RATINGS: 2648   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.6
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Bottle. Pours a orange hue with a nice off white head. Aroma is citrus with orange, mango, lemon, and grapefruit. Sweet maltiness aroma comes through as well. Excellent tasting IPA with a nice balance of sweetness and bitterness. Finishes with a nice grapefruit flavor on the tongue. The palate is smooth with the right amount of carbonation, not crisp but it doesn’t need to be. Somewhat sweet but hoppy IPA. An excellent choice for a nightcap beer.

3.6
buttslamify (52) - - OCT 14, 2012
Aroma: Beautiful aroma, smells of orange, lemons, apples maybe, a little hoppiness at the end, pineapple, amazing. Appearance: Really nice, lacing is excellent, head is small but that could have been a subpar pour, continuous bubbling almost like Champagne, and a murky orange coloring. Taste: Hmm, surprising, a little watery actually, but maybe thats just the lack of hops, it’s definitly light, and the aroma doesn’t come out as much in the taste. Palate: Nice, the bittery hops stay on the palate for a while and it has a strong feeling as it goes down. Overall: I’m a little surprised, it seemed like a homerun in the beginning but actually felt a little watered down, maybe too light for my tastes. Definitely worth a buy though.

4.8
fackbesokare (100) - - 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.

4.1
sailracer (486) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 12, 2012
Tap. Pours a dull gold with medium head that lingers. Great hop aroma. Initial taste is strong citrus hops. Lots of pine and grapefruit. Medium bitterness in the aftertaste. Perhaps a bit too much bitterness for my tastes as it warmed up, but excellent overall.

4
Swans (134) - FRANCE - OCT 12, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2016 Best Ipa i’ve ever tasted. Clean, fresh and perfect. Nice foam retention, brilliant and a really strong hop aroma. Perfectly balanced.

3.4
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2012
Review #50 Poured from bomber into snifter A: Pours a nice clear golden apple color with a light peach 1.5 finger head. Great retention on this brew. An incredible net-like lace follows me down the glass. S: Nice light citrus hops, sweet honey, floral hops as well. T: Very sweet flowers with a light citrus hoppy note. Just a tad bitter on the backend but mellows back to a nice sweet oak. M: Light bodied, incredibly smooth and a nice light carbonation as well. Leaves a nice sweet and bitter taste. O: I think this was good, but the flavors and smell sort of fell flat. There was some sediment in the bottle so I plan on revisiting this when I know I’m having the freshest Sculpin I can have. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 06-05-2011 21:40:03

4.2
paccamacca (13) - California, USA - OCT 3, 2012
Bloody nightmare. Shelf in my beer fridge fell out and this crashed to the floor! Bottle didn't smash but sprayed hoppy foam everywhere. Needless to say, remainder of bottle had to be drunk there and then (3pm on a Wednesday afternoon). Beautiful hoppy aroma from a golden amber body with creamy head with good lacing. A little flat but that could be because I dropped the bugger! Initial hop onslaught is nicely balanced by the malt tones. Leaving z very smooth finish. A very drinkable beer despite its abv. Quality. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
hops99 (60) - Montana, USA - OCT 2, 2012
Pours an orange color with nice frothy head. Aroma is fruity and citrusy. Lightly malty up front with good grapefruity taste. Carbonation is about right for an IPA. Great tasting beer.

4.4
DeputyAndy (636) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2012
Bottle. Pours a clear light amber, almost gold. Slight head. Aroma is a perfect mix of citrus and pine. Taste has all of the characteristics of a great ipa. Grapefruit, some lemon, and a subdued pine flavor are the highlights. Bitterness is not cloying or biting making it very easy to drink. Great ipa.

4.3
DerHopKopf (46) - Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2012
Pours lighter than many IPAs, a golden/copper with good carbonation. Aroma is full of citrus bouquets, sweet with a little bitterness coming through. Taste is well balanced, especially considering the amount of hops that go into this brew. Sweetness is always present with some puckering bitterness, especially near the finish. Mouthfeel is light with nice, crisp carbonation. Overall a great beer within my favorite style that I’m sure to go back to from time to time.


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