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Sculler's IPA | Skagit River Brewery

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Sculler's IPASculler's IPA

Brewed by:
Skagit River Brewery
Washington, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by drewbage on 06-16-2003

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Reviews: 67 | Ratings: 104
Photo of flagmantho
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this beer on-tap in a nonic at the brewery.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a touch of haze and a very strong effervescence. Head is a finger of creamy white foam.

Smell: lightly malty with a bit of an earthy hop element, though not especially strong.

Taste: sweet and bready with a pretty sharp bitterness, though not a ton of hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a decent creaminess.

Overall: not a bad IPA, definitely more of a bitter type than a bouquet type. A good drink alongside food.

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Photo of Valley_Town_Sipper
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not too impressed by a lot of the beer from this brewery, but the Sculler's IPA really does stand apart. It has such a nice balance of flavor that is actually accentuated by the hinting aroma behind it all. The color is truly a ne'er perfect amber, especially behind the light. Pours clear and with a nice head of foam too. Definitely one of the better main stream IPAs from the Washington area that I can vouch for. . . Then again, this could be just the bottom of my growler of Sculler's IPA talking right about now woot woot : D

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Photo of ssteakley
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
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!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid balance of citrus and herbal hop qualities

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Photo of mactrail
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Attractive dark orangey amber in the wine glass with a nice long-lasting foam. Pleasantly sudsy in the mouth. Such a malty, slightly sweet flavor at the beginning of each sip. Really sharp after some sipping, which does not improve the excessive bitterness. Some flowery and piney aroma.

This has an interesting resiny taste with the browned biscuits. Not a bad IPA if you're expecting the major hop overdose, but it's too bitter to be worth the minor rewards of hoppy aromatics. Still, the hops are interesting. The body is thin and the mouthfeel is a little oily. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Pioneer Market in La Conner. Not expensive.

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Photo of fitius5150
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

During a trip to Whidbey Island, I figured I'd hit some of NW Washington's brew pubs and see what they were all about. After a couple of mediocre stops, I came across Skagit River, right by the railroad tracks and the police station in the namesake town. This is their signature beer, and for good reason. Pours a gorgeous golden amber, with about a half inch of thick head that laces well. Hops aroma hits you square in the face right off the bat. It's powerful, but not over the top or too much like chewing a pine cone. Mouth feel is a bit heavy but pleasant. Powerful hops presence stayed until the last drop. Overall highly recommended.

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Photo of chicagoanbeerone
2.62/5  rDev -30.9%
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

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Photo of ccrida
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draught at the Dog and Pony, Sculler's IPA is auburn with a creamy off-white head, leaving nice foamy lace.

Smell is a little grassy, almost compost pile hop vibe, some skunky punch too.

Taste is malty, some sour citrus hop flavor, very firm bitterness.At first, I felt the hops were lacking, not as pungent flavor as the American Breakaway I just had before, but it's really fierce, just mostly bittering, a major palate buster.

Mouthfeel is dry, medium body.

Drinkability is fine if you're a hop fiend. It's super bitter, so if you can handle these 100+ IBU type IPAs, you're good. It's still not really my style in IPA, which I prefer lighter malt, more pungent hop flavor, and less bitterness. But it's a good example of it's style.

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Photo of Mora2000
2.64/5  rDev -30.3%
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.

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Photo of sweethome
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of TheBeerCarl
2.85/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: large amount of light yellow head. The color is a dark red amber with visible yeast floating around.

Smell: Sugar, caramel and malt with a very subtle floral hop character.

Taste: Very subtle hop flavor up front but finishes with a strong and stringent acidic hop flavor. Light sugary sweetness to the beer that lingers with the acidic hop flavor for a while.

Mouthfeel: Nice light mouthfeel with a decent amount of carbonation.

Overall: This are some definite flaws to this beer. It has a beginner homebrew smell and taste to it. It doesn't seem that they let it completely ferment because it has a lot of carbonation and residual sugar. The beer also tastes as if it just had a single infusion of hops at the beginning of the boil and that's it, hence almost no hops on the nose and very little hop flavor except for the acidity. All in all, not an IPA that I will pick up again.

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Photo of sixheadedgoblin
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an interesting IPA. I drank it with a friend, and I asked him, looking at the glass against a lamp, whether the beer was a pale or a red, in his opinion. He said pale - I said it was on the borderline.

He noted that the bitterness of the hops was a very dominant flavor. I agree - the hops contribute little beside an intense bitterness. My take, however, was that the intended effect was a contrast between the bitter hops and the complex, sweet, toasty malt which the beer features. If that was the intended effect, I thought, then the beer was a success.

I'm still not sure if it's an IPA. If it is, it's on the dark side for an IPA. But whatever it is, it's interesting, and it's good.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.76/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a golden honey color, thin white head.

