FlacoAlto (4139) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 18, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
When I pop the cap the escaping CO2 brings a spicy hit of capsaicin to my nose. A steady pour into my Spiegelau IPA glass produces an almost two-finger thick, pale tan colored head that leaves some layered lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a pale amber / gold color and shows a clear, yellow golden hue when held up to the light. Up front the beer has a big hit of floral herbal notes, ripe ruby-red grapefruit, ample guava, funky ripe mango, and even some Sauvignon Blanc like tropical fruit character. If you really, deeply dig into the aroma it gets even more of the ripe, tropical fruit character, and there is also just a hint of spicy, fruity, habanero character.
Smooth, herbal bitter notes up front linger through to the finish where a defined, spicy, chile kick takes over; this tickles the back of my throat, and supplies some nice spicy heat. The chile character seems to accentuate the grassy & herbal notes in the hopes, and this seems more evenly balanced with the ripe fruit character of a normal Sculpin; lychee, guava, kumquat zest, tangelo zest, and some ruby-red grapefruit notes are balanced by flavors of pine, bitter-woody sage sap, and dank herbal notes that adds an earthy-herbal spiciness. The malt character plays a clearly supporting role here, but does provide a rounded body that helps provide a nice texture to support the hops, as well as a hint of whole grain cracker like maltiness.
This is pretty tasty, though I think I prefer the regular and grapefruit versions of this beer more.
ads135 (4139) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 17, 2016
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
They arenít kidding about the habanero. A pepper beer for pepper beer lovers. Not really me. Surprising bitterness but this beer is defined by the pepperiness. Wish I had had someone to share this with, since the last third was rough.
jefcon (1633) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 16, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Damned if you do and damned if you donít, this habanero IPA blisters at the end, but it has a peppery, pepper fruit profile that precedes the burn... every time. Really good mixed with pineapple and grapefruit sculpin to balance the heat and citrus...
TattooJack (494) - Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a single bottle, the smell is of sculpin and very unassuming and just when you start to taste all the IPA qualities this blast of habenero hits me burning into my ears, I enjoyed it, didnít drink any water and saved 5oz. for the chili Iím making.
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Spice like you would think. Poured an amber color with a fair amount of head. Lingering spice finish.
bth122 (1483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours a clear golden color. Aroma starts out with apricot and mango then finishes with intense pepper aroma. Tastes like spicy hot pepper bread. Citrus and tropical hops mixed in. It's ok. There is a spicy habanero saison made by Aviator that I like much better
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stevoj (3853) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 9, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Habanero at the forefront, gently in aroma, moreso in taste, and plenty of burn at finish. Orange golden body with fluffy head. Peppers pretty much obliterate any sign of the Sculpin base, but add some character all their own.
Nonshaugen (424) - Fetsund, NORWAY - APR 8, 2016
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
355 ml, bottle conditioned. Pale golden colour, nice carbonation, thin head, lots of powdery sediments floating. Spicy and hoppy notes to the nose, but very subtle. First sip give a hot bomb from the habanero, itís really burning. Itís not easy to get any other flavours than burning chili, but some tropical fruits are back there somewhere. Too much chili for my taste. If I want chili, I eat chili. If I want beer, I drink beer. SImple as that.
fiulijn (18725) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 7, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at St. Augustineís, Vancouver
Hazy dark blond color. Immediately the aroma comes through with resiny and fruity hops. Good dry malt base, good resiny hops; itís hot, just the right amount for me.
Iím not a fan of the idea, but if you have to brew a chili IPA, this is how. Iíd gladly drink this one with some grilled meat.
77ships (7641) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 3, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
355 ml. bottle sampled @ ďSir Goatie McGoat S&G TastingĒ. Thank you Mathieu87 and/or PriorL! Regular, Grapefruit, Pineapple & Habanero sampled side-by-side. Darker looking than the others. Nose is nice chili burn, no vegetable notes, chili obscures most other things. Taste is nice big oily chili, nicely lingering, good burn, no vegetable notes, base is largely obscured, low malts & pine, burns nice, not that much here besides Habanero which is just fine by me & great if you love chili. Up next they will release a habanero & pineapple version I hope.