RATINGS: 2541   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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4.2
Bartzilla (624) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 2, 2007
Crazy delicious. I like my big IPA’s to pucker me up and say "Damn, man!". This does that to me. Like freshly squeezed hops and hemp, this is a fresh tasting, big time IPA. One of my favorites from Ballast Point.

3.5
goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2007
Cask: Hazy copper with a thin off-white head. Grapefruit and sweet malty aroma. Malt dominates the flavor with a ctirus end. Long dry citrus rind bitter finish. Smooth medium bodied mouthfeel.

3.7
jazz88 (2684) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 21, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2009 Rating #1 Tap @ Bistro’s 9th Annual IPA Festival 8/’12/06 (6 3 6 3 14). Golden color with a light laced white head. Smooth, grassy malts with a bitter finish. Some citrus and grapefruit flavors. Rating #2 Bottle (7 3 7 3 17). A light golden color with a white head. Grassy, hoppy, and pine in the aroma. Smooth and delightfully bitter. Light fruits and citrus finish.

4
WeeHeavySD (3400) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 17, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2008 Serious need of a re-rate as the first time I rated this it came right after a pint of Elder so this seemed like crap. Bomber from the Homebrewmart brewery. Pours much yellower than I expected with a big 3 finger creamy tan head. Nose is sweet, grassy and hoppy. Taste is sweet and hoppy with a very piney grassy feeling, a different but big and good IPA.

3.2
mreeves (276) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2006
Had on tap. Fairly minimal carbonation and lacing. Amber-colored, hoppy, but not as strong as I’d expected based on its billing as a "Double IPA". Not really anything special, but a good IPA.

2.9
TAR (2802) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - NOV 2, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2006 Draft: Peach in color with a yellow cast. Stiff and fluffy white foam clings with each sip. Delicate aroma of grassy hops, honeysuckle, tangerine, and lime. Hint of doughy yeast. Carbonation is airy and slightly chalky. Dustily crackery malt dryness neutralizes the initial burst of juicy peach and orangey hops. Notes of popcorn exude as the huskiness/graininess and doughy yeast steadily grow and overshadow the vibrant hops. Flash of peachy acidity refreshes, though it hampers the body. Clean but understated grassy bitterness tickles the palate, but the crackery malt persists. Finishes dully bitter and dryly chalky, but persistently crunchy with malt, as the blandness continues with merely a hint of tangy tangerine. Has a decent aroma, but it could stand to be less doughy. As far as flavor and texture go, it’s far too grainy and there’s nowhere near enough hop flavor or bitterness to combat it. Pretty simple and boring.

4.2
jmcguire1969 (163) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 31, 2006
On tap at Mountain Sun’s durring their Hop Havrest Month. This is a great IPA with all of the charachteristics I like. Great citrus aroma, ton’s of hop flavor and a nice bitter finish that keeps the taste lingering. Ballast Point has really improved their beers over the years.

4
scraff (2125) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 30, 2006
@ the homebrew store - Straight clear gold, thin white creamy head. Nose was just freakin loaded with pine, pine needle, pine resin, pine everything! Oh yeah, just a hint of grapefruit I suppose. Deep bitter flavor from start to finish. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, super hoppy finish. Any sign of sweet malt would have upped the score even more, but I personally always dig a good hop bomb...

4.5
tonk (2) - chula vista, California, USA - OCT 21, 2006 does not count
This ale is super good hoppy the inital smell is earthy and intense with a very smooth finish a masterpiece how this ale is not at the top of ballast’s list I have no idea. You dont like this you dont like money or sex or fresh fish!!!!!!

3.7
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - OCT 16, 2006
Tap at the brewery’s 10th anniversary celebration. Citrus and grassy hops aroma, flavors follow with grapefruit and good balance of malt backbone. Very nice IPA.


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