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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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brettpace (176) - New York City, New York, USA - APR 2, 2007
Amazing, the smell of hops knocks you off your feet. Couldnt believe it when I took a wiff. My friend got a growler filled with this and gave me some. Truly a great beer. Nice and bitter, but not to bitter, hoppy taste and aroma really make this a great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beeronaut (176) - Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2011
This is a tremendous little IPA from BP. One I didnít know much about prior to the GBBF í11. Pours very pale golden, looks like a blond beer. Nice one finger bright whit head with average retention and decent lacing. Aroma is pretty knock out stuff, big tropical aromas of passion fruit and mango with a heavy resinous and slightly spicy character, real earthy in the background, but very fruity at the same time. Nice touch of a honeyed note to keep a balance to the earthy hop/tropical hops. Flavour is so incredibly crisp for the style, I was expecting mouth coating San Diego style IPA, but no, itís almost Pilsner in feel but with massive flavour, Incredibly crisp and refreshing, it opens with citrus and peach, moves to a slightly honeyed cereal note in the mids and out of nowhere comes some note worthy bitterness which takes you in to a great highly aromatic finish with grapefruit bitterness, orange, perfume and highly floral notes. Oddly enough the characteristic I love most about this is also the only gripe Iíd have: I want more body, but yet at the same time Iím blown away by the crisp drinkablity of the beer, so do I need more body? It just drinks like it were 4.5-5% rather than 7% Itís a real master class in how to make a light crisp and ultimately highly refreshing IPA but pack in as much flavour without it becoming cloying or oily. Brilliant stuff.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
o_Merlin_o (176) - California, USA - FEB 27, 2013
Pours golden yellow, with zero head. Definite flavors of grapefruit and peach. Slight sour aftertaste.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thagr81_us (175) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JUL 11, 2010
Served from bottle into a Spaten mug. Pours a nice golden color with a two finger frothy head that subsides to one finger slowly. Maintains nice lacing throughout. The aroma is comprised of an excellent sweet hop note. The flavor is of pine, spicy hops, and a hint of malt. It has medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this is the second time I have had this brew but the last time was prior to reviewing brews. I am glad I was able to get my hands on it again so I could relive my previous experience. You NEED to try this one if you are an IPA fan. No excuses... Believe the hype.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CacheManyHose (175) - HONG KONG - JUL 20, 2014
From San Diego. Bright translucent orange-copper with small watery white head. Lots of fruit in the smell - mango, pineapple, citrus. Tastes of fruity bitter hop and malt with a long slightly spicy finish. More malt and less hop than I expected. Body is crisp but juicy. Not very big and quite malty for an IPA but still very tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tdoyledesign (173) - Michigan, USA - DEC 7, 2013
From a bottle. Pours a dark golden orange with a thick white head that dissipates. Aroma is rather muted but is well balanced with hops, citrus and other fruits and a hint grass. Taste is well balanced with citrus up front. Do I taste a hint of caramel from the malt? Perhaps that is the mango and other fruits but it is a nice middle tone to balance out the citrus and hops. Middle is a bit of hop and a crisp and clean finish. Palate is citrus/grass followed by hops and a nice finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hophaze (172) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - AUG 20, 2013
Bottle. Pouts a orange color with minimal lacing. Aroma of grapefruit and slight pine. Wonderful taste. Well balanced. Def a west coast profile. ----Hophaze out

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcclainc50 (171) - New York, USA - SEP 3, 2013
Pours a golden amber color with a medium head the leaves decent lacing. Aromas of hops and citrus with more hops and a bit of pine. Flavors of hops grab you with citrus notes, a botter but pleasant aftertaste. Definitely a top selection for IPAs.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
truebluehes (171) - Tipton, Iowa, USA - JUL 26, 2013
Draft. Awesome dry finish. Hop strong. Hammered yet appreciative. Yada yada, Portland OR. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DeliveryDriver (170) - Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2013
Pours a clear golden with a creamy, white head that sticks and leaves good lacing. Aromas of grapefruit, citrus, and piney hops. Solid malt backbone with medium bitterness. Light bodied with a decent length bitter finish. Solid, but not one of the best.

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