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RATINGS: 753   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
k0mpsa (2511) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beer5000 (5953) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bulldogops (2270) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
smaynard6000 (1007) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexanderj (3542) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bubbleflubber (2167) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tsd08460 (839) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
rayaron (1430) - 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 (1445) - 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 (1426) - 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.

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