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Scepter Head IPA - Draught Works

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Scepter Head IPAScepter Head IPA

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BA SCORE
88
very good

19 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 19
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Draught Works visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This hop monster shows no mercy. Seven insane additions of different hops create an assertive hop aroma of tropical fruits and citrus followed by fresh flavors of mango, pineapple, grapefruit and even coconut throughout each sip. Backed by a medium body and pleasantly pale-gold colored, this beer is brewed with 2-Row and caramel malts that can stand up to a beast of hops. Whether or not the Scepter Head actually exists doesn’t matter. Just don’t let her drink your beer.

(Beer added by: Rbald42 on 11-27-2011)
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Reviews by zhanson88:
Photo of zhanson88
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Rbald42 for bringing this growler back from Missoula. Always happy to try a beer from a new brewery.

Appearance: Pours a pale straw color with moderate carbonation. 1" white head, great retention and lacing. Slight haze.

Smell: Citrus, dankness, light pine. Hint of malts. Strong florals. Awesome smell...this one really shows off a great bouquet of hops. About as good as it gets here.

Taste: Starts with a hint of malts, followed by citrus, pine, dankness, and florals. Seems a little empty all in all. Could use some more malts to back the hops. Still good, with the great hop character, but not quite as good as the nose.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light bodied with moderate carbonation; pretty smooth drinking. Overall, a great addition to the Montana beer scene. The only IPA brewed in the state in the same league as Blackfoot River's. Maybe even a touch better, albeit not quite as well balanced.

More User Reviews:
Photo of bravejoejoe
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer was poured to have a very thin head, I feel like it could have a thicker head if poured right. The beer has an amazing aroma, very much heavy on the floral hops. One of the best smelling beers I've ever had. The taste is a huge hit of hops,followed by a bit of malt in the background. This beer does have a huge bitter after taste. This is a very small brewery making good beer, so come support these guys if your in Missoula!

Photo of DeekNayvuz
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Jameswoody
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of Paintguyjt
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of beergil
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Cru
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tap room pour - Straw to orange color, good clarity. Two finger white head, retained.

Remarkably strong floral, citrusy, piney aroma. They should make air fresheners based on this beers aroma.

Strong, dry, hoppy nose with slight grapefruit, piney notes. Very well balanced bitterness follows immediately. No off flavors noted.

Does not lend that cloying, overly sweet mouth-feel that a lot of American IPA's can have - especially after more than one. Clean and dry. Delicious.

One of the best, most well balanced IPA's I've ever had.

Photo of EricCioe
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this beer many times since the opening.

This pours pale gold with a frothy white head that leaves lots of lace on the way down. On the nose there is a huge floral and citric component, like orange zest and raw hops I guess. The nose has changed a bit since the introduction. I hear the first batch used a different hop schedule and the last few times I've had it the taste has been a bit better balanced, or the hops better-integrated into the caramel backbone, or something. It has definitely improved each of the first three batches, and it was very good to begin with. The body is medium with enough carbonation to have a good head and make the hops buzz pleasantly on the way down.

Overall, this is a fine IPA. The only other Montana IPA that makes it into this category is Blackfoot River's Single Malt. But I can drive to Draught Works in three minutes and get really fresh, really good IPA. This being available has somewhat lessened the loss of Two-Hearted I've had since moving out here.

Photo of neckbeered
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of harrymel
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Growler pour.

Pours a golden ale with a finger of light yellow foam which falls slowly to a sheet of the same. Nose is nice and citrusy with hints of pineapple. Nice nose. Flavor comes through with a lighter hook and not nearly as bitter as I would have anticipated - good sweet and fruity flavor. Medium bodied with low carb (guessing related to growler). Nice beer, would drink again for sure.

Photo of Sark
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Misajet90
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of delalove
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of jera1350
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Rbald42
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured at the brewery

Appearance is golden with a orangey hue. Lots of lace coating the glass as I drank. A 1/2 finger head of of constant foam.

Smelled of strong floral hops, bitter orange peel and faint lemon lime zest. Very impressive aroma to the brew. Taste was clean, with lots of citrus and tangerine with herbal grassyness giving way to solid bitterness on the back of the tongue. A very tasty brew, maybe a little rough on the bitterness towards the end, but enjoyable nonetheless. Mouthfeel was dry, with good carbonation. Overall a very solid, aggressive, hoppy brew worth trying for the IPA lovers.

Photo of tastymug
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of birwulf
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap, in a pint glass at the brewery.

Clear pale gold color, light head retention with good lacing. Aroma is strong - piney mostly, but with slight skunk/phenol notes which carries over to the flavor. Light malt body with aggressive bitterness and dry finish - overall impression is positive. Balance could be improved.

Photo of DraughtWorks
5/5  rDev +25%

Scepter Head IPA from Draught Works
88 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.