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RATINGS: 250   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mixmasterob (883) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Hunahpus day. Clear orange pour with a small head. Aroma was big time citrus and pine. No peppers on the nose. Flavors were big and hoppy up front with a biting pepper heat on the finish. It was hot but it came and went in quick fashion. Rather excellent.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skmikeg (862) - Poway, California, USA - NOV 7, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2012 taster at Old Grove pepper day. Pours a amber orange color with small white head. Aroma is of citrus, pine, and some black pepper. flavor is nice and hoppy like normal Sculpin with some citrus, pine, and some carmel malt. the heat hits you after a fee seconds and you get some nice floral flavors as well from the Habanero. Has a medium body with a oily moufeel and a dry, bitter, spicy finnish. overall, another great pepper beer that would go great with mexican food.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
yiannnos (852) - , CYPRUS - AUG 7, 2014
On tap. Copper orange colour. Aroma of peppers. Taste of peppers, hot. Intersting at the beginning, but too much in the end.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Thisis12ptfont (831) - 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 vary’ on the bottle but, unfortunately heat is all I taste.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BucannonXC5 (827) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Type: Draft Glass: Pint glass From: Clem’s Tap House in Kensington (San Diego), Calif. Price: $5 (for Happy Hour) Purchased: July 24, 2014 Consumed: July 24, 2014 Misc.: N/A Poured a honey, orange, murky color with two fingers of frothy white head when I got it. Good layered foamy lacing along the sides. Good retention on the top all the way down. Wow on the smell! Got citrus hops, pine and floral hops, then bam! Here come the spices. Got jalapeno, habanero and red peppery spices. Already feel it on my nose and mouth somehow. Late orange rind notes. That’s pretty much it because the hot spices dominate. Taste was pretty much the same as the smell. Got those citrus and floral hops, but then the jalapeno and habanero spices come flying in. Also spicy red pepper notes dominating heat on the hops. Really wanted more hops here. Not balanced at all. Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, spicy finish. A decent beer for what it is, but just too spicy and not enough hops.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
fraternie (815) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2014
Shocking. Super vegetal and peppery on the nose, with a blast of habanero spice that feels intimidating initially but levels off nicely on the back of the palate. Not getting much fruit here at all however. A stunning execution of the style; still not sure it’s my thing, but I respect it.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheHopster (791) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - MAR 29, 2014
On draft at The Ginger Man, NYC. The taste is eclipsed by the burning habanero pepper sensation on the palate, which does not add to the flavor, just a lingering burn. Seems the wrong combination for such a quality IPA. A novelty at best.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
maley1 (770) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 16, 2013
On tap, clear amber pour with small off white head. Aroma of floral hops, grassy and pepper. Taste of floral hops and then the pepper kicks in and overtakes everything good about this beer. I love spicy hot but this totally is off base. Initial great IPA taste, perfect carbonation and mouthfeel and the habanero takes over in the middle and peppery heat finishes strong and long and dry. Not really my thing.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - APR 13, 2011
On tap at Blind Tiger. Pours clear gold, has typical hoppy aroma with some citrus and pine, but also has a nice hot pepper aroma, you can almost smell the heat. The pepper really comes through on the taste, although a bit more as heat and less as a peppery flavor. Not as good as classic Sculpin, but an interesting variation that was nice to try.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryecatcher (766) - 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 doesn’t 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. I’ll be honest, I’m not the biggest fan of chilis in my beer (and this is one of the more pronounced chili-infused beers I’ve had) but this actually is pretty good, although I wouldn’t 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 doesn’t 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.


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