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RATINGS: 1998   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 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2372) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2009
22 oz bomber. Pours a light orange vistalite with a medium white head. Aroma of floral hops, citrus and light piney resin. Taste of pine, pine resin, citrus and floral hops. Very nice IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - JUN 9, 2009
Bottle courtesy Doboy, shared with my brother.Clear gold with a smalish off white head. Huge grapefruit aroma with lots of pine resin build on a base of toffee and honey. Medium body and carbonation, quite resinous as expected, very dry palate. Fleeting malt sweetness gives way to an assertive bitterness that extends into a lengthy dry finish. This is one big, bad IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
changeup45 (1717) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2009
Bottle from Turdferguson. Pours an orange color with a thick frothy off-white head. Heavy lacing. Citrusy hoppy aroma escapes as soon as the bottle is cracked with a lot of grapefruit and a lesser pine scent. Citrusy, grapefruit, orange, lemon, this pretty much tastes like you think it should after smelling it although perhaps not quite as sharp as the aroma indicates. Probably because itís so easy to drink and refreshing without huge bitterness. A very good IPA. Thanks Sam!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3095) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2009
22 oz bottle
I only let this sit for a week before I could resist the urge to open it. West Coast IPAs seem to lose something even when chilled and I wanted the best experience possible. I donít know how much this costs in California but if it were regularly accessible I may just buy it on a semi-regular basis.

Aroma / Appearance - The transparent golden body and stark white head formed a picturesque decoration on the coffee table. Bright and grassy, the nose was fruity with the main aspect being canned mandarin oranges.

Flavor / Palate - The hoppy bite grabs you from the first sip and is consistent throughout. A mixture of grass, pine needles, flower petals, and citrus it sits nicely on the tongue. Despite being 7% ABV this was not tough to polish off as spring transitioned to summer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gkost (1714) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2011 pours a deep yellow. very citrus nose with some pine and floral hops mixed in, sweet caramel. Perfect balance of citrus, pine, mild fruit and caramel sweetness. Finished dry with some fruit tones. One of the best IPAs out there.

   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 (4713) - 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 (3179) - 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 (6924) - 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 (4546) - 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."

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