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RATINGS: 2228   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 13, 2010
Bottle thanks to RegSpeir. Pours slightly hazy with a small white head. Nose is orange, peach, lemons, fruity hops, and various bright citrus- very nice. Flavor is big hops of citrus fruits, pines, grass, and just big resinous dankness. Nice light, thin mouthfeel and light carbonation finishing crisp, dry, and bitter. Great IPA!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ketchepillar (1172) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 13, 2010
Bomber. Nice hazy orange. Pillowy white head. A bit oniony for sure. Oranges. Body is spot on. Not much for malt there-which is good. Grapes. Maybe even a bit cheesy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stimulus (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2010
22 oz bomber. A: Pours a cloudy orange with a bit of yeast sediment and a one finger white head. S: Various citrus fruits and hop aromas. T: Citrus fruits, perhaps grapefruit and peach, followed by hop bitterness, and then finishing with the fruit flavors. M: Medium to light bodied and well carbonated. D: Not a typical representation of the West Coast IPA, but Big Eye would fit that mold more. This fruit flavors balancing out the hop bitterness were a pleasant surprise, and this reminds me quite a bit like AleSmith IPA, another great San Diego IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dagimp (829) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2010
From a bomber into a pint glass. Pours hay colored yellow with plenty o fluffy head. Not much lacing, kinda surprising. Aroma of hops, mango pine, skunk, etc. Palate is very, very, good. Not sticky and not light... as Goldilocks says, just right. Tastes like a West Coast IPA (or DIPA more accurately). Lots o’ hops. I liked that this one was very smooth and not too biting. Very solid IPA; reminds me a lot of Deshutes Hop Henge, another very good IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cpetrone84 (1705) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2010
New review updated 8/10/10 and score from this one. A-pours a lightly hazed pale golden color with a dense creamy white head with a great lace left behind. S-caramel and biscuit malt are light and present up front, hops dominate, tons of peach, orange, and notes of pine. T-caramel and toasted biscuity malts up front, light pine, sugar, tons of fruit flavors, orange, peaches, tangerine. Moderate bitterness that lingers for just a moment. M-medium to light in body, smoother on the palate, a little syrupy, strong carbonation, crisp clean finish, quite wet throughout. D-this is a darn tasty IPA every time I drink it, there is enough malt to keep a balance but the hops are really the focus of this beer dominating the palate. the bitterness is quite present but doesn’t linger unpleasantly. ***************** A-hazy golden yellow color, two full fingers of white head that leaves a light lace on the glass S-hops it is! love it! big hops in the nose of tropical fruit, grapefruit, citrus and some apricot. I’m excited! T-expected hops, got hops! I am getting huge hops similar to the smell, I’m drinkin tropical fruit juice, big pineapple, apricot, some citrus, with a nice bitter hop finish M-very smooth and lightly carbonated, slick down the back of the throat and lingers in a good way D-I love the taste of hop and bitter hop, I could drink a million! this just became one of my favorites of all time!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - AUG 9, 2010
22 oz bottle purchased by my buddy who just brought a case back from PA. The aroma is very pungent - just a beautiful blast of tropical fruits and citrus. Flavor with a lighter malt profile (pale, maybe a little vienna malt) then comes a full-on explosion of papaya/mango, tangerine/citrus/grapefruit and a little pine. Extremely tasty. Full, round and creamy with moderate carbonation. Just great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HogTownHarry (6201) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2010
bomber shared by rudolf with me, blankboy and garthicus. Looks the part - hazy gold, quite bubbly, average lasting white frothy/fizzy head. Well-balanced aroma - lovely sweet maltiness, peach & pineapple, sweet and tart both, with plenty of hemp, citrus and lemon zest bitterness. Taste follows - again, nicely balanced, and the west coast bitterness takes its sweet time building, but when it finally arrives, it’s pretty big, bitter, and acidic - good thing there’s a lot of malt alredy on the scene - somewhat strong alcohol too, just what I wanted. Solid body on this one, well-carbonated, enough hops in there to make it both acidic AND astringent, and it lingers a long time - dry, bitter, a bit alcoholic and definitely resiny - this is top-shelf stuff, big and balanced both, I want more (thanks, Rudy!!!)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rudolf (2343) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 8, 2010
Bottle from Southbay Drugs. Gold, thin white head. Nose is citrus, grapefruit, pine needles, mint. Flavor is mint, pine needles, tangerine, pink grapefruit. Nice enough, but not particularly robust.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftycarl21 (2295) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 7, 2010
Clear orange with a medium sized frothy white head. Aroma starts with nectarine and peach, then moves to a citrus with pink grapefruit and lemon, and a touch of spruce and cedar bark at the finish. Awesome nose for an IPA. Flavor starts with a drop in the fruit character, moving towards pine, orchid, and perfume notes in the hop column. Palate is light and drinkable, but not watery. Incredible regular IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
garthicus (2798) - Dublin, IRELAND - AUG 7, 2010
Bottle, thanks to Rudy. Appearance: deliciously hopped, lots of mango, hemp, pine, perfume, spice, mango, lemons, amazing. Flavour: Super bitter hops, pine, malt, so much hops!!!! Lots of tingly carbonation, marijuana, makes my mouth water. Just delightful, long orange skin & pine finish.

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