Sculler's IPA - Skagit River Brewery

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Sculler's IPASculler's IPA

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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.73%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Skagit River Brewery visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: drewbage on 06-16-2003

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Ratings: 101 | Reviews: 66
Reviews by Tupperwolf:
Photo of Tupperwolf
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a medium-dark ruby amber from a brown bomber with a disctinctive skull over crossed oars and marked with the slogan, "Refrigerate or your Beer will Die!" Fortunately I bought it from Bottleworks' refrigerator.

Head is a finger or less, fluffy and yellowish, and fades after a few minutes, leaving behind wisps of sticky malt lacing.

The nose is rough, gritty alcohol and hops atop a lazy malt backbone; The hops are peppery citrus, noticeably bitter.

Malts are present in the mouth, but they're overrun by the hops, which are bitter, sticky, gritty; The alcohol is present, but not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel is oily, with sparse carbonation giving a little life to things; A bitter finish leaves some sticky residue on the tongue.

Not quite my style of IPA; I love hops, but this is one of a few I've tried recently that is less flavorful and more bitter.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one poured a dark, rich, hazy orange that you could almost say had a tinge of brown to it. The head was gorgeous, foaming up nicely then leaving little “lava pits” on top of the ale along with some delicate lacing.

Smell – The super-sharp piney hop aroma was complimented with some big grapefruit notes and a strong malty balance.

Taste – This is a huge ale and heavily balanced, much like the Stone 7th Anniversary. The malt is monstrous here and just does balance out the gigantic, complex hop profile. This is not for the faint of heart. The strong grapefruit is in full effect as well.

Mouthfeel – Smooth but not well-blended (could probably sit for a few months). This is a big medium-bodied ale with a strong bitter finish.

Drinkabilty – This was awesome. I’m going to be hop belching all night.

Comments – I had to pop open a Stone 7th Anniversary just because I referenced it in this review. The Stone is clearly the better brew, but Skagit River is right on track. The Sculler’s has bigger hoppping, but the Stone nose and taste is more balanced, shows a higher quality malt, and is a bit sweeter. The Sculler’s IPA, however, is going down this same flavor profile road.

I hope the folks at Skagit River know what a compliment it is that I actually popped a Stone 7th because it reminded me so much of it (the Skagit River actually looks better). I rated the Stone an overall 4.8.

Photo of NWer
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After trying their sampler at the brewery, I picked up a bomber of the IPA to go to give an honest evaluation later.
Now is later watching the Seahawks had it to SF - so far - hope I don't regret making that comment.
Generous head result of aggressive pour into pint glass. Dark clear amber appearance.
Very smooth tasting softening the hops - easy on the palate IPA and very drinkable.
Perfect for Football Sunday.

Photo of Mora2000
2.64/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to 5000 for sending me this bottle. Drank fresh back in March 2011.

The beer pours a dark orange color with a white head. The aroma is somewhat odd. I get a lot of sugary notes. The beer smells a lot of circus peanuts with a little bit of floral notes and some butter.

The flavor is a mix of grass and butterscotch. I also get some floral notes. Even with the off notes, I get a medium amount of bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

I'm not a homebrewer so I don't know what the flaw is in this bottle, but I am sure it is not what the brewer intended it to be.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy copper-orange in color. Active, bubbly head of white lace fades to a thin layer. Lacing is nice. Aromas are all pine cones, with a spray of grapefruit into your eyes to keep your balance. Flavors are large and in-charge. A big battle of hops and malts duke it out in the glass. Hops win in overtime, with a half-a-grapefruit percjed on your palate as a reminder of what you just experienced. Medium body, but I wonder what a few months of aging would do for this. It would help smooth this out. Slightly on the harsh side. Still, a drinkable beer with lots of hops-influenced aftertaste.

Big thanks to RoyalT for helping to satisfy my hop cravings.

Photo of masikon
4.26/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a few shades darker than expected, more of a rust color with not as much head as I'd hoped for and little lacing. Nose was very strong however, full of delicious grapefruit and other citrus notes, full of hops of course but in a fruity way and lacking the grassy aromas sometimes found. Taste is full of citrus, reminds me of biting into a grapefruit...full of juice and tang although it does have plenty of malt backbone for the style, pretty well balanced. I like this IPA, not my absolute favorite but the hops are just how I like it, fruity and juicy rather than grassy and bitter. Very well done by a local brewery nearby.

Photo of watermelonman
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This arrived in a deep copper color with a small head. There's a fair amount of lace being left behind.

The smell is nice, with hops poking through a deep malt base. The taste brings some citrus flavor alongside mild hops and malt. Hop content starts subtle up front but lingers through the finish. The mouthfeel is medium.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sculler's IPA pours a hop-hazed reddish-copper body beneath a frothy head of yellowed-tan. The head retention is quite good and it leaves some very, very nice lacing about the glass.

