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RATINGS: 1990   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JW32Hoops (70) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 4, 2010
Wow, wow, wow. Iíve always been a fan of Ballast Pointís Big Eye IPA, but Sculpin takes it to a whole different level. Aroma lets you know youíre in for a hoppy ride with some sweet grapefruit notes. Pours a clean, light golden color with a standard IPA one finger, quickly dissipating head. This tasty glass of hops doesnít make sweet love to your palate, it smashes like two kids on prom night, drunk off cheap schnapps. Sweet, then bitter, then sweet again. Sculpin is intense and delicious at the same time. I gave my wife one sip of this and she said quote "I feel like it bit my mouth"...nuff said.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TappanGordo (70) - New York, USA - MAY 22, 2014
From a growler. Golden with nice head. Tropical fruit flavors. Not a hoppy as I expected. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Supertrev (70) - CHINA - SEP 17, 2014
Fantastic beer. Better than expected. Well balanced maltiness with bitterness. I will try and clone this beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JHillAustin49 (69) - round rock, Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2013
Pours a golden clear with thick off white head off draft. Smells amazing...like the perfect rippened oranges and mangos. Starts very sweet with lots of citrus sweet notes. Ends quite dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikeq215 (69) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2014
From 12oz bottle. Pours clear golden color with a big white head. Thereís a big hit of tropical fruits at the nose, a really inviting smell. The taste starts off the same, with flavors of mango, apricot, and some grapefruit. Then at the end you get the hoppy bitterness to balance it off. Really great beer, probably the best tasting IPA Iíve had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fourplayed (69) - Lakewood, California, USA - OCT 18, 2010
Aroma is mildly sweet floral, fruit, citrus, hops medium. this smells delicious. nice white head with lite lacing as it breaks up. A lite clear golden amber. small amount of tiny bubble rising up. Taste is not close to the smell. hops up front are balanced nicely with malts. The fruit, citrus sweetness is more buried than expected. Lite body to the palate not too much carbonation that holds up start to finish. Goes down easy with just enough mix of hops, malts, sweetness, bubbles to keep it interesting. Mild alcohol warmth in finish. A good brew Iíd have again

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
schlitzfaced (68) - 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pfc514 (68) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Pours goldish honey in a snifter with a finger of fizzy white head. Grapefruit, mango, and other citrus fruits in the aroma along with peachy hops (amarillo?). My favorite type of hops. Light citrus and mango flavor that blends nicely into a hop bitterness bite after the swallow. Really well done. Balanced, not overpowering like other top quality IPAs. I love the palate of this one. Not syrupy like some IPAs tend to be but fizzy and thin, which is pleasing. Refreshing. Easily one of the best IPAs Iíve had. Lives up to the hype.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DougHnut70 (67) - Livermore, California, USA - JUN 20, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2014 Bomber from Safeway poured into a tulip. Cloudy, golden with a thin head. Smells fresh, light, tropical fruits, light hoppiness. Taste starts sweet, but moves to grassy, herbal, mellow but up front hops and ends with a very dry finish. Medium body, perfect carbonation, easy to drink. That said, Iím underwhelmed due to the ratings and the price ($8 a bomber on sale!). This is a great starter into the IPAs for the uninitiated. 10.12.13 update - still feel exactly the same as above. Smells great, but tastes above average but just not worth the price ($9 bomber this time). 11.24.14 Update: Tried a fresh 6 pack that was delivered to Rajaís this week. Still feel the same - maybe even a little overrated. It has a bitter finish when compared to Pliny the Elder and Lagunitas beers (which I also had tonight). Not that itís bad - itís just the most expensive ($14/6 pack on sale) and itís not quite the best. Prefer the sweetness of Lagunitas or the lack of any bitter aftertaste of Pliny or the smoothness of Alesmith or Alpine to this one.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
mitchgt (65) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 17, 2010
First night in rented Decatur digs. Welcome to Emory. Marking the moment with this promising bottle, a cool sendoff, compliments of darn1207. A bomber. Pours golden amber orange, not cloudy yet opaque. Snow white head. Attractive. Amazing nose, all floral hops and citrus fruits. Really a great smelling brew. Light-medium bodied, slightly watery mouthfeel. Grapefruit, orange, mango, pineapple. Clean bitter aftertaste. Delicious. Nice lacing as she goes. Apricot emerges as she warms a bit. A beautiful balanced IPA that doesnít try to kick your ass.

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