J_man (685) - Tustin, California, USA - JUL 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Tustin Brewing. Looks like Sculpin, kinda smells like Sculpin, tastes like.... Holy crap that burns!! :). Very interesting twist on one of my favorite beers. It really is hot, but you get used to it after a bit and itís really good with food (hot wings!). Itís kind of hard to pick out the nuances through the heat, but itís the best chili beer Iíve ever had.
orangesol (656) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served on cask at Alís of Hampden.
A - Pours clear golden yellow with a nice one finger tall white head leaving light patches of lace down the glass.
S - Smells of citric hops, spicy peppers and some light caramel sweetness. The hops are strong initially but the peppers really take over as it sits in the glass.
T - Starts off with a nice citric hop bite quickly giving way to a light caramel sweetness and plenty of peppery spice. The first half of the glass wasnít too bad but the second half was all habanero spice. The spice sticks around long after the finish, lingering on the pallet for quite awhile.
M - Compared to the regular sculpin this one is all peppers. The spice grabs hold of the pallet and never lets go. A touch of hop bitterness tries to break through but the peppers never really let it come out completely.
O - I have wanted to try this one ever since I heard about it. I love sculpin but the peppers really drown out the best parts of the base beer. Glad I got to try it but I doubt I would get it again.
ACHops (641) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
MattH (635) - California, USA - OCT 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap. Gold pour. Small white head. Aroma of grapefruit and pine. Taste of grapefruit, pine, and habanero. What stood out about this beer is that it burns the lips and has a spicy aftertaste. The burn is nowhere near that of a real habanero. Iíd say it is at the level of tabasco sauce. This beer would go good with chicken tacos.
Daytonbeer (634) - Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2013 Pours gold with white head and some lacing. Aroma of peppers and pine hops. Taste is unique. The immediate taste is like the normal sculpin, but then it heads up really quick. Tasty with a kick that left my lips a little numb.
gorditoabd (622) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 10, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
#2! At the grove. Pint. Looks like regular Sculpin. Smells like IPA and cayenne. The heat is interesting, if a bit much. Not better than regular Sculpin, but different and good. Definitely gonna try this with one of my home brewed IPAs, and stouts, and...
Peacehammer (614) - California, USA - OCT 31, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark gold, with one finger foamy head. Strong pungent hop aroma, with some hints of grapefruit. Very well balanced taste for a big west coast IPA, plenty of hops but also nice body and some malty characters. The habanero character is fantastic. Just a bit of heat on the nose, and then a nice capsicum burn on the finish.
rob6239 (614) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap takeover at Coleís in Buffalo. Pours great golden amber with fresh head. Hoppy aroma of the regular Sculpin IPA mixes with the spice. Taste is hot and the heat is certainly there, dominating over the hoppiness.
Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2013 On tap at pizza plant. Pours an orangey amber gold with a nice white head. Smell isn?t strong other than the hops and some sweetness. Tastes bitter hops with some syrupy sweetness. The finish heats up and gets spicy! It?s nice and unique.
mikesaum (596) - Newark, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark golden orange with a dark eggshell head. Aroma is grapefruit hops and underlying pepper notes. Taste is good and hoppy with grapefruit and orange then it goes into a mild spicy pepper taste, but the burn goes down and leaves a lingering burn in your belly that kicks up the heartburn. pretty good, glad i got try it.