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Sculler's IPA by Skagit River Brewery
American IPA
0.00 % ABV

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Review by Dr. Rockzo on 11/13/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 3 8 14 4 7 0
I believe this is my last remaining hoppy extra from Mark’s recent package. Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Surly imperial pint glass.

A: Pours out a vibrantly glowing but slightly hazed roasted pumpkin-orange color with a slight reddish amber hue to it when held to a light. A really impressive 2+ finger dirty-tan meringue-like puffy, airy foam head builds and has sick retention, taking several minutes to recede. Thick, sticky, chunky rings and sheets of lace are left coating the glass when ass is said and done. Simply wonderful looking stuff.

S: The smell is seemingly fresh in the nose, with bright citrus oils and some floral/herbal essences backing it up. The hops take center stage but there’s a good bit of fruity ale-ness to it with toasty and crackery, dry pale malts and some toasted toffee notes backing them up. Very balanced and fresh smelling, seems promising so far.

T: Wowsa’s! Was not expecting such a blast of strong and bitter hoppiness based on the aroma; lots of grassy/herbal hops with accompanying super-bitter/semi-aspirin-like citrus pith. Malts are almost non-existent with only a super-dry crackery/pale/faint-toffee very-light sweetness backing things up. This is one hell of a hop bomb, but just a bit too one-note, dirty, and astringent to be great.

M: The mouthfeel continues where the taste left off with an insanely hop-dominant profile. The consistency is light-medium bodied with a crisp level of moderate carbonation. The consistency is just uber-fucking dry with an insane amount of bitter bite that is just destroys the tastebuds and lingers with the aid of an oily coating. Alcohol heat is hidden pretty well, only the slightest twinge of warmth left on the throat. I don’t think I will be tasting much of anything after this bottle.

D: I was left pretty impressed after this one…but also unable to taste anything but a semi-astringent hop bitterness for quite sometime after. This is a little too one-note even for a huge hop-addict such as myself. Still, I enjoyed the bomber and would happily try it again in the future…preferably as a night-cap so I’m not left with this stupefied, numb-tongue feeling.

Good Show Skagit River! I love when new breweries knock my socks off in some way, and this beer definitely did that with it’s crazy dry-hoppiness. Not for the timid or faint of heart, this beer will rip your face up. Recommended for serious hop-heads only.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 12/24/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 10 18 5 10 0
Jello fused dark amber brown with a modest capping of dark ivory, firmly sitting foam. Lacing is thin in small curtains breaking up into light webby strings. Looks more like a dopplebock; nothing wrong with that though.

Aroma is deep and woody with an earthy toasty realm of a burnt forest floor and dark fruits; muggy plummy heat. Notes of dark mint, chocolate, and black tea.

Oh...what's this...roasted chocolate laced hops? Yep. Good stuff eh. Right from the get go this stuff intrigued the hell out of me and got my attention. Deceivingly dark and ominous oily hops elude until the very last instant toward the finish. Greasy, waxy, and scorched tinted hops sit and bubble in butter as it turns from its heavy almost smokey roasted whole grain malt and thick waffer chocolate backing at the front and middling areas. Once those hops kick in they remain persistent and dark. Beautiful balance of flavors. The finish is amazingly dark and bitter carrying qualities reminiscence of an Imperial stout or barleywine. Lovely, just lovely. Its conjuring up a 05' Bigfoot-like finishing quaility.

Feel is amazingly deep in a fairly full bodied encompanyment. Oily rich, resinous, and sappy hop flavors. Dark, roasty, earthy, and balanced with bittered roast and transfered hop oils. The bomber with the skull on it is gonna sit on my shelf as a trophy along with some of the Stone and other west coast goodies I've feel in love with over the years. Kick ass stuff!

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 12/24/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 2 8 15 4 7 0
Poured in a tulip from a bomber.

A - Nice clean amber colored body. Tan head sits on top at about a quarter inch tall from a vigorous pour. It's made up of mostly tight bubbles. Decent retention.

S - Lots of sweet caramel malts here. Earthy bittering hops balance out the malt. Not so much hoppy in the nose as bitter. Dirty and a little grassy.

T - Starts off with a bunch of sweet flavors, with deep caramel malt tones dominating. Sweet fruitiness is here as well, although I am having a difficult time picking out exactly what it is. Bitterness comes in with the same earthy, grassy flavors that were identified in the smell. There's some citrus here that I didn't pick up in the smell to much. A bit of hoppiness to go along with the bitterness. Bitterness lingers into the aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied, with a prickly kind of carbonation that dances on the tongue like a bunch of needles.

Overall - This is a nicely balanced IPA. Full of flavor and well crafted. Recommended.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by maltandvine on 12/03/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 2 9 15 3 7 0
Draft from 1/6bbl keg.

Appearance is slightly cloudy coppery orange.

Moderate head with moderate to low retention, larger bubbles from this CO2 driven beer that settled rather quickly and leave even though otherwise uninteresting lacing.

Aroma is first of slight sweet malt which is rather quickly followed up by a citrus-y hop note that is then fleshed out with more malt complexity. A lingering and yet unidentified vegetal note present...

Taste is initially of sweet malt which is immediately followed by a powerful bittering hop kick, quite interesting delay in hop effect for such a strongly hopped beer, a second of sweet malt, and then BAM! the hops kick in. Citrus all the way, guessing Simcoe and or other northwest hop varieties in this one. Slight fruity malt sweetness and a well balanced finish.

Mouthfeel is a medium bodied ale, appropriate for an unfiltered IPA of this style.

This is a well made Northwest beer in the American IPA style. Malt forward with a large citrus hop presence, it has a fairly filling and silky mouthfeel. Sessionable for those that can drink fairly malty beers successively. Growlerable.

Served In: Pint Glass

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