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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 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmm635 (894) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2010
Golden in color with a thick white head. Very West Coast IPA aroma. Clean, crisp piney hop aroma fills the nose. Touch of sweetness in the flavor followed by a drying, bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kbutler1 (1367) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 3, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2011 Bottle. Poured into a DFH tulip glass a hazed apricot orange color with a fluffy 2 finger head that leaves some clingy lace on the glass. This is a rather fruitful IPA to me with notes of mango, pineapple, and orange along with a citris rind hop bitterness. Starts of subltey sweet with the tropical fruit notes which is then accompanied by a building citris rind bitterness that lingers all well after your drink is finished. Some warming alcohol notes on the back end. Overall, just a wonderful IPA and in my top 5. Medium mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DialSquare (3096) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2010
On tap at smokin joes in pittsburgh. Pine and floral hop aroma. Nice tart grapefruit taste. Somehow really well balanced for a brew that tastes like flowers. Light caramel malts. Smooth finish. Great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
brainlair (236) - Maryland, USA - MAY 31, 2010
On tap at Capone’s on 5/29/2010. Pale yellow, mostly transparent with a bit of head. Aroma has lots of clean pinecone hops, very similar to PTE, but a bit less dry. Flavor has lots of pinecone hops, good bitterness, some flowery and herbal character. A faint vegetal astringency and a touch of sweetness are all that separate it from PTE. Good carbonation and mouthfeel, hoppy bitterness finishes it nicely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slipstream (2126) - USA - MAY 30, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2011 On tap at Capone’s, consumed as Roy Halladay was pitching his perfect game on the bar TV. But I was more interested in the IPAs than the IPs and Hs and Ks. Excellent aroma on this very West Coast IPA. Dry, herbal, and astringent, with lots of pine. Sharp, with lime and tropical fruit notes, and the flavor gets richer as it warms a bit. Sculpin is a remarkably good beer, in what has been an excellent week for rating IPAs. Rerated upwards in 2011.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sundevil27 (47) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 30, 2010
Into a wine glass, poured a nice golden color with a thin lace of head. Different citrus hints off the nose. Overall a smooth and well balanced IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
J_man (750) - Tustin, California, USA - MAY 29, 2010
Wow, very original aroma that’s pine needles and skunky (in a good way)! Beautiful golden copper with billowing, persistent white head with very fine bubbles. Biting, puckering bitterness with a grass clippings flavor that was evident in the aroma but fully expressed in the taste. Body is very thin and smooth with the hops dominating but not obliterating the malt backbone. I love the comparison to the sculpin fish which has a poisonous sting but a sweet and delicious flavor. Very unique for a West Coast IPA!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RPKLove (105) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 27, 2010
Pleasant aroma of citrus, almost floral, hops. Hazy golden appearance with a nice white head. Extremely smooth on the palate with a light bitterness. Medium to full-bodied, very slick, citrus hops dominate the flavor. $10 for 22oz. and worth every penny.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
malrubius (1935) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - MAY 25, 2010
22 ounce bottle split in pint glass. Bright golden orange with slight chill haze dense head and lace. Lemony pastry grassy aroma. Mild peach apricot fruity sweetness with assertive bitter citrus grapefruit mild pine pleasantly lingering finish. Medium quaffable body. Nice carbo. Pretty fresh. A great beer. Worthy of the hype.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2010
I’ve had this beer multiple times in bottle, on cask and draft and am finally getting around to reviewing it. Pours a dark golden tangerine/orange color with bright golden yellowish orange hues when held to a light source and a large 2.5 finger frothy, soapy white head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a thick lasting cap that leaves chunks of soapy lacing in it’s wake. Uber-fresh luscious hop aroma that is bursting with sweet tropical and citrus fruit notes. There is also a slight dry earthy pine/spruce character in the nose along with subtle alcohol sweetness and perfect malt balance. The maltiness is there with some slightly toasty biscuit and graham cracker but the nose on this beer is all about the hops. Medium bodied but on the lighter end with a slightly chewy hop forward presence that lingers over the subtle malt backbone into a sweet yet dry finish. Again, the flavor of this beer is dominated by insanely fresh delicious hops that give off a slight dry bitterness and a huge tropical/citrus fruit notes. Lots of mango, pineapple, orange and lemon peel and grapefruit. There’s also a slightly lactic creaminess that adds to the beer’s complexity and makes it incredibly smooth and quaffable. The malt backbone is subtle and slightly toasty with hints of caramel, biscuit and graham cracker. Perfectly balanced with sweet fruit, dry bitter hop and subtle malt flavors bouncing off of each other. I can’t say enough about this beer. One of my favorites of all time and highly recommended!

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