RATINGS: 2649   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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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4.3
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Poured into a snifter out of a 22oz bomber. Pours a nearly clear brownish gold with a half finger white head. Head retention isn’t especially impressive but lacing is good. Aroma is an amazing balance between malt and hops. Earthy hops with a very faint hint of tropical fruit along with a healthy dose of wood and caramel. A touch of biscuit and apricot. Faint tropcial fruit in the flavor balanced with pine and earthy hops. Caramel is quite prominent with lots of wood. There is a little bit of toast but it is faint along with a vanilla, almost bourbon, note. Bitterness is fairly high but not harsh at all and lasts long after the flavors have dissipated. Full, smooth mouthfeel is nearly perfect. Overall, an amazingly balance IPA that is extremely easy to drink. A great marriage between malt and hop and bother perfectly compliment one another. A must-try should you ever come across it.

3.7
ericdevin (988) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUL 3, 2013
Draft and bottle at 16 Tons Taphouse, Eugene. Pours fairly clear medium golden orange. Decent amount of head. Aroma resinous, with malty overtones. Dank, to say the least, but with some hints of citrus moderating the overall effect. Body very lively, finish malty and resinous, abrupt, very easy-drinking. Good, but not the world-beater it’s made out to be.

4.4
orangesol (987) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2013 Served on cask at Al’s of Hampden into a nonic pint. This was the fuggle dry hopped version.

A - Pours a deep, hazy, copper orange with a small one finger white head that leaves light, sticky, lacing down the glass.

S - HUGE hope aroma. Hints of grapefruit, tangerine, and other pungent tropical fruits. A slightly sweet aroma from the malt is a welcome addition to all those hops. One of the best smelling IPA’s I have ever had.

T - Starts out sticky sweet thanks to the roasted malt but that gives way quickly to the HUGE amounts of hops. Hops are similar to the nose with grapefruit coming thru more than the others. The grassy hops are not as pungent as in the nose but are still plenty strong. An absolutely amazing cask offering from Ballast Point. How can I drink normal sculpin after having all of these cask versions?

M - Fairly smooth feel with medium-light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. It hides the 7% very well but the big bitterness takes its tole.

O - Really incredible version of Sculpin. I could drink this every day for the rest of my life and be very happy. I have now had four different versions of cask Sculpin and this was my favorite, narrowly beating out the simcoe version.

4.1
Maxbier (986) - Maryland, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Lite orange color, white head. Aroma of mango and grapefruit. Flavor is super fresh grapefruit (as if it was picked from the tree). Not a typical west coast IPA, the bitterness is friendly and balanced. Lives up to the hype.

3.9
johnnymusky (983) - Minnesota, USA - APR 20, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2016 Fantasic beer...full of hops and citrus....a very good ipa...great balance and a nice smooth finish.

4.4
Lemke10 (981) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 23, 2015
On-tap, this pours a golden amber color with a slight head. Has a very citrusy hop aroma. The flavor is big, bold but yet very well-balanced. Finishes with a nice bitter finish. A world class IPA!

4.1
Atheist_Peace (981) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAY 7, 2011
650ml bottle in a tasting glass. Light, hazy copper pour with a slightly off-white head. Spruce and grapefruit hops on the nose with a real lemon zesty vibe. Fairly light on the palate with the fresh citrusy hops really shining through, balanced nicely against subtle hops. Finishes with a smooth lingering bitterness.

3.7
Ngejo (979) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - NOV 9, 2016
Can. Hazy, orange, frothy, white foam, light sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, oily feel, & bitter finish.

3.5
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - APR 18, 2008
Thanks to Crosling for sharing this beer. Poured a clear golden color with a fluffy white head. Aroma of sweet, piny hops with some tart citrus and leafiness. Light malt upon entry leads directly into a piny, resiny hop hit with some nice citrus character and fresh, green hops on the finish. Smooth on the palate, but a hint thin. Overall, nice, basic IPA that has to be fresh to enjoy.

4
tfontana (976) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 23, 2015
Can into a pint glass from The Drinkery, Londonderry NH. Aroma is strong pine, herbs, fruit, spruce, while still being able to glean a maltiness, and some basement toward the bottom of the glass. Appearance is mild hazy orangish yellow with mild sparkle but nice foamy white two-finger width head, mild lacing. Taste is dominant mild-to-moderate bitter but with some sweet fruitiness throughout for balance including into long-lasting finish. Palate is refreshing light-to-medium body with thin, slightly creamy texture and average carbonation. Overall, above average appearance and palate but won’t knock your socks off. Very interesting aroma with some of that complexity translating over to the taste but a little over to the bitter side for me.


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