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RATINGS: 708   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.


3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Arve_Christian (4521) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 15, 2015
ON bottle from Vinmonopolet Norway, on order. Slightly hazy golden color. HIgh aroma intensity; habanero completely dominates (and makes you sweat), also hops, caramel , some fruitienss and vanilla. Medium body & complexity. Good bitterness and balance. Enjoyable, but spicy as hell!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RickFifty (916) - Fredrikstad, NORWAY - NOV 15, 2015
Clear amber color, big tan head. Quite ordinary nose with grapefruit, caramel, tropical fruit and a hint of chili. Caramel and tropical fruit taste at first, then the chili kicks in. The taste of chili is heavy and dominant, grapefruit is noticed somewhere between the heat waves which last and last all the way to the back of the throat. The bitterness is neutralized by the warmth. Medium body, soft carbonation, warming chili.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Turboninja (425) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 13, 2015
Bottle@home, from WineSpot, Cleveland, USA. Medium aroma with clear, organic habanero over basic IPA notes. First, saltier peppers, then sweet components in nicely layered fashion. Bronze color with small/medium staying white head. Clear liquid. Light taste unless you count the habanero which is really intense. Mixing IPA flavors and habanero is succeeded well and habanero flavor is very organic. The problem is that there’s too much of it. The burning masks or at least dampens other flavors. Somewhere far back a hint of fruits and malts. Narrow/medium taste spectrum with medium aftertaste of some malts. Burning lasts much longer. Light/medium palate. Overall, considering taste the idea is feasible but with much less habanero.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
borre_m (944) - NORWAY - NOV 13, 2015
Pours clear deep golden. Aroma has pine, spice, chilli. Tasting you get the spicey from the chilli at once. Long lasting chilli burn. The spicies beer ive tasted.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2015
Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ. Pours a slightly hazy, dark golden orange color with tangerine edges and a 1.5 finger white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind. Complex aroma with an interesting balance of ground pepers, earthy hops, tropical fruit and pale malts. Somewhat chalky with noticeable peppers but they don’t interfere too much with the base beer. Slightly vegetal with pepper, orange peel, grapefruit and pineapple along with graham cracker and biscuity malt. Similar to aroma with a bit more pepper than I expected. Still it doesn’t completely overpower the characteristics of the base beer. Earthy, piney hops followed by sweet pepper and fiery heat that builds, lingering throughout. Some tropical and citrus fruit sweetness but this is a bit muted because of the peppers. Subtle pale malt backbone with hints of biscuit, bread and cracker. Pretty complex with a nice heat/pepper addition but some of the best elements of regular sculpin are overshadowed as a result.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
tightslice (728) - Redwood City, California, USA - NOV 11, 2015
Bottle from Whole Foods Market in Redwood City, CA. I get that this is habanero, but BP could have really used some restraint here with the spiciness. This is just too much. Any flavors of grapefruit, tropical hops (that the Sculpin IPA is known for) and even the beer itself are completely lost to the onslaught of hot pepper. Anyone can think to add hot pepper to beer AND actually add hot pepper to beer, but it takes a craftsman to really consider how. I question the execution on this one.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MayumiH (703) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2015
Bottle at home. Amber colour with a white foam one finger head. Medium body with a spicy character. Interesting one.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (3875) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - NOV 10, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2015 On Draught
Pours a golden color with a medium head and some lacing on the glass.

The aroma is lots of fruity hops & some hot pepper.

The flavor is pretty spicy with a mild bitterness. The beer is nicely hoppy but has that nice hot pepper. The hot pepper detracts from the hop complexity but also never really overtakes the hop character. The beer seems to get spicier with every sip.

It’s honestly as good as I could ever imagine a hot pepper IPA being.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jabah (322) - Winter Park, Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2015
Sculpin IPA is one of my favorites, but this one was tough to drink. I’ve noticed this before with spicy beer, where I bought a crowler and let it sit about 3 months so the heat built intensely over time. This may have been the case with this bottle. Buddy from GA had a few extra that he couldn’t really drink, so brought down to try. You could tell with the first sip, that the heat was there as it lingered on my lips for quite a bit. Didn’t affect the palate that much, but after a few sips you can tell the heat for sure. I would try to sample a fresher bottle next time though. He wound up using the last bottle in a chili recipe!

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Marduk (5332) - Reval, ESTONIA - NOV 8, 2015
Tap @William K Frederik. Clear amber color. Medium size, white head, stays. Peppery, nettles, jalapenos, sweet and malty aroma. Jalapenos, malty, sweet, green spring onions, bit milky, stems in taste. I can really feel the heat of peppers in aftertaste. First sip takes time to get used to it, but later I get used to it. Sets my body in fire. But bit messy. Next day in the toilet was interesting. Worth to try brew.


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