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Finally had a Sculpin!

Discussion in 'Southwest' started by obrike, Feb 8, 2013.

  1. obrike

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    Holy Moly! What a great freak'n beer.

    Gotta be a top 3 on my list of the best smelling IPA/DIPAs I've ever had. Ballast Point should sell candles with this scent.

    Any other IPA/DIPAs that have blown you away on just the scent alone?
     
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  2. mattisloco

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    The Super IPA Sierra Nevada and Alpine did took my noise and tongue to a happy place.
     
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    New Belgium/Alpine. But YES.

    My list (as well as the above)
    Alpine Nelson & Exponential Hoppiness
    Bell's Hopslam
    Cigar City Jai-Alai White Oak
    Lagunitas Sucks
    Pliny the Elder
    Stone Enjoy By...
    Stone Ruination 10th Anniversary

    Prefaced by FRESH.
     
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    Certainly agree on the Sucks and Stone 10th...fresh, those had just incredible scents. Had a Pliny that was about 2 months old, and it still smelled great. Have yet to try the others...thanks for the list sir.
     
  5. yemenmocha

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    Sculpin is one of the best, no doubt.

    Ballast Point Big Eye IPA is fantastic too.

    Bell's Two-Hearted
    Bell's Hopslam
    Odells IPA
    Firestone Walker Union Jack
    Stone IPA, Ruination
     
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  6. cfh64

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    As Lutter said, fresh is key. Freshness can make or break a hoppy beer. All were bottled/canned in the past month, just had

    Surly Abrasive
    Surly Furious
    Jacks Abby Hoponius
    Bells Hopslam

    I have my favorites but all were delicious. I didn't even plan on drinking tonight but when I get 4 hoppy beers in the same day that are all that fresh I have no option. Thanks to the guys who sent them to me :)
     
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    On scent alone, I love some Deviant Dales
     
  8. Lutter

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    My dad sent me some Hoponius from when he was in Boston last year... that shit is delicious.

    I keep asking for Surly in trades, but no one has offered! Need moar Minnesotan traders.
     
  9. mattisloco

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    Oops
     
  10. DanzBorin

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    I just had a Sculpin last night. It was from the first batch to come to Houston. That makes it about a month old. It's already junk. I've never had an IPA that fell on its face so quickly. All trace of fruit was gone. Tasted like a six month old pale ale. I have older Abrasive (which is WAY better in the first place) that is drinking just like fresh.

    If Sculpin can't last more than a month, it's doomed to fail in Houston.
     
  11. mattisloco

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    Southern Star's ProAM is still holding on like a champ somehow.
     
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    I thought the same thing. Smells so good.

    Had one stamped Enjoy by 4/2/13 a couple days ago and it was solid.
     
  13. DanzBorin

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    Unless Midtown Specs handled this beer incorrectly or something, they should all taste about the same.

    I tried one on Tuesday and then another last night (just in case my taste buds were off on Tuesday). Both were just bad. Hops had no fruit note and tasted like a really old IPA. That's after a month. Add another month to that and it'll sour people on the whole idea.

    I've never heard of an IPA that fell off that fast. :( Sad thing is I had it in DFW last year and thought it was awful. I gave it another chance when it hit Houston and thought it was outstanding. I now know why. Get it within a week or two and it's great, but much longer than that and it's blech. I guess that's why the people close to the brewery talk about freshness. I thought they were just overly picky. lol
     
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    I bought mine on release day at the Shell station in Clear Lake. I drank my last one two nights ago and it still tasted pretty fresh.
     
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    Mine were acquired in Austin.
     
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    Heady Topper trumps all in my IPA/IIPA rankings...although Super IPA was pretty epic.
     
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    I'm in love with this beer. Hitting hard in the wallet because I can't stop buying it.

    Current Phoenix sixpack bottles are:

    [​IMG]
     
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    White Rajah, Headhunter, Columbus IPA. O-H!
     
  19. Ford

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    I'm not a big IPA guy... but I can drink some Sculpin after trying it on tap at Nobi....
     
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    If you can find their Dorado, it is pretty amazing.

    Pliny
    Racer X
    Super IPA
    Deep Ellum Dreamcrusher

    I am a big IPA fan, and Sculpin, at least in Dallas is readily available, and a great beer for the price. If you haven't had Sixpoint Resin, give it a try. I also second the fact that the Southern Star Pro Am is holding up well, I've still got a number of cans in the fridge.
     
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    I couldnt agree with you more. This is my favorite DIPA. I still have some and i think it is holding up great. I'm saddened that it will be gone at some point and will be a beer of the past.
     
  22. mattisloco

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    I have good news for you my friend. They're making it a year round release, it will be called Valkyrie!
     
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    That is awesome news! That SS Pro Am is fantastic!
     
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    Valkyrie is Texas' Heady Topper.
     
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    elevated ipa from la cumbre is very nice
    also some west coast places pretty good like Hollister in santa barbara DIPA is masterplan and the pope and hippie kicker very nice
    and societe in san diego has the pupil and apprentice
     
  26. mattisloco

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    I wish but no freekin way.
     
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  27. Lutter

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    Texas' Pliny the Elder!
     
  28. canadianghetto

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    Nope that's Endeavour. Pro-Am is closest to Surly Abrasive IMO.
     
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    or Deviant Dale's.
     
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    I like it, but nowhere near Abrasive.
     
  31. canadianghetto

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    Yeah not the best anology, but had to throw something out there!
     
  32. DanzBorin

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    At least we are getting closer. I sent a ProAm to MN as an extra in a trade for Abrasive and he liked it a lot. That should say something. :)
     
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    Sorry getting back to this late, but I did find this out like the day you posted it. You have no idea how excited I am about that!
     
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    Is it still available? Would love to try it.
     
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    SS Pro Am 2012 is returning soon as Valkyrie year round.
     
  36. rails

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    If your ever in San Diego try it on tap at the brewery. So fruity and tasty right up there with Alpine.
     
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    Left Texas to visit my brother in Florida, and took the opportunity to try the Cigar City (regular) Jai Alai IPA. The fruitiness in both smell and taste was awe inspiring. The citrus quality of this was unlike anything else I'd ever drank. Off the charts refreshing. 7.5% and no alcohol taste noticeable. This stuff could be dangerous. Also had the Southern Tier IPA and Bell's Two-Hearted Ale. ST was a standard taste profile for an IPA; strong hoppy bitterness...but quite good. Reminded me of the Saint Arnold Elissa. The Bell brew was halfway between the Southern Tier and Jai Alai in terms of hoppiness and fruitness...wonderful in it's own, balanced way. Oh, but that Jai Alai...my mouth was watering as I was drinking it. Thanks for tolerating my rambling.
     
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    Try the White Oak Jai Alai. :drool:
     
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    I've heard nothing but great things about Jai Alai. As far as Sculpin goes though, it's good, but I don't think it's as good as the hype makes it seem. Give me Stone Enjoy By or a fresh Lagunitas Sucks and I'll take that over Sculpin any day. Hell, fresh DR11 is worthy of being in that discussion as well.
     
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    I too recently visited Florida and had the great pleasure of trying a few Jai Alai IPAs...very jealous this is not available in Texas.
     
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