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Habanero Sculpin - Ballast Point Brewing Company

Habanero Sculpin
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86
very good

466 Ratings
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Ratings: 466
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 15.79%


Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: billshmeinke on 02-26-2011)
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magnusdave

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

09-01-2013 20:10:36 | More by magnusdave
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brandoman63

Illinois

2/5  rDev -47.4%

04-18-2014 03:01:17 | More by brandoman63
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kidzord

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +25%

04-17-2014 23:41:20 | More by kidzord
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at 16 tons thes other day.

The beer pours a golden peach color with pretty good head retention and lacing. The is impressive, with the expected dry citrus, light dank weed, and hint of pine and green chili. The flavor profile replictes the nose, but the habenero chili flavor really comes on strong, giving the beer some very noticeable heat in the finish. It's not bad, and adds an interesting element to the flavor profile, but sculpin is so good on its own, the chili flavor really doesn't enhance the drinking experience in this beer. Moutfeel is at most medium bodied, with the beer showcasing a long, hot (from the chili peppers) and bitter finish. As always, alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile.

A nice beer, no doubt, the chili flavor really doesn't add anything positive to this beer. Given a choice, I'll take my sculpin without the chili pepper heat.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2014 18:05:54 | More by johnmichaelsen
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jkball01

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -21.1%

04-15-2014 16:50:54 | More by jkball01
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DerrickW

Georgia

4/5  rDev +5.3%

04-13-2014 13:42:12 | More by DerrickW
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dleiner

New York

4/5  rDev +5.3%

04-12-2014 21:09:12 | More by dleiner
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bschinelli

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me start off by admitting I'm not a chili beer fan. That said, this was an excellent beer.

A - poured a deep, copper gold in the glass, with a bright white head consisting of tiny bubbles. These last quite a while, leaving interesting lacing as you drink the beer.

S - Aroma like Sculpin. Citrus (tangerine and orange peel) on the nose. Pleasing, with some hop astringency.

T - Wow, lots of citrus and definitely heat from the habanero. Not uncomfortable, but definitely lingering and warming. Very complex like a regular sculpin.

O - Really the best chili beer I've had. Well worth trying. I'd recommend pairing with obviously, Mexican food; or sweet pork barbecue. Try this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2014 18:56:36 | More by bschinelli
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GFish

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

04-12-2014 14:46:02 | More by GFish
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

04-12-2014 10:33:47 | More by jbaker67
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Pecafaced

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

04-12-2014 03:36:49 | More by Pecafaced
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Oxymoron

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

04-11-2014 00:20:31 | More by Oxymoron
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BullBearHawk

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

04-08-2014 16:59:58 | More by BullBearHawk
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Jeysun23

California

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

04-08-2014 02:22:08 | More by Jeysun23
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dharmabum1102

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

04-07-2014 22:30:17 | More by dharmabum1102
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this on tap a couple times lately, enjoyed chilled in a pint at Al's Pizza and Subs and Holy Hound Taproom.

The color is hazed tarnished golden with a thick white head and fine bead with good lace/retention. The smell is peppery and both citrus/spiced in a habanero earthy way with dank hops and orange zest. the feel is warming with a hint of pepper at the outset and long linger that is enhanced by medium carbonation and resinous hop w/ back of the throat on the way down as it finishes w/ alcohol augmenting the heat slightly intense the more you drink...finish is dry with peppery accent.

The taste is great considering this is an IPA transformed into a chile beer. The flavor of the habanero takes over but is supported by the hop tanginess and citrus elements with a very good flavor of pepper and mild tangerine in the background. The flavor is as good as the feel which is why to me this is an exceptional take on the style - all the quality of sculpin with a great deal of Habanero that does not exceed the levels of common sense-enjoyable if you like chile pepper in beer

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2014 14:04:38 | More by Slatetank
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random846

California

3/5  rDev -21.1%

04-07-2014 07:16:27 | More by random846
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.3%

04-07-2014 06:26:34 | More by WillCarrera
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akang

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

04-05-2014 07:54:18 | More by akang
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2GOOFY

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

04-05-2014 01:54:55 | More by 2GOOFY
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

04-04-2014 20:08:49 | More by WVbeergeek
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leftoverburrito

Oregon

3/5  rDev -21.1%

04-04-2014 03:18:09 | More by leftoverburrito
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SpartyJoe

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

04-04-2014 01:20:53 | More by SpartyJoe
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elNopalero

Texas

4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I’ve only had this on tap (so far, at least) and to be honest I preferred it to the Sculpin I’ve had as of late (from the bottle)… I imagine the freshness factor to be key here, but also… ah, that habanero heat! It brings everything into focus in a way that I just love.

Pours a golden-amber with nice foaming. There’s a sweet habanero kick to the aroma atop a light citrusy hop profile. The flavor starts off smoothly bitter with a touch of fresh citrus and a hint of pine… but then BAM! Up kicks in the heat, and that sweetness. Long, lingering, spicy finish. Love it or hate it, this is not for the timid.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2014 20:00:12 | More by elNopalero
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Lordamit

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +31.6%

03-29-2014 21:18:46 | More by Lordamit
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Habanero Sculpin from Ballast Point Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 466 ratings.