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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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerfest5 (1206) - Cloneen, IRELAND - JAN 22, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2014 Golden amber pour into the tulip glass with a large white head. Aroma of grapefruit, tropical fruits, resin, some caramel malts, mouthwatering in fact. Would love to see this in unfiltered form. Taste follows the aroma well, perhaps a touch over-carbonated however, could be slightly smoother to enjoy the complex hops here. Finish is typical IPA, bitter but the caramel malt backbone helps smooth it out some.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jblauvs (1356) - Chester, Vermont, USA - JAN 19, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2010 Golden pour with good clarity, two finger white head foams up immediately. Aroma is startlingly fresh and hoppy. An assault of sweet, fruity hops on my nostrils is welcomed, touches of grapefruit, nectar, and light resinous pine needle. Mouthfeel is smooth and syrupy, Flavor is immediately bitter hop juice with playful fruitiness, apricot, peppery mango. A tongue lashing of hoppiness but also delightfully tasty. This stuff might get me back into IPAs

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ben4321 (4546) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2014

Making a score only update, 9/12/14 - This rating needs to be higher - 4.2: 8/4/9/4/17

Location: On tap at the Brewery, Linda Vista Location, 1/7/10

Aroma: Melon, grapefruit, citrus, pine, caramel, resin
Appearance: Hazy golden color with a thin white head
Flavor: Bitter hop flavor with some malts and citrus sweetness
Palate: Creamy moouthfeel, crisp, medium body, dry finish
Overall Impression: This is a very solid IPA in the juicy and bitter West Coast style. A nice, tasty beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mastabass666 (277) - California, USA - JAN 17, 2010
Excellent IPA. Astringent, piney, grapefruit, light malts, fruity. Really good. Great example of a really well-showcased hoppppy beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 17, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2011 Pours hazy golden-copper color with frothy head and good lacing. Flavor and aroma succeed in bringing out different hop qualities, with the nose exhibiting light fruity notes, including peach, tropical fruit, pineapple, bubblegum, and a lot of citrus. Flavor is far more intense, with a huge hop blast. Similar notes of fruit, and more specifically, citrus, but the bitterness is almost unexpected after the mellow fruity aroma. Extremely bitter and resinous. Great dry finish. Light yet still full bodied. Awesome beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Capa (2238) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2010
Copper orange with a white head. Crisp hoppy aroma full of citrus, sweet malts, light orange, some pineapple. Wonderful. Mid-range body that makes it easy drinking. Flavor has plenty of bright fruits, citrus, pineapple, light pine, and a malt note nearly hidden in the back. Bitterness remains apparent through the finish. A very nice IPA and one that I’d like to have regular access to.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
rmhancock (21) - USA - JAN 16, 2010
Aroma - grapefruit, orange, lemon appearance - yellow orange taste - refreshing, citrus, grapefruit, orange, lemon I love this beer. its crisp, refreshing and well balanced. Hoppy but not over the top. great beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - JAN 10, 2010
Yellow, almost straw-colored (great to see an IPA of this magnitude that’s actually a pale ale). A rather thin white head settles in a moderate pace. Massive hop aromas in the nose. Plenty of exotic fruits, but not so dominated by grapefruits as many other hop forward beers are. Instead here are generous amounts of mango and passion fruits (along with the grapefruit of course). Here is also a very pleasant smell of elder flowers. Some pine needles and hop resins. Biscuity malts are present as well. The taste replicates the smell with very fresh hop flavors all around. Exotic fruits (grapefruit, mango, passion fruit) mix with elder flowers and hop resins. A semi-sweet crisp and biscuity malty backbone. The finish is really bitter with notes of pine-needles and, citric notes and grassy hop notes. Medium to semi-full body, nice sticky mouthfeel. Crisp carbonation. This is a great IPA with a massive and very tasty hop profile. Still, it manages to stay very balanced. The malts are almost perfectly suited for the hop centered flavors. Serving type: bottle (Copy of old Beer Advocate review)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
arondee (598) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 6, 2010
Pours a light orange color with a thick white head. Aromas are amazing citrus floral hops are overwhelming. The taste is exactly the same, citrus, orange rind, grapefruit, bitter hops, but not over bitter just about perfect. Wonderful brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mora2000 (5924) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2010
Thanks to Kaiser81 for trading this one to me. Pours yellow-orange with a small white head. The beer is very clear. The aroma is strong citrus hops, lots of peach and mango. Very nice smelling beer. There is good bitterness and hop flavor, with lots of pine and citrus. The pine is mainly evident in the aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel and very drinkable. Outstanding beer.

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