RATINGS: 2646   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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4.1
Daytonbeer (730) - Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2013 Pours golden orange color with nice lacing. Aroma of citrus and pine hops. Taste reminds me more of a double IPA than just an IPA. Big bold taste with big mouthful. Tons of piney hops and alcohol with a bitter spicy bite at the end.

4.5
tillmac62 (727) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - MAR 3, 2014
Clear golden pour, with just a touch of amber, coupled with a very nice head and long lasting lacing. The nose is a complex blend of grapefruit, mango and other sweet tropicals against a subtle spruce. Light medium body with a smooth texture. The carbonation level is a touch above normal. The outstanding flavor profile is expertly complex and follows the nose. Grapefruit leads then flows into the sweeter hop flavors. In the middle the biscuit malt comes through against a subtle spruce flavor. The finish effervesces into a grapefruit bitter tartness over a caramel sweetness. This is an outstanding complex hop flavor bomb.

4.2
EdInSaltLake (727) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAY 6, 2014
Aroma: Nice grapefruit/lemon hops; herbal, floral. Bread, light caramel malt.
Flavor: Tangerine/grapefruit/citrus rind. Floral, and tongue-numbing hops spiciness. A little bready malt. Moderate bitterness.

3.6
salvaticas (726) - - MAR 3, 2014
Bottle pour. A little underwhelmed by this, given the hype. Has a unique taste but a somewhat weak body. I donít even know if iíd call it an IPA. Not bad though.

3.4
gururyan (726) - Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 13, 2016
Finally got my hands on a nice variety of fresh Ballast Point brews, and this one was "just" a good IPA, nothing crazy like hype would have you believe. I found the grapefruit version of Sculpin better.

4.3
Beermack (725) - London, ENGLAND - JUL 29, 2012
Bottle thanks to pellegjr - cheers my friend! Pours hazy orange with thin but lasting bright white head. Aroma is a fruit explosion of mango, papaya, apricot, sweet orange, grapefruit - wonderful. Taste is another juicy fruit hit with tropical notes combining with pine resin notes; nice dry finish & a lasting bitterness. What a cracker of an IPA.

4.2
Pdubyah (724) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 14, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 This is like a comfortable cardigan, a bit thin in places. Draft and highly anticipated and recommend. It is something Iíd happily drink a lot of in a session. But it is safe. I was expecting something more aggressive, or peaky in the profile, and I got a very very good, easy drinking safe beer. 2nd January I had this again in a bottle. Iíve thought about this, and this really is a good beer, and to be enjoyed. I think I was harsh in my previous thinking, lumping this in íthe packí when itís one of the leaders. I gave myself an uppercut.

4.2
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 4, 2011
Poured from bomber into tall glass. Appearance: Hazy honey gold with large stark white head and pretty lacing. Aroma: Very tropical and hoppy, with mango, grapefruit, lemon and a herbal spiciness. Taste: Once again, very hoppy, but not as tropical. Some grapefruit and tropical notes, but the herbal spiciness steals the show. Quite bitter throughout, with just a minimal malt presence. Palate: Moderate carbonation with a very creamy body and an exceptionally dry finish. Overall: Very strong IPA, but the taste didnít quite live up to the aroma or my expectations. Great choice for a West Coast bitter fix.

3.4
Anker (723) - HillerÝd, DENMARK - APR 5, 2011
Bottle shared by faroeviking and Plovmand, thanks guys! It pours a hazy golden colour with a white head. Aroma is peach, pine, earl grey tea and typical American hoppy with some sweetness to it. Flavour is peach, grape, grass, apricot and pine. Ends pine-grassy bitter.

4.2
Scottishchris (723) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 15, 2015
PunkAGM2015 rate catchup from notes. 6/6/15. Hazy gold. Oily with soft carbonation. Big grapefruit (not so different from the Sculpin Grapefruit in many ways) and tropical notes. Fruity deliciousness. Outstanding IPA,


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