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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 16/20
dtborelli (322) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 18, 2011
Ballast Point Sculpin IPA Pours golden with a medium white head and good retention. Oily appearance. Aroma is grassy and floral with citrus undertones. Very nice smell. Flavor is grassy hops and alcohol with some light sweetness to offset the bitter. Grapefruit like citrus character with some light malt notes. Good shit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shadey (1970) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 16, 2011
On tap at the brewery location just north of San Diego. The color is more golden than I would have expected, it’s clear that there has been no attempt at tempering the hops with big malts. The bright west coast hops and their resiny character is what shines through in this delicious beer. A great representative of the area for my visit to Cali.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ekstedt (5808) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sepia5 (237) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 11, 2011
Pours slightly darker than straw-colored with a large white head. There’s definitely orange and cat piss in the nose. I swear I smell marijuana, too. Bizarre. This would be a great summertime IPA because it is so refreshing. Lots of citrus on the palate, with flavors of orange and grapefruit. It’s not particularly dry and there’s just a small bit of sweetness on the tale end. Really great beer, but the hype seems a bit over the top.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dionysus (1454) - Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2011
Bottle pours amber with an off-white head. Aroma shows notes of caramel, mango, orange, and pine. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of peach, tangerine, and apricot. Overall body is moderate, and exceptionally fruity with well balanced bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (5349) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2011
Sampled at an ESBLS tasting at Bigelo’s. A hazy dingy gold beer with a big soapy white head. Nice lacing. Very nicely done! Soft citrus flavors with peppery spice, bread, some bitterness. This one has a cool personality. Pretty much what one wants in an IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 8, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2011 Man, what a great IPA. Smells like mango, tastes like grapefruit, all wrapped in a bitter hoppy shell. The malts give Sculpin the tiniest bit of sweetness on the front, but the beer truly is a showcase of hops, bitter and citric and dry as the finish turns piney and resinous. Not an IPA for the timid, this bottle does stretch the limits of the amounts of hops that can be pounded into a single India Pale Ale. But, hey, fuck the timid. Life’s too short to drink underhopped IPAs. So drink Sculpin. It’s delicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Butters (3939) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 3, 2011
Sampled at Brewvival 2011. On cask, it was a little flat. My palate could have been blown out by the time i got to this one, but I didn’t really think that highly of this. Faded mellow "c" hops. With as much as this beer is hyped up, I can’t wait to actually try a fresh batch sometime.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HughConway (828) - Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2011
22oz Bottle. Pours golden, creamy white head. Floral hop aroma, nice body to the beer, slightly off aftertaste.

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