Habanero Sculpin - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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Reviews by akorsak:
3.68/5 rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On the handpull at Al's. Starter.
A: The cask is remarkably clean, resulting in a clear golden amber elixir, transparent and topped off with a white head.
S: Slight smoke paired with peppers. The aroma is cracked black pepper with just a bit of an indication of heat - the ale saves that for the body. The hoppiness inherent in Sculpin has taken a backseat.
T: Clean up front, the hops are here along with lighter biscuits. The hops quickly lose ground, midsip the heat comes through - a big habanero bite with plenty of residual heat. My first instinct is to take another sip to quell the heat but, of course, that only fueled the fire. The habanero sits like a dusting of cayenne pepper, building in intensity. While never overpowering, the heat is enough to evoke some sweat beads. And swallowing does not good - the heat lingers, gradually dissapating. One needs a good 10 to 15 minutes to completely lose the burn.
M: Sculpin is a bold pairing for the habanero, trying to bring hops to balance out the heat. Sculpin doesn't star here, the peppers blocking it out.
Serving type: cask
04-13-2012 18:25:52 | More by akorsak
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 685 ratings.