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RATINGS: 2226   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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.


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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dionysus (1454) - Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2011
Bottle pours amber with an off-white head. Aroma shows notes of caramel, mango, orange, and pine. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of peach, tangerine, and apricot. Overall body is moderate, and exceptionally fruity with well balanced bitterness.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sepia5 (237) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 11, 2011
Pours slightly darker than straw-colored with a large white head. There’s definitely orange and cat piss in the nose. I swear I smell marijuana, too. Bizarre. This would be a great summertime IPA because it is so refreshing. Lots of citrus on the palate, with flavors of orange and grapefruit. It’s not particularly dry and there’s just a small bit of sweetness on the tale end. Really great beer, but the hype seems a bit over the top.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shadey (1996) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 16, 2011
On tap at the brewery location just north of San Diego. The color is more golden than I would have expected, it’s clear that there has been no attempt at tempering the hops with big malts. The bright west coast hops and their resiny character is what shines through in this delicious beer. A great representative of the area for my visit to Cali.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nephilium (1495) - Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2011
This starts with a great hoppy aroma, with pine, citrus, and tropical fruit notes. This pours a clear light amber, with a huge amount of visible carbonation, and just a thin white head. There’s a nice blast of chewy hops, with a touch of tropic fruits in the finish. The beer leaves thick lacing on the glass. This is a great example of a West coast IPA.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrianDorry55 (356) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2011
22oz bottle. Pours a golden yellow with an orange tint and a medium white head. Aroma is fantastic of apricots, pineapple, grapefruit, lemons, and hops. Flavor is lemons, pineapple, grapefruit and pine. Medium body with a little heat. Great IPA.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
williamherbert (1383) - Syracuse, New York, USA - JUN 5, 2011
Aroma is citrusy hops, tangerine and lemon. Nothing but sweet goodness. The appearance is banana yellow, tiny bubbles of carbonation. Fluffy head; decent spotty lace. Very "pale." The flavor is citrus: tangerine, orange, lemon, hint of apple skins. Very sweet with just a hint of pale malts. Meshes beautifully. A touch of dry yeast at the finish. The palate is slightly fizzy and juicy. Very hefty finish. A little dry. (It reminds me of Rogue Yellow Snow, So. Tier Krampus.) This is a sweet, summery IPA and a damn good one.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
48FanInCali (815) - California, USA - JUN 8, 2011
On Nitro tap at brewery. Beautiful golden pour with thick, puffy, white head that only nitro can do. Nose is citrus, pine, and some tropical fruits. Taste follows the nose but the hops are dialed down a little compared to other IPAs. Mouthfeel is crazy good and creamy.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GRM (3303) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 11, 2011
Sample, Mondial de la bière, savoured on June 8 2011; eye: golden, clear, light effervescence, tiny ring of kaki head; nose: citrusy hops, grapefruit, orange; mouth: citrusy hops, grapefruit, orange, finale in bittering hops with presence of grapefruit, full body, good carbonation, rather bitter, mild astringency, grainy texture; overall: quite good FRANÇAIS Échantillon, Mondial de la bière, savourée le 8 juin 2011; œil : dorée, claire, légère effervescence, petit anneau de mousse kaki; nez : houblon citrique, pamplemousse, orange; bouche : houblon citrique, pamplemousse, orange, finale en houblon amérisant avec présence de pamplemousse, corsée, bonne carbonatation, plutôt amère, astringence moyenne, texture granuleuse; en résumé : bien bon

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OmegaX (1344) - Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2011
Thanks to Chipalsa for the bottle share! Magnificent aromas of grassy/herbal notes and solid grapefruit/pine hoppiness. Pour was hazy and had quickly dissipating head and thin lacing. Flavors were well balanced leaving a hoppy citrus and pine flavor on the tongue with caramel malts settling in as well. Great stuff.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zach8270 (3858) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2011
(bottle - 22 oz) Slightly hazy orange pour with a very thin white head and mild carbonation. Very sweet and fruity hop aroma. Lots of citrus notes. Flavor is mild, a lot milder than I thought it’d be, with a sweet and slightly grapefruity flavor. Finishes with a very light bitter peppery note with a lingering bitter aftertaste.


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