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RATINGS: 1884   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fsouth25 (19) - - OCT 22, 2013
From a 12-oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden. Citrusy malt aroma. Grapefruit and faint flora aroma. Three-inch head dissipates to a quarter-inch white head. Citrusy flavors, with pine and herbs. Hint of grapefruit at finish. Clean and crisp mouthfeel. Drinks like a pale ale with a burst of herbal, pine and citrus flavors. Very nice IPA. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ordybill (23) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - SEP 2, 2014
Ballast Point Sculpin is listed by many as a great beer. I am often times leery of mass approval of anything, with that in mind I gave this IPA a try. it was poured into a pint glass and did have a very pleasing light color for an IPA. The aroma was strong but not overpowering and when I took the first sip, I realized many voters are just towing the party line. I like IPAs but I get the since many of these brews are made the "drier" the better and to me that takes away from savoring the flavor. I would drink it again but I don’t consider this a fantastic brew. I prefer Ballast Point’s Wahoo White which I consider to be an excellent brew. But for the craft beer aficionado this beer would be well worth a sample beer or two to see if it is your cup of tea (so to speak)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
alex_alkis (269) - SWEDEN - SEP 2, 2014
The aroma is tangy with lots of fruit, like grapefruit and banana. The taste is sweet and strong with hops. Very well balanced West coast IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
njnut (232) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Poured from tap into Chimay glass a nice amber with white head and lace. Aroma was grapefruit and a bit floral. Taste to me was a better balance between the hops and malt. It was grapefruit not doubt but not a bomb. Med body. Really liked this one, a winner for sure.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
kidobutai (353) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2014
poured from a bottle. Typical grapefruit ipa, small head, clear orange color, hoppy finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
demmbonz (525) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 30, 2014
71 day old 12oz bottle to snifter. Crystal clear copper. White head. I wonder how fresh it needs to be to live up to the hype. Still good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
StevieT (584) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 30, 2014
From a bottle. Pours orange with a thin white head, floral hop aroma, huge palate of hops with grapefruit punch that lingers. No hint of the alcohol, a great beer that is an excellent example of an American IPA.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Tazahemani22 (5) - The Woodlands, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2014 does not count
Darn good ipa. worth every cent too, though they sure do add up on this one. nose is citrusy for sure. tastes just as so in addition to some lighter fruits. this brew doesnt molest you with a ton of ibu’s although very much prevalent in the hops department. goes down ultra smooth but crisp with not too much linger. gives a very profuse mouth feel that is very enjoyable. looks like we gotta winner folks!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GJF (1245) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - AUG 26, 2014
Bomber from Andy--thanks! A citrusy west coast ipa with a good dose of orange flavor, pine. I found it a little thin and kind of sharp, but generally quite drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
IPAfreak (1) - Little Rock, Arkansas, USA - AUG 24, 2014 does not count
Found a bottle at the Carrefour in Sorocaba, Brazil of all places. The smell was pretty intoxicating. A deep tropical mix of mango, papaya, passion fruit. The pour was golden orange with a slight haze. Heavy bitterness up front like a danky pine then opens up with hints of apricot, peach and the previous tropical mix. Very balanced throughout and good as lacing from the fresh malt.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rentonj7 (31) - USA - AUG 20, 2014
Medium amber body with powerful head. Nose has lots of citrus, but more varied than usual - notes of other tropical fruits like mango, maybe pineapple. Also some hints of the malt backbone. Taste is equally complex. Along with the tropical fruits there are hints of pine. Mouthfeel is generous with a tiny bit of cloy yet a dry finish. This beer opens up as it warms towards the bottom of the glass. It’s worth waiting to judge it until you’ve finished the glass - it lives up to the hype.

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