. Ton of pineapple and mango, damn good too. These are so different in taste. Sculpin reminds me quite a bit of Shlafly Tasmanian almost in that pineapple mango. Each has its merits, and because they are so different the taste between these two is a toss up. I sat them both to warm up a bit, they were a touch too cold, but after waiting 20 minutes the tastes are better on both- but still a tie. I call tie on taste category. Overall: geez, two hearted has met its match. Even though sculpin won in aroma and appearance I think I have to call tie, but that is saying something huge(I have done the compare ratings with two hearted coming out on top over Racer 5, GD Titan, Stone IPA, Loose Cannon Hop3, Rogue Yellow Snow, Founders Centennial, 60 minute, etc.) They are very different. albeit American IPAís. If you like pine and citrus two hearted is a god that will never disappoint. Sculpin is more interesting and may be the best IPA I have ever had that is heavy handed on the tropical flavors (other than Bellís hopslam). You canít go wrong with either of these. Unbelievable ale, I just wish it wasnt quite so expensive. Two hearted is a bit cheaper around me (DC area) so Iíll stick with that, but Sculpin will be a nice treat from now on. Well done Ballast Point.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CJMunchel (49) - Indiana, USA - AUG 23, 2013
Great tasting IPA. Very smooth with a very nice dry finish. Doesn't finish too dry. One of the better IPAs I have had. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jjh19 (49) - California, USA - FEB 3, 2014
Appearance: Very bubbly, with a bright orange hue. Looks very refreshing. Smell: Citrusy and tropical. Very appealing. Taste: Hops were surprisingly sharp up front, given the aroma, but not in an offensive way. Just more punch to this beer than the smell would imply. Mouthfeel: Medium body. Drinkability: Very tasty and drinkable. I love the art and the tone it sets with the beer. A tough IPA with big hops.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eros47 (48) - Huntington Park, California, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Ballast point nails it again. As soon as I cracked the bottle open, the hops made their presence. Earthy hops dominate the front of the palate while fruity hops and the malts take over on the back end. Great stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sundevil27 (47) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 30, 2010
Into a wine glass, poured a nice golden color with a thin lace of head. Different citrus hints off the nose. Overall a smooth and well balanced IPA.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
doppelthat (47) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2011
This is by far my favorite Ballast Point beer. Smells very citrusy and resiny. It looks bright yellow in color with a bubbly white head that leaves behind great lacing. It tastes very bitter from start to finish. At the very end there is a slight pit of malty sweetness to balance out the high bitterness factor. It is a light to medium bodied beer with a very lively carbonation level. Overall the alcohol is low enough that the beer does not become to sweet which is a major plus to the drinkability of Sculpin. One of the better IPAís I have had in a while.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mmmkay (47) - - JUN 29, 2012
Had this beer in Dallas. Sharp amber color and good level of hops. Pair up nicely with fish and chips. Nice citrus taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DerHopKopf (46) - Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2012
Pours lighter than many IPAs, a golden/copper with good carbonation. Aroma is full of citrus bouquets, sweet with a little bitterness coming through. Taste is well balanced, especially considering the amount of hops that go into this brew. Sweetness is always present with some puckering bitterness, especially near the finish. Mouthfeel is light with nice, crisp carbonation. Overall a great beer within my favorite style that Iím sure to go back to from time to time.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Morey (46) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2012
12oz bottle. There is a code of some sort stamped on the side of neck, but itís smeared pretty good. Last I heard, Ballast Point still wasnít bottle dating, but hopefully thatís changed.

Appearance: Pours orange in color with pretty good clarity. Thereís a touch of haze, but this oneís fairly clear. Off-white head stood about a finger tall initially, but has settled to a thin and spotty layer after only a few minutes. Thereís some lacing being left behind with each sip.

Aroma: A good mix of citrus and pine in the aroma. Iím definitely getting orange and grapefruit, but Iím also detecting a touch of blue spruce if you will. Very appealing to say the least.

Taste: The bitterness jumps in the drivers seat right from the get-go. After that, the citrus and pine carry over from the aroma and take hold of your palate. Thereís a touch of sweetness towards the middle, and itís needed! Bitter hops linger on through the finish and LONG after the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with an aggressive bitterness and moderate carbonation.

Overall: A top 10 IPA .....hands down.

Moreyís Bottom Line: As I mentioned, this beer is one of the few IPAs that Iíve had that combines both citrus and pine, which makes it somewhat unique in my opinion. Iím very confident that I could easily pick this beer out in a blindfolded IPA tasting. Recommended.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
schlitzfaced (46) - Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2013
poured from bottle into pint glass. pours a hazy golden orange in color,leaving a thin head which dissapates quickly. Hoppy aroma with apricot . very tasty


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