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Habanero Sculpin - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

689 Ratings
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Ratings: 689
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 65
Gots: 42 | FT: 3
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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begforme4484

Connecticut

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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GJ40

North Carolina

4.34/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sampled on tap at Rattle n Hum in NYC.

I will admit in advance that I love flavors that kick my ass. Whether it be hops or hot peppers, I'm in. And when it's both, and they work, wow!

This beer looks great and packs a punch. It retains much of the sculpin characteristics but adds a lingering burn that I find addicting.

Mmmm. BP, Where are the bottles?

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2014 23:27:38 | More by GJ40
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stealth

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -20.6%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

07-31-2014 02:37:04 | More by SGreenlees
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California

3/5  rDev -20.6%

07-30-2014 04:32:19 | More by IRISHFAN951
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madmaxmedia

California

4.5/5  rDev +19%

07-29-2014 01:12:42 | More by madmaxmedia
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -14%

07-29-2014 00:22:48 | More by Comparison_Ford
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mecmd

Georgia

4/5  rDev +5.8%

07-29-2014 00:15:18 | More by mecmd
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terraism

California

4/5  rDev +5.8%

07-28-2014 22:22:02 | More by terraism
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Maryland

4/5  rDev +5.8%

07-28-2014 22:19:54 | More by JDeming
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

07-28-2014 02:44:00 | More by tom10101
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tclipse

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

07-27-2014 22:33:44 | More by tclipse
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johnnye1981

California

4/5  rDev +5.8%

07-27-2014 19:40:02 | More by johnnye1981
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MadCat

New Jersey

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
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Ferrari805

California

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

07-27-2014 07:22:42 | More by Ferrari805
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JSuperman

California

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

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Texas

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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California

3/5  rDev -20.6%

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Indiana

4/5  rDev +5.8%

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California

3/5  rDev -20.6%

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Connecticut

4/5  rDev +5.8%

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California

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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California

3/5  rDev -20.6%

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Habanero Sculpin from Ballast Point Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 689 ratings.