Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - JUN 7, 2015
This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a nice looking glossy orange with a nice looking transparency about it. Carbonation is seen rising at a moderate pace to fill a rapidly dissipating foamy one finger white head. Lacing is spotty and clingy.
The smell starts reminiscent of regular sculpin - sweet pine, sweet fresh cut grass, mango and grapefruit rolling into the habanero heat.
The taste takes the flavors from the aroma to combine and allows the heat to go full throttle for a good couple minutes. Sweet green pepper enlivens to a long wet aftertaste and vegetable finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The heat is there to bounce back the carbonation a bit which shows on my tongue. However, it seems the heat also detracts from the bitterness level of an AIPA, honestly, I’m okay with that.
Overall, I say this was a pretty good AIPA with the habanero spice to boot. Perhaps a bit of a palate wrecker, but I’d have again. thornecb (6058) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 30, 2013
Pours deep gold into a tulip. Bright white head with good retention recedes to coat surface. Resin and mild pepper aromas. Sweet resin and caramel upfront quickly turning to an oily pepper that lasts through the long lip-smacking hot pepper finish. Nice, but not a lot of sculpin. ganache (6054) - New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2015
Bottle. Hate to be flippant about it, but this one is easy: it’s just Sculpin with habanero in it. The only useful information I can impart: head retention and lace don’t seem to be diminished, the nose is a strong indicator of what is to come, and the level of habanero can be well described as fiery -- great for chili heads but way too much for my mother. Deadens just about everything else, save for a smidgen of apricot and medium bitterness. Bonus: the malt actually comes out to play after acclimation and melds really well with the heat. Actual synergy! Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - MAR 26, 2015
Man you guys are pussies. This heat is perfect. Unfortunately it takes away from the hops. This also benefits from a fantastic base beer rumproasts (6035) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 30, 2015
Tap. Golden with small head. Doesn’t seem that hot with the first sip, but the heat builds. Pepper beers aren’t my thing, but I can appreciate that this is well done.
superspak (6004) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2015
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/29/2015. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, habanero pepper, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, honey, light caramel, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops, habanero pepper, and light-moderate malt notes; with good strength. Taste of huge grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, habenero pepper, pine, honey, light caramel, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/grassy bitterness and pepper spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon/orange peel, pepper, pine, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical hops, habanero pepper, and light-moderate malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Good amount of dryness from bitterness and pepper spice after the finish as well. Moderate amount of pepper heat, but not overwhelming. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately crisp/sticky/spicy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming other than the pepper heat on the finish. Overall this is an incredible pepper spiced IPA. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical hops, habanero pepper, and light-moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink even with the pepper spice and heat. A highly enjoyable offering. altonbrownd (5897) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - FEB 16, 2016
Bottle from Beer and Wine. Golden body. Nose is hoppy, spicy and some citrus. Taste is again very hoppy with citrus and spicier notes in the middle. Nice texture. Floral finish. DiarmaidBHK (5882) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2014
Draft at friendly Greek. Pours golden with an inch of white foam. Has some citrus on the nose. Big fucking habanero on the tongue. Huge. Real, real spicy. Lingers for hours. It is an acquired taste but it’s actually some flavor even as it melts your tongue. BrewDad (5667) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAY 19, 2012
Dark amber in color, clear with a thin head. Big pepper aroma. The IPA hops are masked for sure the pepper and the hops blend well together and the peppers make for a very nice heat and flavor. Great Mexican food beer. Rciesla (5607) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 31, 2011
Draft. Pours a golden body with a white head. Light floral grapefruit tones get lost among a huge pepper, dried pepper, and spicy pepper notes. I don’t eat many peppers so i have to be a bit non-discript. Huge heat tones, loads of pepper quite hot actually, for me. Just had a bit of a this and it works, why because the base beer is awesome. Of course i’d rather have the base beer without the peppers, still a fun experiment.