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RATINGS: 712   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sailracer (479) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 14, 2013
Tap. This is a novelty beer for me. It seems like a waste of sculpin because it has you focusing on the habanero and you lose the hops flavors. The spiciness it leaves behind in your mouth just seems wrong for a beer. Glad I tried a 4 oz sample. No need to do it again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
copestx (42) - Vesterbro, DENMARK - MAY 24, 2016
4 oz. taster at BP (Little Italy). Slight chili in the aroma but the taste is all habanero where you can barely taste the hops. Super interesting -- I wouldn’t (couldn’t) drink more than 4 oz. but it was fun to try given my love for all things spicy. A great pairing with the fish tacos.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beaver (1599) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 10, 2016
12 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden orange with floaties and a big frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is subdued - bready malts, piney hops and a quite a bit of chili pepper.

The flavor is bready malts and some fruit that is quickly overwhelmed by a ton of heat from the pepper. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, nice spice heat, but that overwhelms the base beer. Good chili beer, not much IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Tognetta (652) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - MAY 2, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2016 Alaranjada de pouca turbidez, espuma depouca formação e média persistência. Aroma inicia cítrico, lúpulo aparece com o aumento da temperatura, e tende para o apimentado de média intensidade. No paladar conheça amarga, migra para o picante de média intensidade, nada fora do aceitável. Corpo leve, baixa carbonatação. Final esquenta a língua mas dentro do esperado, um pouco alaranjada, mas perde a intensidade sobreposta pela pimenta. Considerando que é uma cerveja apimentada, de pouquíssima drinkability, ficou prazerosa.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AntiusII (33) - Bromölla, SWEDEN - APR 30, 2016
Appearance: clear golden color, minimal white head. Aroma: habanero its so intense. Taste: bitterness with a good amount of habanero capsicum! Texture: medium body, hot texture, average carbonation. Overall: My favorite hotbeer, too bad its not a indiebrewer any more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdolfoCC (112) - Veracruz, Veracruz, MEXICO - APR 27, 2016
Servida en Spiegelau IPA. APARIENCIA: De color ámbar claro y dorado con ligeros destellos naranjas a contraluz, se observa cristalina y moderada actividad de carbonatación. Corona de espuma color hueso, buena retención, de burbuja compacta algunas abiertas. AROMA: se aprecian notas a piña, durazno, mango, bastante frutal y ligeras notas dulces de las maltas. SABOR: de entrada el amargor moderado ligero que inmediatamente se corta por el picor, el cual puede ser muy subjetivo pero a mi parecer combina perfecto con esta cerveza, ligero gusto al chile habanero, en el retrogusto pues predomina el picor y la sensación caliente en garganta. SENSACIÓN: Cuerpo medio ligero, poco oleoso en boca, carbonatación media. RESUMEN: Personalmente me pareció la mejor versión de las Sculpin, pero siendo objetivos, en paladar no tiene mucho que ofrecer en cuanto a sabor, pero si en sensación.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnGalt1 (1434) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 25, 2016
Bottle picked up at the COOP, but it is at all the bottleshops and most grocery stores now... Pours clear orange with a nice enough white head.. Traditional CCC hoppiness with a fruity chili flavor and aroma... But the heat builds and becomes unpleasant for my palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (4127) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 18, 2016
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ads135 (3932) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 17, 2016
They aren’t 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jefcon (1595) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 16, 2016
Damned if you do and damned if you don’t, 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...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TattooJack (442) - Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2016
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, didn’t drink any water and saved 5oz. for the chili I’m making.

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