S: Nose is dry with some faded grassy notes. You can really smell the bitterness on this

T: Taste is bitter, so bitter that it is the posterchild for excessive bittering hops. Grass, oh yeah, dry and bitter. Caramel malt and light toasted bread element

M: Good body, light to medium

O: Average at best. This is borderline undrinkable and obnoxious.

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Photo of NWer
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

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Photo of jdense
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from By the Bottle Vancouver WA poured into Barley Brown's pint glass 5.3.10.

One finger creamy white head medium slow dissipation with above average lacing. Light amber body, some rising carbonation, a bit hazy. Nose is hop forward, pretty floral, with firm sweetish malt backbone. Taste is pretty bitter up front, floral in the middle, sweetish not bitter finish, interesting taste profile. Full mouthfeel, good effervescence. A nice change of pace from PNW big hoppy IPAs, pretty drinkable, worth a try.

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Photo of industrialswill
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer has a nice peach nectar look to it, with a thick head.
Very aromatic, worth the effort to pour into a glass.
Not as hoppy as most IPAs I've had so far, which is neither good or bad. There is enough of a hoppy bite to satisfy my expectations and to also give this fairly heavy brew it's own personality.
Overall, I'm glad I gave it a try and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys their IPAs.

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Photo of hophead247
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The body is a clear, burnt orange-amber color. A small, foamy, off-white head settles to a thin blanket, leaving behind random patchwork lacing. The aroma shows toasted caramel, sweet biscuit, and mildly spicy floral and citrus hops. The flavor takes a turn towards grapefruit on the hop side, with sweeter than advertised caramel providing the malt backbone. Medium bodied and moderately syrupy. Finishes slightly astringent. Decent brew at best. Nothing special.

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Photo of dirtbikejunkie
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark golden. Poured into tulip glass produced huge creamy head with thick lacing.

S - Moderate malt smell with a bit of clove/pine.

T - Initially a malt taste followed by moderate, smooth hops. Overall a very good, and somewhat pronounced flavor that is a little different than typical IPA.

M - Flavor fills your mouth well. Above moderate carbonation, but did not take away from taste.

D - A very enjoyable beer. I noted my wife had her share gone in no time. I enjoyed slowly sipping on it and found the flavors really showed drinking it slow.

OVERALL: I definitely enjoyed this beer and would buy another. I'd especially like to try it on tap. I found it had a very good flavor without being over the top in any way. It's not a session beer, but I would welcome a 2nd glass.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'd had it from a growler and I'd had it from the bottle. But a straight draught released Sculler's fullest potential. The beer pours in clear polished bronze with abstract lace in abundance. The smell quickly entices with a bright, flowery hops bouquet. Sharp, punctual bittering emerges from the first sip and strikes like a dart. Everything about Sculler's speaks with a purpose. A solid and memorable ale.

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Photo of brentk56
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a modest head that leaves a few strands behind

Smell: Piney, resinous aroma with a hint of toffee underneath

Taste: After a brief, biscuity opening, the resinous bitterness takes over; after the swallow, the harsh, aspirin flavors join the piney bitterness to provide a rather angular finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A bit too unbalanced and raw for my palate; those who like assaulting bitterness in their IPAs will differ in their opinion

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Photo of beertunes
2.81/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a very pretty deep copper, darker than most IPAs, with just under an inch of slightly off-white head that dissipated quickly, leaving just a trace of lacing.

The expected hop aroma was more subdued than typical, with a slight metallic note. The flavor also had a metallic taste upfront. There was some malt sweetness for the dry, hoppy finish to build on.

The mouthfeel was typical. The beer loses drinkability points for the metallic taste. Overall, a decent IPA, but around here every brewery makes, at the very least, a decent IPA. Worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.01/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked this out for a themed birthday party. They guy at the bottle store said it was good, lets hope it is.

A- Amber gold color with slight haze. With a good fluffy frothy head. Looks almost like the foam of when making a consommé soup.

S- There is a slight hop smell, but not a whole lot. There is a bit of a fruity smell but not a very strong one.

T- This has a good deal of hop to it, very contrary to what the smell provided. I'm getting a sort of skunky taste though, sort of soapy and harsh. Not a good harshness of what you would expect with an ipa, but more of a sloppy one. This sort of sticks with you a bit.

M- Soapy and leaves your saliva sort of stringy.

D- Not too bad. Would I buy it again, maybe to get a second opinion of the beer, plus because it was only 3 bucks for the 22ozer.

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Photo of froghop
3.27/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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Photo of GJ40
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle. I asked for local IPA recommendations and this was one of several.

A - A deep golden ale with good clarity and a small off-white head.

S - Mostly piney hops with some floral hops, bready malt and a faint fruity scent.

T - A nice blend of piney and citrusy hops with a richness from the fresh hop oils. There's a decent malt backbone but not enough to claim any balance (which is fine with me).

M - Moderate consistency with a somewhat slick feel to it. The carbonation is mild and doesn't interfere with the flavors.

D - This is a tasty and interesting beer that I really enjoyed.

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