ClarkVV (6708) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 15, 2015
Bottles at Lulu’s, 4/4/15kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2017
Usual "if-you-don’t-like-chili-beers-ignore-this-re preface. I always rate these under the assumption that you like chili beers and rate them compared to other chili beers, not other beers or IPAs.
That being said, I don’t see the point of pretty much ruining Sculpin IPA by adding habaneros. The hops barely break through, and it just seems like a waste of tons of good hops. Not that it has to be unhopped, but Sculpin? I don’t know. Anyways, this stuff is nice! I drank three of them and could have kept going. Spicy, with the characteristic habanero slow-burn. The body is fairly lean and quite dry to really help pronounce the chili, though there is enough malt to not make it too unbalanced. Dry, fiery, peppery, really quite delicious. I think I still like the Serrano Pale a bit more, as that one was just viciously hot, but this is a bit more "toned down". The pepper really helps lighten the beer and keeps it very "refreshing" (these terms are all relative).
Bottle. Pours a mostly clear copper body with a minimal thin ring of beige head. The nose is caramel malt and some light citrusy hops. Can’t say that I smell a whole lot of pepper in here, but there’s a bit. The flavor is much more heavy on the pepper though, and quite spicy and hot on the finish. Still a bit of caramel makes it past, but not enough to temper the heat of the peppers. Rather minimal citrusy hops. Medium bodied with soft fizzy carbonation and a long lingering finish. Meh, this is one I never should have bought in the first place. Never really care for pepper beers. ajnepple (6622) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 22, 2015
12 oz bottle at Freshcraft. Darker gold and clear appearance with a lacy white head. Fresh aroma of citrus fruits, tropical fruits, floral notes and just a touch of peppery spice. The flavor is similar, but the habanero really comes through here, particularly on the finish. Pretty mild at first, but getting pretty intense towards the end. Still enjoyable and fun to drink, although, I couldn’t drink more than one. Beerman6686 (6607) - 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. Patrickctenchi (6590) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - OCT 24, 2016
Clear, bubbly, brassy gold with a small white head.
Mango, habanero, grain aroma.
Strong habanero heat after just a few seconds....mango, orange, lemon flavours show,but are covered up by a substantial burn...
Way more heat than expected.....Not bad, but all base Sculpin notes are completely buried.
egajdzis (6588) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2015
Amber color with a small, white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of pine, floral hops, citrus, pepper. Taste of muted citrus fruits, some pine, spicy finish. blutt59 (6564) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 22, 2014
On tap, golden pour, white foam, pretty soft and plain until the heat kicks in, not as hot as ghost but has a bite, hot lasting finish BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 2, 2015
Bottle: Heat and juicy fruit with a touch of resin...Right to the edge of drinkability. But yeah I am drinking it nicely. Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - MAR 28, 2015
Courtesy of DarshanJStax (6504) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 12, 2015
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate citrus, aged grapefruit hops, and a touch of pepper heat that I wouldn’t notice if I didn’t know this Habanero Sculpin. It pours a slightly hazy golden-orange with a small white head that quickly fades to a minimal film outlined by a thin ring. The flavor starts with a quick dose of citrus and aged grapefruit hops. The finish has moderate-heavy habanero pepper heat that really lingers on the tongue and back of the throat. It’s light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, this much pepper heat just doesn’t make sense to me in an IPA. It’s not so much bad as it is a simple question of "Why????"
Draft pour into a pint glass. The beer is a clear copper color with a white head of foam. The aroma is fruity sweet and just a mild habanero pepper influence. The more I drink, the more heat I encounter, so it really builds up, but it starts more sweet. Lip tingling heat. Some stomach heat as well. Medium body and medium carbonation.