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Habanero Sculpin - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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875 Ratings
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Ratings: 875
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 95
Gots: 86 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: billshmeinke on 02-26-2011)
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Reviews by Nugganooch:
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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.

Nugganooch, May 23, 2014
More User Reviews:
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3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap last night at Jake's Billiards here in GSO.Came in a goblet a burnt orange infused golden with a 1/2 finger head that lasted for awhile.Big citric hops than a big burning heat,both are large and in charge.At first the flavors were of big citric and resiny hops with a slower burn but as I drank more the heat overpowered the hoppiness and kinda took over.I like heat and I liked this beer but one goblet is all I could really drink of it.

oberon, Aug 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

MadScientist, Mar 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

jose_alehouseSD, Sep 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

Ben7773, Jul 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Afroman, Oct 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Beerswag, Apr 06, 2013
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4.41/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Newhall Refinery in Santa Clarita, CA.

Beautiful deep golden amber in color, creamy white head with minimal lacing. The nose is dominated by peppery and citrusy aromas, primarily grapefruit coming through. It tastes exactly like Sculpin, with just a hint of capsaicin on the taste buds. However, let me warn you, this beer is genuinely hot. A 12 ounce snifter glass was a daunting task to finish. Overall, I was extremely pleased with this beer, simply a rock solid IPA with a habanero kick.

SuperbikeShaun, Sep 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

mctizzz, Mar 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

aquazr1, Feb 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

KolbMarley, Mar 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

SjConroy, Feb 24, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

I love sculpin. The habanero was very strong, killing anything that made sculpin nice. However, if i disregarded that it was a sculpin variation, it was a nice beer.

alienlifeforcecube, Nov 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

GarrettB714, Dec 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

BenHesk12, Feb 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

MicroBeerMan1980, Jul 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

IrishGermanAmerican, Aug 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

xdefeatsy, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of ehammond1
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap

Stone 15th Anniversary Celebration
CSU, San Marcos
San Marcos, CA

Orange, glowing, pineapple, translucent color. Inch-high head that sticks around; the head looks thick, tight, and flat, pearl in color.

A somewhat muted version of the typical Sculpin aroma. There's still plenty of tropical fruits, including pineapple, orange, and mango, and there's an underlying, yet not overpowering habanero spice element coming through.

This is one of the most interesting beer-drinking experiences of my life. At initial sip, it tastes like Sculpin, and then an incredible amount of fiery spice attacks the sides of the throat, but only for a few seconds, and then it's gone.

Medium bodied. Ample carbonation, though perhaps a touch more oily and not nearly as drinkable as Sculpin.

I was worried the habanero would ruin an incredible base beer, but they actually pulled it off creating an interesting and unique IPA--initially spicy along with all the wonderful tropical fruit flavors I love in a Sculpin.

ehammond1, Aug 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

sourdog, Jun 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Cynic-ale, Oct 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

ryser2k, Mar 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

HoppySeb, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed at the FW Invitational 2013. On such a hot day, one of the hottest beers I've ever had. . . Pours nice and yellow, looking just like regular Sculpin with a slightly lighter, thinner white head to it.

Aroma is both parts spicy habanero and the plentitude of Sculpin hops. Pretty nice, its my favorite thing about this beer.

The heat is amped up spice wise. Plenty of tongue beating pepper notes satiate the mouthfeel, the taste is still plenty hoppy and Sculpin like, with its tropical fruit forward hop flavors. The body is light, feels even lighter with the habanero kick if anything, but the base of beer is awash.

Overall, this variation is not better than original Sculpin, but it is far better than most pepper beers. Very comparable to Lagunitas Habanero IPA. Its one of those that is so hot that I can't imagine drinking more than a pint. But its not so hot that its all there is to the beer.

Would recommend.

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

WVbeergeek, Apr 04, 2014
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Habanero Sculpin from Ballast Point Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 875 ratings.