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RATINGS: 1875   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.


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
stonelis (38) - Kutztown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2010
Poured a hazy orange with a thick 3 finger head. Nice lacing. Aroma is incredible, citrus and floral hops. Light to medium body. Light to medium carbonation. Good mix of grapefruit, mango and pine. Very drinkable. This just might be my favorite IPA yet.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
can8ianben (1315) - Souderton, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2013 Holy cow, this might be my new favorite beer. Smooth and delicious with a juicy grapefruit aroma. Oozes hops, and delicious IPA flavor. Incredible. VERY smooth drinking for such a big beer. If this were more readily available, Iíd drink it all the time. Near perfection in my book. Iíve never had anything better.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tdtm82 (668) - Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2010
Bottle; shared many thanks with Angelo. WOW. Massive hoppy nose, hold out so well in the fridge, great lacing, slightly hazy coppy pale appearance, lovely yeast clean yeast strain, strong tropical fruits and grapefruit, really big and bold and aggressive on the tongue, lovely US bittereness, hops are just bang on gorgeous, I enjoyed this more than Pilny, baby this rocks. Loads of candy, great dry fruity finish, succulant down the throat and damn damn drinkable. One hell of an insane top big bold US ipa which should be setting titanic waves accross the industry. Stunning. Thanks mate. Legend. Damn I need to cool down.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
EastBayPints (20) - California, USA - MAR 19, 2012
Aroma: This is a colorful beer with instantly recognizable aromas. Nice bouquet. Fuzzy winter peach up front. Bright Citrus, grapefruit, pineapple and mango is hushed by slight floral and pine hops. Piney hops are very aromatic and green. Appearance: Creamy cake icing head with big bubbles nice lacing and retention. Brilliant golden to light copper color. Clear and nice natural carbonation. Taste: Nice balance between sweet roasted caramel malts and delicate citric and pine hops. Not overly bitter. Alcohol is hidden behind a nice complex array of flavors. Hops have a slightly noble bite. Palate: Creamy. Balanced. An easy drinking IPA. Medium bite of bitterness. Nicely refreshing. Overall: Refreshing and balanced. Worth the few extra bucks this thing costs. A hop aroma like this is hard to come by. It also helps that this beer reminds me of a sandy beach on a warm summer day.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JuniperJesus (6) - CHICAGO, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2012 does not count
The citrus and tropical aromas immediately seduce you into the secluded part of the world where tourists disappear and legendary tales begin. Are you ready for adventure? Sculpin lets you know sheís not your everyday IPA as soon as you wash up on the shore. She flashes her delicate pineapples and you finally wrap your tongue around her sweet mangoes for the first time. You see little difference between the celestial bodies as both the sun and her white gold complexion refresh your soul and tingle your libido. Her hops playfully nibble and bite, but never lose sight of why you came. She wants to satisfy but she doesnít want you to leave. Each sip is a tease that both surprisingly exceeds legend and leaves you yearning for more. You want her again and again. Her siren song calls you and you only. This is why youíre lost, sailor. Itís because you want to be.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
grunx (367) - - AUG 20, 2012
Sense cap mena de dubte una de les millors IPAís que he provat. Enviada directament des dels Estats Units per un bon amic. Fresca, equilibrada, llarga... Un 10!!!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fackbesokare (13) - - OCT 13, 2012
Amazing surprise to find this beer in Sweden. perfection? hops aroma and taste very fresh, head retention and flawless appearance. It makes my mouth water just thinking about it.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
pedrobud1 (1) - - DEC 31, 2012 does not count
I love IPA and this was the best IPA I have had. Great flavor, appearance, and aroma. Highly recommended

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jpwooten (8) - - FEB 23, 2013 does not count
Probably the best IPA available in bottles in Texas, as we donít get FFF, Bells etc. My measure against all others, here anyways.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
neontb (49) - - FEB 27, 2013
Bottle pour into a tulip. When I find a good highly rated IPA that I havent ever had I try to compare it to the best IPA I know I can find. Today its Sculpin vs. Bellís Two Hearted poured into identical glasses. I am a huuugggeee fan of two hearted so this is going to be a tough one, but here goes. Aroma: I gotta say sculpin wins on this one, helluva good tropical fruit aroma. Two hearted has the classic hop aroma, but sculpin is more nuanced, fruity and more tropical than most. I also have to give the appearance category to sculpin. Pours a good 1 inch head that sticks around. Its a clearer golden than two hearted with nice lacing that sticks to the side of the glass. Taste: Two hearted is so balanced piney and citrus, thats what I love about it, but the sculpin is so tropical. Ton of pineapple and mango, damn good too. These are so different in taste. Sculpin reminds me quite a bit of Shlafly Tasmanian almost in that pineapple mango. Each has its merits, and because they are so different the taste between these two is a toss up. I sat them both to warm up a bit, they were a touch too cold, but after waiting 20 minutes the tastes are better on both- but still a tie. I call tie on taste category. Overall: geez, two hearted has met its match. Even though sculpin won in aroma and appearance I think I have to call tie, but that is saying something huge(I have done the compare ratings with two hearted coming out on top over Racer 5, GD Titan, Stone IPA, Loose Cannon Hop3, Rogue Yellow Snow, Founders Centennial, 60 minute, etc.) They are very different. albeit American IPAís. If you like pine and citrus two hearted is a god that will never disappoint. Sculpin is more interesting and may be the best IPA I have ever had that is heavy handed on the tropical flavors (other than Bellís hopslam). You canít go wrong with either of these. Unbelievable ale, I just wish it wasnt quite so expensive. Two hearted is a bit cheaper around me (DC area) so Iíll stick with that, but Sculpin will be a nice treat from now on. Well done Ballast Point.


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