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RATINGS: 1908   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Largiari (10) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 8, 2009
Let me start by saying, this could be my favorite IPA of all time. I was lucky enough to score a 1/6 bbl of this stuff for me draft system, and boy does it go quick. Pale golden, somewhat orange in color, with very little lacing, disappearing in minutes. The taste is all citrus; grapefruit, apricot, and melon flavors, with plenty of acidity. Hops are all there, and a good amount of crisp bite. The drinkability of this beer is like no other, every time I put the glass down, my mind thinks to automatically grab for another gulp. There are very few IPA’s out there that can match Sculpin.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 8, 2009
Bomber. Citrus aroma is fantasic. Sweet mago lights up the nose. Cooper body with good head a sugar coat of lace. Dry citrus hop with some sugary malt. Not much to say just good, cool and crisp on palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
lamas (1360) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 6, 2009
22 oz. bottle courtesy of agl108. Pours a hazy gold with a smallish off-white head. A powerful aroma of grapefruits, apricots, peaches, lemons, and resiny pine. Medium-bodied and sticky. Tongue-strippingly harsh. There is a touch of caramel upfront taste-wise, but the flavor is predominantly hoppy. Loads of grapefruits, apricots, and peaches in the mix. A bit of warming alcohol throughout. Quite tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3198) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2009
Traded bottle. Really pretty pour. Amber/bronze/gold colour with a medium off-white, foamy head. Perfect carbonation and nice lacing. Huge aroma of spruce, mandarin oranges, and pineapple. Flavour was more piney hops and a little perfume. A hint of alcohol in the long finish. Not bad but more straight bitterness than hop flavour if that makes sense.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tastybeer (1729) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - DEC 2, 2009
Shared with tarheels86. One of the best IPAs I’ve tried to date. Pours golden with a nice head. Tastes strongly of butterscotch, caramel, and citrus from the hops. Nice lacing. Would drink again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (6125) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2009
Cask. Pours unclear orange with a white head. Juicy sweet citric fruit aroma with some piny notes. The flavor brings an awesome blast of piny hops, as well as citrus and other fruity notes. Finishes just a touch too bitter for my tastes, but still a really awesome beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
allendodd (114) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2009
Bottle from Bhensonb. Thanks a bunch, man. Big lemony/orange hoppiness in the nose that mixes well with a deep floral sweetness. The initial taste lives up to the promise! There is a big hoppy smack with the balancing sweetness right there with it. Perfect timing. Palate is a bit rough with the hoppy bitterness, but it runs a smooth malt softness right away. The beer finishes just dry enough. This would be regular for me if I could get it, and is a solid 4.2 without hesitation. Thanks for the beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (16789) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 24, 2009
Bottle. Pours a clear golden color with a small white head. Has a fruity tropical fruit hoppy aroma with hints of grapefruit. Sweetish malty hoppy bitter grapefruit flavor. Has a fruity malty fresh hoppy bitter grapefruit finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2009
From the Bottle at the Falling Rock Tap House, Denver 27/09/2009 Orange fruit aroma. Golden coloured and hoppy with a little bitterness in a crisp and dry malt finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2009
On tap at The Brass Rail, served in a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass. Clear gold with a large eggshell colored head. Most of the head lasted throughout the entire pint and left large sheets of lacing coating the entire glass. The smell was bright and fresh, bursting with notes of peach, pine, and grapefruit. Grapefruit and pine were present in the flavor along with a touch of biscuit and caramel. Not sticky at all, just crisp and dry throughout the entire glass. The finish isn’t super intense like some IPAs but lasts for quite some time. Easily one of the best IPAs that I have ever had and one that I will purchase every time I see it without hesitation.

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