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RATINGS: 2306   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 30, 2010
(22oz bottle). Pours copper color with white head. Aroma of grapefruit, green mango and peach. Beautiful! Taste is mostly bitter with some sweetness. Surprisingly light. Light bodied with thin and oily texture. Finish is bitter. The aroma is excellent and it’s quite easy to drink, but that is also part of the ’problem’. It doesn’t seem to have much depth, but this is an admittedly nit-picky criticism. Overall, this is a very good beer and one that I wish I could have in my fridge all the time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trevor211 (1470) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 30, 2010
Pours a light orange with a foamy off-white head. Sharp, piney hops are balanced with sweet mandarin on the nose. Some nectarine as well. Strong, refreshing, bitter hops in the flavor - pine resin and grapefruit. Big, but clean - goes down smooth. This one is seriously tasty - I’m a fan.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drowland (7103) - Georgia, USA - JUL 30, 2010
7/23/10. Thanks to Tim for sharing! Piney, floral aroma, very nice. Sweet floral hop flavor with just enough balancing bitterness. This is very good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bubbleflubber (2058) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 30, 2010
Pours tea-orange into the glass, with a retentive frothy head. The nose contains a huge bouquet of pine and citrus elements. Flavors of grapefruit, mangos, pine resin, tea-leaf tannins and fresh grassy hops intermingle in a perfect balance. Although complex, each pull provides an easy quaff and a light-round mouthfeel. Carbonation is smooth, yet provides for a lightly zesty palate. Perfect execution of an IPA. Great brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JUL 29, 2010
22. A very large IPA, XXXL. Massive hops press strong citrus & piney resins on your tongue. Last bomber. Will purchase again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fred82 (2119) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 27, 2010
Bomber thanks to Amy
Appearance : Clear pale yellow big foamy and creamy head. Extensive lacing.
Aroma : Fresh and green hops. Very leafy and slightly floral. Nice notes of mangos. Quite malty. Light notes of honey.
Taste : Some spices. Lots of malt. Leafy hops with fruity mango notes. I was expecting a bit more hops considering the powerful nose. Finish is slightly resinous. Rather bitter.
Overall : Amazing nose, leafy and fruity hops. Taste is a bit disappointing compared to the nose but still very good. Highly drinkable with a nice sharp but light bitterness that only makes it even more drinkable. Nice crisp bitter finish. Amazing beer !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - JUL 26, 2010
Really liked this brew. The aroma was full of really big citrus flavors. Really smooth drinking, full of bubbly froth and quality malts. The citrus really kicks it up a bunch, very mangoish. Great brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4191) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 23, 2010
Tap @ the OBF Buzz Tent... Poured orange with a white head. Aroma of fresh, floral, resinous hops. Slight hop bitterness, but mostly a lush hop, earthy, floral character. A little sweet, a little bit of malt to cover the lose holes. Definitely a hop bomb.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
skibumphishead (259) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 23, 2010
22 bottle at Smith’s in downtown Springfield. This might be my new favorite IPA. The citrus flavors are over the top. I love the orange juice finish balanced with a light sweet malt. As it warmed up a bit, the floral and grassy flavors appeared. This was the perfect break from the kitchen renovation. I asked Jimmy for something with citrus hop flavors from his private stock... and he delivered.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwood04 (4871) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 21, 2010
22oz bottle in a shaker. Pours deep golden with a lingering, lacy head. Aroma strong of caramel with underlying hops that are strong but somehow still feel like a background scent. The flavor is the same way. You can sense the presence of the hops but the smooth texture and caramel malts are more apparent. A really good beer that competes with a lot of imperial/double IPAs.

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