Scepter Head IPA | Draught Works

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Scepter Head IPAScepter Head IPA

Brewed by:
Draught Works
Montana, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

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.

Added by Rbald42 on 11-27-2011

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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 30
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Photo of Cru
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

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Photo of bravejoejoe
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
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!

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Photo of rack0flamb
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LXIXME
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drinkin-beeers
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DeekNayvuz
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of LooseMoose1978
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Massbmx
3.69/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jameswoody
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of apf
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Paintguyjt
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of beergil
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of EricCioe
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of neckbeered
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of harrymel
3.57/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of bwesthoven
4.64/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of Sark
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of sporklift87
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DKMII
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

has a citrus aroma,characteristic of a classic IPA

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Photo of bigleague
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Misajet90
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of elliott1184
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of delalove
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of zhanson88
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of jera1350
3.5/5  rDev -14%

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Scepter Head IPA from Draught Works
4.07 out of 5 based on 30 ratings.
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