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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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrBunn (2528) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2015
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy light orangish gold with a finger of head and aromas of... well... not much. A little bit of heat comes through as well as some bready malt, but the hops presence is hiding as far as Iím concerned. Flavor here is lots of heat and a little bit of Sculpin-Like goodness, but it seems like the habanero destroys the hops profile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
maekchu (2536) - Hirakata, JAPAN - FEB 18, 2015
Bottle. Nose of light malt, big pepper, cabbage. Medium straw color. Slight sweet malt, rich and buttery and a bit vegetal for a split second, then the peppers kick in and take over completely. Medium body, quite scorching on the tongue. Yeah, yeah, yeah, Very different. This sort of thing works much better in a heavier beer, such as Indra Kunindra. Here, it just seems a waste of Sculpin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FestDecBeet (386) - - FEB 16, 2015
Look: pours dark gold. Bright white head. Little bits of something floating in it. Smell: pepper flesh. Orange. Citrus. Taste: lots of pepper. Feel the burn all the way down. Slight citrus and orange. Pepper just takes over. Feel: medium carbonation. Should be dry but not sure too much pepper. Overall: wow lots of pepper. Pepper overwhelms all other flavors that could be there. First drank: home 2/16/15 Vintage:

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChrisSc (372) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2015
12 oz bottle into tulip. Minneapolis. Pours hazy copper in color. Small white head. Aroma is fruity - citrus and some tropical notes. Much more muted than original sculpin or other varietals. I dont detect any of the heat on the nose. Taste is mildly sweet upfront, then quickly transitions into spice. Heat is definitely strong, and builds over time, although I think it becomes more pleasant after the initial shock wanes. Medium body with soft carbonation. Spicy finish is LONG. This was a fun beer to try, but I would rate it last of the sculpin beers. Glad I split a 6er of this with a friend.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Trev (1984) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2015
Amber pour with a medium head. Aroma of caramel, citrus hop and green pepper. Flavour is nice caramel and piney, citrus hop on front transitioning to a decent amount of heat on the back of the tongue and throat an a vegetal green pepper finish that is not unpleasant. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
liquidhedonism (287) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - FEB 12, 2015
12 oz bottle. Aroma: hints of vegetables and hay. Taste/Palate: finishes bitter, with a vicious, unpleasant pepper burn.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
julesjis (251) - Oregon, USA - FEB 12, 2015
Poured from a 12. Pours clear and amber. Aroma has a strong spice to it. Flavor is completely spicy. It burns, but it burns so good. Unlike other super hot pepper beers the one is very well balanced. Itís not spicy first and watery later. It is spicy hot! Definitely a beer to have with snacks.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maxwelldeux (4081) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - FEB 8, 2015
Bottle. Pours a very clear amber color with a moderate light tan head on there. Nose is a little hoppy and with a bit of citrus coming through, but is dominated by the peppers. Taste is somewhat spicy with a lot of the pepper coming through, but not too much of the bitterness. I happen to love habaneros, so Iím a fan of this, though I see why many arenít.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
chalicemaster (111) - Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2015
Itís just a gimmick. The habanero is so overwhelming itís hard to really appreciate anything else going on. Habanero in food complements a range of textures and flavors but it doesnít work in a drink. Itís designed to get people saying "oh wow try this, itís SO hot" and then the craft snobs pretend itís got balance (see: every overly hopped IPA ever). Itís just a shame because half the heat would have made this a genuinely interesting beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jdjuice (398) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - FEB 6, 2015
Pours regular amber gold with white head. Aroma is pretty strong, sweet peppers, with hoppiness pushed to the background. Pretty damn spicy. Strong sweetness of habaneros. Hoppiness comes first, then is overtaken by spiciness. Pretty spicy, would match well with certain foods, like cheese.

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