RATINGS: 2512   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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3.8
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - JUN 16, 2007
Golden appearance with good white head.Mellow hop aromas. Smooth pleasant IPA. Not too complex or of great depth but enjoyable.

3.4
batneil (751) - - JUN 6, 2012
Very nice ale, served on draft at a spot in San Diego. Medium fizz, light golden colour.

4
Barrelbelly (750) - BELGIUM - SEP 17, 2013
From tap at Mikkeller bar SF. Hazy orange with creamy head. Aroma of pine, mango and peach. Dry pine and mango taste.

3.2
screigh (749) - 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 (746) - 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!

4.2
brian60625 (746) - Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2013
12 ounce bottle divided into tulip glasses. I’m glad to see this distributed in the Chicago market in the past few weeks. It’s the gold standard, in my mind, for the single ipa style. I’ve benefitted from a fresh bottle, less than a month old, so the hops were at their juicy finest. Slightly herbaceous and veggie in character, and those hops pair up deliciously in a non-citrus sort of way. Medium bodied, ruby red, good amount of bubble and foam presence. At 7% abv, they’ve crafted a finely balanced ipa that you can drink without knocking out your senses nor your tastebuds. If you haven’t tried this one, it’s worth hunting down.

4
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.

3.8
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.


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