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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonnyguns (1096) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 11, 2014
Draft at Ballast Point. Pours a bright orange. Nose has grapefruit, citrus, chilli and pepper. Taste is upfront chilli and peppers with a citrus/grapefruit backing. Slow burn from the chilli. Great showcase with of the habanero chillis. Brings out so much of the flavour. Top shelf. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluejacket74 (1466) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2014
12 ounce bottle, bottled on November 19, 2014. Served in a DFH IPA glass, the beer pours an amber/orange color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like habaneros, citrusy hops (grapefruit, mango, orange peel), and a bit of sweet malt. I think the taste is pretty much like the aroma, except that the habanero heat overpowers the other flavors. Thereís also a lingering spicy peppery finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís coating and has a good amount of carbonation. Itís not the hottest beer Iíve had, but itís certainly hotter than most chili pepper beers Iíve tried. If you like spicy chili beers, then you need to try some of this. I wonít have any problems finishing this 6-pack!

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EKGoldings (602) - Radford, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2014 Growler fill from Vintage Cellar, Blacksburg VA. Pours amber, very slight haze, good head. Aroma is hoppy on the sweet, fruity side of the street. Taste is hoppy, but the habanero jumps in quickly, leaving a lingering heat on the aftertaste. I love spice, so Iím thoroughly impressed with the balance here .. the heat level is just perfect for the beer. My house hot sauce is Tabasco Habanero (regular Tabasco is too mild), so I like spicy heat and I love this beer. Iíll have to get another growler fill before the keg disappears. Got the second growler and drank it with a brewer friend. The heat seems to get milder as you drink a couple of pints of this stuff. By the third pint, I barely noticed it was hot. Still impressed, I am.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sarapeaches1990 (19) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 4, 2015
Pretty good...well real good. A little too spicy for me but yet I can appreciate the craft on this. Fresh habanero flavor, with the great sculpin hop flavor and aroma.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Getbetter (928) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - JAN 31, 2015
From a bottle into a goblet. The pour is a slight hazy dark orange with no head. There is a spicy mango hop taste that is great!. Would drink again.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
poisoneddwarf (1844) - 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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
highibus (747) - Vail, Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2015
On tap in the gas lamp dist. Pours clear light carmel color with thin white head. Aroma is kind of muted from regular sculpin. Flavor is up front heat and hops. Coats the tongue but clears right after with just a lingering heat. I love the combo of ipa and spice. Great beer.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (7262) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 1, 2011
On tap at OíBrienísí 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 (387) - 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

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   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...


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