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Habanero Sculpin - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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85
very good

1,187 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,187
Reviews: 213
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 16.27%
Wants: 120
Gots: 173 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: billshmeinke on 02-26-2011

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Photo of Mwmeunie
3.32/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SteveB3014
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of badmotorgrunge
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JayCheG
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wulfie85
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of joelbeer
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beer. It has the smell and taste you would expect. The heat lingers for a while after the first sip. I enjoyed it

Photo of GetTheYayo
4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of djrn2
3.29/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DougT
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 31Sam13
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A worthy and well done novelty, I can't say much more than that. the heat is out of place in this one...with tweaking it could be great...

Photo of nkelley77
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is amazing in the sense of how you can taste the pepper but the heat makes it difficult to drink the whole bottle. I was happy to give this a try and would love to cook with this beer.

Photo of Yeheshua
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tjumfrid
4.48/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I love the heavy spiciness from the habanero. Several minutes after taking a sip, your mouth will still be tingling. If you love spicy foods, give it a go.

There really isn't a lot of other flavors from the base Sculpin that come through, however. You really only taste the habaneros. Like emptying a packet of pizza pepper flakes into your mouth. I did enjoy my beer, but was quite done after the 12 oz. bottle was finished. It gets a little tough to gulp down toward the end.

But yet, I did really like it. Do I want another one right now? Not really. Gimme another week.

Photo of msumike89
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of breadwinner
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of PA-hunter
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into glass. 7% abv.

Appearance- Light orange with a moaderate white head. Good clarity.

Smell- Sweet malt with orange citrus with a quite noticeable peppery kick that opens the nostrils.

Taste- Habanero peppers come out strong. The malt is very subtle but is sweet and caramel. The hops are there towards the end but are overpowered by the fiery spice notes. Tingles abound with a peppery flavor in the finish. The burn can be felt all the way down the throat and in the stomach once swallowed.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body. Otherwise very hot. Much like a habanero in the mouth.

Overall- Very interesting and different. The heat is intense, so intense that if covers up the qualities that make original sculpin a stellar beer. I was surprised that the burn can be felt in the throat the way it did. A great beer to try with friends and give some a new experience in having liquid heat. I liked it though. Shows how Ballast Point can make a beer that burns you up and still is favorable and flavorful. Fun pepper beer.

Photo of scxcrunner
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MattGrimley
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Petegrieco
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sean_King
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cfeezy
3.11/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sanitarium16
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Josbor11
2.73/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Too hot, not sure why this even exists.

Photo of 7Sport
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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Habanero Sculpin from Ballast Point Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,187 ratings.