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Habanero Sculpin - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Habanero SculpinHabanero Sculpin

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756 Ratings
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Ratings: 756
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 72
Gots: 62 | FT: 4
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 brew3crew:
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4.58/5  rDev +21.2%

On tap at the brewery during San Diego beer week!

A-golden body with white head that sticks around. Just like normal sculpin

S-I find the smell to be more subdued than the normal version, hence the lower grade.

t-nice smooth hoppiness and then you swollow. Wow. Very spicy and smooth almost like a smooth chili pepper with alcohol!

M-medium body and smooth

O-if you love beer and love spicy food, this is a must!

11-09-2011 05:56:55 | More by brew3crew
More User Reviews:
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North Carolina

3.89/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

08-02-2013 21:34:51 | More by oberon
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

03-27-2013 03:20:40 | More by MadScientist
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

07-10-2014 04:44:14 | More by Ben7773
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

04-05-2013 23:30:34 | More by Beerswag
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4.41/5  rDev +16.7%

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.

09-29-2013 23:43:49 | More by SuperbikeShaun
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

03-10-2013 15:48:36 | More by mctizzz
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

02-16-2014 19:53:01 | More by aquazr1
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

03-08-2014 14:39:18 | More by KolbMarley
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

02-24-2014 21:16:01 | More by SjConroy
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

12-26-2011 22:00:59 | More by GarrettB714
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

02-15-2013 05:46:10 | More by BenHesk12
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

07-10-2014 22:14:23 | More by MicroBeerMan1980
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

08-14-2014 06:05:15 | More by IrishGermanAmerican
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

10-05-2013 21:50:37 | More by xdefeatsy
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3.95/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

08-21-2011 16:57:26 | More by ehammond1
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

06-24-2014 06:00:16 | More by sourdog
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

10-18-2013 16:31:20 | More by Cynic-ale
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

03-06-2013 22:03:13 | More by ryser2k
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

06-07-2014 16:28:19 | More by HoppySeb
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3.81/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

07-24-2013 20:23:22 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

04-04-2014 20:08:49 | More by WVbeergeek
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South Carolina

3.69/5  rDev -2.4%

On tap at the Ballast Point Tasting Room and Kitchen.

A: clear, amber with a semi-durable tan head and limited lacing. Fine clariy.

Aroma: habaneros and hops in near equal balance.

Flavor: Wow! lots of habanero flavor here and medium-high hotness. The most chili flavor I've encountered in a beer, and one of th hottest.

Feel: Medium body with soft, medium carbonation. Medium+ heat.

O: an exceptional IPA well worth seeking out. Available in 6 packs.

07-05-2014 22:14:04 | More by chinchill
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4.2/5  rDev +11.1%

A: That IPA nectar orange.

S: Strong habanero fruit with a slight citrus note.

T: Overwhelming heat with habanero fruit, caramel sweetness and only a hint of floral hops and grapefruit.

M: Nectar.

O: Interesting. As a big fan of spicy food, this was just at the edge of my comfort level. However, the heat was a bit too dominant and could use a bit of tempering to let the other great Sculpin flavors shine through.

02-01-2014 23:54:48 | More by 01001111
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

02-28-2014 03:46:37 | More by Zonian1
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Habanero Sculpin from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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