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Habanero Sculpin - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

873 Ratings
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Ratings: 873
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 94
Gots: 85 | FT: 5
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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4/5  rDev +5.8%

spycow, Mar 10, 2013
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3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap for the 2nd Anniversary event at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest, herbal hops, and somewhat mild pepper and habanero aromas. Taste is the same with a burning habanero flavor in the throat on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good treatment for Sculpin and very interesting to try but there is no way I could drink a lot of it.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

zestar, May 16, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

acurtis, Jun 29, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

Thorpe429, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

nmann08, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

Texasfan549, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On-tap at Thirsty Monk, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is clear amber in color. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: LIght aromas of grapefruit hops and habanero chillies are present in the nose.
T: As you swirl the beer around in your mouth, the habanero becomes hotter and hotter. The heat particularly stands out in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The habaneros make your mouth tingle in the aftertaste.
O: This is an interesting beer, but the habaneros completely turn an excellent beer into a mediocre one. The spicy heat makes it very difficult to drink and I'm glad that I had a small serving size.

metter98, May 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

GRG1313, Mar 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

kjkinsey, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of brentk56
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives with some lazy bubbles topping the clear amber liquid; some clumps stick to the side of the glass

Smell: Citrusy grapefruit with a hot edge that burns the nostrils

Taste: A touch of biscuit, up front, followed by a citrusy/habanero blast that overwhelms the tongue by mid-palate; the heat dominates the finish, though there some grapefruit lingers underneath

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; the burning sensation tingles the lips

Overall: Glad to try this but this is not for everybody; the heat makes it tough to consume in any quantity

brentk56, Nov 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

kylehay2004, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Bruery Provisions

A: The beer pours a clear golden orange color with about a finger of white head.

S: At first the fruity and citrusy hops are all you smell. But soon after the habanero pepper provides some heat and a little bit of its fruitiness as well. Notes of pineapple and grass round out the nose.

T: The flavor has retained a lot of the great hoppiness that makes Sculpin what it is. Still a good amount of tropical fruit and citrus with a mild pine. The pepper flavor is mild at first but comes out a bit more as it warms. There is a definite heat on the back of the throat.

M: Medium in body and perhaps on the low end of medium in carbonation.

O: This was much better than I had anticipated, but I can't help but feel like it's just a big waste of Sculpin.

womencantsail, May 10, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Was a little in the fence about trying this one but I was able to purchase a 5oz pour of it and figured that should be plenty. The beer is a nice looking hazy orange color with a thin white head on top. The retention and lacing were both pretty good here. It's a nice looking beer for sure. The smell of the beer is really nice too, the mango-like hops pop out of the subtle pepper aromas this beer has, reminds me of the Habanero Mango wing sause at Buffalo Wild Wings. The taste has a good complexity to it. The initial flavor is the hoppy IPA, that changes into the spicy pepper that is dominant but not overwhelming. The finish left me wanting another sip. The mouthfeel was smooth, nicely carbonated and surprisingly drinkable. Overall it's a hot beer for sure, but there was some really nice aspects of it that I found really interesting. Worth trying if you can tolorate heat.

Knapp85, Mar 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

SocalKicks, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of oberon
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

oberon, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of largadeer
4.31/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Publick House. Pretty standard clear amber Sculpin appearance. The head is thin and fleeting, settling to a film.

Big tropical fruit hoppiness on the nose along with equally big habanero. Oily, peppery, completely dominated by hops and peppers with a negligible malt character. Strangely, the habanero and hops work pretty well together.

Peppers are actually more dominant on the palate. It's pretty sticky and oily, with plenty of pineapple and grapefruit behind the burning habanero. As the nose implies, malt is completely overshadowed by the hops and peppers. The body feels light like regular Sculpin, but the peppers replace the drying crispness with an oily heat. The heat lingers throughout the finish, but it isn't too excessive or harsh. Not a subtle beer by any means, but really pretty tasty. Recommended if you like the flavor and heat of habaneros.

largadeer, Feb 17, 2012
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4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass at Beer Market - Schaumburg.

After a handful of malt-bombs, I felt it time to take on something different. This stuff pours a clear brass topped by a half-finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, chile peppers, pine resin, and a touch of honey. The taste brings in more of the same, the citrus, pine, and new-coming greens melding surprisingly well with the peppers' heat, holding it at bay 'til it's able to spread its wings near the finish. The heat is palpable, but nowhere near o'erwhelming. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a very nice beer, one where hops and heat peacefully and successfully coexist. Good times.

TMoney2591, Apr 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

WVbeergeek, Apr 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

nickfl, Mar 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Kegatron, May 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

RblWthACoz, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of Slatetank
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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

Slatetank, Apr 07, 2014
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4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tap at prezo.

Decent creamy 1/2 finger head fades semi slowly with nice lacing, hazy honey amber orange color.
Nose brings basic sculpin, citrus hops, grassy floral, hints of tropical notes, grapefruit, etc, a bit faded, with nice mild habanero background aroma, touch of malt.

Taste brings immediate habanero, nice big heat and tons of habanero pepper flavor, with little citrusy hop, mild grassy floral and spicy hop note, little grapefruit and tropical fruit notes. Nice creamy malt base too, balanced well. Finish is drier and long lingering pepper heat, little habanero flavor in the back of the throat, mild citrus hop and fair bitterness lingering.

Mouth is med bod, nice carb, plenty of pepper heat.

Overall quite nice, good base IPA that is still fairly present but great habanero flavor and good great level, nice heat but still drinkable and enjoyable. Unfortunately the only issue is that the great initial hops seem to have been drowned out a bit by the habanero, although I love habanero and it seems to bring it's own citrus note, but still a tasty beer. If I didn't know the base was sculpin and was just an IPA this would be fantastic, but as I know the base sculpin is so much more tropical fruit hops that are mostly drowned out, it loses a bit of points.

jlindros, Jun 22, 2014
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Habanero Sculpin from Ballast Point Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 873 ratings.