RATINGS: 788   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.8
PhillyCraft (7228) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2012
On tap at PH, pours a very hazy copper orange with medium off white head, nice lacing. Aromas of hops, malt, light pepper, vanilla, orange, and pine. Taste is filled with citrus, pine, vanilla and caramel tasting malts, strong peppers. Really gives the throat and back of the mouth a tingle from the habanero. The heat continues to build in other parts of the body as you consume more. Medium to fuller bodied, well carbonated. It was nice but I couldn’t take the heat by then end of the glass. Use half the amt of habanero next time and this thing would be awesome.

3.7
olsvammel (7225) - Örebro, SWEDEN - AUG 7, 2015
On tap at Örebro Ölcafé. Fruity smell with chili and soap. Similar taste. The chli heat is very up front and aggressive. The hops is in the background. A bit soapy. Not something I would start my day with, it took a while to get rid of the chili heat.

3.7
TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2013
Draft shared on tap at Aces and Ales 2 (Las Vegas, NV). Pours an amber orange hue, very healthy glow, faint haze. Frothy whitish head stays as a filmy layer, laces ok. Aromas are more hoppy, floral and grassy, touches of citrus fruit but more gentle. Faint pepper spice. Initial is lighter end of the fold, some spice and citrusy hops mix. A lighter body with some nice peppery spice that grows in a wave. Citrusy hops die out from the front end, with some gentle bread, faint fruit. Middle is spicy, pepper driven, earthy and a touch smokey, medium to firm heat spice. Backend is spicy, dry, and gentle bready malts. The pepper element is firm, stronger, but not ovewhelming for my palate (as a pepper fan admittedly). Some nice spice lines the throat and esophagus. Finis is spice, bready, dry. Some touches of lingering floral hops. Really integrated well. The pepper seemingly kills the hops.. Or maybe it’s just an older keg and the hops have faded a bit. Either way, it’s a very nice beer on it’s own. Nice.

2.3
VastActiv (7131) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 12, 2015
Tap at Tommyknockers, Helsinki. Colour is clear golden with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Habanero, green chili, some hops and some malts. Too burning for me.

3.5
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 21, 2013
draft at Coles. Orange amber pour. Lots of heat in aroma & flavor. Heat masks the bitterness almost completly. Not overbearing heat but quite substantial. drinkable

3.4
Iphonephan (6988) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - AUG 28, 2015
From a 12 oz bottle shared at home. Pours a clear gold with an off white head. Fruity nose. Intense habanero flavor with citrus peel. Firery finish. Wow this is a hot one.

3
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Draught @ Brouwer’s Café:   Orange hued golden, thin to moderate foamy white head, decent lacing.   Noticeable heat on the nose.   Soft hop otherwise.   I am a bit concerned given the heat coming off of this one.   On the tongue its like being hit by a truck.   Very strong Habanero, too strong if you ask me.   Overshadows everything else in this beer.   Too hot, too spicy, and too much.   Seems like they ruined already fantastic Sculpin.   Damnit!


2.3
wlajwl (6812) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - NOV 20, 2015
Aroma is grapefruit/pine, citrus hops and a hint of spicy heat. The flavor is grapefruit, citrus and then the habanero takes over...

1.5
ekstedt (6780) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2011
Cask at GBBF 2011. Clear golden. Nice pine/apricot/citrus hop aroma; no warning of what is about to come. Luckily my fellow raters warned me, so I only took a small sip. Yet, this ruined my taste buds for several minutes. What an idiotic and offensive gimmicky beer.

3.5
jookos (6762) - FINLAND - SEP 28, 2014
[email protected], gamla stan. Copper clear. Fruity pines, caramels on nose. Not that much bell pepper/chili just yet. Med bodied, nice soft bitter caramelly, and a good capsasin kick. Smooth nice, and for once, a well spiced chili beer. Habanero pretty clearly present in the flavour (sort of murky bell peppery, black pepper) as well. Ipa for chiliheads. I would venture this has a scoville of tabasco, so some tolerance is required for proper enjoyment.

-- bb


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