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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
puggy211 (712) - cordova, Tennessee, USA - SEP 6, 2009
This IPA pours a gorgeous clear bright golden orange color with a good sized bone-white head on it that left spotting lacing on my glass. The nose on this beer is very unique and interesting for an IPA. I think mango is the strongest scent followed by passion fruit, peaches, lemon and orange zest, floral hops, and a slight pine bitterness as well. The smell on this beer is leaping from my glass, and it never left for the entire beer. The flavor profile is loaded with citrus fruits with grapefruit and tangerines being very dominant followed up with only a slight touch of caramel malt. The hops are extremely fresh and vibrant on this offering. The malt is only barely noticeable, but somehow supports the hops beautifully. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation that left a very dry finish on the back of my palate. The drinkability is superb on this beer, and is one of the best IPAs Iíve have ever had the pleasure of tasting

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4525) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 4, 2009
Fantastic. Fruit tones. Grapefruit dominates taste and aroma. Lots of pine. Delicious IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 4, 2009
22 oz bottle. Bright amber with orange to it. Very cheerful happy color. The lace looks like something that sat on the counter in a half full glass for a week during the summer in fresno. Itís pretty thick. The nose is super piny hops. A bit of funkiness hides behind the Christmas tree. Taste is similar to the nose. Bright pine tree, some almost farmhouse funkiness ala Hop Stoopid, and bitter stickiness at the end. Not overly sweet at all. Damn fine IPA. More striking than some IIPAs Iíve had.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Tejas (909) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 4, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2012 This is the best beer in the world??????? Taste like a fresh cut lawn. Gross and unbalanced. Thin palate. Zero mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
doubelknv3 (1028) - Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2009
UPDATED: APR 4, 2013 Golden, lasting white head...decent lacing. Pine, floral, apricot, lemon, and mild berry aroma. Pine, grapefruit, mild-sweet malt flavours. Full-bodied, balanced, with lasting bitterness. Refreshing and sessionable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 4, 2009
22 oz. bottle - thanks to weeheavySD for the trade; clear, orange and thin white head; such a tasty IPA and while not quite as good in the bottle as on draft, it still shines here; fruit, yeasty with oranges and lots of malty goodness; hops go more for the sweetness than bitterness, which works well here; nice and dry finish; a lovely IPA

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CelticBrew (912) - 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.

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