RATINGS: 2526   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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mikalooch (224) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2011
Bottle. Pours bright orange with a frothy white head, nice thick lacing on the glass. Heavy pine and citrus in the nose, a touch of melon underneath. Nicely balanced flavor, bitter hop blast to start, lemon tartness with a touch of sweet malts, ends long with the hops lingering on for quite some time. Medium carbonation makes this smooth and drinkable. Just a well done IPA, nothing unusual, just an almost ideal example of the style.

4.2
socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - FEB 13, 2011
Aroma is full of apricot and peach notes backed up by the hops. The appearance is very light golden. Taste is similar to the smell, however: the smell cannot communicate the crispness of the flavor. It is wonderfully balanced and light. It allows you to taste the hops more delicate notes due to the crisp and clean finish.

4.2
thicksuds (451) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 23, 2011
Nice pour, very foamy, nice aroma as well, lures you in like the song of the siren. Smell floral and citrus. Very murky, surprisingly murky. Taste is a hop bomb, torches the tongue, sweet, floral, and citrus hops, very well hopped IPA, not alot of backbone to it, but as an IPA this is excellent, ranks right up there with the best due to the hop profile and full flavor. Very well done, one of the best IPAs out there. I had this once before and was not that impressed but I think it was old, this is fresh, and it is nice.

4.2
ekstedt (6976) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 12, 2011
Bottle (bomber) from the Cracked Kettle. Hazy amber, medium off-white head. Hoppy aroma with apricots and other tropical fruits, pine needles, and some citric and perfumy notes. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Dry with long bitterness. A very well done IPA.

4.2
MJGG (952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 13, 2011
Bouteilles de 12 oz. Consommées fraîches, moins d’une semaine après l’achat. Arômes très invitants de houblon américain, s’exprimant principalement dans la gamme des agrumes et des fruits tropicaux. Robe abricot et légèrement trouble (chill haze), petite dentelle blanche et effervescence moyenne. En bouche, le houblon est très expressif, montrant de belles notes d’oranges et de pamplemousses sucrés. Le malt, très légèrement sucré, montre un caractère de biscuits Grahams. Longue amertume en finale. Une excellente IPA de la côte ouest!

4.2
callmemickey (4561) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2014 A: Bright orange/amber body... has a radioactive glow to it, which might scare some people but i’ll take it as the mark of greatness... the head is a flawless 3/4 inch fluffy white cap... good retention while leaving moderate lacing on the glass (perhaps the only "flaw" in this beer) S: Heaping citric hops bombard the nose, if i didn’t know any better i’d think i was drinking an immaculate mixed drink on the shores of tahiti on a cloudless day... that being said it was dark, gloomy, rainy Philadelphia... ah, spring in Philly... back to the beer... The hops take on a dynamic character, layering bright blast of grapefuit, mango, peach, apricot, orange, passion fruit ... its like drinking a Jackson Pollock painting T: If there was an ideal citrus IPA flavor profile, this is it. Like the nose, the fruit flavored bitterness is relentless. There is enough here to explore for days. Almost no alcohol presence, and a nice, subtle sweet malt backbone keeps this beer from becoming juice. M: Smooth, crisp finish. Refreshing. Nice bitter bite. Ideal carbonation. O: I’m mesmerized by this beer. While its not Pliny the Younger.... this beer is right there and NEEDS to be respected as such. If it wasn’t for a law school final that I need to prepare for, I would have stayed all night. I’m serious... I would have been at the bar from 5pm til they carted me out drinking this gem.

4.2
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 5, 2011
On tap, in bottles, multiple samples; quit rating a while ago. Figured I might as well so I can keep track of what I have drank. Looks like an IPA; orange with a white head. Smell is huge on the hops, piney, floral, and grapefruit. Taste is similar, strong and crisp. A good beer that holds its own to the beer I always reach for (two hearted). However, the 10.99 / 22oz price tag that it comes with around here is not justified. Give me a six pack of two hearted instead.

4.2
maneliquor (3514) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 10, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2011 On tap at The Monk. Pours an opaque yellow golden with a small white head leaving some nice lacing. Aromas of mango, apricot and lemon. Great nose. Smells like a tropical punchbowl. Taste brings out some more lemon with zesty citrus flavours combined with a finishing bitterness and mango. Best ipa at The Monk so far. Very pleased with this one

4.2
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - APR 26, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2011 This one was kind of hard to find, kind of. Poured from a bottle, instantly the nice big bubbly head settled to little or no lacing. Scent was very dry, with ginger and light spice, citrus even. The taste was impressive, almost too dry for me at first, but then settled to a nice spicy sweetness with notes of grapefruit and light caramel. Very light on the palate, a rather filling and flavorful beer.

4.2
Bendrixian (1514) - Canadiana, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 7, 2011
pour almost tan yellow in colour and good lace. Can say that i dislike the aroma on this brew as it is very hoppy, pine cones and very west coast goodness.more of the same on the palate, very good length. Very full bodied, very nice, I’d almost be tempted to call it a double.. Amazing.


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