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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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CelticBrew (907) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - SEP 2, 2009
Well, here it is. Poured from bomber, light folder hue, off white foamy head appears. Aroma of grapefruits, malts and hops follow. Flavour is well balanced, hops and malts half way in the middle, giviving way to tropical fruits and pines. Extremely smooth, and dangerous. Tremendous beer, exceptional!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 1, 2009
Pours a fairly pale golden yellow. Very clear with a nice moderate sized head and gobs of lacing. Nose is dominated by c-hops, big and bright and fresh smelling. Taste is pretty damn dry, very little sweetness, tons of hop bitterness, and a full range of hop flavor starting with a slightly harsh bitterness, then some floral flavors, and finishes huge on grapefruit and citrus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - AUG 29, 2009
22 oz bottle via Lagunitasfan (big big thanks!!). Pours an almost clear amber with an average white head. Nose is floral hop goodness. Taste is all about the floral/perfumy hops. A nice IPA with a big in your face hop profile, but not one i am crazy about.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - AUG 26, 2009
Wonderful hop smell. Vigorous bitter taste that is too much for my palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nickd717 (3594) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 24, 2009
Fresh bottle shared by bring on BA - thanks for "bring"ing this! Upon opening the bottle, it’s obvious that this beer is legit. Awesome, intense floral hops waft from the bottle. Pours bright golden-amber with a well-formed white head and good lacing. Aroma is floral hops, tropical fruit, and sweet malt. Flavor is more of the same, with some grapefruit notes and a little pine. Incredibly well-balanced and good. Palate medium for the style with lingering fresh hops on the finish. This absolutely dominated Alpine Pure Hoppiness in a side-by-side, and that’s saying something.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gorditoabd (629) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 20, 2009
Rating #111. Bomber. Strong floral aroma right at the pour, and after at the glass, with a faint but solid mango scent working in. Flavor is solidly floral with mango and something like orange-strawberry-pineapple juice kicking in toward the middle-end palate. Really complex brew here. There’s actually a bitter funk at the beginning that blossoms into the rest of the palate and makes the whole thing that much more lovely. Bravo Ballast Point. This is a beer to remember!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1523) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - AUG 17, 2009
Bottle courtesy of Stefanje. Pours like a pale pilsner with a one finger head. HUGE appetizing aroma of herb, wood, citrus, and earthy hops. Beautiful grapefruit fresh hop flavor, with a somewhat light easy drinking mouth feel. Hell of an IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wavers1 (910) - Notown, California, USA - AUG 16, 2009
bottle courtesy of the beer sommelier. just what the doctor ordered for a 100+ day like today! light sweet, fruity nose, golder crytyl on the pour. the flovor is light and refreshing with a lil sweet in the front, a lil tart in the back. the palate is incredibly smooth, great session beer. a great ipa that proves you don’t have to make it a double to make it good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
andersand (529) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 13, 2009
Bright amber with a white head. Pure hop goodness in the aroma, tropical fruit sweetness and fresh citrus, far from harsh. Flavour is also very tropical, inviting and clean with a mindblowing hop composition that comes across more as lovely juice rather than hop plants. Body is light and it goes down easily.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
blklab2007 (2062) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 11, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2009 bottle poured a light orange amber color with a white head that streaked down the glass. aroma has resiny hops, juicy citrus, sweet fruit, and perfect sweetness. crisp medium mouth feel. flavor hits an amazing hop level, citrus blasted, lemon rind, grapefruit, peach, apricot, fresh flowers, and plenty of sweetness. this is one amazing beer, really wowed me

on revisit this has an even more amazing nose, peach, sweet tropical, gentle citrus, balanced bitterness. everything is at such a dialed in level allowing the amazing hop flavors to be showcased.

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