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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (6521) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
m4rest88 (381) - 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 (1404) - 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 (2402) - Pine Barrens, 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerman6686 (3870) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2012
This poured a shiny bright orange color with an off white head. Aroma was just a great blend of spicey habanero peppers, accompanied by troipical and citrusy fruit. Flavor was blended really well, some of the hop character was covered by the pepper, but still made this a nice unique beer on its own. Prefect amount of heat to know its there but nto completely burn the throat. Really Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
larryLSB (396) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - APR 28, 2013
On tap at the Public House at ATT Park during a heartwrenching loss to the D-Backs. Poured a nice golden orange with a medium off white head. Nose was hoppy and spicy, that fresh pepper thing going on, and of course the taste had that fire to it, with a long lasting burn. Very good stuff, could get addicted to the pepper beer thing.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (5023) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 12, 2013
9oz on tap at Yard House in Cincinnati. Clear golden - orange color. Good thin white head. Decent bits of lace. Not bad-looking. Big, spicy, toasty habanero kick in the aroma. Nice biscuity malt profile. Light grassy, light citrusy hop. Only light because of the huge habanero chile flavor that is up front, in the body, and in the finish... On par with Ruination Habanero, pretty much the same type and level of habanero heat. Smooth, softer lighter carbonation, lightly dry texture. Medium to bigger body. Moderate bitter taste, big spicy hot heat, minimal sweet. I got through this habanero IPA easier than I did with the Ruination cask version.. Maybe the carbonation helped. Maybe this style of beer is growing on me. A very enjoyable 9 ounces.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dodgrblu (562) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 18, 2013
On tap at Burgers and Brew, aroma is straight Sculpin, taste is very spicy. Once a year or so. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ROGUE (2086) - Newark, Delaware, USA - AUG 22, 2013
On tap at Capones. Poured a bright copper color with a two finger frothy white head and light lacing. Aromas of tropical fruits, mango, papaya and guava with some citrus and pine on the side, and only a hint of pepper. Taste starts with a mix of caramel sweetness and piney hops and bitterness. There is some growing heat in the background from the pepper, but not too strong. Through the middle, the heat grows a bit along with stronger bitterness. As the beer finishes, the heat explodes and takes over and lingers for quite a while. Medium body with moderate carbonation, sticky and dry.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwalking05 (3491) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2013
On tap at World of Beer in Arlington. Clear golden with a large off-white head. Aroma is of grass, peppers, huge citrus, floral. Taste starts with grapefruit, bitter florals, grass, and pepper, the finish is an excellent burning sensation. Very well done. I was worried that the pepper would overpower an IPA that I love. The peppers have a strong presence, but the wonderful IPA notes still shin through. Probably my favorite pepper beer.


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