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RATINGS: 2350   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 3, 2005
22-Aug-05 (Draft: Ballast Point Brewing Co. in San Diego, CA) Even with this tiny sample glass that Ballast Point uses, lots of grapefruit is blasting my nostrils, and the flavor is strong grapefruit too, but not overly bitter. Nice pale malt body is somewhat sweet and provides a soft-spoken base for the hops to work off. With the eight (or so) hops used in this IPA, it has a complex hoppiness, and that complexity is plainly illustrated when this beer is compared side-by-side with Big Eye IPA. In addition to grapefruit, the bright hops flavors take on an herbal and tea aspects as well, something I donít get with the Big Eye. And Big Eye is a much maltier and balanced IPA than North Star, which shows more fruitiness and orange citrus. Yellow in color, fully clear, with an off-white head. I definitely prefer this to Big Eye, but apparently North Star will be draft only, and will not be a regular offering.

28-Aug-05 (Draft: Liarsí Club in San Diego, CA) Okay, I can actually sample this beer in a REAL glass. And wow, this is one of the best smelling IPAs Iíve ever experienced. Orange citrus, pine and fresh passion fruit like you wouldnít believe, but youíve had to have eaten fresh passion fruit out of the shell. The flavor is similar, tons of passion fruit and pine and citrus. Moderately bitter and hoppy, but the malt is light and barely perceptible. Medium bodied, clean and crisp from start to finish. Medium gold color. The off-white head pours to half-an-inch in height, settles to a rim, and leaves minimal lacing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 6, 2007
Tasted at Ballast Point. Light orange color with a fizzy white head. Good hoppy aroma of pine and citrus. Very good piney hop taste transitioning to a smooth sweet caramel flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - JUN 16, 2007
Golden appearance with good white head.Mellow hop aromas. Smooth pleasant IPA. Not too complex or of great depth but enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - JUN 19, 2007
What can I say? Itís Ballast Point, itís an IPA, Itís really good. This town is full of IPAís and this is one of the finest. Wish BP would bottle this as I like it a tad bit better than Big Eye.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
riversideAK (5827) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2008 Aroma is pine sour hoppiness and a sweet vanilla kind of thing. Pours orange - clear. Flavor is mostly pine. Some nice balanced malt blend with the hops and give it a kind of funky flavor. Like sweat socks or something, but not in a bad way really. I also got a little bit of graininess and some caramel malt. Pretty good. At this time during the night I was also pretty fucked up after many big beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - MAR 16, 2008
Light amber with a thin white head. Aroma is a nice floral, and piney hoppiness, very lovely aroma hops. Taste is a sharp pine, light bubblegum note, and a very subtle maltiness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2008
Pours a warm copper color. Aroma is spectacular, pine, sweet peaches, I am really liking this. The flavor is almost elegant, with some citrus notes coming through. I really like this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8796) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2008
Bottle thanks to Ken! Huge nose of sharp mandarin oranges - fruity, juicy, full, wow... has a definite fruit juice sugar character to the nose - while the body is thick and syrupy and frothy while still pretty crisp and sharp... resinous pine and catty simcoe hops round out a big IPA thatís not too big. Very good stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - APR 3, 2008
Courtesy hopscotch. Pours a crystal clear gold, with a small white head. Smells of big juicy citrus hops, some weed, grass, and grapefruit. Big and bold nose. The flavor is pretty big on the hops as expected, with a decent malt presence for some balance. Definitely a little more piney than fruity, although there was some grapefruit in there as well. Very good IPA, almost felt like a double to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 3, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2012 (Resampled and upper numbers since the following rating.) 22oz bottle, courtesy of WeeHeavySD. Thanks, Jon! Pours a bright, yellow-orange color; off-white head with solid retention and medium-bubbled lacing. Cat pee, citrus, and resiny overall hoppiness in the aroma; slightly watery on the edges; lemon rind and clean hop expression. Medium carbonation. Medium mouthfeel: resiny, clean citrus and catty hop bitterness; some cheese and sugar. Medium finish (lots of mediums), showing resiny citrus and grass and sugar.

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