RATINGS: 2562   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrStitch (137) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2008
Thanks to Linus_Stick for sharing. Pour was a nice golden color with a thin white head. Aroma was filled with hops and just a hint of fruit. The taste was just excellent, clean, bitter, and filled with hops that lead you right to a crisp finish that left you wanting more. Definitely a beer I would drink on the regular were it readily available here in PA.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 8, 2008
Bottle. Hugely sweet citrus nose, orange, mango, pineapple, and other tropical fruit. Clear gold with a thin white head. Balanced bitterness, aggressive but not harsh. Thick and sweet mouthfeel. Top notch.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2008
I can see what the fuss is about! This is a wonderfully fresh, fruity and incredibly well-done bitter beer. Lots of lemon and grapefruit, but also just a huge sticky tropical thing -- thankfully. though, this beer is not sweet, not at all. It is hugely aromatic; incredibly bright grassy, herbal and fruity aromas just leap out of the glass. Great color and heft, leaves you salivating after a long bitter, drying-out finish full of lemon and tangy breadiness. Just fantastic. From stefanje - thanks a million!

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltOMeal (1093) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2009 bottle shared thanks to zinister. Pours a clear orange with a thin white head. Nose was of floral and citrus hops. Oranges. The taste was of orange and lemon citrus with hops just blowing you away! Mouthfeel was very hoppy up front. Super harsh and super bitter. Wow!

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2008
(Bottle 65 cl) Courtesy of WeeHeavySD. Slightly hazy golden with a small off-white head. Distinct aroma of peach and pine. Medium body with a rather sweet fruitiness. Aromatic and fruity hop bitterness. Lovely. 190608

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madsberg (11497) - Sborg, DENMARK - JUN 27, 2008
Bottled at Papsoes Blind tasting 19th. June 2008 no 27: Pine, herbs, flowers and citrus in the aroma. Flavour is sweet, herbal, has light caramel, flowers and pine. Meidum to full bodied. Dry. Medium to strong bitterness in the end. Is quite balanced. High drinkability.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 13, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2009 Bottle from Stan at Lone Hill. A good recommendation - not as citrus juicy as I like them, but I was intrigued with the mango notes. If the bottle you get is off, however, gets malty fast and starts to taste English. Beware!

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexanderj (3555) - Branson, Missouri, USA - SEP 14, 2008
Bottle; picked up yesterday. Poured a rich gold; carbonation streams; lacing; compact, medium sized white head. Huge, pungent aroma; grapefruit, melonand citrus, with some pine,, toffee and buttered bread. Great aroma. Had a sample on cask yesterday, but I definitely like it from the bottle today better. Powerful hop presence, as expected. Sweet caramel beginning that gives way to grapefruit and pine. Some buttery, biscuit in the middle. Very nice balance and just an overall really good beer. Up there with the best of the style.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah (7138) - Utah, USA - DEC 18, 2010
12oz bottle thanks to footbalm, thanks
Appearance: Clear golden with a medium sized foamy head and good lacing
Aroma: Tropical fruit and floral
Taste: Grapefruit, pine with a slightly bitter finish
Very good IPA, enjoyable. Crisp and clean.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KapitiCritique (379) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 1, 2011
On tap at Hashigo Zake The fruity nose described in the commercial description did not really present itself to me. I might have agreed on the vegetative growth of fruit trees however. It has a sense of the field and orchard other than the smell of ripening fruit. It is quite nice. The hops are in clear evidence too. It is clearly an IPA; -- - looks like a premium mainstream pilsner, even a champagne without the effervescence. good lacing and medium head; -- - bitter hops taste - nothing vaguely sweet, there is the sourness that one associates with grapefruit juice and no hint of saltiness though it is well rounded leaving me to suspect that there is salty aspect to the taste -- - medium body, good but not overdone effervescence, nothing oily or creamy and lacking anything suggesting thick or or sticky - it is clean and clear on the tongue. nice clean slightly bitter finish; -- - consistently a well rounded example of IPA.


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