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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 30, 2006
@ the homebrew store - Straight clear gold, thin white creamy head. Nose was just freakin loaded with pine, pine needle, pine resin, pine everything! Oh yeah, just a hint of grapefruit I suppose. Deep bitter flavor from start to finish. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, super hoppy finish. Any sign of sweet malt would have upped the score even more, but I personally always dig a good hop bomb...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 17, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2008 Serious need of a re-rate as the first time I rated this it came right after a pint of Elder so this seemed like crap. Bomber from the Homebrewmart brewery. Pours much yellower than I expected with a big 3 finger creamy tan head. Nose is sweet, grassy and hoppy. Taste is sweet and hoppy with a very piney grassy feeling, a different but big and good IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2008 Bottle sampled on 5/5/08: Pours a transparent orange bronze with a stringy-lacing white head. Aroma of fresh resiny grapefruity hops and a nice, pale malty sweetness. Starts with good fullness and sweet caramel flavor with a crisp, citrusy flavor and bittering hop balance toward a refreshing bittersweet finish. A very nice and drinkable IPA.

Sampled on cask at O’Briens on 11/30/06: Pours a clear hazy golden bronze with a well-lacing white head. Aroma of sweet pale malt with lots of fresh grapefruity hops. Body starts with a nice, full pale and toasty caramel malty sweetness along with lots of fresh floral piny hops toward a crisp, clean, very drinkable finish. A nice IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - APR 27, 2007
On tap at the Linkery, Sweet and bitter with lots of citrus and slight pine. It has a caramel/honey backbone that comes with a hearty dose of malts to balance the big hop kick. Very clean and fresh, its actually between a double and a regular IPA. Very tasty a fruity finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUN 19, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2010 On tap @ the Liars’ Club - Pours a clear golden color with a one finger thick off white head. Light lacing. Aroma is pine, citrus, and floral hops. Flavor is big citrus (oranges) and pine hops with a touch of malt sweetness. A smooth, medium body beer. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 12, 2007
Clear, strongly-hued sunshine yellow. Very sharp, dank, resiny aroma. Tangerine, orange zest, basil (?!) - all come through in very modular, defined aroma. Thinnish, elegant but dusty maltiness, anchored by rich notes of mango, tangerine and cantaloupe. Creamy, judiciously carbonated finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - AUG 13, 2007
Draft at O’Brien’s. Lots of citrus and apricot fruit aromas off this light coppery brew wtih a really nice white head. Flavors were similar with more on the citrus side. Grapefruit turned to pine somewhat as it warmed. Sweet fruits with a nice malty backbone. Pretty full mouth feel. Very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 20, 2007
UPDATED: APR 6, 2008 rerate: 6Apr2008 - bottle, shared by steiny updated reating to 4.0 fm 3.8 -------& tap at ballast point’s anniv party clear golden, very hoppy, almost like hop juice. Very much a great example of a San Diego IPA

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2008
Another San Diego IPA home run. Poured from an ultra-fresh bomber. This one pours a clear orange-gold. A small, foamy, off-white head leaves random spots and snakes of lacing on the glass. Aromas are fresh and well balanced. Big notes of freshly sliced oranges, tangerines, peaches, and apricots rendezvous with bitter pine resin and hints of green grass, all over lightly sweet toffee malts and dry grains. The flavors just pop with bright citrus and stinging, bitter resin. The grass component is very green, helping to wipe the palate clean of sharp hop residue. Finishing bittersweet, with hints of butterscotch, this is a very satisfying brew. Medium-full bodied, the palate gets just a bit sticky after a few glasses. Awesome stuff from a great IPA master!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrStitch (137) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2008
Thanks to Linus_Stick for sharing. Pour was a nice golden color with a thin white head. Aroma was filled with hops and just a hint of fruit. The taste was just excellent, clean, bitter, and filled with hops that lead you right to a crisp finish that left you wanting more. Definitely a beer I would drink on the regular were it readily available here in PA.

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