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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerNeedy (125) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAR 29, 2013
22 oz bottle. Poured a some kind of dark gold, but clear with a smallish head that dissipated rapidly. The aroma escapes me but there is no mistaking the potent bite of this fish! If you don’t like strong tasting left coast IPA’s you better stay away. In a place where a good IPA is hard to come by (Maui) this is a real treat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dunn4040 (125) - Georgia, USA - FEB 4, 2014
Pours a golden honey color with a frothy cream-colored head. Nice retention and great lacing. Aroma is apricot, pineapple, honey, peach, tangerine, and floral notes; a pleasant aroma that’s very inviting. This beer is very crisp and refreshing. Flavor starts off with nice sweet citrusy notes, tangerine, mango, and pineapple, followed up by the perfect amount of hoppiness and spice as it lingers on the tongue. This is as perfectly balanced an IPA I’ve ever had. Mouthfeel is thinner than you’d expect for an IPA with this flavor profile. Usually they are a little on the thicker and more syrupy side. This one isn’t, and that’s not a bad thing at all. It’s perfectly carbonated and the thinner mouthfeel just adds to the experience as it’s plays off that crisp and refreshing aspect of the beer that makes it a homerun in the aroma and flavor department. Overall this might very well be the best IPA I’ve ever tried. It’s different than I expected, but in a very good way. I love this beer. If you like IPAs, this is a must buy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ctplt777 (125) - - JUN 28, 2014
Excellent IPA. I have heard good things about it but never got around to trying it but I’m glad I did. Really nice tropical pine aroma. Very West coast it’s awesome. It’s like not trying to be too much of something. It is exactly what it is and I think that’s what I like so much about it. The taste is obvious. It’s delicious. Nice soft fruit and dry finish. Very refreshing. Overall a fantastic beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
resevil787 (123) - Arizona, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Pours a golden amber. Two fingers of head. Very well balanced IPA. Expected a fruity citrus finish but it was more grass flower and hop notes. Outstanding IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeffs515 (123) - Ogden, Utah, USA - SEP 8, 2012
Aroma is very citrus sweet grapefruit hopy floral cascade I also get some sort of sweet peach or apricot. Pours a copper color with lots of creamy off white foam. Leaves some lacing and has quit a bit of carbonation. Taste is sweet at first lots of grapefruit little malt and pine. Sits a little bitter towards the end. Some floral tones as well. Overall this is an amazing beer wish I could buy it for my every day beer. Damn it’s good! Thank you Brian.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewskis (123) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - JAN 2, 2013
Pours a golden orange color with a finger length off white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a blanket of lacing. Smells of peach, mango, grapefruit, like an apricot, resin. Nice carmel malt backbone to it. Taste starts and finishes with lots of peach or apricot. Also starts with some mango and grapefruit. Slight bitterness. Then a good amount of carmel and bready malt shine through to balance it. The finish is a nice combination of fruity flavors from the hops: lots of apricot or peach, get some lemon, orange, grapefruit, mango, maybe some other tropical fruits. Medium body with a good amount of carbonation that gives it a refreshing finish. A creamy and resinous mouthfeel. A very balanced, flavorful, and drinkable IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcc5468 (121) - USA - AUG 31, 2010
From a 22 oz bottle. Thick creamy head. Pour is a dark orange/amber color. Fruit hop aroma as advertised. Citrus hops are definitely present in the taste. Nice solid hop taste. No afterbite. Although only a 7% ABV the alcohol is well hidden. Good IPA. I would definitely drink again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BrooHa (120) - New York, USA - FEB 10, 2010
Poured into DFH glass. Extremely clear. Dark amber / light copper color. Pillowy, off-white, 4-finger (heheh) head. Thick lacing. Citrusy hops (more orange or lemon than grapefruit or pine), sugary, marmalade smell. Initially sweet. Medium to heavy feel. Pleasant, somewhat scrubbing bubbliness. Finishes dry. Very, very tasty! Possibly one of my new, favorite IPAs!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sparf (120) - Östersund, SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2013
Ren, oväntat liten humlearom med en touch av gräs och kolasötma. Tydligt fruktiga toner också av framför allt aprikos. Disig brygd med en lite tråkig guldorange färg. Skummet halveras för snabbt men har en trevlig konsistens. Viss komplexitet i smaken med aprikos, och en lätt nötig malt som dominerande element. Humlen visar framför allt upp talltoner och en mjuk, framväxande beska. Rund, halvfyllig kropp med en len konsistens. En intressant IPA, full av hantverkskvalitet, men som ändå inte lever upp till de högt ställda förväntningarna.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Luk_ (120) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 15, 2014
Can. Copper pour with small head. Aroma leans towards fruity and earthy hops. Taste is fruity, earthy and grassy. Bitterness is moderate. Decent IPA which fells short from the bests of its class.

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