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RATINGS: 1959   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.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adrosson (148) - California, USA - APR 20, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2012 I prefer a ipa with a bit more of a malt backbone. But it is a good sd style ipa.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
paytoplay (146) - , California, USA - JUN 25, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2008 Overall an exceptional beer. Very unassuming given the competition out there in CA and this style. Really seaking out more and more of the Ballast Point seasonal / rare beers has become an addiction. This was widely available, but very very quickly dissapeared, though lost forever. Very lucky that a friend had some extra bottles that got "lost" for me to have the opportunity to purchase again. Will drink 1 more soon, and keep the other 2 for the next several years. Has more oil and orange flavors than other IPA’s. Complexity of hops thru the finish is what makes this stand out. I can now see why you would ever want to buy a case of a craft beer after this experience. Usually you want to move onto the next one, here you want to come back again and again. Re-tasted again last night... This beer continues to WOW me. The smell is mesmorizing. The hops perfume are very complex and creamy on the nose. Intense and balanced. Great mid and finish also but the star is the nose. Glad I was able to buy more again this week from a hidden stache, which is now no more. Maybe rating this too low.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
evr1dr (145) - Virginia, USA - APR 13, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2010 Bomber. Pours a clear, light golden-orange with one finger off-white head. Awesome aromas here. Nose of floral, pine, orange, resin and honey. Thin lace. Light carbonation.Taste similar to nose; citrus, pine and resin with a decent malt backbone. Not too bitter or hoppy. The taste is just short of the aromas. Medium finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Vestlake (144) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - SEP 2, 2013
Bottle pour, two finger head, good lacing. Both aroma and taste are heavy on the hops. Overall, a pretty good IPA.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cafgen (143) - California, USA - APR 6, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2014 Nice orangey/amber color. Piney, citrusy and hoppy aroma with a hint of sweet. Taste is smooth, hops and citrus. A great IPA. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lightbias (142) - USA - MAY 24, 2014
Bottled on March 3 and tasted on May 24...The aroma of this beer poured into a stout glass from a bomber is tantalizing and fresh, bringing apricot, mango and a nice strong hops. The soft, off-white head is small but tenacious, clinging to the sides of my glass and a nice contrast to the soft amber of the liquid inside. A median bitter, but long lasting on my tongue and nicely fizzy without feeling over carbonated. This is a most pleasant brew, nicely balanced, fruity but not too sweet, hoppy bitter and evenly balanced in all the experiences. Another go-to brew on my favorites list!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kirk36 (142) - Peabody, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Shockingly good for an ipa. Bitter aftertaste. Commoner in the ipa style category. Lacks standout character. Pretty street. Commoner. Just like everyone else's. Why not standout from the pack? ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jstonerock24 (142) - Englewood, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2014 Aroma is of strong citrus like citra hops. Taste of strong citrusy and a mild hop after taste. This is an excellent ipa. A little more bitterness could make the flavor more pronounced other than that this is great ipa.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hrking (140) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Have had this beer on a couple occasions both fresh and a few months old. It continues to rate high but I was not overly impressed and though a well made beer I think this one is boosted by local support. Good hop balance that doesn’t overpower and decent nose. Well balanced and highly drinkable but could be a little thicker on the palate with the malt base. Overall a nice beer but does not live up to the Midwest IPA’s or other West Coast upper tier IPA’s.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
IPAGargoyleGuy (140) - Troy, NY, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2010
This reminds me of two of my other all-time favorite IPAs with the great parts of each blended together; Port Wipeout and Nugget Nectar. It has a great floral, fresh hop flavor that sticks to your palate. Unmatched freshness and plenty of citric and somewhat sweet hop flavors make up the profile but there are many subtleties. Why don’t I live in California?


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