RATINGS: 2587   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EricTeusink (700) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 19, 2013
NYC Trip Beer #8. Nothing like following your very first AleSmith IPA with your first Sculpin. Between the two, I far preferred the Sculpin. Pours a pale orange with a lovely white head head. Beautiful Citrus scents and flavor. Well carbonated with a crisp hop finish. Bought some to bring back to the A. Bottle - Guilty Goose - New York, NY

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopsclation (89) - Chicago, - MAY 18, 2013
A new top five ipa for me. Orange, lemon, grapefruit, and something like toasted peach jelly. Wonderfully flavorful bite, light body but perfect amount of alchohol gives the flavor depth. Yes sir.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 16, 2013
Pours orange with tall white head. All sorts of citrus and melon wafting from the glass. Not very malty which is the way I like em. Mango, peaches, pineapple, absolutely delicious, almost perfection in a glass for this IPA lover. Rather expensive (like Ruination) but you bet Ill be buying it now that its available in Texas. If you like the Southern California style of citrusy IPA, you will LOVE this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pinkie (470) - New York, USA - MAY 16, 2013
Pours clear light amber with an orange hue. Not much head, no real retention. Bubbles are streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Soapy wet lace. Nose is good deep caramel malt, breaddy and it smells really smooth. Hops are fruity and tropical. Mango, hints of citrus, very floral and tea like and just a touch of pine for depth. Peaches too. The malt is really captivating me and I love malt. Taste is scrumptious. It drinks light and fruity and like iced tea. Body is supple but not biting, carbonation is ample but soft. The malt is so smooth and offers plenty of bread and a little cracker. It doesnt outshine the hops though which remain delicate as the fruit takes over the palate. Its juicy and sweet. It isnt too oily or resinous but it has a good bitter and it its almost dry but not quite. It has perfect balance and it isnt too sweet and the bitter isnt all there is.

This was so well done. The malt was immediate, always near at hand. The hops were civilized and cultivated in this drink. It was bold but not audacious. This was extraordinary.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ryanscourt (1397) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2013
Excellent, reminds me a lot of two hearted. Great citrus, great balance. One of the best ipas I had. Tasty, complex, balanced. I like a strong citrus flavor and nose like this one. Very reminiscent if a dipa, not sure where ipa ends and dipa begins...good nonetheless.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Star80 (40) - Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2013
Looks a nice copper with lots of lace. Smells a bit oniony, with some tropical fruit notes, faint rubber smells. Weird. Tastes a bit rubbery at first followed bit fruity notes. Mouthfeel is rich and fine. Overall an over the top IPA with a bit too much hop extract, pellets to the point of sulfur. A good run of the mill IPA but nothing amazing as ratings suggest. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mtwhitney (168) - Maui, Hawaii, USA - MAY 12, 2013
I know that we are not to rate on style, but purely on if we like it. Too bad. Even though I am not a fan of west-coast hop bombs, I must say that this is one of the best highly-hopped brews out there. Lots of apricot and citrus. Amazing aroma. Hard to find, but worth the search. Did I mention the aroma? Wow.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pablo951 (657) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2014 Had it on tap at the Village Tap in Roscoe Village Chicago. Had it in a tulip glass had a slight head and even lacing with notes of citrus underlying its bold hop taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CorneliusBunkr (10) - Oakwood Hills, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2013
12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. Pours clear orange copper with 1 finger white head that laces the glass all the way down. Aroma is citrus, tropical fruits and piney. Taste is very much hop forward, but does have some tropical fruit and is quite bitter. Well carbonated and sticky on the palate. I am very happy this brewery distributes to Chicago now as this is a tasty brew i will enjoy time and time again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaBeer1972 (1921) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 10, 2013
I had this about 2 months ago on tap, but did not rate it. This rating is from a bottle. Pours ouf a clear light golden color with frothy white head that settles to a thin lace. Citrus-spice-piney aromas. Flavor is sticky and bready up front. Lots of sticky bitterness. Flavors are muddled. Was much better on tap.

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