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RATINGS: 253   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.


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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (4563) - 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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scipio (690) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2014
Pours a clear golden in color with a full, foamy, long lasting white head. The aroma is on the subtle side and is heaviest in citrus impressions. There is grapefruit, pineapple, peach along with some lighter pine. Wow, this one really burns. Grapefruit and pineapple up front followed with a huge burning sensation afterwards that is very intense and very long lasting. Medium in body, slick in texture, with I believe milder carbonation, though tougher to tell since my palate is ruined. Now I love hot and spicy, but I literally need a couple of minutes after a sip before I drink more. After some drinking, I’m getting used to it, and I could probably drink another one. Although I think many would find this undrinkable. This is very unique and must be tried. Challenging someone to slam one of these would be cruel.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
murphious2000 (8) - - AUG 23, 2014 does not count
When I heard there was a Habanero version of Sculpin, I figured it was just another lame gimmick. But after pouring this amber beauty and smelling the nice citrus hops, I thought it would be a weak chili beer like Cave Creek---wrong, way wrong. This is almost a perfect blend of chili with hops except for the finish. I love how the citrus hops fade away and the pepper comes rolling over it, but then it keeps on coming. The pepper lasts longer than any other beer flavor. Perhaps if there was more bitterness of hop at the end WITH the habanero I would have given it a much higher rating. As is, 4 out of 5

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (8502) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Draft, July 5, 2014. Pours a clear amber color with a thin creamy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of spicy peppers, pale malt, citrus hops. The taste is citrus and tropical hops with habanero in the finish. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, high heat.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BucannonXC5 (829) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leveejr (101) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2014
On tap at city beer. Nice fruity, spicy aroma. Taste is immediate burn but not too intense. Lingers for a while but in an almost pleasant way. Unfortunately no hint of IPA but still a very interesting and enjoyable chili beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
yiannnos (857) - , 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.

2.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
czar (4292) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrewFace (780) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2014
Bottle thanks to SantaSD. Light pepper notes in aroma, light earthy hop character, touch of caramel malt. Mildly hazy orange with off white head. Big heat on the first gulp, after heat subsides, some seet balance to the heat, malty, some earthy hop flavors, mild bitterness but must the heat comes through in the finish. Lingering heat in the throat. Not really much pepper flavor just spicy. Not a pepper beer fan but this has some sweet to balance heat but still quite spicy overall.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beergeek23322 (2229) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2014
7/31/2014. On tap. amber color with a white head. Aromas are spicy with only hints of peppers. Flavors are caramel and pine up front, but the habanero sets in on the finish and warms all the way down. Not as hot and spicy as other similar brews. This one I can drink, but one is enough.

1.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
Minderbinder (1748) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 29, 2014
Bottle 355ml. Pours golden with low off-white head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is of peppers, slight malt. Taste is of peppers, hot (extreme) peppers, very slight malt. Palate: Medium carbonation. Medium body [Note that I had a very hard time rating the palate as I could barely dare to take other sips]. Overall: This beer is straight-up gross. Extremely hot/peppery. This is not serious. Burning aftertaste. No complexity to speak of. Stear clear of this one.


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