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RATINGS: 2226   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BernieLomax (19) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2010
I really do not see all the hype surrounding this beer. It was a bit light on substance for my liking. Either that or my expectations were just too high for it. Poured a golden color and smelled slightly hoppy. Taste was a bit lacking and I never quit got the hop rush I was waiting for and also it lacked a prominent citrus or pine flavor. It was just ok, in my book.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2010
Enjoyed via draft in a whiskey snifter. The beer pours a slightly-darker-than-medium amber color with a moderate white head. The nose brings the expected strong character of west coast hops, with what seems to be an especially enthusiastic nod to Cascade, Amarillo, and perhaps just a bit of Simcoe. Hops overwhelm malt in the nose, and no discernable sweetness is noticeable in the nose. The palate is full without being cloying and bitter without being puckering. The aforementioned hops make their presence known in the apparoach, followed by a very nice note of hop resin on the tongue. Malt character is perceptable, but is pretty thoroughly muddled by lingering hop flavor. Sweetness is mild but pleasant. The finish is clean and semi-sweet. Overall, this is a tremendous beer; one that belies a relatively light abv with heavy flavor and enough finesse to keep from being a cloying bully on the palate. Quite good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
IPAGargoyleGuy (140) - Troy, NY, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2010
This reminds me of two of my other all-time favorite IPAs with the great parts of each blended together; Port Wipeout and Nugget Nectar. It has a great floral, fresh hop flavor that sticks to your palate. Unmatched freshness and plenty of citric and somewhat sweet hop flavors make up the profile but there are many subtleties. Why donít I live in California?

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 29, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2010 Pours a bright yellow orange with a decent head. Smells of magical danky citrus and bud. Tastes tropical and bitter. Oranges, mangos, pineapples and just a kiss of malt to hold it together, but not get in the way. Drinks beautifully and am amazed by it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jfitzy78 (8) - Belgiadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2010 does not count
Clear medium orange with a 1 1/2 finger slightly yellowish white head with good retention. Wow, the tropical fruit aromas that I get from this beer are nothing short of awesome. So much pineapple and mango notes, tangerines, and then some nicely bitter grapefruit and pine needles in the background with some cotton candy and caramel. The flavor has a bit of an added grassy hoppiness, and the tropical flavors donít quite jump out at me as much as they had in the aroma. The cotton candy and caramel malts meld with the hops very well in that I get "sweet hops"--I donít get this very often in beers and I think itís great. Semi-dry finish with bitterness peaking around a 3. Light to medium body with the same for carbonation. An excellent IPA--hopefully they start bottling this year round

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerfest5 (1206) - Cloneen, IRELAND - JAN 22, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2014 Golden amber pour into the tulip glass with a large white head. Aroma of grapefruit, tropical fruits, resin, some caramel malts, mouthwatering in fact. Would love to see this in unfiltered form. Taste follows the aroma well, perhaps a touch over-carbonated however, could be slightly smoother to enjoy the complex hops here. Finish is typical IPA, bitter but the caramel malt backbone helps smooth it out some.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - JAN 19, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2010 Golden pour with good clarity, two finger white head foams up immediately. Aroma is startlingly fresh and hoppy. An assault of sweet, fruity hops on my nostrils is welcomed, touches of grapefruit, nectar, and light resinous pine needle. Mouthfeel is smooth and syrupy, Flavor is immediately bitter hop juice with playful fruitiness, apricot, peppery mango. A tongue lashing of hoppiness but also delightfully tasty. This stuff might get me back into IPAs

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ben4321 (4744) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2014

Making a score only update, 9/12/14 - This rating needs to be higher - 4.2: 8/4/9/4/17

Location: On tap at the Brewery, Linda Vista Location, 1/7/10

Aroma: Melon, grapefruit, citrus, pine, caramel, resin
Appearance: Hazy golden color with a thin white head
Flavor: Bitter hop flavor with some malts and citrus sweetness
Palate: Creamy moouthfeel, crisp, medium body, dry finish
Overall Impression: This is a very solid IPA in the juicy and bitter West Coast style. A nice, tasty beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mastabass666 (277) - California, USA - JAN 17, 2010
Excellent IPA. Astringent, piney, grapefruit, light malts, fruity. Really good. Great example of a really well-showcased hoppppy beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 17, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2011 Pours hazy golden-copper color with frothy head and good lacing. Flavor and aroma succeed in bringing out different hop qualities, with the nose exhibiting light fruity notes, including peach, tropical fruit, pineapple, bubblegum, and a lot of citrus. Flavor is far more intense, with a huge hop blast. Similar notes of fruit, and more specifically, citrus, but the bitterness is almost unexpected after the mellow fruity aroma. Extremely bitter and resinous. Great dry finish. Light yet still full bodied. Awesome beer.

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