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RATINGS: 2544   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
78samh (256) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Aroma is pineapple peach hops. Looks refreshing with a nice tight head. This beer is amazing! Great hop flavor though not super bitter. I will drink this again for sure.

   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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
malvrich (255) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 8, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2016 12 oz. bottle into a chalice. Bottled on the 100th day 2015 so 03/15. A: hard pour yields a lovely pale orange with attractive tan head. Great clarity. Good retention. S: Grapefruit, pine needles and slight peach. A bit of malt sweetness. T: More grapefruit than pine in taste but otherwise follows the nose. Fairly juicy and overall pretty tasty. Not very boozy tasting. M: Light for its strength and well carbonated to make a refreshing drink. O: A good tasty IPA but way overpriced. Stronger than I prefer as well but IPAs are strong. Ripped off my local HT with a 10 dollar mix-6.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kroney (254) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 6, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2013 pours golden orange with a thin white head. aroma is mostly pine and citrus peel with some peach and tropical fruit. taste is pine and grapefruit... palate is dry and sticks around a long time. very good beer.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Melker (253) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2013
Wonderful aroma. An explotion of citrus fruits. Lemon, mango, peach and grapefruit. Also some pine. Taste is light sweetness and pretty heavy bitterness.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gerbewa (253) - - DEC 27, 2014
Aroma of citrus hops with grassy floral notes. Very bitter taste balanced by citrus hop flavor. Had bomber with Amanda in garage from beverage world.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jh773 (252) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2015
Slightly hazy, light golden-yellow. Smell is rich tropical fruit, mango, peach, apricot, fresh tangerine. Taste is fresh orange peels, hints of tangerine fruit, sweet, some earth tones, bitter vegetable hop flavor. Light body, long bitter finish.

   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.

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