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Habanero Sculpin - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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very good

1,061 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,061
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 16.49%
Wants: 117
Gots: 140 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: billshmeinke on 02-26-2011

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Photo of StArnoldFan
2.14/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 1.5

Way too much habanero. Absolutely undrinkable IMO. Poured after a few painful sips, and happy I only bought a single.

Photo of hotpauko
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not sure where to go with this. If you are not a fan of IPAs or hot peppers, do not try this beer. I am a hophead and a huge HOT pepper fan... I know well the Puckerbutt Pepper Company a few miles down from me (the hottest pepper in the world), but this was too hot for a beer. The beer was tolerable mainly because Sculpin is such a good IPA. If combined with any other beers of average quality, this would have been a mess. It smells peppery and hits the mouth very hot. It will subside a little to try and get the Sculpin flavor. But really just too much. I'd like to see the next batch toned down. If not I won't buy it again.

Photo of JC333
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of snaotheus
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2015-01-31
12o bottle poured into a tulip. 329 14 A3 19:35 is the bottle code.

Pours clear, amber, with very little head and not much carbonation. I don't remember Sculpin being this still. Smell is habanero pepper! Exactly what I hoped for in that regard, but a little lacking in the Sculpin aroma that I know and love. There is some slight tropical hoppiness.

Taste is habanero again -- surprisingly spicy, but not overwhelming (for me, but I have a high tolerance for spiciness). Slight honey sweetness, slight fruity flavor. Overall, tasty but a little muted.

Mouthfeel is dense, a tiny bit sticky. Overall, it's pretty good (if you like habaneros).

Photo of t8dd
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of trvplxrd
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sjmad23
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of toothirsty
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bccrosley
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with fine, one finger off-white head with excellent retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of citrus hops, tropical fruit, particularly pineapple, orange family citrus, light spiciness. Flavor starts, briefly, with citrus, mild malt, tropical fruit, then almost instantly, with intense habanero chili heat, which totally dominates the flavor. A light citrus is detectable as well as hints of hop bitterness, but this is pretty much all about chili. Medium bodied, with light creaminess. I enjoyed sipping on this, but really wanted to taste a little more of the (quite excellent) Sculpin IPA base. As the habanero burn receded, I got the classic endorphin rush of really hot chilis, which is always a pleasant feeling as is the slow, fading of the intense hotness. I regret not drinking this with an appropriate meal; as an evening sipper it is interesting, but too intense. Well made, but I'm not sure I'll finish the bottle in one sitting. I might try this again when I'm prepared to eat the appropriate Mexican food with this interesting IPA. The habanero is authentic.

Photo of Mordhaus
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ahbithwabm
3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fogindex
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kmoen
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BigMike
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RyBrew54
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

"Tastes like burning" -Ralph Wiggum

Surprisingly not much to the nose. Take regular Sculpin and crank up the heat with one of the hottest peppers around. Not bad if you pair it with fajitas or some awesome spicy food.

Photo of CorgiDad
3.11/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

All pepper, where's the IPA? Wonder if it will burn when I piss this out?

Photo of CSQ1111
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sachie23
2.15/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not my thing. Just tastes hot

Photo of Justinbshelton
3.02/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.5

Too much habanero. One dimensional.

Photo of Hoppyalein
2.88/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I love sculpin and grapefruit sculpin. This is the red headed step-child of the family to be sure. Good chili heat though!

Photo of jshusc
4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of yas
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A unique take on an IPA. On first sip, starts off with the usual IPA characteristics, then BAM leaves your tongue lingering with capsaicin from the habanero. I enjoy spicy foods regularly, so I didn't find the spiciness overwhelming. But, I'd recommend drinking this beer with something to cleanse your palate in between sips to maximize its flavor profile. Otherwise, the habanero will overwhelm your palate.

Photo of mbmiche
2.89/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Too much pepper, not enough ipa. Not enjoyable

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Habanero Sculpin from Ballast Point Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,061 ratings.