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RATINGS: 725   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bubbleflubber (2154) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2015
Ok, I know that hot pepper brews are not the "norm"; however, I love them. They are a guilty pleasure that I enjoy on occasion, and very much enjoy. From jalapeno and habaneros to Ghost Peppers and Carolina Reapers, there’s just something about the hot spiciness that attracts my palate. And this brew is no different. From the bottle, it pours a golden-orange tea hue, with a wispy soap head that reduces to trace ring lacing. The aromas are of habanero pepper skins, light caramel sweetness and grapefruit citrus. Flavors of the habanero seeds and skins really shine here, causing a light tingle to the lips after a few pulls. Intermingling is an underlying, reserved caramel sweetness, grapefruit (complete with rind and zest), and lots of muddy vegetal notes. The finish ends on a wallop of hot pepper spicy heat that lingers; rather, "radiates" appropriately on the lips and the sides of the tongue. In such, the habanero skins come back to really give this vegetal brew some actual flavor, not relying solely on the throat/lip burn, which is still gladly accepted. The medium body and active palate invite "spicy brew" lovers for yet another pull. Again, a great flagship IPA from Ballast Point, only augmented by the addition of habanero flavor and heat. A superb hot pepper brew here, and one that I will gladly have again anytime. Cheers!

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jake65 (3348) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - JAN 13, 2016
Tap @ Taphouse Boise. Ordered the 4 oz taster, arrived a golden orange color with a small creamy beige head. The nose is outstanding. In fact this may be the best smelling IPA I can remember to date. Juicy grapefruit, citrus, and tropical fruit. Rich sweet, sour, and tangy. No hint of the heat yet, but it’s on the way. Taste is moderate bitters and a light sweetness… more malty than expected. The heat arrives on the back end and lingers a bit. Really a solid brew, boarder line outstanding. One is probably enough at one time; next time I’ll get a full pint.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (7877) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 9, 2016
28/I/16 - 12Fl. Oz. bottle @ ElManana’s place - BB: n/a, bottled: 3/XI/15 (2016-82) Thanks to Steve for sharing the bottle!

Clear orange beer, creamy off-white head, bit adhesive. Aroma: quite some habanero, citric, floral touch. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: yes, that’s a distinct habanero flavour! Pretty spicy, hot, citrus, bit floral, very nice habanero. Aftertaste: very spicy, throat warming, lots of habanero heat, fruity flavours.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sccp1910 (162) - BRAZIL - MAR 12, 2016
Aroma agradável. Cor dourada e espuma branca e duradoura. Sabor bem apimentado, deixando seu sabor em segundo plano.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ffbot (325) - Oakland, California, USA - MAR 17, 2016
Pour is a slightly hazy orange with small thin heads that retains throughout. Smell is freshly chopped peppers, obviously spicy, but also sweet peppers and a tiny bit of beer sweetness. The taste is an initial boom of spice, strong mouth burn and sweat builds up, but the real mastery is the long enduring sweet pepper and balance afterwards.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeschmoe213 (18) - USA - MAR 29, 2016
Aroma: Peppers. Not the shake kind. Piney hops. Appearance: orange-gold Taste: solid. sculpin. heat builds with the hops, leaves, then returns in the throat Palate: oily ... good Overall: Hot beer. Good for those who can handle spice. Not sure how you couldn’t like hot things.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (8024) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 1, 2011
On tap at O’Brien’s’ pouring up via the Beer Engine with hazy gold to orange body and white head. The aroma has some sweetness and firm levels of Sculpin hoppiness with various citrus notes. I also get a mild background of chili pepper meat. The taste is Beer Engine smoothness and near creamy creating a Sculpin that is on the sweet side. It seems to start off a bit neutral in flavor with growing yet modest levels of sweetness and citrus before bold chili pepper burn and chili pepper flavor take over. The chili lingers and burns the lips for a good five minutes afterward. Darn spicy offering.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
m4rest88 (388) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - JUL 7, 2012
pours a golden hue with a small head aroma of peppers, hops and tropical fruits - flavor is the same - the hops and habanero chili combo is fantastic - perfect combination spicy mouthfeel that lingers as well medium mouthfeel with light carb

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2012
Sculpin flavor immediately up front then finishes with a fair amount of heat that for me never overpowered, though for others trying the same beer brought about sweat on the brow... I enjoyed it as an interesting addition to a ballast point event, though given the option again i will always choose the regular sculpin...

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pineypower (3031) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Draft at Mexican Food Factory Marlton. Pours out an attractive slightly more amber color than normal Sculpin with a nice white head. Aroma is of tropical fruits, citrus bitterness, and some light earthy/spicy chili pepper. Pepper is definitely subtle and maybe somewhat turns down the normal hop profile. Taste is where the peppers make their mark. Notes of tropical fruit and citrus hoppy bitterness, and then a spicy/earthy/fruity chili pepper (yes, the wonderful Habenero) comes into play. Luckily the spice is not over done, and despite the popular belief this pepper doesn’t only pack a lot of heat, there is a lot of flavor in there too. The hops meld rather well with the pepper that initially only leaves a slight burn, but definitely stings your lips for minutes after your sip...and if eating spicy food can linger even longer. A great rendition to one of my favorite IPA’s.


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