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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAY 26, 2009
22 oz bomber acquired via trade. Poured out a nice orange tinted amber with a finger and a half off white head. Solid aroma of grapefruit, pineapple, orange and light pine. Flavor much the same with a little bit of caramel malt to balance it out. This one was a few months old and still damn tasty, I need to get my hands on a bottle when itís fresh!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 25, 2009
Orange-amber pour with a two-fingered, frothy white head. Very sticky lace. Awesome hops blast up front with fresh squeezed grapefruit and pine juice. Flavors of lemon pith, ruby red grapefruit, pineapple and pine resin. A good portion of caramel malt for a complimentary backbone. Good body, nice balance with a strong, lingering, bitter finish. This brews most significant feature is its freshness. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2009 Thanks to JCB for giving me a bottle from North Carolina. Clear amber with a medium head. Aroma of pineapple, grapefruit, papaya and oranges. I know a lot of IPAís are fruity, but this kicks it up two notches. Itís a veritable fruit salad in a glass! My wife agrees (that it smells of fruit), and usually she doesnít like hoppy beers. Lite tasting malt and dry. Dry, fruity finish. OMG. Iíve gotta try this on tap!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29988) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2009
Bottled. A hazy amber beer with a lazing beige head. The aroma is sweet with strong notes of hops and medium notes of elderberries and grapefruits. The flavor is sweet with strong notes of caramel, as well as medium notes of malt, grapefruit, and elderberries, leading to a dry and bitter finish. Thanks Papsoe for sharing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 22, 2009
2009 Bottle - Thanks Snojerk321! - Poues dk yellow with a medium white head...aroma is massive citrus, little malt...flavour is similar, I was looking for more malt, but had to remind myself this was not an IIPA, great bitterness that lingers just the right length, good alcohol...very nice!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 22, 2009
This stuff is chocked full of grapefruit; grapefruit until the cows come home. Surprisingly light on the palate for all of itís flavor, but it doesnít suffer any for it. On the contrary: it keeps it from getting syrupy. Superb.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
NachlamSie (2854) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 17, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2010 On tap at the Thirsty Monk. Pours slightly hazy gold with a great foamy white head. This is certainly hoppy. It is a predictable but welcome delivery of citrusy hops. This one brought Averyís IPA to mind, just a little more balanced and a bit lighter on the palate. This is refreshing for the style with plenty of grapefruit and juicier citrus flavor. Malts are just sweet enough and not too thick. Iíd drink this on a regular basis if I could.
[September 2, 2010]
On tap at Smoky Oak. Yíknow, when I originally had this beer I enjoyed it very, very much but was surprised to see it in the top 10 IPAís. I didnít think it was quite on that level. I have changed my opinion after enjoying a delicious pint of it again. The nose is powerfully hoppy with cutting hints at grapefruit and herbs. Hops are everywhere in the flavor too with a vast, bitter and herbal attack. It combines what I like about Two Hearted with Sweetwater IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 16, 2009
Slight hazy gold pour. Thick off white head a thick drippy lace. Piney aroma. Light citrus notes, grapefruit and pine. Big malty backbone which is perfectly balanced

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4635) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 16, 2009
Pours gold into a shaker. Off-white head with excellent retention craters and recedes leaving sheet lacing. Summer fruit, resin and pine aromas. Crisp and well balanced with apricot and resin from front to back. Dry lasting grapefruit finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
grandridge (224) - Port Clinton, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2009
Let me just say, I donít know how this is rated any less than pliny. Itís hard to tell the difference. Pours a clear golden with a white head that turns a little rocky. A solid IPA, just the right amount of alcohol, pine, resin, and grapefruit.

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