RATINGS: 2625   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
shoeless (7) - - SEP 29, 2013 does not count
I paid a lot for a six-pack and was ready to love this (it got a 100 score, after all), but--and maybe this is because it had sat around too long? who knows!--it seemed bitter in an unpleasant way. It was a fine beer, I just expected nirvana, and got, well, something distinctly less tasty than Torpedo, my go-to beer which costs 1/3 the price (when I get the latter on sale).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beer-yum (1550) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 28, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2015 Most impressive in hiding its strength behind an otherwise laid-back balance. That is good or bad - depending on what one does with it (my suggestion is be careful).

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mjstacker (4) - - SEP 28, 2013 does not count
People always told me to try this and for whatever reason I never have. Very happy I just did. Havent smelled/tasted this much melon in anything else except Maine Beer Co. "Another One." Wish it had a brewed on date.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
migwell (348) - Northampton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Im not liking the lack of dating on this beer. Its brewed in San Diego and Im in Massachusetts, where I purchased it off a wooden uncooled shelf after a long, hot summer. I see that it is a highly rated brew (theres nothing higher than 100, unless you play football and always give 110%), but what Im drinking just seems pleasantly ordinary. In which case, depending on price and availability (never seen it anywhere else in MA other than Trubeer in Easthampton) I might have it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jookos (6238) - FINLAND - SEP 27, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2014 Edit: [email protected], gamla. Soft caramelly nice ipa. Deserves better than the 3.4 I gave it.

[email protected]13. Amber. Caramel, hoppy nose. Medium full body. Loads of caramel, fruity us/nz-ness, with a good pine finish. Caramel, nice stronger IPA.

-- bb

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hermod (7226) - Vantaa, FINLAND - SEP 27, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2017 Draught @ sbwf13. Amber, thick white head. Grapefruit, floral, hoppy aroma, quite typical wipa. Flavor has grapefruity hoppyness, light caramel, bitter hoppy finish. Decent ipa. 738315 -- via beerbasher/winphone 7 15.7.2015. Rerate, DE Klomp, Linkping. Draught. Pours deep amber, thick white head. Very fruity, fresh, grapefruity aroma. Flavor has tropical fruits, grapefruit, pine, light sweetness. Biting finish, fruity. Very good. 838416

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
viyh (73) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Wunderbar! This is an awesome IPA with more than just a hint of pineapple and grapefruit. It has a good solid amount of bitters which contribute to the fruity aroma. This beer will make you salivate, a must have!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jesus_leal (11) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2013
Poured from a bottle. Nice and crispy mellow yellow color. First taste is caramel and as you palate its citrusy tones are revealed. Nice hoppiness. This will definitively taste better from tap. I had tried before a big eye IPA from bottle and from draft and the flavor difference is abysmal. A bit pricey for its type. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Atom (2343) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2013
On tap at BLB pours a slightly hazy copper/orange with a medium off-white head. Nice balanced aroma of tropical and citrus hops, grapefruit, with light caramel malt. Man the taste is smooth, nice bright hops balanced with the caramel malt and a perfect level bitterness to make this both flavorful and extremely drinkable. Very nice! Glad this is no available in the area.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ericular (995) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 23, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2015 Update: First time out of a can. Should be pretty fresh - just hit Rum River today. No doubt this is a quality IPA, but I had it slightly overrated. Aroma is solid before the head fades, but that goes quick. -1 Aroma, -1 Appearance, -2 overall.

Update: The middle is a bitterness that you have to endure just slightly to make it to the more mellow aftertaste. Aroma is where this beer shines. Taste is very good but doesnt quite live up. Clean, sharp, crisp, bitter hops with a sugar cookie kind of sweetness to the malts, both in aroma and up-front taste. No date on bottles, and I hate docking points when I dont know the freshness. This bottle is fresh from a new liquor store, so I feel OK with the re-rate.

On tap @ Muddy Pig. Pours a clear light amber with lasting ring of head and awesome lacing. Aroma is off the charts with grapefruit, mango, and pineapple. Taste is citrus with some pine, and very low on malt. This is crisp and bitter, a pure and simple IPA with an insanely smooth palate. Furious has a bit more malt balance, but stays more aggressive with a sharper, meatier bitterness at the expense of a little smoothness. Sculpin has a clean and pure malt-less bitterness that allows the hops to stand alone, all while somehow staying medium-bodied and smooth. Slight sugar cookie aroma, giving it some malt balance as it goes down the glass. Awesome beer. 10+5+9+5+18=4.7

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