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RATINGS: 1983   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2009
Bottle courtesy of tpd975. Pours a golden yellow color with thin white head. Aroma is sweet and floral with notes of apricots, citrus, caramel, honey, grapefruit, pine. Flavor is sweet and floral with notes of citrus, sweet caramel, apricots, fresh fruit, some hints of honey and pine. Generally medium body with a pleasing hoppy finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerman6686 (4672) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2009
This poured a cloudy light orange color with a pretty big white head. Aroma was just freaking awesome, lots of citrus hops, some piney notes as well. Just fresh hops. Flavor was much the same, very pungant fruity hops, some peach notes, pine at the end, and then a rather dry distinguished finish. I wish I had more of this stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3178) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JUN 5, 2009
22oz Bottle. Noses with a lemony Simcoe heavy aroma. Catty. Pours a very clear pale yellow, with a foamy whitish. Flavor is sticky, fruity, juicy and fresh. A fresh, piney snap of fresh foam filling out the balance. This is classic and juicy. Dry finish. A prototypical West Coast sticky IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (6895) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUN 3, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2009 courtesy of tpd975. pours golden, white head. Aroma and taste, hoppy, citrus with notes of pineapple, some floral hops. Not my fav IPA style, too much hops bitterness up front, still highly drinkable. re-rate, lots of hops, grapefruits, with nice malt balance but still with hops giving the beer a nice warmingpalate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (4543) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 3, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2010 Thanks IBrew2or3 for the share. Pours clear yellow with a white head. Nose is grapefruit, orange, some pine, and a bit of a caramel backbone. Flavor is similar with lots of caramel and grapefruit, all manner of citrus and a plethora of other citrus goodness: apricot, peach, and kumquat. Flavor finishes off with lingering citrus hop bite. Unique, yet balanced and goes great with a sharp cheddar. As Admiral Akbar says, [your taste buds] "cannot repel firepower of this magnitude."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAY 26, 2009
22 oz bomber acquired via trade. Poured out a nice orange tinted amber with a finger and a half off white head. Solid aroma of grapefruit, pineapple, orange and light pine. Flavor much the same with a little bit of caramel malt to balance it out. This one was a few months old and still damn tasty, I need to get my hands on a bottle when it’s fresh!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 25, 2009
Orange-amber pour with a two-fingered, frothy white head. Very sticky lace. Awesome hops blast up front with fresh squeezed grapefruit and pine juice. Flavors of lemon pith, ruby red grapefruit, pineapple and pine resin. A good portion of caramel malt for a complimentary backbone. Good body, nice balance with a strong, lingering, bitter finish. This brews most significant feature is its freshness. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2009 Thanks to JCB for giving me a bottle from North Carolina. Clear amber with a medium head. Aroma of pineapple, grapefruit, papaya and oranges. I know a lot of IPA’s are fruity, but this kicks it up two notches. It’s a veritable fruit salad in a glass! My wife agrees (that it smells of fruit), and usually she doesn’t like hoppy beers. Lite tasting malt and dry. Dry, fruity finish. OMG. I’ve gotta try this on tap!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29828) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2009
Bottled. A hazy amber beer with a lazing beige head. The aroma is sweet with strong notes of hops and medium notes of elderberries and grapefruits. The flavor is sweet with strong notes of caramel, as well as medium notes of malt, grapefruit, and elderberries, leading to a dry and bitter finish. Thanks Papsoe for sharing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 22, 2009
2009 Bottle - Thanks Snojerk321! - Poues dk yellow with a medium white head...aroma is massive citrus, little malt...flavour is similar, I was looking for more malt, but had to remind myself this was not an IIPA, great bitterness that lingers just the right length, good alcohol...very nice!

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