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RATINGS: 736   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Our Sculpin IPA is a great example of what got us into brewing in the first place. After years of experimenting, we knew hopping an ale at five separate stages would produce something special. The result ended up being this gold-medal winning IPA, whose inspired use of hops creates hints of apricot, peach, mango and lemon flavors, but still packs a bit of a sting, just like a Sculpin fish.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 14, 2016
Bottled. Poured medium golden with lots of find sediment and a creamy, sticky white head. The aroma picked up sweet grapefruit meat and light biscuity notes topped by grapefruit zest, black pepper, and light green peppers. The flavor found similar grapefruit and biscuity notes at the core, with a big, quickly-building peppery head emanating outward.. the Sculpin-y hops get overwhelmed.. long, peppery finish. Medium-bodied and too hot for my liking on the palate.. carbonation was good.. I don’t need another.

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jake65 (3399) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - JAN 13, 2016
Tap @ Taphouse Boise. Ordered the 4 oz taster, arrived a golden orange color with a small creamy beige head. The nose is outstanding. In fact this may be the best smelling IPA I can remember to date. Juicy grapefruit, citrus, and tropical fruit. Rich sweet, sour, and tangy. No hint of the heat yet, but it’s on the way. Taste is moderate bitters and a light sweetness… more malty than expected. The heat arrives on the back end and lingers a bit. Really a solid brew, boarder line outstanding. One is probably enough at one time; next time I’ll get a full pint.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
juiceisloose (1302) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2016
12 oz bottle. Pours a mostly clear and deep burnt orange with a reddish hue and topped by a thick, rocky layer of off white foam at the head that quickly settles to a thin film and leaving rings of lace around the glass. The aroma shows notes of orange and grapefruit citrus hops that are quickly suppressed by the fruity, habanero peppers and a underlying malt base of toasted caramel. As it warms the vegetal, pepper and spice really start to come out. The flavor follows with some light citrus fruit and grapefruit sweetness up front and then followed by the spicy, habanero peppers and skins and some toasted caramel malt sweetness. Some citrus hops add balancing bitterness on the back end, but the spice and heat really come through on the finish. Medium bodied with balanced carbonation that leads to a spicy, bitter citrus finish with the heat lingering for awhile. The heat and spice build after each sip. The habeneros are very well integrated so that it just isn’t a pepper beer, but ultimately not one I could drink a lot or all the time. Still a nice addition to the Sculpin line, but I prefer grapefruit the best.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
k0mpsa (2433) - Tuusula, FINLAND - JAN 9, 2016
Bottle from local liquor store. Deep golden color, white head. Aroma has chilipeppers, hops and some malts. First taste is hoppy and fruity, 3 seconds later its burning habanero. Quite nice.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beer5000 (5865) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 9, 2016
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2016 355 ml bottle. Almost clear golden body with a nice off-white head. Aroma has light malt, some caramel and green pepper with citric fruit in the background. Flavor is light malt and caramel with some citric and pepper, after a little while the hot habanero kicks in make the whole thing a bit unbalanced. Balanced in body and mostly hot & spicy in aftertaste. Not fantastic, more like a novelty but still pretty nice somehow.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bulldogops (2040) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 2, 2016
Rating #1552 - 20.03.2015 - Birthday Brew Tour Stop #2 - On tap at Ballast Point. Pours a hazy golden orange with a medium white head. Aroma is first and foremost habanero. Flavour is extremely warm, with loads of habanero pepper. Notes of grapefruit, lime permeate, and there is a tremendous sweetness that complements the heat, for those that aren’t weak of heart or mind. I may take some heat here, but this is way better than grapefruit, and would rank it higher than Sculpin. BOOM!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
smaynard6000 (975) - Apopka, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2016
bottle. Pours a golden color with a foamy cream-colored head. Lively carbonation. Aroma is mostly citrusy with some spiciness. Somewhat hoppy and bitter but overwhelmingly spicy. I enjoy the heat, but someone who doesn’t is going to hate this. Different.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexanderj (3530) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 31, 2015
Bottle. Poured a clear orange gold color with not much head. Aroma of grapefruit, citrus, caramel and a hint of pepper. Heat comes in strong for me inn the finish. Citrus and grapefruit up front. Too much heat for me

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bubbleflubber (2156) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2015
Ok, I know that hot pepper brews are not the "norm"; however, I love them. They are a guilty pleasure that I enjoy on occasion, and very much enjoy. From jalapeno and habaneros to Ghost Peppers and Carolina Reapers, there’s just something about the hot spiciness that attracts my palate. And this brew is no different. From the bottle, it pours a golden-orange tea hue, with a wispy soap head that reduces to trace ring lacing. The aromas are of habanero pepper skins, light caramel sweetness and grapefruit citrus. Flavors of the habanero seeds and skins really shine here, causing a light tingle to the lips after a few pulls. Intermingling is an underlying, reserved caramel sweetness, grapefruit (complete with rind and zest), and lots of muddy vegetal notes. The finish ends on a wallop of hot pepper spicy heat that lingers; rather, "radiates" appropriately on the lips and the sides of the tongue. In such, the habanero skins come back to really give this vegetal brew some actual flavor, not relying solely on the throat/lip burn, which is still gladly accepted. The medium body and active palate invite "spicy brew" lovers for yet another pull. Again, a great flagship IPA from Ballast Point, only augmented by the addition of habanero flavor and heat. A superb hot pepper brew here, and one that I will gladly have again anytime. Cheers!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tsd08460 (777) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2015
Aroma: peppers, citrus, caramel, pine Appearance: clear gold with a white head Taste: hot peppers, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, Palate: medium body, sticky, average carbonation, long finish, My throat is on fire but I dig that. Delicious.


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