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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
unclemike (2330) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - OCT 16, 2010
I could spend all day sniffing the grapefruit-piney aroma which sends out a nice bouquet of Earthy tones. It took me a bit but there is some peach and lemon in the aroma as well. Flavor is loaded with citrus as well but has a rather bitter resin-like finish to it. Some lemon character is present in the flavor which seems to give it a nice balance. Alcohol is well hidden.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerandIT (300) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 7, 2010
Yet another California IPA that rocks the house. Had this one 10/7/2010 from the bottle. Pours a beautiful golden color with just under quarter an inch of head. Nice lacing on the glass as well because I keep drinking this beer very quickly. I smell malt, slight citrus from the hops. I taste citrus with a strong bitter finish to let you know that they did not skimp on the hops. Not the most balanced, but this IPA is a true representation of why the West Coast IPAs rule the roost. I am so happy we were able to get some of this liquid nectar in Richmond. Medium bodied with a very smooth mouth feel for being so aggressive.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
robiannelli (591) - West Deptford, New Jersey, USA - OCT 6, 2010
wow. 650ml bottle poured hazy gold with rocky sticky yellowish head. Aroma is bright and very flural with sweet mago and grapefruit notes up front other citrus fruit notes in the mix also like oranges and peaches. Taste is hoppy and piney notes but still holds a citrus fruit taste with a very good body. Extreamly complex and the aroma is very strong. phenominal IPA

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mansquito (3674) - Nueva York, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2010
Key Food, Brooklyn bomber ($8.99): Pours a golden color with a long lasting moderate white head. On the lighter side of possibility for the IPAs. Aroma is very fruity; I get the biggest noseful of peach, although there are citrus notes in there as well that I detect. Lots of hops in the aroma as well. Taste is bitter, but it does not quite get into hop slaughter territory. The hops may actually be most present in the sustained aftertaste. Even though this beer is medium bodied, it is still rather easy to drink and the hops donít stop you from enjoying a second one (Green Flash Hope Head Red Iím looking at you). Iím actually a bit disappointed. I know this beer was good, but it didnít strike me as the third highest rated IPA... In any case, I enjoyed it. I just hated seeing that bottle always looking at me beckoning me to its hoppy goodness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3375) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2013 Deep hazy gold, with a hint of orange, nice compact head. Aroma bracingly grapefruit and lemon. Flavor is also hop oriented, grapefruit, lemon, and as it warms, a hint of apricot. Very, very faint caramel sweetness for balance. Not bad, but this is so oriented on citric hop notes that the flavors probably are harmed a bit by bottling and travel across the US. Still nice. RERATE: A past due rerate now that this seems to be on draft with some regularity. And by golly, that is the way to taste it. Basic notes are the same, but beautiful fresh hop flavors just leap from the glass. Worth a few extra points. Would love to try this fresh at the source one day.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2010
Poured a dark hazy yellow with a thin head which still had a nice lacing. The aroma has some strong aromas of fruits like apricots in addition to some vegetable like sweet baby carrots. Taste is quite heavy on apricot and some rather strong bittering hops. The high alfa acid bitterness lingers heavily on the aftertaste. Body is also quite heavy for the style. Itís very enjoyable, though certainly an unabashedly unbalanced IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5363) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2010
Bottle. Amber with a rocky white head. Strong citrus laden hops, light pine, and soft caramel. Taste is big citrus (grapefruit juice and orange peel), soft caramel, sweet malt, herbal hops and tropical fruit. Body is medium and resinous with a bubbly carbonation and a strong lingering bitterness. Finishes with more citrus notes (grapefruit juice and orange), pine sap, soft caramel, sweet malt and more unripened tropical fruit notes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tdtm82 (742) - Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2010
Bottle; shared many thanks with Angelo. WOW. Massive hoppy nose, hold out so well in the fridge, great lacing, slightly hazy coppy pale appearance, lovely yeast clean yeast strain, strong tropical fruits and grapefruit, really big and bold and aggressive on the tongue, lovely US bittereness, hops are just bang on gorgeous, I enjoyed this more than Pilny, baby this rocks. Loads of candy, great dry fruity finish, succulant down the throat and damn damn drinkable. One hell of an insane top big bold US ipa which should be setting titanic waves accross the industry. Stunning. Thanks mate. Legend. Damn I need to cool down.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2010
grownfoolís Impromptu Tasting. Sample from a bottle thanks to one of the guys. Hazy yellowish, whitish foam. Aroma is citrusy, grapefruit. Taste is more fruity, citrusy, orange, lemon, grapefruit, light malt.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Duhast500 (414) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 1, 2010
Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a stemmed glass. The color is a clear orange/gold with two or three fingers of foamy white head and some thick lacing. The smell is pretty floral hops with some funky citrus flavor. This has a nice west coast IPA feel and I am impressed already. The taste is pretty sweet and pretty bitter but with a fruity citrus flavor that does give off a bit of zing. Pretty good spiky flavor that does poke with a bitterness that is not surprising but fun. Some tropical fruit I canít name brings you to a slapped back fruity flavor. The feel of this beer is a pretty smooth beer. It goes down pretty darn smooth but does leave itís mark on your mouth as it bitters the palate with some nice flavor.

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