HighWine (952) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap flight at the brewery. Filtered golden pour with a thick, foamy, white head. Aroma is meaty habanero with earthy hops. Taste is green ancho chile flesh, hops, and faint heat. Apparently earlier batches were much spicier. Not what I was expecting but quite tasty. I don’t recognize the Sculpin as much as I recognize the fresh chile flavors. Good beer
DocJitsu (949) - Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a crystal clear, classic golden color with a pure white head. Wet and slick mouthfeel with a burn one would expect from a habanero brew. Plastic and fresh chili pepper flavors get expressed overtly. Fantastically refreshing. Enlivening without being brutal.
Atheist_Peace (947) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUN 14, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Savor. This was just overall wonderful stuff. The habanero spice and heat really integrate well with the west coast boisterous IPA style. Citric and spicy with a slightly spicy hot finish. Pour me another!
kevinator (909) - The Colony, Texas, USA - SEP 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well-blended beer. Aroma was of citrus and piney hops with a hint of pepper. Average light caramel color for an IPA. Palate was light and well-carbonated, which matched the spice. Flavor was hop bitterness up front followed by a burn that complimented rather than dominated. Pleasing.
skmikeg (900) - Poway, California, USA - NOV 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
mixmasterob (883) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
yiannnos (867) - , CYPRUS - AUG 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap. Copper orange colour. Aroma of peppers. Taste of peppers, hot. Intersting at the beginning, but too much in the end.
orangesol (853) - 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 Al’s 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 wasn’t 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.
Thisis12ptfont (838) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - JUL 10, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
BucannonXC5 (835) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 9, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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
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.