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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 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 15, 2009
Draft at The Thirsty Monk. Pours a golden off-white , lasting head with a golden-amber body. Smells of citrus and floral hops...apricots, mango, and pineapple. Flavor is much the same as the aroma. Finish has the lasting fruit flavors and a slight bitterness.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
FrigidRoses (14) - USA - JUL 14, 2009
One of the best. Taste isn’t quite as citrusy sweet as the nose implies but still an all time favorite. This one is an easy drinker and the bottle disappears quickly. Cheers to the Charleston Beer Exchange for getting this gem in.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 13, 2009

Source:22 oz bottle.
Appearance:Pale gold color with a one finger white head.
Aroma:Tons of juicy fruit here. Citrus, peaches, mango and others.
Flavor:Grapefruit dominant with a caramel base. Bitter finish is brash, but fleeting.
Palate:Medium body with solid carbonation.
Overall:This lived up to my expectations. Excellent aroma and even better flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldGrowth (2821) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JUL 13, 2009
bottle, from Sam’s Quikstop. Great aroma, sweet, tangerine, lime, apricot, peach, peppery. Golden orange color, good head, ok lace. Bitter sweet flavor. Medium body, oily creamy mouth feel, bitter dry finish. Very nice ipa. Aroma was great, could sniff that all day, aroma turned a little more grapefruity anf lost alot of the peach type aspects. Still very good, glad I asked while I was there because I walked right by it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 12, 2009
22oz. Bomber. A little lighter color than expected would call it something similar to straw colored with a quickly disspearing white head. Crazy big nose that seems to be dominated by amarillo hops. Heavily tropical with hints of peach, mango and even a little melon. Flavor is similar with a strong grapefruit presence and a caramel note that is backed by a nice bitter streak that hits late. The malt is definitely there, but a bit understated to let the hops stand out. Mouthfeel is slightly thin, but not watery. Ends with a lingering bitterness and a touch of resin. Teetering on the border of a 2IPA. Impressive.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - JUL 11, 2009
I had this at the IPA fest and thought it should have won. Man this is one heck of a beer and right at the top of my hoppy list. Yeah Baby!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pineypower (2610) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JUL 10, 2009
Bottle. Pours out a clear slightly orange hued golden color with a small white head, solid carbonation. Aroma is out of this world, pine, citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, resiny hops and a very slight sweet caramel note with a solid mouthfeel. Taste is complex with a lot of different flavors going on, citrus hops, grapefruit, some pine, mango, pineapple, some slight caramel sweetness and a nice bitter finish. World Class IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUL 9, 2009
Draught at the brewery. Gold with a white head that laces the glass well. The aroma is one of the most intense hop blasts that i have ever stuck my nose into. Pine, peach, apricot, and mango are just HUGE in the nose. The flavor has the same gigantic juicey hops but a relatively low bitterness that perfectly balances the bone dry malt. Speaking of malt flavor, you’d struggle to pick out much if anything through the hop juice. Medium, almost light bodied with medium carbonation. This is really a hop paradise on tap. I had a bottle a couple days after sampling it on tap, and while excellent (maybe a 4.2) it didn’t quite live up to sucking this nectar right out of the brewery’s tap. Very similar to Pliny in that freshness is the world.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2009
Tasty, hop-oriented "ipa" nearing DIPA I hope, because its juicy piney grapefruity goodness is got to be nearing that territory. Pours a light tan wheaty looking pour with minimal white head. Nose is straight citrus hop. Flavor similar but with a more IPA oriented deadness where the DIPA becomes more potent in its hop profile this one wears off quick. Very drinkable and very good IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ncbeerman (3) - liberty, North Carolina, USA - JUL 5, 2009 does not count
Heavy on the grapefruit both on the nose and on the palate. I just happen to like this style. A little low on the suds, not overly carbonated. Amazing to squeeze so much flavor out of a regular 7% IPA. It’s tough to compare but with a bigger malt back bone and more hops ypou get into Hopslam territory. One very decent and hard to get brew, but worth the effort.

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