boFNjackson (4188) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ The BeerMongers... Poured clear amber with a thick, lacy white head. Aroma was mostly dank and earthy hops. Heat and chili pepper presence with a clean finish and lingering spiciness. Balanced and not too heavy with the heat and actually pepper flavor which was pleasant.
jkwalking05 (4158) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at World of Beer in Arlington. Clear golden with a large off-white head. Aroma is of grass, peppers, huge citrus, floral. Taste starts with grapefruit, bitter florals, grass, and pepper, the finish is an excellent burning sensation. Very well done. I was worried that the pepper would overpower an IPA that I love. The peppers have a strong presence, but the wonderful IPA notes still shin through. Probably my favorite pepper beer.
sonnycheeba (4148) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 4, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours clear amber with creamy white head. Aroma is bready and cereal malts, spice, floral notes, and some tropical fruit notes. Flavor is hop bitterness forward quickly overtaken by habanero spice with slight malt sweetness and faint citrus notes. Medium body and carbonation.
maxwelldeux (4138) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - FEB 8, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
ClarkVV (4086) - 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).
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 1, 2013
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
On tap at The Thirsty Monk, Asheville. My trepidation about this beer proved sadly sound, as the gorgeous orange juice and hops concoction of the base was to my taste buds utterly marred by a heavy hand with the pepper. Looks handsome enough like regular Sculpin, smells bracing as usual, with an understated pepper note. But the palate is wrecked with heat tingle and the taste is both spicy and acrid. Slap a Stone name on this beer for greater accuracy. BROWN.
mansquito (3998) - Nueva York, New York, USA - AUG 20, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The Sampler, Brooklyn tap: Tried a sampler glass full of this. Pours golden with a white head. Aroma is a combination of habanero pepper and west coast hops, laid upon a malt backbone. Taste is spicy. The habanero does overpower the hops, but by just enough to make the beer interesting. This isnít something to repeat or even drink an entire glass of, but it is an interesting example of what can be done with the combination of beer and spice.
TimE (3992) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
hugely hoppy, habenaro everywhere. Full bodied.very long lingering spiciness. Like food and beer together. Excellent.
joeneugs (3981) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On cask at the PP Carlsbad Real Ale fest. It pours orange with a cream colored head. The aroma is nice with the peppers only playing a minor part to the fresh citrusy hops. The flavor is all dominated by hot peppers. There is some citrus notes in there as it burns your throat on the way down. Its actually a pretty cool beer, but I canít help but feel like the pepper ruins a classic IPA.
Hermod (3963) - Vantaa, FINLAND - SEP 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ bishops arms, gamla stan, Stockholm. Amber color, lasting white head. Peppers in aroma, grapefruity notes. Flavor has chili alright, burning. Tropical fruity but stays in the back as the chili overrides totally. Lasting burning sensation. Pleasant but in small doses.