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RATINGS: 2353   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
peteinSD (1435) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 7, 2010
22 oz. bottle into a .5L glass. Light copper color with an inch+ clean white head. Steady carbonation. Healthy amount of foam clinging to the glass. Light pine scent followed by potent, fresh hops and subtle peach/lemon aroma. Crisp, slightly dry hops on the taste with a clean finish. Quite up there among the best IPAs I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy - would love to get this straight from the tap at the brewery (I’ll put that on my "to do" list).

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dchmela (2890) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2010
Thanks to Tom for this awesome bottle. Light orange brown pour. Huge citrus, mango, peach and pine hop aroma. So tropical and awesome. Taste is bright and crisp malt with a light citrus hop bitterness. Amazing light bitterness. Delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2010
Appearance: Slightly cloudy, more towards golden than orange, with a 1 finger white crown that shows some retention and lacing. This looks like my kind of IPA! Smell: Not the most pungent IPA, but still a fairly impressive array of grapefruit citrus notes and floral hop notes over a pale malt. Taste: Grapefruit and a slight pine note coupled with grass. Nice amount of hop bitterness without much astringency! Mouthfeel: I’m not sure on this one. It’s a touch chewy, seems a touch undercarbonated, but is fairly spot on. Drinkability: Fantastic for a brew with so much hop goodness. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 08-18-2009

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonusWagner (1872) - Florida, USA - MAY 23, 2010
I drank Alpha King for the first time earlier today, and this beer is eerily similar, but to me it is a decent bit inferior in quality. It starts with a rather boring appearance, a golden color verging slightly into orange territory but with a head that fades quickly and leaves little or no lacing. The nose is of similar quality to AK, with mango absolutely jumping out and a slight note of pineapple juice acidity. The taste is good, but not as pleasant as that of Alpha King, being less varied in its fruity flavors and also shockingly bitter. I appreciate some bitterness in my beers; Pliny the Elder is probably my favorite beer for drinking in a session, but Sculpin is a bit less graceful than that beer and takes a hit because of it. The palate is nice, with a medium body and decent malt smoothness mostly on the front end. Overall, Sculpin is a really, really good beer. A 4.1 makes this very clear. But I do wonder if I would have like this beer a lot more with just a slightly lower IBU level.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sundevil27 (47) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 30, 2010
Into a wine glass, poured a nice golden color with a thin lace of head. Different citrus hints off the nose. Overall a smooth and well balanced IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slipstream (2281) - USA - MAY 30, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2011 On tap at Capone’s, consumed as Roy Halladay was pitching his perfect game on the bar TV. But I was more interested in the IPAs than the IPs and Hs and Ks. Excellent aroma on this very West Coast IPA. Dry, herbal, and astringent, with lots of pine. Sharp, with lime and tropical fruit notes, and the flavor gets richer as it warms a bit. Sculpin is a remarkably good beer, in what has been an excellent week for rating IPAs. Rerated upwards in 2011.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
brainlair (236) - Maryland, USA - MAY 31, 2010
On tap at Capone’s on 5/29/2010. Pale yellow, mostly transparent with a bit of head. Aroma has lots of clean pinecone hops, very similar to PTE, but a bit less dry. Flavor has lots of pinecone hops, good bitterness, some flowery and herbal character. A faint vegetal astringency and a touch of sweetness are all that separate it from PTE. Good carbonation and mouthfeel, hoppy bitterness finishes it nicely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DialSquare (3666) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2010
On tap at smokin joes in pittsburgh. Pine and floral hop aroma. Nice tart grapefruit taste. Somehow really well balanced for a brew that tastes like flowers. Light caramel malts. Smooth finish. Great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2010
Bottle from PeteinSD
Awesome aroma dripping of resinous hop oils. The flavor is a little lighter than the aroma and has some more fruit than the aroma would lead you to believe. Grapefruit surrounded by cannabis. A DIPA aroma with a lighter IPA flavor and body. Good stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fred82 (2123) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 27, 2010
Bomber thanks to Amy
Appearance : Clear pale yellow big foamy and creamy head. Extensive lacing.
Aroma : Fresh and green hops. Very leafy and slightly floral. Nice notes of mangos. Quite malty. Light notes of honey.
Taste : Some spices. Lots of malt. Leafy hops with fruity mango notes. I was expecting a bit more hops considering the powerful nose. Finish is slightly resinous. Rather bitter.
Overall : Amazing nose, leafy and fruity hops. Taste is a bit disappointing compared to the nose but still very good. Highly drinkable with a nice sharp but light bitterness that only makes it even more drinkable. Nice crisp bitter finish. Amazing beer !

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