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RATINGS: 1898   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 14, 2005
Pours with an orange-amber body topped by a medium thick head with a good amount of lacing. It’s slightly sweet and hoppy with a nice pine note and a slight citrus note. The finish is nice and hoppy. Medium bodied, smooth and very drinkable with a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 20, 2005
On draft at brewery. This is a special brew that may appear again in the future - let’s keep our fingers crossed! Pours clear dark golden color with a creamy white head that left good lacing. Aroma is all hops, very crisp, citrus, pine and herby notes. Flavor is sweet (like lemonade is sweet) but dominated by the tangy, tart hops, grapefruit, pine, grass and subtle earthy notes as well. Leaves the mouth with a wonderful tingly, pucker. Medium body and smooth carbonation. Very nice IPA, at 7.5% abv and 70 IBU’s this is bordering on a DIPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DenverLogan (796) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - AUG 8, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2013 Giant vanilla, oak, bourbon aroma, but a wild sour funky tropical fruit flavor. Giant contrast between aroma and taste, which can be fun! Yeah, there’s hops but this mofo be wild and funky, monky mamma boongie boomie yaaah...! Yummm!!! On tap at O’Briens...good thou wild tastin’ ayieeeee!!! :) Re-rate May 2013: Pours gold from 22 oz bottle. Aroma of straw hops, grarefruit, sweet malts. Flavors of big grapefruit rind, cream of tartar bitterness, pepper. Overall big and bold with big astringency.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
decaturstevo (5015) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JAN 31, 2008
At BPB. Golden yellow with creamy white goey lace. Almost the cat piss aroma that indicates excellent nose. Light citrus flavor of hops that he malt compliments well. Very good bitter finish that doesn’t kill you. Solid bodied full and rich palate with just a hint of foaminess. A very good IPA. Fine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LinusStick (2854) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2008
Trade via Stefanje. Thanks! A deliciously bitter IPA. I’ve had their IIPA and this may be better. Aroma of all hops and not much else. Pour was a medium to light gold with a thin white ring for a head. Taste was just how I like IPAs. All hops with just a hint of malt. Nice carbonation to carry the bitterness to the back of the mouth and bite the throat. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11066) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 7, 2009
Bottle from South Bay Drug. Sort of a bright copper color with a decent off-white head. Mixed aromas of grapefruit and tropical fruits. Near medium body with medium carbonation. Flavor is sort of grapefruit mango over lightly roasted caramel. Bit of a bitter hop burn in the finish. Astringent too. This is a really super drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnnyJ (4358) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 10, 2009
Excellent IPA. Pours a golden amber with sticky off-white head. Clean and floral with herbal notes. Grapefruit, pine, and some bready malt and caramel to balance it out. Really well done and easy to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 16, 2009
Orange colored with little white head. Rich aroma, WOA. Flowers, apricot, peach, pine, excellent hoppy note. Medium bodied. Flavor is more bitterly hopped with still flowers dominating in start, same apricot here too. Aftertaste lasts with this piney palate. Well, what can you say, definitely US brew, which we never get too much here in North Europe.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2560) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 1, 2009
Big for a straight IPA. Thanks to snojerk for sending another fine CA brew. Clear dark yellow color. Grassy citrus hop aroma. Mostly grapefruit hop flavor with a bit of green apple hiding in the back ground. Finish is a bitter metallic but pleasant. Running the gamut of hoppy goodness here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrChopin (3280) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2009
Thanks to snojerk321 for the bottle!
Peach-orange color, large fluffy yellowish-white head gone quickly. Nose is quite bitter but contains a lot of fruit sweetness, great stuff in orange, citrus, and cantaloupe. Flavor is downright bitter, just really hardcore stuff There’s a little sweet malt to ease it off and some hints of peach and orange, but the bitterness is direct and bold, through the long finish. Well carbonated and zesty, also a little salty. Very nice IPA, would session with pleasure.

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