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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.


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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (5273) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Draft for a very short time at the Whole Foods Fair Lakes in Virginia - Iíve 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.


2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dagimp (769) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2015
From a 12 oz bottle into a 70ís Michelob chalice. Pours like regular Sculpin. A little head but not much; same for lacing. Good Habanero aroma. A little fruit from the hops too. Mouthfeel is moderate with some good carbonation. Taste is habanero peppers and heat. You can taste some of the IPA for the first sip, but after that, itís just blasted out by the heat and Habanero flavor. Iím a big fan of habaneros, so I really liked how their unique flavor was really showcased. That being said, I drank about 2/3 of the bottle and after that, my tastebuds were just shot. Poured the rest. If you can take the spice, share this with a friend and enjoy.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
poisoneddwarf (1827) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - MAR 3, 2015
12 oz bottle from a six pack. Aroma is peppers, grapefruit, caramel, wet river rock--all a little more muted than I was expecting. Pours slightly hazy new penny copper with lots of sediment under a bone-white head that lasts a minute before fading into a ring. Taste is very hot, making the lips tingle (9/10 on a heat scale). There is a fair amount of hop bitterness--the heat couldnít completely squash the IPA character. Mouthfeel is perfectly creamy, tight carbonation, medium to full body. Nice pepper beer, but itís totally palate-wrecking. Not sure if Iíll be able to rate anything else tonight.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
anderson01 (218) - Idaho, USA - MAR 2, 2015
Clear golden appearance with a bubbly white head that reduces rather quickly. Okay lacing. Definite pepper aroma. There is a tad of citrusy hops sneaking out of the aroma. Lively carbonation. Definitely puts a burn at the back of the throat. Taste of fresh peppers.The bottle says may vary in heat this one could have been a little spicier but an awesome beer. Ballast point took a chance on a spicy beer and suceeded with flying colors.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
biirusaikou (852) - - MAR 2, 2015
Pink grapefruit, salt aroma. Oh wow, full-on habanero on top of juicy blood orange, salt and pepper, red hot spicy finish. A true spice beast but the sweet fruity backend is quite present too, a half would have be enough, feels more like a sechuan dish than a beer in the end.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Westcoasttex (4) - USA - MAR 1, 2015 does not count
A surprising balance of taste with the habanero slightly overpowering the hops known in Sculpin. Good aftertaste, but don't drink this as a refreshing beer. Yikes!! Fredo

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Padron4KM (600) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2015
12 oz bottle, no date code. Clear golden, thin white head above very lively carbonation.
Vegatal aroma, peppers, fruity hops.
Flavor is spicy, fruity habanero peppers, with a little bit of hops on the end.
Love me some habanero hot sauce, not so much in my beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (9882) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2015
Bottle. Pours orange white head. Nose/taste of habanero, citrus, caramel malt , mango, apricot and peach. Medium body.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
brenn79 (1627) - Idaho, USA - FEB 27, 2015
12 oz bottle- Pours clear orange golden with a one finger bone white head that slowly reduces. Aroma is WOW, spicy peppers, It smells like fresh picked peppers, not getting much else and thatís okay with me. The taste is habanero peppers, fresh picked, medium heat burn that builds with each sip. The dry bitterness of the hops cuts through the heat nicely, I love this beer! Grapefruit and other citrus flavors are there, you do have to search for them through the peppery spiciness. Finally a brewery thatís not afraid to showcase a hop pepper without feeling like they have to mellow it out for the masses. Keep this one flowing, it will be a staple in my fridge until i canít find anymore in this area!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GranvilleTim (1743) - Granville, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2015
I am not a fan of too much heat but this was a wonderful drinking experience. Amber pour with an off-white head. Aroma is a quick sniff of fruity hops quickly snuffed out by the peppers. First sip was hot for me. I better take it slow. The fruity hops and the habanero peppers work great together. Made my brow sweat though, but none-the-less, a great drinking experience. So-so lacing.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbruner (2715) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2015
Bottle shared at RBWG 2015! Pours a clear gold with thin bubbly white head. Aroma is peppers over juicy hops. Taste is big on the peppers, damn, woah. Interesting but not as bad as some pepper beers.


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