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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elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - AUG 5, 2011
12oz bottle unknown date. Served around 45F. Thanks to Ryan for this unexpected extra!

Pours lightly hazy golden amber with a three finger fluffy white head that holds a great cap and leaves nice spotty lacing.

Aroma is lemon, apricot, floral & grassy hops, some light tropical fruits, some melon, a bit of pineapple, some orange and grapefruit, caramel and bready malt. Good to very good strength.

Flavor is citrus, lemon, orange, grapefruit, some pineapple and apricot, a little bit resinous, balanced against some bread and light caramel malt, finishes with very good bitterness. Minimal alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a bit oily, medium carbonation.

An excellent IPA for sure although the hype train leaves a tad bit to be desired, particularly in the aroma department. I’m stoked to finally get a chance to try Sculpin and while it may not be quite everything I had hoped it is still a fantastic IPA and one I would seek out again.

3
dlihcsnatas (745) - Temple, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2015
Hazy orange brew with small fast fading head. Aroma is very citrusy and the taste is as well. Has so much of a grapefruit twang to it that I had to double check the label to make sure this was the regular IPA and not the grapefruit one. Only down side to this brew is the price. I have been looking at it on the shelves for some time but just couldn’t see buying a 6 pack for nearly the cost of a 12 pack of other good IPA’s. Luckily found some Ballast Point brews on the sampler shelves this weekend at $2.69 a bottle. This one is good but still not worth the hefty price.

3.6
Carlisle (743) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2016
Draft. Pours orange-Amber with white head and lacing. Grapefruit and resiny hop aroma. Piney hood with grapefruit notes with malt in the resiny, mouthcoating finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
Shark_Pants (743) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 13, 2015
Cloudy amber with small beige head. Tremendous and huge aroma - sweetened grapefruit, strong malt, mango, passionfruit, paw paw/papaya. The taste is also huge, non-subtle, but awesome, with the same flavours that the smell assaults with. Light in body and ridiculously drinkable. In no way understated but an artful hop punch in the face.

4.2
agent_persik (742) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 23, 2017
Amber colour, medium white head. Aroma of tropical fruits, citrus, malt, pine, hops. Sweet lightly dry taste, medium bitterness in finish and aftertaste. Medium body and soft carbonation. Very nice IPA.

3.8
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2010
Bottle. Light, clear, golden color with a massive off-white head. Nose is hoppy and spicy, abundant grapefruit and pine notes with lighter notes of peach, caramel, and grass. Medium to full body with a sticky mouth feel and good carbonation. Flavor is slightly sweet and herbal, up front I get lemon peel, grapefruit, and pine resin, there is a good amount of bitterness but it is a bit aspirin like and stays with you for a long time. Pale biscuity malts are present but don’t do too much to balance the beer out. Secondary notes of toffee, grass, and spice. Finishes aggressively bitter.

2.3
sloshgator (741) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 6, 2013
Ballast Point Sculpin IPA is overrated. Not much aroma or interesting hop notes. Medium bitterness so is drinkable. Sculpin just doesn’t live up to the hype.

3.8
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2010
From a bottle. Golden orange in color with a small white head. Big citrus fruit aroma. Orange, grapefruit, some sweeter fruit like peach jolly ranchers. Flavor is sweet with caramel malt and some peach that lead to a slightly bitter finish. Some lemon is present in the finish, too. This is fairly easy drinking due to it being only lightly bitter.

3.2
screigh (737) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 29, 2016
Pours a clear copper color. White soapy looking head. Pine, floral and grassy hop aroma. Grapefruit bitterness.

3.9
Senap (736) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2017 Förhållandevis lättsam och snäll. Bra balans mellan fruktighet och beska. Helt klart en toppöl, även om det inte är en champ!


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