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RATINGS: 1997   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrianDorry55 (333) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2011
22oz bottle. Pours a golden yellow with an orange tint and a medium white head. Aroma is fantastic of apricots, pineapple, grapefruit, lemons, and hops. Flavor is lemons, pineapple, grapefruit and pine. Medium body with a little heat. Great IPA.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
williamherbert (1329) - Syracuse, New York, USA - JUN 5, 2011
Aroma is citrusy hops, tangerine and lemon. Nothing but sweet goodness. The appearance is banana yellow, tiny bubbles of carbonation. Fluffy head; decent spotty lace. Very "pale." The flavor is citrus: tangerine, orange, lemon, hint of apple skins. Very sweet with just a hint of pale malts. Meshes beautifully. A touch of dry yeast at the finish. The palate is slightly fizzy and juicy. Very hefty finish. A little dry. (It reminds me of Rogue Yellow Snow, So. Tier Krampus.) This is a sweet, summery IPA and a damn good one.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
48FanInCali (747) - California, USA - JUN 8, 2011
On Nitro tap at brewery. Beautiful golden pour with thick, puffy, white head that only nitro can do. Nose is citrus, pine, and some tropical fruits. Taste follows the nose but the hops are dialed down a little compared to other IPAs. Mouthfeel is crazy good and creamy.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GRM (3084) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 11, 2011
Sample, Mondial de la bière, savoured on June 8 2011; eye: golden, clear, light effervescence, tiny ring of kaki head; nose: citrusy hops, grapefruit, orange; mouth: citrusy hops, grapefruit, orange, finale in bittering hops with presence of grapefruit, full body, good carbonation, rather bitter, mild astringency, grainy texture; overall: quite good FRANÇAIS Échantillon, Mondial de la bière, savourée le 8 juin 2011; œil : dorée, claire, légère effervescence, petit anneau de mousse kaki; nez : houblon citrique, pamplemousse, orange; bouche : houblon citrique, pamplemousse, orange, finale en houblon amérisant avec présence de pamplemousse, corsée, bonne carbonatation, plutôt amère, astringence moyenne, texture granuleuse; en résumé : bien bon

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OmegaX (1283) - Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2011
Thanks to Chipalsa for the bottle share! Magnificent aromas of grassy/herbal notes and solid grapefruit/pine hoppiness. Pour was hazy and had quickly dissipating head and thin lacing. Flavors were well balanced leaving a hoppy citrus and pine flavor on the tongue with caramel malts settling in as well. Great stuff.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zach8270 (3585) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2011
(bottle - 22 oz) Slightly hazy orange pour with a very thin white head and mild carbonation. Very sweet and fruity hop aroma. Lots of citrus notes. Flavor is mild, a lot milder than I thought it’d be, with a sweet and slightly grapefruity flavor. Finishes with a very light bitter peppery note with a lingering bitter aftertaste.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 20, 2011
[Bottle] Lightly hazed orangey amber hue, soft pillowy enduring foam. Sweet fruitiness to the hoppy aroma, orange and grapefruit, very aromatic. Plenty of hops on the palate, slightly dry orange at first followed by a mild, light biscuity malt then a big strong grapefruit finish.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boliv (1149) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2011
Bomber. Pours slightly hazy and bright orange with hints of yellow, topped with a 2-finger meringue-like off-white head. Nice retention, with rings of thick and creamy lacing left behind as the head recedes. The aroma is vibrant spicy pine, lemon and grapefruit peel, candied mango, and peach. The flavor is tart lemon peel, spicy pine and earth and dirt, and slight mango. Nice bitterness present initially and in the finish. Light to medium body and medium carbonation, slightly warming, and a bit tangy. Really tasty, I’m glad this showed up in town. [747]

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5095) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2014 Rated on IPA day. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a very cloudy apricot color with a medium sized foamy orange-white head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was strong grapefruit, pine, lemon and pineapple. The flavor was bitter,t art and tangy with strong pine and grapefruit and light notes of lemon, orange and perfume. The finish was long with pine, grapefruit and orange lingering. Medium body. Well done.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - AUG 5, 2011
12oz bottle unknown date. Served around 45F. Thanks to Ryan for this unexpected extra!

Pours lightly hazy golden amber with a three finger fluffy white head that holds a great cap and leaves nice spotty lacing.

Aroma is lemon, apricot, floral & grassy hops, some light tropical fruits, some melon, a bit of pineapple, some orange and grapefruit, caramel and bready malt. Good to very good strength.

Flavor is citrus, lemon, orange, grapefruit, some pineapple and apricot, a little bit resinous, balanced against some bread and light caramel malt, finishes with very good bitterness. Minimal alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a bit oily, medium carbonation.

An excellent IPA for sure although the hype train leaves a tad bit to be desired, particularly in the aroma department. I’m stoked to finally get a chance to try Sculpin and while it may not be quite everything I had hoped it is still a fantastic IPA and one I would seek out again.


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