RATINGS: 2532   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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4.3
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - DEC 19, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2009 22 oz. bottle shared with DuffmanSW while brewing a Centennial single-hop IPA. Pours a clear bronze/copper with low carbonation and a small off-white head with decent lacing. Light bready malt aroma with an abundance of citrusy/pine hops typical of the west coast style. Initial flavor mimics the aroma, light maltiness with lingering bitter/dry hop finish. Light to medium palate with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. From beginning to end, it’s really all about the hops.

4.3
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 3, 2009
Bottle. Pours a clear golden hue with a thin white head. Fair amount of lacing. Nose is full of intense floral hops. Fruits of apricot, lemon peel, and mango. Wonderful smell. Great flavors. Tons of hops. Starts sweet and turns more bitter. Pine resins strong, lemon peel, apricot, grapefruit, peach, and a slight vanilla note. Medium bodied, spicy bitter aftertaste. Excellent IPA, one of the best I’ve had!

4.3
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - JAN 15, 2009
22oz. thanks to Dunk. I think I actually drank this one right out of the bottle. Flavor was citrus, piney, and sweet malt. Nice body and easily one of the best drinking IPA’s out there.

4.3
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2009 Aroma is very fruity, hawaii tropical fruits, coconut, mango, papaya, peach. Taste is sweet and juicy hops. Fruity and smooth. Very nice, no lingering bad flavors and nice too drink. Re-rate. gotta up this a bit. From 4 to 4.2 Just awesome, especially fresh!

4.3
ucusty (2693) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 16, 2009
Slight hazy gold pour. Thick off white head a thick drippy lace. Piney aroma. Light citrus notes, grapefruit and pine. Big malty backbone which is perfectly balanced

4.3
RCL (2032) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 22, 2009
This stuff is chocked full of grapefruit; grapefruit until the cows come home. Surprisingly light on the palate for all of it’s flavor, but it doesn’t suffer any for it. On the contrary: it keeps it from getting syrupy. Superb.

4.3
Beerman6686 (6611) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2009
This poured a cloudy light orange color with a pretty big white head. Aroma was just freaking awesome, lots of citrus hops, some piney notes as well. Just fresh hops. Flavor was much the same, very pungant fruity hops, some peach notes, pine at the end, and then a rather dry distinguished finish. I wish I had more of this stuff!

4.3
joeneugs (6372) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 9, 2009
Pours clear, light yellow orange with a disappearing off white head. Nice aroma of pine, florals, and grapefruit. The flavor has mango, peach, apricot, pine , grapefruit, and florals at the end. Sweet caramel rounds it out. Light bodied for a IIPA with an excellent flavor and palate. A top notch beer and one of my favorite IIPA’s.

4.3
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - AUG 16, 2009
bottle courtesy of the beer sommelier. just what the doctor ordered for a 100+ day like today! light sweet, fruity nose, golder crytyl on the pour. the flovor is light and refreshing with a lil sweet in the front, a lil tart in the back. the palate is incredibly smooth, great session beer. a great ipa that proves you don’t have to make it a double to make it good.

4.3
nickd717 (4996) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 24, 2009
Fresh bottle shared by bring on BA - thanks for "bring"ing this! Upon opening the bottle, it’s obvious that this beer is legit. Awesome, intense floral hops waft from the bottle. Pours bright golden-amber with a well-formed white head and good lacing. Aroma is floral hops, tropical fruit, and sweet malt. Flavor is more of the same, with some grapefruit notes and a little pine. Incredibly well-balanced and good. Palate medium for the style with lingering fresh hops on the finish. This absolutely dominated Alpine Pure Hoppiness in a side-by-side, and that’s saying something.


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