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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 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 (1100) - 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 (5850) - 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 (3252) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 3, 2008
(22oz. bottle) Pours a clear orange body with a medium-sized off-white head. Fruity aroma of apricot, pineapple, peaches, and grapefruit. Flavor of apricot/floral/citrusy hops, toastiness, and caramel malt with a lightly syrupy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (13318) - Washington DC, USA - APR 6, 2008
(22oz bottle, thanks kmweaver) Clear golden body topped by minimal white head. Aroma is medium sweet, pine, catty, light caramel. Taste is medium sweet, catty, some grapefruit, pine. Medium body, faint acidity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 15, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2012 22oz from South Bay. Wow, this is yet another killer IPA from San Diego. Is there any doubt remaining that this area owns this style? I love the pale orange pour, slightly cloudy, with a big foamberg of a head. Big aroma of juicy hops, heavy on the tropical fruit for sure. I was skeptical reading about notes of mango, but nope, they’re in there. Not as sticky and resinous as the Dorado, but as rich and satisfying in its way - more quaffable, the fruit and hops practically sing. If there’s a breakfast stout, can we call this a breakfast IPA?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeSammy (616) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - MAY 8, 2008
Strong citrus bitter hop nose. Gold amber, with a small head and great lacing. A little syrupy. Tart acidity undertones. Citrus hops dominate the palate, lemon, grapefruit. Bitter hop carbonation, and slight lingering bitterness aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sunevdj (3965) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2008
Bottle at toncatcher’s. Pours a clear yellow with an off-white head. Quite bitter. and very hoppy of grapefruits. Light alcohol notes. Medium bodied. Soft carbonation. Bitter finish with metallic notes.

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