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RATINGS: 1931   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sunevdj (3201) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2008
Bottle at toncatcher’s. Pours a clear yellow with an off-white head. Quite bitter. and very hoppy of grapefruits. Light alcohol notes. Medium bodied. Soft carbonation. Bitter finish with metallic notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeSammy (543) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - MAY 8, 2008
Strong citrus bitter hop nose. Gold amber, with a small head and great lacing. A little syrupy. Tart acidity undertones. Citrus hops dominate the palate, lemon, grapefruit. Bitter hop carbonation, and slight lingering bitterness aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5104) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 7, 2008
Thanks for sharing a bottle, iowaherkeye. The body was opaque medium gold with a white head. The aroma was strogn grapefruit with some toast. There was also some almonds and caramel. The taste was some mild grapefruit and bread crust. After the initial in your face hops aroma, I was expecting a stronger flavor. This was mild and fairly well balanced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2008
I can see what the fuss is about! This is a wonderfully fresh, fruity and incredibly well-done bitter beer. Lots of lemon and grapefruit, but also just a huge sticky tropical thing -- thankfully. though, this beer is not sweet, not at all. It is hugely aromatic; incredibly bright grassy, herbal and fruity aromas just leap out of the glass. Great color and heft, leaves you salivating after a long bitter, drying-out finish full of lemon and tangy breadiness. Just fantastic. From stefanje - thanks a million!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
StoutCat (89) - North Laurel, Maryland, USA - MAY 5, 2008
Pours orange-yellow with a white lace head. Aroma of grapefruit and another sweet underlying fruity aroma. Tatses like pink grapefruit, with a good inital tart acidity which is moderated by a sweet floral sugar taste. I really liked this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AgentSteve (1627) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - MAY 4, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2008 Bottle courtesy of seaoflament, who’s mainly a beeradvocate guy, but I’ll forgive him for that! Met today at the LA Cuvee de Tomme release and drank some great beers together, including this one. Incredible IPA with wonderful floral hop aroma bursting out of the glass. Outstanding balance of caramel malt and floral and pine hops. Smooth finish and an all around awesome beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2008 4-6-08 bottle shared at tasting and 6-22-08 bottle
Nice glowing orange with a great creamy head. Great smell if fresh flowers, grass, and heaven. Flavor is perfectly hoppy, fresh, fruity, crisp and ideal. Very nice palate. Overall, SUPERB!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 29, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2008 Pours a bright golden amber with a dense head that shows very good retention and excellent lacing. Hops, hops, and more hops. Initial blast of resiny hops with major citrus aromas of grapefruit and lemon. This is what an IPA should smell like. Resiny, piny hop bitterness is the dominant taste with a definite lemony, grapefruit flavor. I get only the slightest bready malt flavor but enough to balance the massive hoppiness. Medium mouthfeel with a nice carbonation that shows up prickly on the tongue with the hop bitterness. Goes down smooth with the right balance of bitterness. For me, this is what all West Coast IPAs should aspire to be and is one of the most drinkable IPAs I’ve tasted. I would go well out of my way to get a hold of this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - APR 26, 2008
Thanks to Larry for the hookup! Clear golden with an average to thinner head. Light fresh piney hops. Crisp, unmuddied. Very light malt. Hops might be a bit past prime perhaps? Still crisp! Average sort of body, on the refreshing side of the viscous/thin divide. Sharp hops in the flavor. Very light malt again. Dry for the style! Straw. Pine. Not as fruity as the nose suggested. Some slightly garlic past prime hop flavors. A long lingering bitterness. I’d like to try this a bit fresher... maybe I should have left this in the fridge, oh well!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (7970) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 23, 2008
Dark orange beer with a yellowish-tinted head. Very fruity grapey, some "bittered" malts. Very dry-hoppy, again grapey, grapefruit, warm malts underneath all the hops. Well-bodied, rather fiery MF. Nice, if a bit cliché W.C. IPA.

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