DialSquare (2036) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at smokin joes in pittsburgh. Pine and floral hop aroma. Nice tart grapefruit taste. Somehow really well balanced for a brew that tastes like flowers. Light caramel malts. Smooth finish. Great.
brainlair (236) - Maryland, USA - MAY 31, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Caponeís on 5/29/2010. Pale yellow, mostly transparent with a bit of head. Aroma has lots of clean pinecone hops, very similar to PTE, but a bit less dry. Flavor has lots of pinecone hops, good bitterness, some flowery and herbal character. A faint vegetal astringency and a touch of sweetness are all that separate it from PTE. Good carbonation and mouthfeel, hoppy bitterness finishes it nicely.
Slipstream (1860) - USA - MAY 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2011 On tap at Caponeís, consumed as Roy Halladay was pitching his perfect game on the bar TV. But I was more interested in the IPAs than the IPs and Hs and Ks. Excellent aroma on this very West Coast IPA. Dry, herbal, and astringent, with lots of pine. Sharp, with lime and tropical fruit notes, and the flavor gets richer as it warms a bit. Sculpin is a remarkably good beer, in what has been an excellent week for rating IPAs. Rerated upwards in 2011.
sundevil27 (47) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Into a wine glass, poured a nice golden color with a thin lace of head. Different citrus hints off the nose. Overall a smooth and well balanced IPA.
J_man (618) - Tustin, California, USA - MAY 29, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, very original aroma thatís pine needles and skunky (in a good way)! Beautiful golden copper with billowing, persistent white head with very fine bubbles. Biting, puckering bitterness with a grass clippings flavor that was evident in the aroma but fully expressed in the taste. Body is very thin and smooth with the hops dominating but not obliterating the malt backbone. I love the comparison to the sculpin fish which has a poisonous sting but a sweet and delicious flavor. Very unique for a West Coast IPA!
RPKLove (105) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 27, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pleasant aroma of citrus, almost floral, hops. Hazy golden appearance with a nice white head. Extremely smooth on the palate with a light bitterness. Medium to full-bodied, very slick, citrus hops dominate the flavor. $10 for 22oz. and worth every penny.
malrubius (1507) - Willowick, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 ounce bottle split in pint glass. Bright golden orange with slight chill haze dense head and lace. Lemony pastry grassy aroma. Mild peach apricot fruity sweetness with assertive bitter citrus grapefruit mild pine pleasantly lingering finish. Medium quaffable body. Nice carbo. Pretty fresh. A great beer. Worthy of the hype.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Iíve had this beer multiple times in bottle, on cask and draft and am finally getting around to reviewing it.
Pours a dark golden tangerine/orange color with bright golden yellowish orange hues when held to a light source and a large 2.5 finger frothy, soapy white head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a thick lasting cap that leaves chunks of soapy lacing in itís wake.
Uber-fresh luscious hop aroma that is bursting with sweet tropical and citrus fruit notes. There is also a slight dry earthy pine/spruce character in the nose along with subtle alcohol sweetness and perfect malt balance. The maltiness is there with some slightly toasty biscuit and graham cracker but the nose on this beer is all about the hops.
Medium bodied but on the lighter end with a slightly chewy hop forward presence that lingers over the subtle malt backbone into a sweet yet dry finish. Again, the flavor of this beer is dominated by insanely fresh delicious hops that give off a slight dry bitterness and a huge tropical/citrus fruit notes. Lots of mango, pineapple, orange and lemon peel and grapefruit. Thereís also a slightly lactic creaminess that adds to the beerís complexity and makes it incredibly smooth and quaffable. The malt backbone is subtle and slightly toasty with hints of caramel, biscuit and graham cracker. Perfectly balanced with sweet fruit, dry bitter hop and subtle malt flavors bouncing off of each other. I canít say enough about this beer. One of my favorites of all time and highly recommended!
HonusWagner (1048) - Florida, USA - MAY 23, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I drank Alpha King for the first time earlier today, and this beer is eerily similar, but to me it is a decent bit inferior in quality. It starts with a rather boring appearance, a golden color verging slightly into orange territory but with a head that fades quickly and leaves little or no lacing. The nose is of similar quality to AK, with mango absolutely jumping out and a slight note of pineapple juice acidity. The taste is good, but not as pleasant as that of Alpha King, being less varied in its fruity flavors and also shockingly bitter. I appreciate some bitterness in my beers; Pliny the Elder is probably my favorite beer for drinking in a session, but Sculpin is a bit less graceful than that beer and takes a hit because of it. The palate is nice, with a medium body and decent malt smoothness mostly on the front end. Overall, Sculpin is a really, really good beer. A 4.1 makes this very clear. But I do wonder if I would have like this beer a lot more with just a slightly lower IBU level.
koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Slightly cloudy, more towards golden than orange, with a 1 finger white crown that shows some retention and lacing. This looks like my kind of IPA!
Smell: Not the most pungent IPA, but still a fairly impressive array of grapefruit citrus notes and floral hop notes over a pale malt.
Taste: Grapefruit and a slight pine note coupled with grass. Nice amount of hop bitterness without much astringency!
Mouthfeel: Iím not sure on this one. Itís a touch chewy, seems a touch undercarbonated, but is fairly spot on.
Drinkability: Fantastic for a brew with so much hop goodness.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 08-18-2009