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RATINGS: 234   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   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.


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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ACHops (640) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 15, 2013
On tap @ BeerJunction. Pours orangish dark golden with medium white head. Aroma is earthy, citrusy hops with a hint of spicy heat. Taste is clean light caramel malt that is quickly overwhelmed by sharp habanero heat. Hops appear under the spicy heat on the finish, but the peppers never relent in controlling the flavor here. Itís the Sculpin you know and love, with heavy pepper heat laid over it. Definitely unique, but much of the appeal of Sculpin was the light, aromatic, perfectly balanced hops and thatís mostly lost here to the heat.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Thisis12ptfont (809) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - JUL 10, 2014
Aroma of only pepper skins and faint hops. Gold/copper appearance with a thin foam rim. Taste is overwhelming pepper heat, so much so that the sculpin is completely subdued. Overall, it does say "heat may varyí on the bottle but, unfortunately heat is all I taste.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christpuncher (947) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2014
An awesome ipa with a hot punch finish. Nice blend, you get the citruscy ipa first slightly bitter with a lunch if heat to finish. Love this. Ha at world of beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chinchill (1602) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 5, 2014
On tap at the Ballast Point Tasting Room and Kitchen. A: clear, amber with a semi-durable tan head and limited lacing. Fine clariy. Aroma: habaneros and hops in near equal balance. Flavor: Wow! lots of habanero flavor here and medium-high hotness. The most chili flavor Iíve encountered in a beer, and one of th hottest. Feel: Medium body with soft, medium carbonation. Medium+ heat. O: an exceptional IPA well worth seeking out. Available in 6 packs.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Troupis (26) - - JUL 3, 2014
Great as a taster because the habanero is stronger than the beer. Had on tap in a 4 oz glass and couldn't imagine drinking a full glass. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryecatcher (718) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2014
12oz Bottle (thanks for saving me one, Alex!). Pours a clear, amber with medium white head, so-so retention and not much lacing. Nose is tropical fruit (mainly mango and passion fruit with some citrus), cakey malts, melon. Mouth is medium bodied, relatively dry -- and the heat doesnít kick in right away. Bits of caramel, lemon, white pepper, and the distinctive flavor that habaneros bring to the table... then the heat kicks in. Iíll be honest, Iím not the biggest fan of chilis in my beer (and this is one of the more pronounced chili-infused beers Iíve had) but this actually is pretty good, although I wouldnít exactly run out and buy another one as the novelty would likely wear off quickly. Be warned though: I eat Mexican/Cajun/Indian/Jamaican food on a regular basis, so this doesnít taste as spicy to me as it very well may to someone who dines mainly on more traditionally American-styled cuisine... there are those who will find this undrinkable due to the heat.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ed5388 (1970) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 1, 2014
12oz bottle from Craftshack. Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a small foamy white head. Aroma of sweet citrus, light on the habanero spice, lemon zest, and floral hops. Taste of grapefruit, lemon, pine, and a decent peppery habanero burn in the finish. Solid

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RussianDragon (284) - - JUN 29, 2014
On tap at Mekong, Richmond. Pours a clear light orange with lasting bone white head. Aroma is Sculpin with barely perceptible habanero. Flavor is habanero a upfront and all the way back. Wow this beer is hot and delicious. Lingering heat in the finish. Lovely in small quantities.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (3887) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 27, 2014
12oz bottle of liquid heat. Poured a clear deep gold body with a smaller to average white creamy head. Aroma of habanero pepper, curry, Indian food, wet grains, bad bread, old citrus. Medium body, loads of heat, average carbonation. Flavor is more peppery than the aroma. I like, hot hot hot.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
cafgen (108) - California, USA - JUN 24, 2014
Nice orangey color. Aroma is hops, citrus, pine with a nice spicy habanero smell. Taste is citrus with a predominant spiciness. A good one, but just have one cause your stomach will have a hard time. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
conway (1300) - - JUN 13, 2014
Bottle. Clear copper with a perfect 2 finger head. Aroma is citrus, sweet malt and some light vegetal pepper notes. Taste adds orange, lemon, peach and intense habanero flavor and heat. Heat is pretty much at my comfort threshold. It's substantial but isn't painful and doesn't completely mask the other flavors. Crime and Punishment this is not. Medium mouthfeel and carb. Shocked how much I enjoyed this.


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