Habanero Sculpin - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Habanero SculpinHabanero Sculpin

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very good

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Ratings: 1,739
Reviews: 420
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 15.43%
Wants: 158
Gots: 381 | FT: 14
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

Our Sculpin IPA with Habanero Pepper began as a crazy experiment that’s taken on a life of its own. While its bright fruit notes and hoppy bite has made the original one of our favorites, this version takes that balance of flavors to the next level with the citrusy, floral heat of habaneros. Sculpin are known to sting, but this one’s got a kick.
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Photo of dcotom
4.64/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Twelve-ounce bottle, poured into a chalice. Very pretty light copper color, two fingers of head with good retention. Piney aroma with some citrus, particularly grapefruit. The taste, though, is where this one really shines: nicely balanced, pleasant hop bitterness on the finish, and the heat was not overpowering. The distinctive flavor of the habanero became slightly more pronounced as the beer warmed up. I found this very enjoyable with food as well as on its own. Well done!

Photo of WunderLlama
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Growler poured into antique GermN bier glass

Two finger white foM cap, very good lacings. Clear Amber with some carbonation

Aroma of grapefruit and pine

Taste of the hops and then an explosion of haberno spicy heat. You taste the habanero and then feel the heat

Spicy, habanero afterburner!!!! Lingers in the mouth and the back of the tongue.

It's fun, it's different . Love the regular sculpin , interesting variation

Photo of Stevedore
3.17/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Essentially, I tried to drink a full 12oz bottle and couldn't even get through one ounce. The body is a light copper body, two finger white head, nice retention time, a bit of lacing, moderate film. Smells slightly peppery, almost a vegetal aroma, along with a bit of citrus, pine, caramel. Flavour is exclusively peppers and a strong heat that kicks in say, 1/4 of the way through the palate. It's strong and makes it incredibly difficult to drink. My lips and tongue are burning. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, but the finish is what makes it undrinkable for me. So much heat, tingling and burning along my oral digestive tract. Overall, a cool concept but I'm not sure why they bottled this. Good God, this is way too hot for me.

Photo of Auraan
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a clear amber body with a nice cap of off-white foamy head. Overall impression of appearance is of a nice IPA, but not amazing. Scents of tropical fruit with notes of mango and pineapple, mingling with aromas of bright citrus flesh, grapefruit flesh and rind, light pale malt with notes of caramel, a light fruity red pepper aroma and a light dank and resinous hop presence. Overall impression of aroma is of a bright, fruity IPA, with just a touch of resinous hop dankness. The habanero are not heavily apparent, but take a complimentary background role. A nice take on the base beer. Flavor begins with a nice high level of hop flavors taking on notes of grapefruit peel and flesh, balanced by a light sweetness and notes of tropical fruit, particularly mango and notes of pine resin. Middle brings in vegetal and fruity flavors imparts by habaneros with an increasing presence of grapefruit peel and some pine resin. Finish is highly spicy and modestly bitter with notes of fruity, vegetal habanero peppers mingling with grapefruit flesh and peel and a light pine resin bitterness. Aftertaste is spicy habanero peppers, grapefruit peel and grainy malt. Overall impression of flavor is of a very spicy beer, but not so spicy that the flavors of the base beer are lost. Rather it serves to compliment the normal flavors of Sculpin and add a new dimension to a very good IPA. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a slick, resinous feel with a very strong pepper burn that lingers well after the sip. Overall impression is of an excellent IPA with the burn of a good pepper. Overall this is a fantastic IPA made all the more interesting by the pairing of IPA with habanero. It lends its tropical fruitiness and vegetal notes to aroma and flavor, and creates a spicy mouthfeel that makes this beer refreshing, spicy and complex, with all the hop flavors of Sculpin.

Photo of Mtn
2.94/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big miss for me. Love Sculpin and Grapefruit Sculpin.
Love Habaneros, but the hop flavors get obscured.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Pours a semi translucent burnt orange color with a 1/2 inch of head. Some lacing. The aroma is spicy from the habaneros but still has a good deal of citrus and tropical fruits. The taste is really where you get the habaneros. Spicy at first followed by more heat. Slight hop presence but really all taste is blanketed by the heat. Some citrus hop notes at the finish but mostly the habanero flavor. Medium bodied. No where near as good as the grapefruit version but still an interesting twist on a great beer. Couldn't drink more than 1 of these a sitting although it probably pairs much better with food. Overall, worth a try.

