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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fidelis83 (2092) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAY 9, 2010
Pours a nearly clear peachy orange with a 3 finger, chunky eggshell head that has great retention. Aroma is citrus, big mango and tropical notes, tart pitted fruit, pine sap, pear, light caramel a touch of floral honey, vanilla and sweetened cereal. Flavor is caramel and a hint of biscuit up front, quickly overshadowed by a big bunch of bitter orange, rind covered grapefruit, bready yeast, hints of pine and potpouri floral notes. Finishes with bitter citrus, faint fruity sweetness and a little woody hops. Palate is pretty light bodied, somewhat creamy on entry, dry in the middle and very dry, even astringent to the finish with a light, moderately sharp carbonation to break things up. I definitely enjoyed this IPA, but it’s a little to dry and bitter in it’s extremely long finish. Fantastic aroma though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (4995) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 17, 2010
Bottle: Poured a hazy orangey color ale with a large frothy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus hops with deep caramel malt backbone is quite enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by loads of citrus hops with some floral undertones though no grapefruit notes and a deep and solid caramel malt backbone with balanced sweetness level. Body is full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well done with great balance between malt and hops.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (3032) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 18, 2010
Bottle - Man, if this beer tasted as good as it smelled, it would be one of my all-time faves. As it stands, it’s still pretty good. Pours light amber with small white head. Aroma is fresh, bright melon hops with a honey sweetness that reminds me of Hopslam. Taste is maltier than the smell, enough to balance it all out, but much grassier and bitter on the finish. Smooth and velvety carbonation make it easy to drink. Had this at a tasting, but would love to try a full bottle (or three) of this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kassner (1392) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2014 Light Golden honey color, just very slightly cloudy with small head that lasts and just a little lacing on Tap at Mad Mex. Very nice full mouth with all kinds of hops for good balance. Funky aromatic mop tastes and of course a great bitter clean finish 2011 Bottle every bit as good except lacing was great too. 6/14 On tap light golden color and seemed not as big. still a good drink

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2010
22oz Bomber. Pours a medium golden color with a slight haze. A short head leaves some scattered lacing in my Alesmith shaker glass. Pungent hop aroma with notes of pine, bubblegum and nectarines. Body is medium and slick with a biting bitter finish that lingers. Flavor is quite balanced and reminds me of Hop Devil in that respect. Quite bitter and hoppy with a good balance of malts. Overall a really great IPA!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JUL 29, 2010
22. A very large IPA, XXXL. Massive hops press strong citrus & piney resins on your tongue. Last bomber. Will purchase again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 8, 2010
Bottle from Southbay Drugs. Gold, thin white head. Nose is citrus, grapefruit, pine needles, mint. Flavor is mint, pine needles, tangerine, pink grapefruit. Nice enough, but not particularly robust.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ketchepillar (1172) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 13, 2010
Bomber. Nice hazy orange. Pillowy white head. A bit oniony for sure. Oranges. Body is spot on. Not much for malt there-which is good. Grapes. Maybe even a bit cheesy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2010
Golden pour with a thick white head. Aroma is strong with a mix of citrus, light fruits, and strong hops. Palate is really nice, just the right thickness without being too heavy. Nice carbonation as well. Crisp flavor, clean hop profile and just enough malt to balance everything out. Easy to drink and enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nate (3800) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2010
From bottle. Fresh piney resinous hops, mild citric rind. A bit of sweetness. Ozone. Golden amber hazy with white head. Medium body and carbonation. Great taste. Smooth sweetness with caramel. Huge hop taste from start to finish. Big bitter after with nice balance.

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