RATINGS: 2577   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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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 22, 2012
Originally reviewed: 7/23/09. I was so pumped to see bottles of this at my local store. Whenever a beer has this high of a rating, I wonder if it really is that good. This lives up to the hype incredibly. Poured this into my tulip glass. Pours a dark orange with a good inch-sized ivory head on top. Decent retention, but little lacing. The scent on this brew is phenomenal! Huge orange, tangerine, pineapple, lemon scents all over this. Absolutely wonderful smell. The mouth is crisp and wonderfully bubbly. Excellent for gulping. Flavor is big citrusy notes with some bitter grapefruit, sweet oranges, and tangy lemons. Finishes bitter and a bit on the drying side. Theres some sweet notes in there that balance this out well. The alcohol is pretty well hidden but makes itself known near the end of the bottle. Oh yes. I could drink this all night. This isnt as bold and in your face as I was expecting. This is just an unbelievably good IPA. Freaking highly recommend.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jow (3651) - New York, USA - APR 22, 2012
Tap at Birdsal House. Pours orange with great citrus nose. tastes great of grapefruit, pine, malt, bubblegum, grass, resin,and wood. Really good ipa that I would have again and again

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kayres (843) - , Georgia, USA - APR 21, 2012
Cloudy yellow orange white head. Beautiful floral citrusy nose. Big hop floral flavor, clean, fresh ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ddemmingjr (798) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2012
On tap at Ray's. Clear dark golden, soft white head. Nose is bubblegum, mango fruity hop nose. Soft and smooth on the palate and really well balanced from sweet to bitter. Resinous hops with just enough malt sweetness. Big fan ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adrosson (148) - California, USA - APR 20, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2012 I prefer a ipa with a bit more of a malt backbone. But it is a good sd style ipa.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bytemesis (7439) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 20, 2012
Pours amber, but with minimal head. Nice aroma, with strong grapefruit overtones. Taste is well balanced, with strong hops bitterness, some citrusy flavors. Slightly bitter aftertaste. This is a very good IPA, but i just cant put it in the same class as Green Flash or Stone.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BroSpud (2116) - , Massachusetts, USA - APR 19, 2012
Bomber. Pours golden with a white head. Very tasty IPA that has its own character setting it apart from other IPAs which usually have a stronger pine flavor. This leans more to citrus tastes of lemon plus maybe some apricot with a much less subtle pine flavor. Crisp, light and delicious.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aleph (231) - - APR 18, 2012
Bottle with Nate. Gold with white head. West coast hoppy, citrusy and bitter. Lasting finish, decent body.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RABinCO (1508) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 18, 2012
Pours a bit cloudy and light gold with just a tad bit of head. Great citrus and bubblegum aroma. Really nails the balance between sweet and bitter that blends together to leave a real nice creamy feel on the tongue.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HoppyAlesToYou (167) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - APR 16, 2012
True to the label, notes of apricot, peach, mango and lemon are detected in the aroma. There is something floral going on as well, which really elevates my olfactory enjoyment. It pours golden with a textbook soapy IPA head. The taste is very well balanced, not too bitter that it overwhelms the palate. It is a bit thin for the style, but not enough to be penalized. Sculpin is a damn fine American IPA, and should be sampled if you have an opportunity.


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