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RATINGS: 2305   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benzai (10842) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 10, 2014
Bottle [from trade with mista] @ weekly tasting shared with Dutchdrebus. Clear orange color, full sized off-white head that lasts for a long time. Aroma is malts, loads of hops, very fruity with grapefruit amd mandarin. Taste malts, hops, fruit hops, fruity, grapefruit, bitter. Lingering fruit and bitter hops in the aftertaste. Incredibly balanced flavor between the fruit hops and bitter hops. Medium to full body, perfect carbonation. I thought maybe this beer is hyped, but it is simply good. Very good, incredibly balanced. Lovely IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (10806) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 15, 2009
22 ounce bottle shared by cdumler. Thanks! Pours a clear medium amber color with a thin head. Good head retention and lacing. Big resiny hop aroma with some mild tropical and citrus fruit notes. Taste is very heavy hops.... pine, earth, vegetal and a little metal. Slight citrusy fruit and caramel notes. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (10727) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - OCT 25, 2014
courtesy of fiulijn - hazy reddish-orange beer with a poor head retention; solid aroma of oranges and grapefruit; full-bodied, juicy and very tasty; a solid bitterness and quite dry; long and very fruity hoppy finish (tangerines and oranges)- clean and straightforward

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10396) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2008
Hazy golden with tiny white head. Sweet and hoppy aroma with caramel notes. Sweet flavor with loads of hops, grapefruit, pine and caramel notes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
daknole (10346) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 15, 2009
Stefanje with another gem! Thanks bro! Orange pour. Tons of caramel and citrus on the nose. Flavor is bitter and sweet. More hops than caramel, but malt is present. Good, very good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - APR 7, 2011
Botella, thansk for sharing this 3rd best IPA on RB Plovmand! Hazy golden with a nice white medium head. Pleasant ripe fruity sweet like hoppy aroma with bit wet dog underneath. Good filling mouthfeel. Ripe fruity hoppy piney caramel sweet and bitter flavour. Fruity dry bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10180) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2008
Bottle... Clear golden ale with a small, creamy, white head. Great retention. Earthy, fruity aroma offers tropical and citrus fruit with additional notes of cannabis, crystal malt and toffee. Medium-bodied with a lightly creamy mouthfeel and modest carbonation. Toffee malt alongside bitter, citrusy, earthy hops. Bittersweet, grassy finish. Bottle courtesy of WeeHeavySD!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen (10145) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2012 Bottle @ home, courtesy of daknole. Thanks! Slightly hazy, golden appearance with an off white head. Potent resiny, mary jane, piney hoppy, earthy, apricot, grapefruity, mango aroma. Resiny, sticky, piney, organic hoppy, sweet malty, fairly fruity, mango, grapefruity flavor with a sticky, organic hoppy finish. One of the more assertive IPAs out there and quite nice!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (10105) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2009 22oz bottle acquired in trade with WeeHeavySD (thanks!). Poured a medium to deeper and clear golden color with an larger sized off white head. Aromas of pine, citrus (grapefruits and lemons), and grassy. Nice and hoppy aroma. Tastes of citrus, light caramel, pine, some melons, and a little fruity. Nicely bitter with a light sweetness. 8 3 8 4 16 Retasted and I’m upping the numbers on this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcberko (10034) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 17, 2010
22 oz. bottle, pours hazy golden orange with a white head. Piney hop aroma, with lots of different fruits: peach, apricot, mango and lemon are all noticeable. Flavour is a barrage of fruit flavours, with the peach and apricot jumping out in front, and lemon toward the finish. And of course, a massive burst of hops that kick towards the middle and finish off the palate. Creamy, buttery mouthful. Wonderful brew.

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