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RATINGS: 1900   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03   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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nik925 (751) - California, USA - APR 10, 2011
They must add a half ton of hops to this after the boil. The hop flavor is just ridiculous. The amount of hops that San Diego goes though is staggering. Anywho, malt is well in the back, bitterness is understated, and hop flavor with all sticky grassy citrus-y goodness. No taste of alcohol at all. A fine IPA. Might be the hoppy-ist single IPA I have had. If you really pay attention the malt under all the good hops isn’t that great, but it is buried so deep I don’t care.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maneliquor (3112) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bth122 (1268) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2011
Poured a golden color, mediocre head. Lots of citrus and hop flavor, grapefruit, apricots. Taste was med bitterness. Palate is med body, slicker texture, soft carb. Aroma was better than taste but this is got promise. Just needs tweaked a bit and it could be a big winner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10289) - FAROE ISLANDS - APR 7, 2011
Botella, thansk for sharing this 3rd best IPA on RB Plovmand! Hazy golden with a nice white medium head. Pleasant ripe fruity sweet like hoppy aroma with bit wet dog underneath. Good filling mouthfeel. Ripe fruity hoppy piney caramel sweet and bitter flavour. Fruity dry bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - APR 6, 2011
On tap. This was different from what I was expecting. Not so much citrus but definitely a different fruity blend. Must be the apricot/mango flavors noted in the description. Pours a great looking golden color with a lasting foamy white head. Thick mouthfeel for an IPA. Not my favorite IPA, but a great offering.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ross (2088) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Anker (723) - Hillerød, DENMARK - APR 5, 2011
Bottle shared by faroeviking and Plovmand, thanks guys! It pours a hazy golden colour with a white head. Aroma is peach, pine, earl grey tea and typical American hoppy with some sweetness to it. Flavour is peach, grape, grass, apricot and pine. Ends pine-grassy bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Plovmand (6489) - Helsinge, DENMARK - APR 5, 2011
Bottle. Pours hazy deep golden with a medium white head. The aroma has loads of exotic fruit like passion fruit, mango, pineapple, citrus, lime and caramel. Very fresh and quaffable flavour of mango, citrus, orange, passion fruit, caramel, light pine and grape fruit. Lots of exotic fruit in this one!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AWISLguy (1295) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 3, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2011 Bomber my bro brought back from his 24 hour FLA trip - thanks for sharing, ck1! Pours a pale orange/brown with some foaminess. Very nice lacing. Aroma is massive fruity hops -- melon, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple -- with some pine. Taste actually matches the aroma well; sweet fresh fruit, pine, and some bitterness. Somewhat sticky. For as hoppy as it presents, and as understated as the malt presence is, it does not come across as one-dimensional. Finishes long and leaves the great sweetness/bitterness mix. This is one terrific brew! Re-Rate 6/4/2011. Bomber was the last of my "smuggled from FLA" brews. Pretty much same notes as before - perhaps the best combination citrus fruity/piney aroma I have ever had. Terrific flavor combination with good blend of citrus fruit, pine and stickiness. Finishes solidly with a sweet/bitter blend. And very drinkable! Are you kidding me?? This is a really, really good beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (6865) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2011
On tap at Rattle N Hum. It pours golden yellow with a thick foamy off-white head. The nose is grass, hay, nettle, apricot, peach, raspberry, pear and red apple. The taste is more subtle than anticipated: hay, grass, well hidden alcohol, lemon sherbet, red apple and resin, with some hop bite at the end. A really enjoyable IPA.

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