Habanero Sculpin - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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Reviews by Nugganooch:
3.83/5 rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
12oz bottle to my FW snifter glass
From notes on 05/16/14
Have had this on tap at the brewery a few times and now from the bottle
A: Pour is a caramel amber body and looks to be a shade darker than original Sculpin. Has a faint but noticeable haze along with some coagulated protein thingies floating to the bottom. Bubbly with a finger width of khaki suds building up top. Good hang time and some nice strokes of stick across the glass.
S: Mangoes and tropical fruit with some candied citrus up front. Fresh and fruity with bright apricot and tangerine. Then the fiery Habanero spice starts to assert. I get some layers of pine and grass in between but man dat pepper. It's a formidable scent... It stings the nostrils. In a good way.
T: Starts out with a delicious fresh Sculpin highlighted by juicy mangoes, pineapple, tangerine, and some earthy evergreens. Follows with a wave of mildly hot pepper juice. Distinctly Habanero with a swelling hotness to it and a spicy burn on the finish. Fairly intense. The beer is hoppy but any bitterness is all but melted away from the peppers and same for any alcohol notes. I do like spicy and this one is a nice little stinger.
M: Light to medium body with ample carb to give a nice frothy consistency throughout. I would say there is some hop resins at play and a nice drying to it. But reality is this has a numbing effect from the pepper oils and a fiery finish! Is burning a mouth feel?
D: Pretty nice in small doses. Overall this is a very successful chili beer however going with Habanero’s reduces the drinkability considerably. The Scovilles really start to take hold of the palate. Done well but will definitely have you sweatin’ to finish the bottle.
Pairs great with cheese and works wonders for a morning beermosa or Bloody Mary.
Serving type: bottle
05-23-2014 19:15:46 | More by Nugganooch
More User Reviews:
4.25/5 rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Nice clear golden color with a short white head that leaves tons of lacing
Smell: Pine, herbal, and citrus hops up front, with some added spice, pepper, and vegetal aromas, all complementing each other well
Taste: Hops greet you warmly, pine and resin bitterness, with some spice up next, mixed with citrusy hops. Light malt backbone, with spice on the finish. Not overly spicy, but not something I would drink a whole lot of. Pairs perfectly with Mexican food
Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, nice full carbonation that suits the style well
Overall: Excellent. Who knew you could put habanero peppers in beer and get something that actually tastes good? I had to try it when I saw it, and it did not disappoint.
Serving type: on-tap
07-27-2014 13:16:45 | More by MadCat
2.21/5 rDev -41.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
If you are a habanero lover, you may really like this one. As someone who likes mild heat, this was far too much and didn't last past one sip. The hear is immediate and intense. It lingers a long time on the palate and is not unpleasant if you expect this much heat. The sculpin taste is lost on me due to the amount of heat. The most uniqueness beer I have had.
Serving type: on-tap
07-26-2014 21:02:16 | More by JSuperman
Habanero Sculpin from Ballast Point Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 682 ratings.