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RATINGS: 1897   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alagnak (467) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2009
From the brewery to my fridge in a few days courtesy of annapolisbeer. Dank/resinous, beautiful nose. Loads of citrus, and some papaya and strawberry – even a little Kiwi? I could smell this for a long time. Taste is upfront a lot woodier than expected –some resiny, piney hops, then the citrus returns with a really nice balancing sweetness, just enough malty character to add a touch of balance and an oily , really resinous and just slightly mouthcoating finish (yeah – the finish is pretty much weed in a glass). This is a world class IPA. Thanks a ton, Kevin. I may hit you up for more freshies of this one in the future.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
elhopatista (1) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 19, 2009 does not count
Personally, one of my favorite beers. This is what I think of and want when it comes to IPA’s.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
vtafro (3422) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2009
Orange golden pour with some nice white head. Huge citrus and floral aroma. Flavor is big citrus hop bomb with subtle bread y malt balance. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2009
Pale golden pour. The nose is very, very tropical and fruity. Loads of bright, citrusy hops with a lovely mango/pineapple character. Very, very hoppy with a bit of rich light tropical fruit. A bit of sweet pale malt, but this is all about the hops. Very fresh and tasty with loads of sweet hops. It’s not really all that bitter, but it is a delicious, juicy hop bomb.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - NOV 15, 2009
Golden with a lasting head. Smell of frsh hand rubbed hops and grapefruit rind. Medium full nectar with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. This is one hoppy beer let me tell you. The sweetness of the malt is very mellow while the hop factor is high. The finish is bittered like my great grandma was when Johnny Carson left the tonight show.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rusty (1536) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 15, 2009
Pours a hazy orange with a large sticky white head. Aroma is piney hop foward citrus california IPA. flavor is citrus hops pine malt pepper grass and spices. finish is bitter grassy hoppy balanced goodness. awesome IPA.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonno (2316) - JAPAN - NOV 13, 2009
UPDATED: APR 11, 2012 Wow. Now this is an IPA. Huge Pinapple, mango and citrus nose. In the mouth it is full yet so smooth. Lots of citrus and pine in the mouth, coating the tongue. Strong, but not overly aggressive. I could imagine this as the perfect gateway beer in to NWIPAs. However once you’ve had this little would stand up in comparison. The Green flash WCIPA would be the only IPA that could compare to this. World class and then some. RERATE more a citrus bomb now, but still very enjoyable, though not as amazing as the tropical fruit edition.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
patrickfannon (1240) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2012 Bottle. 25.4 oz. Split with Sean. Pours hazy orange-gold with with a thick, frothy white head. Aroma of hop resin, orange, pineapple, honey, Granny Smith apple, vanilla, caramel, and sweet malts. Fuller bodied; perfectly balanced with a juicy, tart, smooth mouthfeel. Slow-burning, crisp, carbonated finish. Outstandingly executed, outrageously delicious, incredibly satisfying Imperial IPA. By far one of the best brews I have ever tasted.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
aaronbr (126) - Palo Alto, California, USA - NOV 10, 2009
A nice light gold appearance, lighter than most IPA’s I drink. Very clean fresh pine on the nose. A considerable amount of bitterness in this one, it almost overpowers everything.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tripelthreat (190) - Soquel, California, USA - NOV 7, 2009
Bomber into Stone IPA glass. Light amber body with a small white head that fades into a thin patches. Aroma is big initial peach and mango that is quickly displaced by lots of grapefruit, lemon and pine notes on the outskirts. Sweet tropical sugars in the nose as well. The flavor is mostly grapefruit, but the orange and lemon mix in as well. Just enough sweetness and lightly bready malt in the background to provide some contrast. There is big bitterness accompanies the dominant grapefruit, keeping things fairly dry and crisp. Leaves some nice light lacing. Moderate carbonation. Excellent stuff.


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