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RATINGS: 608   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (6487) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2013
Draft shared on tap at Aces and Ales 2 (Las Vegas, NV). Pours an amber orange hue, very healthy glow, faint haze. Frothy whitish head stays as a filmy layer, laces ok. Aromas are more hoppy, floral and grassy, touches of citrus fruit but more gentle. Faint pepper spice. Initial is lighter end of the fold, some spice and citrusy hops mix. A lighter body with some nice peppery spice that grows in a wave. Citrusy hops die out from the front end, with some gentle bread, faint fruit. Middle is spicy, pepper driven, earthy and a touch smokey, medium to firm heat spice. Backend is spicy, dry, and gentle bready malts. The pepper element is firm, stronger, but not ovewhelming for my palate (as a pepper fan admittedly). Some nice spice lines the throat and esophagus. Finis is spice, bready, dry. Some touches of lingering floral hops. Really integrated well. The pepper seemingly kills the hops.. Or maybe it’s just an older keg and the hops have faded a bit. Either way, it’s a very nice beer on it’s own. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
nimbleprop (6317) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 18, 2013
4oz sample at Max’s Hop Fest 2013. Pours a clear orange, one ring of white head. Smells like pineapple salsa, spicy. Flavor is just like salsa, orange, bell pepper, black and pink peppercorns, hibiscus, mango. Super hot finish. Lots of heat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
blutt59 (6286) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 22, 2014
On tap, golden pour, white foam, pretty soft and plain until the heat kicks in, not as hot as ghost but has a bite, hot lasting finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
gyllenbock (6285) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 12, 2014
Sample at SBWF 2014. Hazy light amber with a white head. A lot of hot chili both in the aroma and taste. Also some light notes of citrus and malt. Too much Habanero for my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sledutah (6246) - Utah, USA - OCT 17, 2012
GABF 2012
Appearance: Clear golden with a small white head
Aroma is floral hops and citrus, nice
Taste is all hot peppers
I love the base beer, but this was too hot to enjoy

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
czar (6189) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 5, 2014
bottle shared by tom10101, thanks (!). hazy golden with a small off-white cap showing some retention and lacing. citrusy, apricots, spicy and hot habaneros - overdone is a euphemism here, underlying lean lightly toasted and fruity maltiness, pepper. average carbonation, light body, awfully hot and grassy-spicy finish. undrinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 1/20
ekstedt (6157) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2011
Cask at GBBF 2011. Clear golden. Nice pine/apricot/citrus hop aroma; no warning of what is about to come. Luckily my fellow raters warned me, so I only took a small sip. Yet, this ruined my taste buds for several minutes. What an idiotic and offensive gimmicky beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Mora2000 (6097) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUN 9, 2013
On tap at the Common Table. Yellow with a white head. The aroma has a bit of pine but what really comes through is the habanero. The flavor is similar. While there may be a bit of the IPA character in there, I get a ton of hot, spicy pepper. As I drink more, the beer gets hotter and hotter. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Interesting, but the pepper was too overwhelming for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (6083) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Draft for a very short time at the Whole Foods Fair Lakes in Virginia - I’ve been told this was the only keg in the state. Poured a slightly hazy golden color with a small white head, just like the regular Sculpin. Aroma was citrus, some light biscuit malt notes, no pepper spice notes to speak of. However, the flavor is something else, the flavor is some citrus hops, but with a ton of lasting heat backing, not too burning, but a pleasant, lasting heat that packs a slightly mean punch.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
onceblind (6053) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2015
Brilliant clear golden with a large foamy white head. Lovely nose of some tropical juicy undertones, a but of earthy leafy hop resins, some earthy citric bitterness, and a dry floral hopping. Smooth and quaffable amazing IPA at the start, with some crisp blonde malt and pale ale malt mixing with some lightly tropical tones and quite a bit of earthy floral resins, then WHAM, there’s this tropical and peach-pepper tone of habanero pepper and a decent amount of capsaicin heat. Finishes with that earlier IPA tone of bright blonde malt and a touch of cracker and lovely floral hop resins. The middle is just a touch too spicy, but otherwise the best damn IPA you could use to pepper up.

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