Scepter IPA
Draught Works

Scepter IPAScepter IPA
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #899
ABV:
6%
Score:
89
Ranked #8,889
Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 8.82%
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
53
From:
Draught Works
 
Montana, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  6
Gots
  13
SCORE
89
Very Good
Scepter IPAScepter IPA
Notes: 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.
Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 53 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Impetuous from Montana

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden, clear body with huge white head which is very durable and leaves a ton of lacing.

Flavors are pine, more pine, and a good deal of balancing malt. Carbonation is light and very nice.

Pretty damn good.

Sep 25, 2019
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TheBrewsky from California

4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned 6/28/18.
L: Pours dark honey gold in color. Forms about a finger of a dense frothy cap which retained nicely. Heaps of residual lacing.
S: Pine, citrus, malts and grassy hops.
T: Full of citrus and floral flavor. Finish is bitter with resinous hops. Malt backbone is prevalent throughout flavor adding another taste element to the beer.
F: Excellent feeling. Carbonation is perfect for the style. Feels slightly heavier and full in body compared to other alike styles.
O: An excellent WCIPA. I would gladly drink again and I am grateful to have tried. Cheers!

Nov 12, 2018
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KTCamm from New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

June 2018...pours bright amber, light foam top. Malty caramel nose. Floral hints. Smooth crisp malty taste with a lemon citrus backed bitter. Even blend well balanced. Sweetness with bitter all in one. Quite excellent.

Aug 04, 2018
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hMtSGMYYHLqA from Montana

4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big finishing hops on this one. I always describe this stuff as smelling like an armpit, but in a good way. The color is just on the blonde side of copper.

Aug 20, 2017
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.64/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a deep amber color with a two finger head of off white foam. The big billowy head fades slowly over time to leave tons of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is strongest of a bready and caramel smell mixed with some nice grapefruit citrus and pine aromas. Along with these smells comes a little bit of a herbal smell and a touch of tropical fruits, producing a very pleasant and inviting aroma overall.
Taste – The taste begins with a rather bready flavor that has a very light toasted malt taste and a little bit of tropical fruit sweetness as well as a little bit of caramel. There is a little bit of a grapefruit hop upfront, which grows a bit stronger on the tongue as the taste moves forward. All the while the sweetness of tropical fruit and caramel fades a bit while more hop flavors develop on the tongue. The hop are a mix of pine and herbal hop, which with a touch of hay, leaves one with a somewhat more malty, but not too sweet, and nicely hopped taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is thicker and chewier with a carbonation level that is low. A little higher carbonation level may have been slightly better for enhancing the drinkability of the brew, but overall the feel was pretty good and made for an easy drinking brew.
Overall – A decent, more thick tasting, but still easy drinking IPA.

Jun 10, 2017
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Kavoom from Montana

4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Excellent easy to drink MT IPA. On tap at the Legal Tender Clancy MT. Great look, nice lacing. I do get the citrus flavor, nice color light amber. Hoppes distinct but not over powering. With a nice clean finish. Great beer.

Jan 27, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

some absolutely dynamite ipa happening in montana right now, and this is certainly one of them! one of the most pungent and intense hoppy beers i have ever had from the state to be honest, but not just a kitchen sink thing despite there being a fair few hop varietals in here. heavy pineapple and tropical notes, juicy and fresh and big, but also enough bitterness to very much fit the ipa bill. not like those east coast hazy ones that never really finish, this is very resolved and resolute and complete. hints of resinous pine too, they seem to have dabbled into a huge range of hop varietals with all kinds of different profiles, pretty rad, it makes sense all together. creamy in the feel, best when real cold, refreshing, cleansing even, brightly carbonated, pungent, not too big to drink by the pint, nice with spicy or greasy food, but more than good on its own too. i feel like this is the last style for the montana brewers to really nail down, its taken a ton of trips up there to find some great ones, but this last trip i discovered a whole bunch of great ones. i am by no means an expert on montana craft beer, but behind only the map midas crush, this is the best hoppy beer i have had from the state!

edit: i liked this a little less the second time around, some three years later. not sure if it was not as fresh, poured through a less than perfectly clean line, or what, it was still enjoyable, but nowhere near as compelling as i found it in the review above here. i will leave scores in tact, but will need to drink this again next time up to compare. still tasty and robust, but less distinctive than i remember. also this is still the only beer i have had from these guys...

Oct 31, 2016
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bwesthoven from Montana

4.64/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Deep golden color. Very tropical vibrant scent, one of the best around. Great taste, love it. Tremendous balance between the hops and malts. Extremely smooth IPA.

Aug 15, 2015
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birwulf from Oregon

3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

Aug 20, 2012
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harrymel from Washington

3.57/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Feb 08, 2012
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EricCioe from Montana

4.12/5  rDev +1%
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.

Dec 23, 2011
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Cru from Montana

4.77/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Dec 19, 2011
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zhanson88 from California

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Dec 06, 2011
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bravejoejoe from Montana

4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
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!

Dec 05, 2011
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Rbald42 from Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Nov 27, 2011
Scepter IPA from Draught Works
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 53 ratings