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RATINGS: 1753   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Vir4030 (489) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2013
Pours a clear orange yellow with a thick head from a bottle. Nice to get a 6-pack for $15. Sweet hops and apricot is the aroma, very nice. Flavor is a really nice sweet hop on the back of the tongue. This was a great recommendation by the beer guy at Cardinal in Niles. I would have thought this beer to be more than 7%.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hopsjackster (1) - New York, USA - JUL 9, 2013 does not count
This is an exceptional beer. I can’t understand how anyone could say that this IPA is overrated. There is a strong hops flavor with only a hint of bitterness. There is also a pleasant fruitiness that lingers on the palate. On a hot summer day this IPA really hits the spot. Hats off to the brewers of this outstanding example of an American IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
maltman53 (197) - Corrales, New Mexico, USA - SEP 14, 2013
Pours hazy apricot, nice head and lasting lace, citrusy, apricot biscuits aroma, beautifully balanced sweet apricot fruit leather and hoppy middle palate, finishing full-bodied and crisp. No sign of the 7% ABV on the palate, a benchmark IPA!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
want1DIPA (205) - - OCT 20, 2013
On draft at Ballast Point. My 100 on rate beer and reasonably so! The best IPA out there! Insane hoppy aroma with a pungent, piney palate. One of the GOATs!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
mstrcrwly (183) - New York, USA - DEC 2, 2013
The second i opened the bottle and poured it into a Hoegaarden pint glass..i new this was going to be something special..golden/orange color with 1 inch white head..peach/apricot/citrus aroma..and without a doubt the best balanced IPA i’ve ever had..most people expect a west coast IPA to be just hop,hop,hop..but that’s not the case here...Ballast Point outdid themselves on this one..would drink this every day if i could..

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mbfrease20 (2) - Georgia, USA - JAN 14, 2014 does not count
This beer is freaking great. Strong hoppy flavor, nice bite in the middle of the taste, and smells wonderful! This is a must drink beer!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
eaglefan538 (2830) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Ticked this before but never rated. Not sure why. I’ve had cases before and two kegs of it. Funny how that happens. Pour is orange in color, always a nice generous white to off-white colored head, solid retention, some ringed lacing too. The aroma is citrus, pine, tropical fruits, faint spicey notes. Flavor follows, grapefruit rind-like bitterness, the tropical, peachy lighter fruits (berries even?) all do wonders for this thing. Darn, this thing is beautifully bitter at the same time. Full body, moderate carbonation. A delight, a studly IPA, among my top 3 or 5 area-obtainable IPAs in life.... ever....

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fr5ed (54) - Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2013
This is an amazing, clean, crisp, complex, delicious IPA. Full spectrum of hop aromas and flavors: pine resin, melon, pineapple, orange, lemon grass along with a slight sweet malty base.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bucs572000 (234) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 8, 2013
Got this beer for a gift. Aroma is a citrusy hoppy scent. Wow very hop forward, nice blend of citrus and tropical fruit. Love this Ipa!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
88DrawTap (13) - Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2013
Malt aroma w/hints of mango. Taste has bitterness, followed by malt, followed by hop taste of orange/grapefruit awesomeness. Carbonation is a little much on the tongue. Color is yellow with orange hues and is brilliantly clear.

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