Habanero Sculpin - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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3.9/5 rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Found this on tap at Tyler's Taproom in Apex, NC.
This beer looks just like Sculpin sitting in the glass. It's golden with amber hues. The only real difference is that the head on this beer was very minimal, with practically no lacing on the side of the fluted glass.
Smells like Sculpin but with a hint of pepper oil. I didn't really detect heat in the nose, but I did smell the peppers.
The taste was my favorite part of this concoction. Nice bitter pine hops and grapefruit/mango hops upfront. The flavor from the habaneros add a nice sweet bite the the end of the hop character. Anyone who has ever tasted a fresh habanero or perhaps a hotter pepper like a bhut jolokia, naga viper, etc know that the flavors are very sweet and complex. It definitely added a nice complexity to an already fantastic beer. The 'heat' from the capsaicin kicks in after a few good seconds, just like eating a habanero, it sneaks up on you. I was warned by a few people that it was really hot, but I'm used to spicy foods. To me it was a very pleasant warmth that you felt everywhere. Down the gullet, on your tongue, and even on your lips.
Medium to light bodied and a little under carbonated. I think the oil from the peppers helped tone the carbonation down and gave the beer an overall slick mouthfeel.
I personally loved this beer and will get it without hesitation any time I see it on tap.
Serving type: on-tap
10-26-2012 19:33:34 | More by begforme4484
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Habanero Sculpin from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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