Piney, resinous, and citrusy hops greet you in the nose. A bit of yeasty fruitiness adds depth, and combines with the hops to lend it a floral character. A dark caramel maltiness resides underneath.

The body is medium, and it's oily-slick across the palate with lots of hop resins.

Unyielding might be a good descriptor for the flavor, with it's unrelenting and borderline-brash hops appearing fore, center, and aft; it's mellowing and cutting yeasty fruit notes (apples, red berries, juicy dark skinned fruit) continually jutting through; and it's distinctly caramelized maltiness and bold bitterness serving as a rock-solid platform for the above mentioned. Surprisingly, it finishes fairly short, and never seems to really build on the palate - lending greatly to its drinkability! A welcome note of refreshingly minty hops and some residual bitterness are all that's really left behind, leaving it kind of woody and misty-cool on the palate. Additionally, although it does allow its presence to be known, the alcohol is pretty well restrained.

Overall, a pretty damned good west coast IPA!

Photo of ElGordo
4.36/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a 1/6th keg for my girlfriend's birthday this weekend. Not enough people drank up on Saturday night, so here I am with the horrible duty of trying to finish it off. What a shame...
Pours a pretty golden-amber color topped by a huge, thick, creamy white head. Tons of lacing gets left on the glass as the head forms giant peaks and valleys on its descent. I've never seen a more perfect-looking beer. Aroma of spicy, floral hops, with a decent-sized malt backbone holding it together. Palate is dominated by spicy, peppery hops, with a hint of pine. Lightly sweet malt prevents the hops from completely taking over. Body is substantial and a little sticky. I've had more than a few pints over the past couple of days and I can't say that there's a more enjoyable beer around in terms of quality and drinkability.

Photo of eallured
4.68/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep copper color with little, quickly receding head. The aroma is bright, with fruit aromas mixed with crisp acidity. Flavor is initially bitter, but not so much as to mask the flavors of grapefruit and cannabis. Bitterness receded but returned as a crisp finish after the sip is swallowed. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with relatively light to medium carbonation producing a very drinkable product.

Photo of waldowin
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light burgundy, fades to gold at the edges. A small white head forms, and quickly fades.

Smells of lemon grass, and a hint of cedar.

Wow. This is one *bitter* beer at first. The first sip just pops your tongue with acids and hops, but rapidly transitions into a blend of grapefruit, lemon grass, and finishes with a bit of sourdough sweetness.

Nice balance of malt and hops in this beer, makes each sip a bit strong but very enjoyable. The carbonation is spot on, and just tingles the tongue, lightening the body. The finish leaves your mouth a tiny bit acidic and sour, but ready for the next malt hit. Considering the beer starts and ends with a slightly drying bitterness, with just a hint of sweet in the middle, you'll want something hearty to pair it with. A steak and fries would do perfectly, I think, perhaps with some blue cheese.

Photo of santoslhalper
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearence: Pours an incredibly hazy orangish color with a huge, creamy beige head. Wonderful head retention.

Smell: The smell is of floral and citrus hops, mixed with a nice malt backbone. Balanced and complex.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Wow. Definitly a hop assault on the taste buds, but not an unpleasent one. The hops are very interesting (citrus mostly), and are different from alot of American IPAs. It's well balanced, with a good malt flavor coming through in the middle, and the hops bittering strongly at the end. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

Drinkability and Overall: A well presented West Coast IPA. Hoppy as all hell, still balanced, and unique enough to make me have another. It seems like it has more of an English touch to it. Whatever it is, I like t, and I think I'll have another.

Photo of Globetrotter
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a brown bomber obtained at Bottleworks in Seattle upon RoyalT's recommendation. Label has a skull and crossbones, but little info, other than the odd warning: "refrigerate your beer or it will die." OK. Maybe I didn't chill it fast enough. No ingredient or freshness info.

Pours a hazy orangish brown under a very, very thin beig head that faded to film very quickling leaving just a slight trace of lace. The nose is mild (although that might be my cold talking) with flowery hops the dominant feature. The mouth is very prickly and slightly heavy. Smooth honey malt and flowery hop opening, followed by more hoppy bitterness moving towards espresso sharp but never losing the floral softness. Crisp dry aftertaste with a hint of pine. A good, smooth, enjoyable brew, but the lack of head puts me off.

Photo of chicagoanbeerone
2.62/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It appeared dark brown. The aroma was full of character, it was very very bitter and full of hops. It does have a great taste and more of a hop heads beer. needed more flavor in between beer when drinking it and you could hardly taste the alcohol

My expert advice: worth a try but noting special
would not buy again

Photo of SurlyDuff
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First time iv had anything from Sculler's, in fact i've never even head of them...which is odd being from Oregon and all. Pours a sticky thick looking copper amber with a viscous looking tan head.

