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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.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
degbert (1483) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Bottle. Pours a warm, lambent orange-red with a low, fine-grained head. The nose is amazing -- peach, sage, sweet flowers, rosemary -- blows me away. Snaps like a dry twig on the palate with a burst of hops followed perfectly by stone fruit and caramel. Finish is tingly and dry with a trace of long-lived bitterness. Amazing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
commonmac (758) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Tap pour at The Depot before EL VY at First Ave. Commonshawn and samadouche present. Pint glass. Golden orange with hints of copper. Almost pristine appearance. Consistent quarter finger head. Aroma is citrus in the form of grapefruit and orange. Some definite hoppiness. Taste is crisp citrusy and smooth. Beautiful, full mouthfeel with an oily, resiny characteristic that is welcomed. Bitterness chimes in midway through the sip leading into its finish. It’s a good go to option despite the fact they completely sold out. Sad...Ballast Point...sad.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
metalspice (384) - Jevnaker, NORWAY - NOV 21, 2015
Klart mahogni med lavt hvitt skum. Frisk duft av sitrus og noe gran. Sitrus skall og karamell i smaken. Skuffende tynn munnfølelse med en tørr avslutning.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kokkenrolv (179) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 21, 2015
Bottle from Vinmonopolet. Aroma is grapefruit, hoppy, orange peel, orange. Deep golden, clear, small white head. Medium sweetness, high bitterness, taste is grapefruit peel, orange peel, grapefruit, orange, lemon, grassy, hints of pine, small malty backbone. Medium body, medium carbonation, long dry and bitter finish. Heavy on the bitter side, but pretty good..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drjoeng (326) - - NOV 21, 2015
7%ABV.  IPA. Poured out of the  bottle a rich slighlty cloudy amber.  14ºSRM. Nose has beautiful flavors of fresh yellow grapefruit peel.  This is not just the zest, but the entire peel with  the tartness of the zest with the more organic sweetness of the white rind.  There are some nice sweet deep roasted malt aromas coming off this thing as well.  Finally, there are some nice pine and fresh grassy aroma notes as well.  There is a molasses sweetness to the nose as well.  Very Very Very pleasing! Mouthfeel is soapy, sudsy and very very well represented by roasty malty flavors, with graham cracker fullness, caramel sweetness and a roasted hazelnut nuttiness.  There is even a brief pecan butteriness if you’re not distracted by the hops The hops are resinous, piney and pronounced.  You get the same taste experience chawing on a fresh yellow grapefruit peel. Just so so so beautiful. Food Pairing:  wagyu kushiyaki.  Grain-fed with a marbling 8 at least. Goes on Favorites List!  All time Favorites List!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lonick (1029) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 21, 2015
Keg, DogHouse, Merchant City, Glasgow. Pours dark gold almost amber nice white head. Nose is grapefruit, pine, resin, toffee citrus fruits in general but also slightly too sweet. Taste is grapefruit and pineapple and then you get a slightly too sweet after taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hoiberg (9) - - NOV 19, 2015 does not count
Bottle bought in Lotte supermarket in Songdo, Incheon Korea. This IPA is the quintessential IPA, if you ever see it, do not forego, it is that good. Biased I am yes, but it is art in brewed form.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tfredvik (1501) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 17, 2015
Clear amber body with an off-white, long-lived head that ends up as a fully lasting layer of bubbles. Strong aroma of slightly overripe sweet tropical fruits and caramel, with peppery hints in the back. It’s not exactly fresh from the brewery, still it’s tremendously hoppy! Very strong flavour of tropical fruits, orange, resin and caramel. The long-lasting finish is pretty heavy bitter. Incredibly smooth mouthfeel, medium body, moderate carbonation. A superb IPA!
[35.5 cl bottle, enjoyed 5 months after bottling, from Vinmonopolet Online]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RhetoricalAns (666) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 16, 2015
650 mL bottle. Clear gold pour, tall white head, good lacing. Big citrus aroma, mild cereal malt notes. Taste is very well balanced, lots of citrus, mainly orange and a long lasting bitter finish. Great IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Smithld1 (71) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2015
A classic. Hoppy, piney, resinous. Strong, fruity, delicious. Awesome ipa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
che_chileno (2) - Bønes, NORWAY - NOV 14, 2015 does not count
Bottle from Vinmonopolet. Nice and clear pour. Not a intens IPA smell, but very fruity. God tropical smell and taste. God balance between the sweetnes and bitternes.

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