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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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
iowaherkeye (2691) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 9, 2008
22oz bottle, no date from Holiday Wine Cellar. Clear medium orange with a 1 1/2 finger slightly yellowish white head with good retention. Wow, the tropical fruit aromas that I get from this beer are nothing short of awesome. So much pineapple and mango notes, tangerines, and then some nicely bitter grapefruit and pine needles in the background with some cotton candy and caramel. The flavor has a bit of an added grassy hoppiness, and the tropical flavors donít quite jump out at me as much as they had in the aroma. The cotton candy and caramel malts meld with the hops very well in that I get "sweet hops"--I donít get this very often in beers and I think itís great. Semi-dry finish with bitterness peaking around a 3. Light to medium body with the same for carbonation. An excellent IPA--hopefully they start bottling this year round--especially since they halted production on their Dorado. Also, I may like this one more than Two Hearted, though my rating doesnít reflect it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lb4lb (2546) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 9, 2008
UPDATED: APR 7, 2013 Bottle shared by MiguelMandingo. Thanks
Pours a clear honey amber color with a nice strong citrusy smell of grapefruit and perhaps pine. Tropical fruitiness. Taste is fruity, crisp, clean, lightly bitter and citrus rind like with a dry finish. Bursting with lots of tropical fruits and citrusy grapefruit in the flavor. Medium bodied with prickly carbonation. Refreshing and very drinkable. One of the Best IPAís Iíve ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 8, 2008
Bottle. Hugely sweet citrus nose, orange, mango, pineapple, and other tropical fruit. Clear gold with a thin white head. Balanced bitterness, aggressive but not harsh. Thick and sweet mouthfeel. Top notch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 8, 2008
a damn good ipa....lighter in color and body then alot of the other examples of the style.... but......darn good nose of grapefruity hops....and also the lighter body helps to showcase the hops more....good stuff

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11520) - Washington DC, USA - APR 6, 2008
(22oz bottle, thanks kmweaver) Clear golden body topped by minimal white head. Aroma is medium sweet, pine, catty, light caramel. Taste is medium sweet, catty, some grapefruit, pine. Medium body, faint acidity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
travita (3954) - Frisco, Texas, USA - APR 5, 2008
Golden in color with some haziness and some head. Nice bitterness in the taset and particularily the aftertaste. Grapefruit in the aroma, floral as well. Stone fruits in the taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 3, 2008
(22oz. bottle) Pours a clear orange body with a medium-sized off-white head. Fruity aroma of apricot, pineapple, peaches, and grapefruit. Flavor of apricot/floral/citrusy hops, toastiness, and caramel malt with a lightly syrupy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 3, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2012 (Resampled and upper numbers since the following rating.) 22oz bottle, courtesy of WeeHeavySD. Thanks, Jon! Pours a bright, yellow-orange color; off-white head with solid retention and medium-bubbled lacing. Cat pee, citrus, and resiny overall hoppiness in the aroma; slightly watery on the edges; lemon rind and clean hop expression. Medium carbonation. Medium mouthfeel: resiny, clean citrus and catty hop bitterness; some cheese and sugar. Medium finish (lots of mediums), showing resiny citrus and grass and sugar.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - APR 3, 2008
Courtesy hopscotch. Pours a crystal clear gold, with a small white head. Smells of big juicy citrus hops, some weed, grass, and grapefruit. Big and bold nose. The flavor is pretty big on the hops as expected, with a decent malt presence for some balance. Definitely a little more piney than fruity, although there was some grapefruit in there as well. Very good IPA, almost felt like a double to me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8017) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2008
Bottle thanks to Ken! Huge nose of sharp mandarin oranges - fruity, juicy, full, wow... has a definite fruit juice sugar character to the nose - while the body is thick and syrupy and frothy while still pretty crisp and sharp... resinous pine and catty simcoe hops round out a big IPA thatís not too big. Very good stuff.

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