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RATINGS: 2306   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
birderbeerer (112) - Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2011
Golden, amber, copper with a white, two-finger, frothy head. Smells piney, not super big (reminder that this one isn’t imperial), malt comes through as toast, butter, and a bit of caramel. Standard ipa aroma and no citrus or fruit. The tastes come through in cycles. First is hops, pine leads. Then malt, mostly butter, some biscuit, a little bread, and in there is some fruit. Bit of pineapple and a tinge of grapefruit. Then pine comes back into the mix. A well-rounded ipa, that approaches drinking like a double. Multiple flavors are present. It’s not hop or malt dominant. It’s also not totally pine or fruit dominant. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mixmasterob (983) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 17, 2011
Bottle courtesy of Pollack. Light golden hazy pour with a small white cap of foam. Didn’t leave much lace. Aroma was subtle hints of tropical fruits, mango and peach. Delightfully fresh smelling. Tasted of light fruit, more bitter than anything else, incredibly smooth and soft on the palate. Light fruity finish, bittersweet. Medium to full body, carbonation light. Overall a good IPA, comparable to a 2HA but lacked something to make it great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcos (1710) - Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2012 A really nice IPA, but for some reason it tasted a little bit thin to me. But overall, pretty strong.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (5814) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2011
Sampled at an ESBLS tasting at Bigelo’s. A hazy dingy gold beer with a big soapy white head. Nice lacing. Very nicely done! Soft citrus flavors with peppery spice, bread, some bitterness. This one has a cool personality. Pretty much what one wants in an IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Plovmand (7102) - Helsinge, DENMARK - APR 5, 2011
Bottle. Pours hazy deep golden with a medium white head. The aroma has loads of exotic fruit like passion fruit, mango, pineapple, citrus, lime and caramel. Very fresh and quaffable flavour of mango, citrus, orange, passion fruit, caramel, light pine and grape fruit. Lots of exotic fruit in this one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5803) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUN 8, 2011
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate orange, peach, mango, and grapefruit. It pours a mostly transparent amber with lots of sediment and a two finger off-white head. The flavor starts with moderate orange with a touch of peach and mango. The finish has moderate grapefruit with a touch of pine. Medium bodied with mild carbonation and a soft mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ulfada (257) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2011
Clear, dark golden pour. Great floral aroma. Resinous pine flavor, huge hop bite with a bitterness that lingers on the palate. Flavor that lets you know your drinking a beer! Freaking awesome!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italarican (1527) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - AUG 6, 2011
Tap at Pony Bar. Pours a pale gold. Loads of perfume in both the nose and flavor. Some juicy grapefruit notes as well. Great hops bite backed by flowers and perfume. Awesome IPA!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hirigalzkar (2593) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2011
Sample @ SBWF 2011. Grape. Pineapple. In other words: citrus candy. Serious bitterness. Some nice gooseberry notes in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
probstblueribbon (3351) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 21, 2011
12 fl oz bottle from Bieropholie, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.

App.: Clear amber with a nice fluffy off-white foam. Aroma: Strong, juicy, fruity C-hops, grapefruit, pine/resin, peppery citrus, a touch of eucalyptus?, a little peach/apricot, not much in the way of malts, a touch dusty/musty. Palate: Medium body, moderate effervescence with some prickly bubbles. Flav.: More malts – caramel, a bit brothy and mashy, still plenty of pine/resin, less of the juicy, fruity hop notes, light apricot and other fruits, a touch of eucalyptus/menthol, brown/burnt sugar; dry with good bitterness and a pleasantly balanced finish of C-hops, brown/burnt sugar and light dusty/musty notes.

Pretty nice.

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