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RATINGS: 736   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
rayaron (1344) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - DEC 30, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer and Beyond, Tel Aviv. Hazy golden with off-white head. Aroma of pepper and olives, some graininess, piney with notes of orange. The flavor starts bittersweet and gets very hot, notes of pepper, citrus and lemon. Medium-bodied. Hot and hard to drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chucklemation (1399) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2015
Pours a pale copper with a thin white head. Aroma is grapefruit, citrus, and floral hops. Flavor is lots of habanero pepper. The habanero dominates the flavor. Has a good spice kick, leaving a burning sensation in the throat. I like this, but I don’t think I could drink a whole bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ebone1988 (1310) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2015
Aroma is pine, tropical fruit, pepper apparent on the back end. Appearance is golden amber, white head. Taste is immediate fresh pepper, then a bit of pine and tropical fruit, then the heat kicks in which is not off-putting as expected. Mouthfeel is crisp, hot, light to medium body, lingering heat. Overall, I’m pleasantly surprised by this one. I expected a hot mess, but it compliments it well. I couldn’t drink a whole one but 5oz is enough.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ordybill (1302) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - DEC 26, 2015
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear light copper color with a medium sized thick white head. The aroma is hot pepper and hops, a fantastic smell. The taste is awesome, the heat is perfectly blended with the hops to create an insane flavor mix. Overall, a world class beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (9073) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 25, 2015
Bouteille, merci à Dave - Ibrew2or3 for the trade. Fin orangé, col fin beige. Arôme est plus centré sur les houblons, ici la chaleur ressentie en bouche est minime et qcq effluves parviennent cependant à être là. Agrumes font le jeu ici, et le malt accompagne le tout en restant cependant bien marqué. Palais met de suite tout le monde d’accord, c’est bien du habanero, et donc risque de ne pas faire que des heureux. La chaleur du piment est bien et perce de suite et dès la première gorgée. Le tout est réchauffant, ne brûle pas mais offre assez de chaleur pour être unique, retrouve un profil malté juste en retrait tirant sur un léger biscuité. La chaleur perdure, et laisse tout de même passer le houblon qui est léger mais centré sur un profil agrumes plaisant. Retrouve le côté pulpeux du piment, surtout au niveau de la peau.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
GJF (1507) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - DEC 24, 2015
Bottle at Lincoln Wine Bar. Generally fizzy, citrusy IPA with a smooth hot pepper burn. IT’s ok, but I wouldn’t order it--but then again I’m not big on the hot pepper beer fad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bookman10 (924) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2015 Glad to finally try this, though I’m not sure the habanero peppers were a good addition. Pours a clear, golden-yellow, with middling head. Aroma is floral and hoppy, with almost no hint of the habanero. The flavor is very citrusy, with a huge, burning, pepper bite to it. Gets better as it warms. As pepper beers go, not that bad. It’s fairly tasty, but I think grapefruit sculpin was a much better idea. I really liked this a lot more than it may sound.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Sigmund (6642) - Tau, NORWAY - DEC 19, 2015
355 ml bottle, from the Norwegian importer. ABV is 7.0%. Deep golden colour, slightly hazy. Moderate white head. Aroma of fruity American hops, hints of dust. Can hardly detect the habaneros. Hoppy flavour, some fruit and pine, immediately followed by a vehement habanero burn in the finish and aftertaste. Way too hot. Unbalanced, to a degree bordering on the ridiculous.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
lbianchi66 (309) - FRANCE - DEC 13, 2015
Robe cuivrée et opaque, peu de mouse. Arômes fruits de la passion, litchi, caramel. Goût résine, écorce d’agrume et marmelade. Puis, une vague de poivre monte au nez et brûle la langue. Reste en bouche pendant de très longues minutes. Il faut aimer l’épicé pour apprécier. Vraiment pas ma tasse de thé.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tfontana (663) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 11, 2015
Pour from can into 4 oz taster. Aroma is all of the qualities of straight sculpin--pine, herbs, fruit, spruce with a little bit of malt and some definite pepper spice. Appearance is mild hazy orangish yellow with mild sparkle and nice foamy white head with mild lacing. Taste is a tale of two halves---first half dominant mild-to-moderate bitter with some sweet fruitiness but second half is all heat--not really a taste but a palate issue. Palate is light-to-medium body with thin, slightly creamy texture that then gets dominated by slightly burning heat. Overall, I appreciate the challenge of getting the habanero into the beer and it might be enjoyable to have with Mexican food, but even then it was a little too spicy for me. above average appearance and palate but won’t knock your socks off. Very interesting aroma with some of that complexity translating over to the taste but a little over to the bitter side for me.

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