RATINGS: 2649   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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4.4
pinkie (470) - New York, USA - MAY 16, 2013
Pours clear light amber with an orange hue. Not much head, no real retention. Bubbles are streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Soapy wet lace. Nose is good deep caramel malt, breaddy and it smells really smooth. Hops are fruity and tropical. Mango, hints of citrus, very floral and tea like and just a touch of pine for depth. Peaches too. The malt is really captivating me and I love malt. Taste is scrumptious. It drinks light and fruity and like iced tea. Body is supple but not biting, carbonation is ample but soft. The malt is so smooth and offers plenty of bread and a little cracker. It doesn’t outshine the hops though which remain delicate as the fruit takes over the palate. It’s juicy and sweet. It isn’t too oily or resinous but it has a good bitter and it it’s almost dry but not quite. It has perfect balance and it isn’t too sweet and the bitter isn’t all there is.

This was so well done. The malt was immediate, always near at hand. The hops were civilized and cultivated in this drink. It was bold but not audacious. This was extraordinary.

3.8
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 22, 2009
On tap at Ballast Point. Pours clear pale yellow. Nose has lots of citrus hops, relatively strong. Flavor is solid hops, on the lemony citrus side. Very good IPA.

3.9
M82 (469) - Kansas, USA - DEC 5, 2015
A crystal clear, vibrant Amber body is crowned by a slowly fading inch of creamy tight white head, which settles to a lasting cap, creating some rounded peninsulas and dots of lace

Bright ruby red grapefruit leads the way with medium intensity, wrapped in various nuances of other citrus fruit, mild floral notes add character and lead to green melon and light piney darkness, a subtle doughy sweetness blends seemlessly on an exceptionally smooth, nicely cohesive medium-light body offering a touch of additional bitterness on the finish... fairly short lived residuals of the previously mentioned components

12 oz bottles with botched date code from six pack of BP Kansas welcome back - roll out served at 45° into Orrefors Difference Pils and Spiegelau IPA


4.5
Jur (468) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 24, 2012
Bottle @ home from SF (thx Erik!!) Pours clear gold-copper, smooth white foam. Nose is fresh, with stone fruits and pine. Taste starts fresh and crisp with citrus, to descend in depths of flavour: Granny smith apple, citrus, sugary white grapes and bags of hop. All in perfect equilibrium and with a modest 7%ABV. It doesn’t get much better than this.

4.4
alagnak (468) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2009
From the brewery to my fridge in a few days courtesy of annapolisbeer. Dank/resinous, beautiful nose. Loads of citrus, and some papaya and strawberry – even a little Kiwi? I could smell this for a long time. Taste is upfront a lot woodier than expected –some resiny, piney hops, then the citrus returns with a really nice balancing sweetness, just enough malty character to add a touch of balance and an oily , really resinous and just slightly mouthcoating finish (yeah – the finish is pretty much weed in a glass). This is a world class IPA. Thanks a ton, Kevin. I may hit you up for more freshies of this one in the future.

4.2
MrHult (467) - SWEDEN - MAY 30, 2014
Fat på Monks. Ljus bärnstensfärgad vätska med vitt skum. Doftar mango och nätmelon. Wohoo vilken beska! Mycket besk med stor sötma och fruktighet. Välbalanserad. Ruggigt bra ipa!

3.7
youdictategood (467) - Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2015
Bottle to tulip. No detailed notes on this one - good, bright, citrus-y IPA with a bitter finish.

3.8
wisdomsolo (466) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Great IPA!!! Citrus piney hoppiness!!! With a smooth sweet flavor that is just outstanding!

4.3
YK23 (465) - Haifa, ISRAEL - SEP 17, 2010
At a tasting: amazing aroma, strong guava, lychee, pinapple, peach, in the flavor the same but weaker, more citrusy and bitter - less hop flavor, good malty backbone, very good beer.

2.7
Blueshawk (465) - Bad Bellingen, GERMANY - AUG 28, 2016
- orangener Ton mit leichter Schaumbildung - Zitrusaromen mit einer dezenten Harznote - Kohlensäure perfekt passend - geschmacklich kommt dann noch eine unvermutete Malznote dazu - erst im Abgang wird es etwas zu dünn Fazit: Den Hype um dieses Bier kann ich nicht so ganz nachvollziehen


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