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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JAXSON (526) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2009
Bottle. Pours a clear medium gold with a fluffy lil’ head. Nose is dank pine forest, and something reminiscent of juniper berries. Flavor is a gloriuos expression of west coast hops. Citrus rind and pine forest. Maybe a bit on the bold side for a single IPA, but a really good one at that.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 5, 2009
22oz bottle courtesy of a trade with KingG, thanks! I always take a sniff off the bottle before pouring and this smells great! The color is a dark, but transparent, yellow and the head is full, sticky and firm. The aroma is pure West Coast IPA, piney, fruity, citrus, very nice. The flavor is a very green, almost vegetal hop flavor. There are also melon-rind notes which remind me of the Dorado DIPA. It does not quite live up to the aroma but it is still tasty. The mouthfeel is decent and the drinkability is good. Overall, this is a good West Coast IPA but I prefer the Big Eye from Ballast Point. update 12/30/08 most recent batch This is a very good IPA. I don’t really taste the vegetal I got last time, just fruity, dank IPA. This is much better than Dorado or Big Eye. Friends said it was like Green Flash westcoast meets odell IPA. Awesome. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 03-20-2008 03:13:20

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
yemenmocha (658) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - MAY 3, 2009
Most delicious new IPA I’ve had in years. Color is a bright golden hue, transparent, with a slight tinge of orange. Head is white and frothy rich, thick, meringue-like and jiggles when nudged. Head recedes to a thinner, but long lasting lace and Belgian lace surrounds the inside of my glass as this one goes down. Nose is full of bright citrus and citrusy black tea aromas. I’m leaning towards tangerine and peaches with that black tea component, and a slight suggestion of biscuits. Sharp on the palate right away, but not an overwhelming in your face hop presence. It’s big but not an assault like some APA’s can offer. The bright citrus comes through and again some of the black tea qualities. Faint biscuity malt is in there, and it has a smooth creamy mouthfeel. I pick up some lemon towards the end.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2009 Aroma is very fruity, hawaii tropical fruits, coconut, mango, papaya, peach. Taste is sweet and juicy hops. Fruity and smooth. Very nice, no lingering bad flavors and nice too drink. Re-rate. gotta up this a bit. From 4 to 4.2 Just awesome, especially fresh!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harbuck76 (134) - El Cajon, California, USA - MAY 1, 2009
22 oz bomber. Pours a light amber with small off white head. nice floral aroma grapefruit , peach. Mouthful is citrus, oily .This is a medium bodied solid ipa. very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (9457) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - APR 30, 2009
Draught at Najas Place. Pours clear yellow with an average, white head, mostly lasting with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (grain, meal, cereal), heavy hop (perfume, pine, spruce, citrus), average yeast (sweat) with notes of pear, apple, and peach. Medium bodied, sticky texture, lively carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, light sweetness, heavy acidity and bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (3981) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 30, 2009
Thanks a ton smokepot23. Pours a very pale translucent honey gold with a thin offwhite head. Looks great. The nose is very citrusy and tropical, lemon peel, mango, some piny/spicy hops, resinous. Flavor is very fruity and citrusy, sweet resinous hops, mango, mandarin orange, nice dry bitterness. Dry bitter palate. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
djtimeless (221) - Colorado, USA - APR 27, 2009
Pours out a clear orangeish gold with lots of head. Taste is creamy and hoppy. Lots of spicy hops. Great IPA with, some sweetness and lots of pine. Had last year, best IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - APR 27, 2009
I have had this many times this year and again last night. Aromas of pine, citrus, apricots and hops. Flavors of the same including a little pepper and spice. Very nice for a IPA and I look forward to future releases.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmac (3919) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 26, 2009
22 oz bomber from padrefan98, thanks Jon. Wow this is simply an IPA and not a double, very impressive. Pours a golden orange with an average size bright white foamy head. Aroma is cat piss, grassy hops, citrus and call me nutts but my first impression was also some peanut butter. Body is prefect, medium bodied, medium to slightly strong carbonation with a bitter finish. Flavor is citrus, fresh cut grass, slight pine, biscuit. This one is a big hop bomb for a straight up IPA, not for the nonhop hearted.

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