Aroma leads me to believe this is a maltbomb, sure theres loads of hops in there, but the malt is just laid on thick and caramely. Hops are a bit piney and resiny.

Flavor is huge, kinda over the top. Some dark fruit and alcohol esters barge through, especially when this suckers warm. Decent hop character, but this ones jsut too loaded with alcohol and malt to be a smooth drinker or a Stone-esque hop bomb.

Photo of sweethome
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Tap House Grill in Seattle. I tried it and several other IPA's in a tasting flight - this was my favorite.

Nice golden color - true to style. Big waft of citrus hops - grapefruit tends to American NW pedigree.

Love the taste right off the tip - blasts through hop resins - big citrus with just enough malt backing to hold up the hops and allow them to shine. And how they shine - an ode to american hops. Nice C hop flavors too.

This one just stole the show from other Washington State IPA's I had it with.

Photo of jwc215
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to piclee for this one!
22 oz. bottle:

Pours dark amber with a thin tan head that stays, leaving little lacing. The head descends to a wide patch, not much lacing, but nice colour.

The smell is of pine/resin with a bit of toffee. It's a bit perfumy, with an herbal/floral character as well. Something DIPA-ish about it. Not particularly powerful.

The taste is of pine/resin and caramel with strong grapefruit in the finish. Though hoppy, it is sweet until the finish, which is bitter.

It lingers, and is strong - almost raw, yet there is a thinness from the mild carbonation about it.

It is well-hopped - pine and grapefruit, with a malt backing. The alcohol is a bit raw, and does show. It is an IPA that leans towards a DIPA, which is not a complaint - just an observation. A solid IPA, but not one I could drink too much of.

Photo of Reidrover
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking IPA, in the glass, deep,warm orange with a gorgeous creamy and thick off white head..lovelly to look at. Aroma is fresh and of course of spicy hops! Slightly red grapefruit and confectioners sugar. Very hoppy IPA very tongue tingling some maltiness at ther end, then a long rolling bitterness finished of by a good "hop burb"..nice Very good mouthfeel with a long lingering and tasty bitterness. I liked this IPA, certainlly one for the hop heads but drinkable indeed.

Photo of beerceller99
2.95/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle . Orange copper color. 1 finger head quickly faded to nil.
Slight floral aroma. Taste is first malty sweet then a decent hop bite kicks in. Thick, syrupy mouthfeel was dull, flat.
Maybe it was just the cool skull and crossbones label but I had higher expectations of this brew.

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at their brewery

Poured a hazy golden brown with a thin off-white head that receded to a thin layer. Noticeable carbonation. Piney aroma balanced with sweet malts. A bready base with pine and citrus hoppiness, and undertones of malt sweetness. Dry and bitter aftertaste. Light-medium mouthfeel, and fairly drinkable.

Photo of RustyDiamond
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got her from Liquid Solutions. Pours a lovely copper/orange with 1 finger of off-white head. Head thins a tad after a few minutes. Faint aroma of caramel malt, butterscotch, and of course, mild hops. Very subtle nose. Taste was of a gradual dip into a diluted pine sol bucket. In a nice way of course. I enjoyed this more and more as time went on. Not an in-your-face NW IPA, but good.

Photo of kosmoraios
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-copper with a small white head that leaves some chunks of lacing. Aroma is of citrus - orange at first, hint of grapefruit. Some light cashewy yeast in the nose.

Citrus hops dominate, with grapefruit and orange, pine, and some perfumy herbal/floral notes. My wife says "sunflower". Some sugary sweetness emerges with the malt, light and toffee-like.

A good local IPA.

Photo of ssteakley
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I'm thinking this is a IPA drinkers IPA. It is dry, and th Bitter goes from start to finish and lingers. The occassional IPA consumer probably will not rate as high. A solid Washington St. Beer using Wasington home grown ingredients. Whatever you do drink a second one, I think that will do it!

Photo of froghop
3.27/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a cloudy dark amber with sediment throughout, a small light beige head, above average carbonation, and good lacing.

smells of apricot, burnt caramel, fern, hops, malt in the back, and a hint of roasted nuts.

taste is bitter, weed, hops, somewhat fizzy, some malt, and a little caramel, ends bitter and with a strange aftertaste.

Photo of DogFood11
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber purchased at heads up brewing supply in Silverdale. Forms an eggshell white head that leaves sporadic lacing.

Pretty Hopped up on the frontside and malted heavily on the backside McGillicutty. As it warms the malts show their face, and dominate the brew. Odd for an IPA but in the end its a damn tasty brew.

Notes: Worthy of a purchase again and again.

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Sculler's IPA from Skagit River Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.