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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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrChopin (3474) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2009
Thanks to snojerk321 for the bottle!
Peach-orange color, large fluffy yellowish-white head gone quickly. Nose is quite bitter but contains a lot of fruit sweetness, great stuff in orange, citrus, and cantaloupe. Flavor is downright bitter, just really hardcore stuff There’s a little sweet malt to ease it off and some hints of peach and orange, but the bitterness is direct and bold, through the long finish. Well carbonated and zesty, also a little salty. Very nice IPA, would session with pleasure.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2009
Bomber via trade with stefanje. Pours a very pretty coppery-gold with dissipating head. Crystal clear. Nose is apricots, catty, pine resin and some citrus, quite lovely and bright. I’d guess amarillo and simcoe, but you never know anymore. Taste is pretty similar, quenching bitterness and not nearly as overpowering as most have made it seem. Distinct catty flavor and resiny, mostly pine with a little bit of fruit character as well. To finish, there’s a big bready backbone to hold it all together. Damn well structured. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - FEB 16, 2009
Poured a clear effervescent amber with a fizzy/frothy white head. Aroma of grapefruit and orange, some pine, some soap, a slight touch of candy sweetness. Flavor is quite bitter with strong notes of grapefruit rind, earthy and bitter pine, a slight touch of soapiness, leading to a very dry bitter finish. No metallic tinge to the bitterness, which is nice. Overall a very bitter IPA witih sufficient complexity and almost no sweetness which maintains a pleasant refreshing character. A major notch in the column of those who do not care for sweet or more “balanced “ IPA’s.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
neepsntatties (1270) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 16, 2009
Colour... pours a medium amber. The nose... OH MY! WHAT A NOSE!! Take the me down the hop-a-dise city, where the hops are green and ale is pretty!! The palate... Indian River grapefruit, impetuously hoppy bite runs amuck over the entire palate, piney, resinous, dangerously quaffable, quite a fetching IPA!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - FEB 15, 2009
22oz bottle. Golden pour with a pretty nice white head. Nice piney aroma. A bit of sweetness up front, with a good light hop bite in the end. Pretty decent brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (7000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 14, 2009
Bottle shared by some of the excellent people at the Rosso release at Captain Lawrence. Pours a hazy brown amber with a soft off white head. Aroma is piled high with pineapple. Reminds me of the Green Flash imperial in that regard. Lots of citrus and pine notes as well. Body is light and a little bit thin, and not as complex as the aromas lead me to believe. Finishes well with a deep grapefruit bitter. If the middle of this was a little fuller I’d probably be in love.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - FEB 13, 2009
Poured from a 22oz bomber (thanks Torry) and served in a shaker. This poured a lightly hazed amber with a foamy, beige cap that left some decent lace. The aroma consisted of strong apricot, peach, and orange. Also some pine needles. The flavor had a big hop profile, but there was also a nice toffee element. Piney and citrusy with a stiff bitterness. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied and slightly sticky. This was an insanely quaffable brew. The alcohol was well hidden but packed a good punch. A really nice IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
coldbrewky (1461) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Bomber in trade with Stefanje. Nose is rich and has peaches, passionfruit, and heaps of pine sap. Body is on the light side of medium. Floral rounded hop infused malt balances easily on ones tounge. Hops are not omnipresent but certainly not wallflowers. A sweet even bosy and finish that blend into one another s well that the finish is nearly undetectable other than the lack of beer in your mouth. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Coltrane (108) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 6, 2009
Maybe the best IPA iv’e ever had, although it feels more like a double. All the citrus you could possibly want, almost as Hopslam and Nugget Nectar had a baby. A truly fantastic beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2009 bomber from south bay drugs poured into a pint glass. pours a very clean and clear golden color with a very thin white head and slight lacing. aroma was extremely fresh and clean. the nose drifted out of the glass immidiately with huge, gorgeous fruit notes of apricot, pear, peach, and grapefruit along with a fresh, floral, piney hoppiness and a touch of sweetness. flavor was outstanding and very unique. started off with a slightly spicy hop kick followed by big citrus notes of grapefruit and orange and some sweeter tropical fruit notes of pineapple and apricot. the finish had a wonderful piney and almost minty/herbal quality that i’ve not tasted in an IPA before. great bitterness but also very well balanced with light, roasted malt flavors. palate was medium bodied and extremely clean and smooth. amazing drinkability with a great long lasting, bitter finish. one of the best IPAs i’ve tasted and damn am i glad i had the chance to have this one.

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