Photo of Justindemino
4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

i like spicy things. yum

Photo of djchrismac
5/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The most unique and flavorful beer I've ever had. Period.

Photo of Dentist666
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into english pint.
Clear golden/orange beer with off-white head, moderate retention. Smell - medium to intense pepper, floral hops. Taste - malt sweetnes in the further edge, some citrusy hops and a hurricane of pepper. Utterly hot beer, fetch me a jar of cold water.

Photo of Dikfour
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Couple of fingers soapy white head. Pale opaque in color. Nice carbonation.

Smell: Floral and tropical fruits followed closely by a little pepper. Not overwhelming though.

Taste: Grapefruit up front but the Habanero comes to the fore front pretty quickly. A little mango. A little bitterness before the heat kicks in.

Feel: Same near perfect body as the other Sculpins. Heat and carbonation create a fun mouth feel. And Hey, my lips aren't on fire like other pepper beers.

Overall: The most complex pepper beer I've had. Not just straight up insane heat. Certainly worth a try. I'm enjoying it with Mexican food.

Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm gonna start by saying that I under stand that this is a hot pepper beer. I'm gonna rate it appropriately. Off white head sits on a honey deep gold body. Nose has a hint of floral hops up front then yields to huge pepper aroma. Peppers are up front and super dominant. The heat really builds as you drink. This beer is very very hot. But it is true to the pepper.

Photo of ChristinaLynn
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice IPA. Wish it had more pepper taste to go with the habanero heat.

Photo of WallstreetB
1.71/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Too much heat for me

Photo of MrMeerbill
4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Sculpin with heat good but not great I wish the true taste of the chilies was more prominent instead of just hot beer

Photo of terence
1.57/5  rDev -58.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

The habanero overpowers everything. It masks the grapefruit flavors and the heat lingers far too long.

I'm a fan of IPA's and hot goods. I did not like this one. This is a big miss from Ballast Point. The Grapefruit Sculpin is fantastic. Very disappointed with this version.

Photo of OsoRojo
4.46/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like this one shared with a friend in 4oz glasses. perfect with a little bourbon on the side. the heat is perfect. bravo!

Photo of krome
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This thing is peppered to death. I couldn't finish it.

Photo of DoctorChugButterman
2.78/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

The habanero is overpowering an otherwise delightful brew.

Photo of razorsdescent
4.54/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a stellar pepper beer. I have been trying to find the perfect pepper beer. I thought maybe I had it with Stone's series, but anyone who has followed up with the reviews on that knows how it turned out. This was quite a pleasant surprise, with just the right taste and heat in an already stellar IPA. A bit more mellow than their yardstick IPA, so beware of that caveat.

Photo of SomethingClever
4.55/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter bottled on April 25th

A: nice soapy looking head nice orange hue with good clarity looks like it is well carbonated too

S: you get peaches and mango then spicy peppers it smells hot

T: Slight citrus and then a huge dose of habanero peppers you can actually easily taste the pepper and identify which one it is nice soft hoppiness

M: effervescent and tingly from the heat of the pepper lighter bodied

O: I love this beer the pepper taste is extraordinary it is so prominent and the burn from the pepper is incredible a delightful beer if you love the taste of peppers and can handle some heat.

Photo of beerloverinmanila
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best IPAs i've tasted. i know this is just the habanero sculpin but its already good! i want to taste the other Sculpin!

Photo of Chuckletheturtle
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hops and fire, room for more of both but still OUTSTANDING for me.

Photo of jackb112
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spicy as heck. Approach with caution...

Photo of h8r
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

not as good as normal sculpin

Photo of DrDemento456
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mixed a couple bottles of this into a sixer. Hopefully not too spicy since I am slamming them both.

A - Amazing pour a two finger head atop a clear amber brown colored beer. Head takes a while to dissipate.
S - Smells like regular Sculpin to me no real heat in the nose so it is rather balanced.
T - Wow thats pretty spicy! But balanced but a very consistent heat. Ow my that is something. Every sip the biting sting is consistent but man is it smooth! I can actually feel the burn on my lips!
M - Medium bodied and quite smooth despite the pain!

Overall as expected this is a palate crushing heat so don't crack any other beers you want to enjoy afterwards. Despite this it is one of the smoothest pepper beers I ever drank!

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Habanero Sculpin from Ballast Point Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,739 ratings.