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RATINGS: 2171   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Underdogs88 (259) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 4, 2013
Strong citrus, grapefruit aroma. No malt on the nose. The appearance is slightly hazy with a light gold color. The flavor is super hoppy with a lingering bitterness on the finish. The malt is very light on flavor. The mouthfeel is medium -light and the beer coats the mouth on the finish. The carbonation is medium. Overall it's really hoppy for an IPA, tastes like a double IPA. I enjoyed drinking it and will order it again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ulfada (257) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2011
Clear, dark golden pour. Great floral aroma. Resinous pine flavor, huge hop bite with a bitterness that lingers on the palate. Flavor that lets you know your drinking a beer! Freaking awesome!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vvesside (256) - California, USA - APR 7, 2013
Pretty killer IPA. Lots of floral hops with sweet fruit and citrus. Crisp and refreshing.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bnielsen13 (256) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - SEP 3, 2013
Pours golden with a white head. Aroma is resin, pine, citrus, very hoppy. Flavor is sweet malt, citrus, pine, resin. Delicious.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
julesjis (256) - Oregon, USA - NOV 3, 2014
Poured from a 22. Color is a light, peachy type color. First sip is very sweet, almost fruity. This beer definitely has the "tropical fruit" hops. Lots of hints of papaya and warm San Diego sunsets! Very well balanced. Great beer!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerFlavoredBeer (254) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 16, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2013 Exceptional, really. Very well balanced across a great range of temperatures, which is rare for American IPAs I think. Very crisp, bitter, and refreshing when served very cold. Lots of citrus notes. The malts come out as it warms. Once it hits around 50-55F after sitting for a bit, it becomes full and well-rounded. The hop profile is excellent, for the style, and has a aromatic presence and a finish that easily make it one of the best IPAs I have had. Highly recommended. Update 5/6/13: I found a bottle marked "Enjoy By 4/20/13", indicating that as of today, it was bottled about 135 days ago. Figured it would be a good experiment. At this age, the citrus has dropped off considerably. The hop flavors are very hollow and papery with only some minor resinous pine and some dry bitterness left. It has definitely become a different beer. Closer to a Stone IPA.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tdmuel (251) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 4, 2013
Aroma - Citrus, lots of lemon rind and pineapple. Appearance - Creamy white head, hazy golden orange color. Taste - Lots of citrus up front, piney bitterness at the end. Overall - Very well balanced, full bodied bitter IPA.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Koyo (251) - SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2011
Sample at Stockholm Beer and Whiskey Festival 2011. Aroma has a lot of tropical fruits, mango, pineapple and other sweet aromas. Taste has a punch of bitterness but balanced by a heavy malt base with sweetness that rounds the beer off as it goes down.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkade8883 (250) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2010
Bonused from snojerk321. Thanks Torry! Pours clear golden with medium carbonation. Aroma is citrus and the slighest touch of thiol, but not terribly strong. Drinks dry with nice bitterness but not too much flavor. Easy to drink, but not what I had been expecting. Still a well-made beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ljstephenson (249) - Enterprise, Alabama, USA - OCT 14, 2013
Dark yellow-orange pour with thin white head. Aroma is strong hops and citrus. Flavor is extreme hops, heavy citrus, light malt. Finish is dry & hoppy, fairly soft mouthfeel. Not as big of a fan of this IPA as others, mostly due to the dry-hop feel to it.


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