bnokk (188) - Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
APPEARANCE Ė color of dark golden ale. Pure white head has light & foamy characteristics and is persistent.
NOSE Ė smells of a mild IPA. Not very fruity or resiny, itís well balanced and not terribly strong.
FLAVOR Ė well balanced IPA in the front and all spice all the way down the throat. Very good example of an extreme chili beer. This by far packs the most heat Iíve tried (Stone Chipotle Smoked Porter, Rivertownís Death from Cincy, and other modest offerings. I have NOT tried the infamous ghost pepper beer yet).
NOTES Ė Overall great beer. Thoroughly enjoy the IPA front and the heat in the back. Yet another excellent take on Sculpin from BP.
George999 (236) - Colorado, USA - MAY 15, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
From the bottle the pour is orange slightly cloudy with a thin white head, the aroma is sweet with a light pepper, the taste crisp citrus and a nice heat punch with a good sweetness to balance the heat, the mouthfeel is medium with a minor wheat/malt finish.
growler6 (52) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 15, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Heavy topical fruit. Spicy. Malt and bitterness linger in the background. Disappointing being a serious chili head. Nice try, but a not in the same class as Sculpin IPA.
ClarkVV (4155) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 15, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottles at Luluís, 4/4/15
Usual "if-you-donít-like-chili-beers-ignore-this-re preface. I always rate these under the assumption that you like chili beers and rate them compared to other chili beers, not other beers or IPAs.
That being said, I donít see the point of pretty much ruining Sculpin IPA by adding habaneros. The hops barely break through, and it just seems like a waste of tons of good hops. Not that it has to be unhopped, but Sculpin? I donít know. Anyways, this stuff is nice! I drank three of them and could have kept going. Spicy, with the characteristic habanero slow-burn. The body is fairly lean and quite dry to really help pronounce the chili, though there is enough malt to not make it too unbalanced. Dry, fiery, peppery, really quite delicious. I think I still like the Serrano Pale a bit more, as that one was just viciously hot, but this is a bit more "toned down". The pepper really helps lighten the beer and keeps it very "refreshing" (these terms are all relative).
bb (7335) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 14, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Amber beer with a cream head. Pepper aroma. Grapefruit and spicy pepper flavor. Medium bodied. Good bitterness. Grapefruit and spicy pepper lingers.
wxman (1547) - OíFallon, Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Global Brew. Pours a clear yellow/gold with a thin white head. Aroma is hops and grass. Taste is a smooth but hoppy IPA with some sweet pale malt and the Habanero burn in the throat after the swallow. Pretty good, but you need to be in the mood for the heat.
fsbw21086 (344) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 11, 2015
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
A for effort but habanero is too overpowering. Too peppery but other sculpin is good.
Maverick34 (2545) - New York, USA - MAY 10, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Yeah so this is an ipa with a serious Habanero kick. Nice experiment but IMO Habanero as opposed to Chipotle or whatever is just too spicy for a beer
bavarian81 (95) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 9, 2015
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Interesting beer. The aroma was a nice aroma of balanced floral hops and some citrus. The taste started out as a good IPA flavor.. floral, piny hops and what not, but finished very spicy. The spiciness lingered on the tongue forever.. at least longer than I would like. The body had a nice crisp smoothness, but the spiciness was more than Iíd like from a beer. In fact, I donít know if I can finish the whole thing because of the spiciness. I guess Iím a wimp.
sjohnny (416) - - MAY 8, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mango, grapefruit, kiwi, sweet resiny, spicy chile aroma. Cloudy honey gold with a thick foamy white head that sticks around for quite a while. Lots of grapefruit. But not so bitter that itís overpowering. A nice amount of chile heat and flavor. This is very well balanced and very smooth. It has a crisp finish but then a bit of an after-warmth in the throat. Pretty good stuff.