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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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2011
(Sample Date: 12/11/2010 Source:BrewEngineer) Floral resiny hop aroma with underlying caramel sweetness. Mostly clear yellow golden with moderate off-white head. Big resiny hop flavor but well balanced by sweetness. Medium body and mouth. Finish is medium with resiny floral hop flavor and medium bitterness lingering.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hoppyhampy (73) - , California, USA - JAN 13, 2011
220z bottle poured into a tulip. No freshness info. Pours a relatively clear and bright amber, more yellow than orange. One inch of frothy foam slowly dissipates leaving good lacing. Little carbonation. Beautiful nose! Mango, pineapple, and fresh, piny hops. A hint of rich malt sweetness can be detected under it all. Medium-light bodied but also flat. Not syrupy at all though. Goes down smooth without destroying the palate. Bight and playful hops have only light resiny character. Citrus, orange blossom, and pine on the palate with almost no trace of malty heaviness. Just the way I like it! This is probably the best non imperial IPA I have ever had. I can only imagine how good this would be if it were fresh from the brewery.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Palidor19 (2931) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2011
has a flavor of tea and subtle grassy hops flavor. pretty soft on the mouth-feel with a bit of malt.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
nick76 (4180) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2011
The aroma is very hoppy with a good amount of malt. The hops are both citrusy and piny. The appearance is hazy amber gold with a large head for the style. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall a very nice beer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
madvermin (86) - California, USA - JAN 11, 2011
Awesome apricot and citrus aroma, peach and coriander a little bit; appears a beautiful yellowish golden color with a nice feathery head. Tastes very light yet flavorful at the same time, lots of hops complemented by that fruity citrus. Bitterness is nothing but pleasant the whole way. Extremely light on the palate, with a thin texture and an average level of carbonation that yields a perfect finish - a sense of satisfaction and lasting flavor, but a feeling of slight thirst that another gulp satisfies. Overall you can’t do much better than this beer.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chaz01 (190) - Miamisburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2011
22 ounce bottle courtesy of trade from mobz24, poured into a snifter glass. Clear golden color with frothy head. Very aromatic -- citrusy, tropical fruit flavors come through, especially pineapple, mango and grapefruit. Mainly grapefruit and more tropical fruit flavors in the taste. A bit of sweetness to start off, but then comes hoppy bitterness taste that mixes citrus, tropical fruits, piney and grassy notes and some resinous flavors. Mainly citrus and grapefruit in the finish. Light and crisp mouthfeel, good carbonation. Very long dry finish that leaves a resinous grapefruit flavor tingling in the mouth. Very drinkable and enojoyable beer worth seeking out.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AHTOH (101) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 6, 2011
12 ounce bottle poured into Duvel tulip. Pours an undistinguished golden orange color that is fairly translucent. Barely-off-white head is fluffy with relatively lengthy retention duration. Nose is green apple hops, some grainy aroma along with resinous hops, and medium amount of malty sweetness. Hint of vegetable aroma as well. Taste is piney hops on front of palate. Grain and cereal mid palate. Resinous hops on back palate. Bitter finish. Finish has short duration. Mouth feel has nice and pleasantly lively carbonation. Overall, enjoyed the hop aroma and taste, though found this IPA, generally, a bit grainy.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2011
On draft at Naja’s. Sampled next to Pliny. Both were incredible and very easy to drink. No harsh bitter bite whatsoever. Earthy, piney aroma’s and flavors were the forefront of this bad boy. It was hard to choose the overall winner between this and Pliny. Both were outstanding.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KapitiCritique (345) - Xincheng, Henan Province, CHINA - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Acknud (1078) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Awesome beer. Felt right in the mouth and ended with a pleasant aftertaste. Nice and bitter. It smelled and tastes like I was walking through a pine forest with my tongue hanging out. Thank you Smokepot23. I am glad you sent an extra!


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