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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 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 (1031) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nickd717 (3601) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 24, 2009
Fresh bottle shared by bring on BA - thanks for "bring"ing this! Upon opening the bottle, itís 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 thatís 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. Thereís 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!

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