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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fourplayed (69) - Lakewood, California, USA - OCT 18, 2010
Aroma is mildly sweet floral, fruit, citrus, hops medium. this smells delicious. nice white head with lite lacing as it breaks up. A lite clear golden amber. small amount of tiny bubble rising up. Taste is not close to the smell. hops up front are balanced nicely with malts. The fruit, citrus sweetness is more buried than expected. Lite body to the palate not too much carbonation that holds up start to finish. Goes down easy with just enough mix of hops, malts, sweetness, bubbles to keep it interesting. Mild alcohol warmth in finish. A good brew Iíd have again

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcberko (9223) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 17, 2010
22 oz. bottle, pours hazy golden orange with a white head. Piney hop aroma, with lots of different fruits: peach, apricot, mango and lemon are all noticeable. Flavour is a barrage of fruit flavours, with the peach and apricot jumping out in front, and lemon toward the finish. And of course, a massive burst of hops that kick towards the middle and finish off the palate. Creamy, buttery mouthful. Wonderful brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 17, 2010
Bottle:   Orangish golden, a bit fiery, fairly clear, moderate to large frothy white head, nice lacing, lively carbonation.   Bright floral aroma, hoppy, minor citrus peel and pine.   Rather sweet on the tongue, certainly hoppy but has a soft fruitiness.   One thing I notice is that this is very crisp and clean.   Finishes smooth.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Lingering hoppiness, floral and pale fruitiness.   This is a top notch IPA.   On the sweeter side for sure, with softer hop bitterness.   Very drinkable!   Thanks Kyle for the bottle!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
unclemike (2528) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - OCT 16, 2010
I could spend all day sniffing the grapefruit-piney aroma which sends out a nice bouquet of Earthy tones. It took me a bit but there is some peach and lemon in the aroma as well. Flavor is loaded with citrus as well but has a rather bitter resin-like finish to it. Some lemon character is present in the flavor which seems to give it a nice balance. Alcohol is well hidden.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerandIT (300) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 7, 2010
Yet another California IPA that rocks the house. Had this one 10/7/2010 from the bottle. Pours a beautiful golden color with just under quarter an inch of head. Nice lacing on the glass as well because I keep drinking this beer very quickly. I smell malt, slight citrus from the hops. I taste citrus with a strong bitter finish to let you know that they did not skimp on the hops. Not the most balanced, but this IPA is a true representation of why the West Coast IPAs rule the roost. I am so happy we were able to get some of this liquid nectar in Richmond. Medium bodied with a very smooth mouth feel for being so aggressive.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
robiannelli (591) - West Deptford, New Jersey, USA - OCT 6, 2010
wow. 650ml bottle poured hazy gold with rocky sticky yellowish head. Aroma is bright and very flural with sweet mago and grapefruit notes up front other citrus fruit notes in the mix also like oranges and peaches. Taste is hoppy and piney notes but still holds a citrus fruit taste with a very good body. Extreamly complex and the aroma is very strong. phenominal IPA

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mansquito (4069) - Nueva York, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2010
Key Food, Brooklyn bomber ($8.99): Pours a golden color with a long lasting moderate white head. On the lighter side of possibility for the IPAs. Aroma is very fruity; I get the biggest noseful of peach, although there are citrus notes in there as well that I detect. Lots of hops in the aroma as well. Taste is bitter, but it does not quite get into hop slaughter territory. The hops may actually be most present in the sustained aftertaste. Even though this beer is medium bodied, it is still rather easy to drink and the hops donít stop you from enjoying a second one (Green Flash Hope Head Red Iím looking at you). Iím actually a bit disappointed. I know this beer was good, but it didnít strike me as the third highest rated IPA... In any case, I enjoyed it. I just hated seeing that bottle always looking at me beckoning me to its hoppy goodness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3507) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2013 Deep hazy gold, with a hint of orange, nice compact head. Aroma bracingly grapefruit and lemon. Flavor is also hop oriented, grapefruit, lemon, and as it warms, a hint of apricot. Very, very faint caramel sweetness for balance. Not bad, but this is so oriented on citric hop notes that the flavors probably are harmed a bit by bottling and travel across the US. Still nice. RERATE: A past due rerate now that this seems to be on draft with some regularity. And by golly, that is the way to taste it. Basic notes are the same, but beautiful fresh hop flavors just leap from the glass. Worth a few extra points. Would love to try this fresh at the source one day.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2010
Poured a dark hazy yellow with a thin head which still had a nice lacing. The aroma has some strong aromas of fruits like apricots in addition to some vegetable like sweet baby carrots. Taste is quite heavy on apricot and some rather strong bittering hops. The high alfa acid bitterness lingers heavily on the aftertaste. Body is also quite heavy for the style. Itís very enjoyable, though certainly an unabashedly unbalanced IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5538) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2010
Bottle. Amber with a rocky white head. Strong citrus laden hops, light pine, and soft caramel. Taste is big citrus (grapefruit juice and orange peel), soft caramel, sweet malt, herbal hops and tropical fruit. Body is medium and resinous with a bubbly carbonation and a strong lingering bitterness. Finishes with more citrus notes (grapefruit juice and orange), pine sap, soft caramel, sweet malt and more unripened tropical fruit notes.

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