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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.


4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wingman333 (333) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Best aroma Iíve had since Hopslam. Big grapefruit bitterness and piney hops. The foam is filmy and clustery, like sea foam. Nice oily finish. Really good, I hate Iím heading home away from this!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - JAN 30, 2011
22oz poured into a tulip lass. Pours a nice orangish yellow with a nice offwhite head that is substantial and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is straightforward IPA, resinous, citrus...yum. The taste has notes of apricot and lemon, with a pungent hop flavor. Nicely bitter...and the mouthfeel is thin with medium carbonation and a long bitter finish. Overall, this beer is a straightforward and delicious IPA....not one to miss.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ekoerper (592) - Iowa, USA - JAN 29, 2011
Courtesy of NorCalgrowler. Lots of citrus fruits in the nose, potent hop and pine bouquet. Smell is fantastic. Pours a nice orange color with a full fluffy white head, dissipates to a persistent thin head. Flavor is full of hop character and bitterness, honey, pine, fruit, and a good malt presence to balance. Medium body, a bit resiny and sweet, smooth with good carbonation. Overall a great beer, very well balanced with hop additions in all the right places.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
birderbeerer (112) - Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2011
Golden, amber, copper with a white, two-finger, frothy head. Smells piney, not super big (reminder that this one isnít imperial), malt comes through as toast, butter, and a bit of caramel. Standard ipa aroma and no citrus or fruit. The tastes come through in cycles. First is hops, pine leads. Then malt, mostly butter, some biscuit, a little bread, and in there is some fruit. Bit of pineapple and a tinge of grapefruit. Then pine comes back into the mix. A well-rounded ipa, that approaches drinking like a double. Multiple flavors are present. Itís not hop or malt dominant. Itís also not totally pine or fruit dominant. Very good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (10784) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 27, 2011
A pale blonde IPA with a thick white head. In aroma, nice citrussy hops with light pinhey notes, floral, pure californian. In mouth, a smooth IPA with light biscuit malts, floral hopping, well balanced and smooth. On tap at Cajun Cafť, Jan. 5 2011.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gam (3488) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 23, 2011
Frothy large head deep gold pour medium carbonation aroma some floral touches fruity hops slight earthyness good hop variety flavour a bitter that bites plenty ibu taste of citrus lemon grapefruit resinous some apricot sweetness of peach bright stirring tastes sharp on the palate floral influence barley malt smoothnessfinish sharp ipa hoppy fruit tastes strong vibrant floral influence lasting bitter good catch this bottle

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikalooch (224) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2011
Bottle. Pours bright orange with a frothy white head, nice thick lacing on the glass. Heavy pine and citrus in the nose, a touch of melon underneath. Nicely balanced flavor, bitter hop blast to start, lemon tartness with a touch of sweet malts, ends long with the hops lingering on for quite some time. Medium carbonation makes this smooth and drinkable. Just a well done IPA, nothing unusual, just an almost ideal example of the style.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Goodgrief (1839) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JAN 21, 2011
Pour was murkey orange, aroma was slightly funky. The flavor was light and fruity and a medium to high level of bitterness. You really could taste the melon-like flavors. I was surprised. Nice carbonated mouthfeel, but still rich and smooth. Iíll bet this is pretty awesome in tap. Not quite as good as I had hoped and not really worth $9 for 22 oz, but pretty good nonetheless.

3.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DavoleBomb (1487) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2011
Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to afausser for this one. 4.5 A: Hazy yellow orange color. Two fingers of thick creamy off-white head. Average retention for most of the head, but the last 1/8 inch or so sticks around for a long time. Tons of uniform lacing down the whole glass. 5.0 S: Wow! This isnít the strongest smelling DIPA Iíve had (itís up there), but it is the most harmonious mixture of citrus Iíve ever experienced. Pineapple and mango are the most intense, followed by orange, tangerine, and grapefruit. Touch of pine underneath with some floral hops in there as well. 3.5 T: The taste is a bit disappointing after the nose. Bitterness is there, but there isnít nearly as much fruitiness to balance it out. Still, there is some pineapple and some lemon. Thereís more pine and grapefruit than in the nose. 3.0 M: Lighter medium body, but it strangely lays heavy on the tongue. Could be a lot creamier. Iíd also like a heavier body. Good moderate carbonation. 3.5 D: Pretty good, but one of the reason I really like DIPAs are for the awesome creamy mouthfeels. Still, Iím glad this comes to Pittsburgh from time to time. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 05-10-2010 01:13:55

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.


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