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RATINGS: 1988   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.


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4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
philipmeese (84) - Rowayton, Connecticut, USA - JUN 16, 2013
Bomber from Craft Beer Cellar in Belmont (love that place!). Pours clear golden with goodly white, foamy head. Aroma of malty fermenting beer/slight alcohol, pine and slight background orange. Flavor, carried by a medium body, comes on softly and well-balanced. This is one of the most well-balanced, well-behaved and well-roundedly delicious IPA?s in my experience. It?s a crime beer like this isn?t more available on the East Coast. I would be drinking this every week if i could find it, and I?ve been looking for weeks now!


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
punkska101 (975) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 21, 2014
Bottle thx heather and frank A: peaches, citrusy, grapefruit app: light hazy white head and good lacing t/p: med body with moderate long bitter finish. Moderate carbonation.o: good. I am under the impression that I would have given a higher score if the bottle was fresher.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MisoW (1788) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 21, 2014
Bottle from trade with StefanSD, many thanks for this one. Pours clear orange color, white head. Aroma is very hoppy, citrusy, grapefruit, orange. Taste is bitter, medium sweet, hoppy, grapefruit, orange zest. Very good IPA.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MarinEvelyn (589) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2014
sharp, crisp, summer-like aroma. Lots of hops, citrus, some spices. Taste is similar with hints of lemon and orange, mixed with a little grassy herb. very delicious.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Voodoo (352) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Pours a clear amber with a dense head which lingers......aroma of banana, lemon.....taste is citrusy and grassy with a nice malt sweetness tailing off into pleasant bitterness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerhunter111 (8335) - Hasborn, GERMANY - DEC 19, 2014
Minimal trübes goldenes Bier mit einer ordentlichen weißen Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr hopfig, fruchtig, bitter, exotische Früchte, Aprikose. Geschmack sehr fruchtig malzig, kräftig gehopft, mild bitter, Aprikosen, sehr harmonisch und gelungen, gut!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Davros (2027) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 18, 2014
Pours amber with a large, lasting head. Nose shows sweet clean malt, resinous hops, piny notes and a little citrus. Enticing. Great balanced flavours, again there’s a mix of sweet clean malt and piny, resinous hops. Some spicy notes as well. Superbly balanced, very drinkable.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CraftyBeerTour (78) - Barcelon, SPAIN - DEC 16, 2014
12oz can. Lively pour. Peachy zesty aroma. Frothy off white head. Golden brite and bubbly. Highlight is the smooth creamy mouthfeel that contrasts with some tangy, tonsil-itching bitterness. Fruity lightness of flavor belies 7% abv. Superb.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Torrefacto (653) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 16, 2014
Cobrizo limpio y espuma blanca. Aromas de uva, mango, pomelo y pino. Cuerpo medio y meloso con sabores afrutados de melocotón, cítricos de pomelo y final de amargor intenso y redondo que recuerda a la resina y el pino. Muy rica.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pjames317 (89) - Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2014
Fresh 12oz bottle. Aroma is so fruity, with rounded harmonious notes of dried mango, pineapple concentrate, fresh berries and a sweet, understated malt presence that doesn’t allow the beer to meander too far into one-dimensional juicy fruit territory. The "sting" comes from an initial wave of piney hops combined with generous carbonation. Interesting hop profile in that juicy, fruit forward aromatics juxtapose nicely with slightly harsh, dry piney hops. This IPA definitely has it all; finishes a little dry for my palate and would like the fruit forward hops to be featured more in the flavor but all in all a great beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
seymour (1473) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Poured from bottle into a Spieglau IPA glass. Clear light orange amber with persistent off-white foam and lace. Malty, honey, faint caramel, with a rich Munich-like sweetness to support the intense grapefruity American hops, equally strong flowery essence unusual in these flagship West Coast IPA. Great strength, no unpleasant alcoholic heat. Medium body, well-rounded mouthfeel, long-lasting hops-forward aftertaste. Really good stuff. I’ll have to get this again next time I’m in California or Illinois.


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