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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 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (12234) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 26, 2008
Light gold colour. Massive aroma - explosive orange and melon. Superbright. Bitter body, so much it’s sweet with lots of melon, fresh fruits. Not the most balanced but what a great aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 20, 2008
Clear orange color with a big white head. Knock-out nose of fresh hops...pine and hibiscus. Flavor is awesome with hops, honey and tasty malts. Easy to drink and very approachable. Loved it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Bottle via trade with mikesgroove. Pours amber orange with 2 finger creamy white head. pine, honey, peach, apricot, and flro hops. Starts witha slight malty backbone and quickly becomes floral honey hopped drying your mouth with hop bitterness. A really good ipa, but i wouldn’t trade for another.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltOMeal (1090) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2009 bottle shared thanks to zinister. Pours a clear orange with a thin white head. Nose was of floral and citrus hops. Oranges. The taste was of orange and lemon citrus with hops just blowing you away! Mouthfeel was very hoppy up front. Super harsh and super bitter. Wow!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sunevdj (3134) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2008
Bottle at toncatcher’s. Pours a clear yellow with an off-white head. Quite bitter. and very hoppy of grapefruits. Light alcohol notes. Medium bodied. Soft carbonation. Bitter finish with metallic notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeSammy (537) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - MAY 8, 2008
Strong citrus bitter hop nose. Gold amber, with a small head and great lacing. A little syrupy. Tart acidity undertones. Citrus hops dominate the palate, lemon, grapefruit. Bitter hop carbonation, and slight lingering bitterness aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5097) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 7, 2008
Thanks for sharing a bottle, iowaherkeye. The body was opaque medium gold with a white head. The aroma was strogn grapefruit with some toast. There was also some almonds and caramel. The taste was some mild grapefruit and bread crust. After the initial in your face hops aroma, I was expecting a stronger flavor. This was mild and fairly well balanced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2008
I can see what the fuss is about! This is a wonderfully fresh, fruity and incredibly well-done bitter beer. Lots of lemon and grapefruit, but also just a huge sticky tropical thing -- thankfully. though, this beer is not sweet, not at all. It is hugely aromatic; incredibly bright grassy, herbal and fruity aromas just leap out of the glass. Great color and heft, leaves you salivating after a long bitter, drying-out finish full of lemon and tangy breadiness. Just fantastic. From stefanje - thanks a million!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
StoutCat (89) - North Laurel, Maryland, USA - MAY 5, 2008
Pours orange-yellow with a white lace head. Aroma of grapefruit and another sweet underlying fruity aroma. Tatses like pink grapefruit, with a good inital tart acidity which is moderated by a sweet floral sugar taste. I really liked this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - MAY 4, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2008 Bottle courtesy of seaoflament, who’s mainly a beeradvocate guy, but I’ll forgive him for that! Met today at the LA Cuvee de Tomme release and drank some great beers together, including this one. Incredible IPA with wonderful floral hop aroma bursting out of the glass. Outstanding balance of caramel malt and floral and pine hops. Smooth finish and an all around awesome beer.

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