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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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 4, 2005
Clear gold color with a small white head. Simcoe hop aromatics, grapefruit and floral. Simcoe and other Cascade family hops in the flavor, very fruity. Fades to a mild bitterness in the finish with some astringency. Mouthfeel is medium, slightly sticky over time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 9, 2005
The aroma had big grapefruits, and oranges w/ slight pine notes. The beer poured a yellow color w/ gold highlights; slight head and thin lacing. The flavor had grapefruits, oranges, pine and a very slight hint of flowers. The mouthfeel was light bodied and crisp, really good carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - FEB 28, 2006
Draft at O’Briens: Light refreshing pommelo nose, brightly hoppy with caramel and alcohol. Hop monster, light sweetness and moderate bitterness. Good with light musky notes. Good and piney. Yet another hop monster here at O’briens and it’s just as good. I can hop myself out here very quickly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (7244) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 14, 2006
Draft. Rich amber beer with an off-white head. Apricot/summer fruit and pine aroma. Resiny/fruity (summer, some citrus) flavor with some sweet malt backing. Big resiny hop finish that lingers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 14, 2006
Tasted at the 9th Annual Bistro IPA Festival (2006). This IPA pours alight gold color. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is fruity, citrusy and piney. A medium IPA. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are grapefruity and floral. Lots of orange and citrus flavors. Medium to low bitterness IPA. Nice balance. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - OCT 16, 2006
Tap at the brewery’s 10th anniversary celebration. Citrus and grassy hops aroma, flavors follow with grapefruit and good balance of malt backbone. Very nice IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2585) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 21, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2009 Rating #1 Tap @ Bistro’s 9th Annual IPA Festival 8/’12/06 (6 3 6 3 14). Golden color with a light laced white head. Smooth, grassy malts with a bitter finish. Some citrus and grapefruit flavors. Rating #2 Bottle (7 3 7 3 17). A light golden color with a white head. Grassy, hoppy, and pine in the aroma. Smooth and delightfully bitter. Light fruits and citrus finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2008
Pours a clear golden with a good sized head. Very nice aroma of citrus hops, some caramel as well. Light sweetness, slightly strong bitterness, clean finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
travita (4309) - Frisco, Texas, USA - APR 5, 2008
Golden in color with some haziness and some head. Nice bitterness in the taset and particularily the aftertaste. Grapefruit in the aroma, floral as well. Stone fruits in the taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2010 bottle thanks to hapjydeuce..... pours a transparent apple cider brown with a thin soapy whitish head.... delicious aroma of strong tropical fruit hops (mangos and other citrus fruits).... this was amped up on the tropical fruits and very hop-forward overall. the finish leaves just a trace of bitterness in the end.... def a nice IPA.

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