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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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pressboxjoe (187) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2011 Bottle. Rerating. Still smells amazing - pine, peach, apple, apricot, pear. Flavor nicely bitter more than sweet, but a really nice latent maltiness. Now I see what all the fuss is about.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2010
Bottle. Pours yellowish golden, clear, sticky lacing and a head. Nose is big on citrusy hops, slight vanilla, some pine. Flavor is more of the same with bigger bitter astringency, very good.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiver29 (1035) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Bottle pours clear amber orange color with off white head. Aroma is pine, grass, pinapple, and lemon. There are just wonderful citrus flavors not typically present in other beers in this style and this one has them all in one. Medium mouthfeel. Flavors follow the nose and finish dry. Really nice beer and one Iíd drink regularly if I could.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pastor (796) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - FEB 20, 2010
Bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass produced a finger worth of white head that laced out wonderfully. The body of the brew was a clear copper in color I got huge aromas of citrus fruits and flowery grasses coming off the nose of this one. It was really a pleasant aroma not harsh like some IPAís it did add a lot to the experience. The flavor defiantly was a west coast take on a IPA very hop forward. There is also enough sweetness form the malts to keep this brew from being one of those one dimensional brews. It had a light to medium feel to it with good carbonation. I enjoyed the bomber and would love to have another glass. It was worth the wait and I will continue to look for a fresh bottle in Mass if I can come across one. I have been looking for two years now with no luck, they just donít stick around. Now I know why.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
koshea (13) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 19, 2010
I love poking my head into city beer on the way home from the week. You find great surprises on tap. Poured into a ílil 10 oz glass. The beer was a light gold almost a honey color. The smell was exquisite. There is a lot of citrus going on; orange, pineapple and lots of grapefruit. also a good amount of the classy west coast pine hoppiness there. The taste is even better than the smell. Pure hoppiness goodness. It is incredible even with all the grapefruit hop going on itís not overwhelmingly bitter. This is beer is very well balanced and god damn delicious. There is mild carbonation here, and the beer surprisingly unsyrupy and with the 7% this beer is dangerously drinkable!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - FEB 17, 2010
On tap at rattle n hum. Pour is a hazy copper with white head. Taste is a burnt peach, lemon, grapefruit and tangerine. Delicious and punishing.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
brokensail (10795) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 15, 2010
A: A clear pale golden color with a fluffy white head and nice lacing. S: I could have just sat there and smelled this thing all day long. Amazing hop character, particularly citrus (grapefruit), mango, and pineapple. T: Like the nose indicates, quite a bit of fruit in this one. Especially the grapefruit and pineapple. An excellent piney bitterness on the finish. The malt is very absent, and that is very much appreciated. M: Moderately carbonated, which works quite well for this beer. Medium body. D: One of the easiest drinking and most well rounded IPAs Iíve had...ever. An absolutely amazing beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (5726) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 15, 2010
Sample, Great Lakes Brewing News IPA Challenge. Darker golden por, citrusy, grapefruits, piney, resiny hops. Hop dominated, throat affecting bitterness. Little malt presence noticable. Good beer

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BrooHa (120) - New York, USA - FEB 10, 2010
Poured into DFH glass. Extremely clear. Dark amber / light copper color. Pillowy, off-white, 4-finger (heheh) head. Thick lacing. Citrusy hops (more orange or lemon than grapefruit or pine), sugary, marmalade smell. Initially sweet. Medium to heavy feel. Pleasant, somewhat scrubbing bubbliness. Finishes dry. Very, very tasty! Possibly one of my new, favorite IPAs!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2010
[Bottle] Pours a clear gold/orange with a medium beige head that slowly dissipates to a thin layer across the top of the beer. Aroma initially comes across as pure grapefruit juice, but a little more digging yields some pine notes, and some spicy notes of cinnamon and clove a la potpourri. Very interesting nose, and it works quite well. Flavor follows nicely. Strong bitterness, great dry body, lively carbonation, and strong hop flavor of pine and citrus. This is a great IPA.


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