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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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Homer321 (1810) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2014
bottle from craftshack dot com. aroma is just like fresh and yummy sculpin. lots of pine and grapefruit. large white head and a very clear light orange color. initial taste is hops followed quickly by a punch in my esophagus of hot peppers. holy hell this is interesting. just a bit of a sting is an understatement. this bad mamma jamma has more punch than a bomb or most pepper beers I have had. still a very solid offering, but not more than one could be consumed by this wussy

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
fraternie (814) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2014
Shocking. Super vegetal and peppery on the nose, with a blast of habanero spice that feels intimidating initially but levels off nicely on the back of the palate. Not getting much fruit here at all however. A stunning execution of the style; still not sure it’s my thing, but I respect it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gendv138 (1046) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - APR 29, 2014
12 ounce bottle poured into a Belgian snifter. Nice apricot yellow color with a finger of off-white head. Big habanero peppers on the aroma along with some light citrus. Tasting notes of habanero and jalapeno peppers, citrus, grassy and floral notes, piney hops. Medium body with a semi-dry and spicy peppery warm finish. Light lip tingling and some burn on the tongue from the peppers but not too bad otherwise as far as heat. Pretty good for what they were going for, the fruit flavors in Sculpin take a backseat for the peppers.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
conway (1334) - - JUN 13, 2014
Bottle. Clear copper with a perfect 2 finger head. Aroma is citrus, sweet malt and some light vegetal pepper notes. Taste adds orange, lemon, peach and intense habanero flavor and heat. Heat is pretty much at my comfort threshold. It's substantial but isn't painful and doesn't completely mask the other flavors. Crime and Punishment this is not. Medium mouthfeel and carb. Shocked how much I enjoyed this.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
suprchunk (2108) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2014
Orange color. Sizable off white head. Lacing plasters the side of the glass. Aromas of malt hops and pepper skins. Taste is very much fresh hot peppers. Spicy.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
italarican (1478) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 8, 2011
Tap at Blind Tiger shared by Maxxdaddy (thanks!). Golden orange pour. Aroma and flavor are both pure pepper: habanero backed by green bell. Legitimate spiciness without being intolerable. I consider this treatment a success.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 16, 2011
A - Served a golden-orange color with a thin layer of white head atop. The head faded fairly quickly leaving behind a touch of lace. S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts and grassy/piney hops. The pepper is noticeable in the background but not too strong. T - Starts off 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. M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. It feels pretty smooth and super hot, and keeps your tongue on fire for a while. D - Very much a sipping beer. It is so hot that if you drink it any faster it would be painful. Not really what I would call balanced, but a very interesting beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (8284) - San Diego County, California, USA - NOV 7, 2011
Cask at Rattle N Hum in NYC. The pour is a flattish, room temp, clear orange amber with a medium, white fluffy head. Nice lace for cask beer. Nose is very assuming...regular Sculpin character: very caramel heavy, orange sections, sweet grapefruit, citrus hops. Nice balance. Would assume it is regular Sculpin if you were trying to prank someone. Taste...right up front it is silky, rich, and caramel heavy with quenching citrus hops and orange juice. After one second or so some major capsaicin heat comes through. HOT TAMALE TONIGHT! Ears on fire, clear your sinuses, phlegm building in the back of the throat. Still, nice vanilla and candy beneath the hot pepper. Even bitter dark chocolate still apparent. In summary, still recognizably a great IPA...still very Sculpin in essence but extremely spicy at near rip your head off levels as far as beers go. Hilarious, very enjoyable, I finished the entire pint very easily and had a blast doing so.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2013 @ RnH. Once in nov. 2011 and in jan 2013. Didn’t like it so much back then but I love it now. Almost like a delicate herbal tea

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
orangesol (681) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2012
Served on cask at Al’s of Hampden. A - Pours clear golden yellow with a nice one finger tall white head leaving light patches of lace down the glass. S - Smells of citric hops, spicy peppers and some light caramel sweetness. The hops are strong initially but the peppers really take over as it sits in the glass. T - Starts off with a nice citric hop bite quickly giving way to a light caramel sweetness and plenty of peppery spice. The first half of the glass wasn’t too bad but the second half was all habanero spice. The spice sticks around long after the finish, lingering on the pallet for quite awhile. M - Compared to the regular sculpin this one is all peppers. The spice grabs hold of the pallet and never lets go. A touch of hop bitterness tries to break through but the peppers never really let it come out completely. O - I have wanted to try this one ever since I heard about it. I love sculpin but the peppers really drown out the best parts of the base beer. Glad I got to try it but I doubt I would get it again.


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