Habanero Sculpin - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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3.99/5 rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Clear golden amber colour. Moderate off white head. Fair head retention.
Hoppy aroma with good citrus. Slightly herbal. Light malt.
Wonderful floral Habenero flavour. Moderate hop. Lightly sweet malt.
Medium body with a sharp carbonation. Good.
A really solid beer. I like the spice and the chilli flavour.
Serving type: on-tap
05-24-2014 03:07:04 | More by dgilks
3.83/5 rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
12oz bottle to my FW snifter glass
From notes on 05/16/14
Have had this on tap at the brewery a few times and now from the bottle
A: Pour is a caramel amber body and looks to be a shade darker than original Sculpin. Has a faint but noticeable haze along with some coagulated protein thingies floating to the bottom. Bubbly with a finger width of khaki suds building up top. Good hang time and some nice strokes of stick across the glass.
S: Mangoes and tropical fruit with some candied citrus up front. Fresh and fruity with bright apricot and tangerine. Then the fiery Habanero spice starts to assert. I get some layers of pine and grass in between but man dat pepper. It's a formidable scent... It stings the nostrils. In a good way.
T: Starts out with a delicious fresh Sculpin highlighted by juicy mangoes, pineapple, tangerine, and some earthy evergreens. Follows with a wave of mildly hot pepper juice. Distinctly Habanero with a swelling hotness to it and a spicy burn on the finish. Fairly intense. The beer is hoppy but any bitterness is all but melted away from the peppers and same for any alcohol notes. I do like spicy and this one is a nice little stinger.
M: Light to medium body with ample carb to give a nice frothy consistency throughout. I would say there is some hop resins at play and a nice drying to it. But reality is this has a numbing effect from the pepper oils and a fiery finish! Is burning a mouth feel?
D: Pretty nice in small doses. Overall this is a very successful chili beer however going with Habanero’s reduces the drinkability considerably. The Scovilles really start to take hold of the palate. Done well but will definitely have you sweatin’ to finish the bottle.
Pairs great with cheese and works wonders for a morning beermosa or Bloody Mary.
Serving type: bottle
05-23-2014 19:15:46 | More by Nugganooch
3.78/5 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Golden and orange, clear with a small one finger head of tight white foam. Decent retention and moderate lacing.
Citrus and pine with a tropical flair that is toned down from the regular Sculpin. One part pineapples and mangoes the other sweet red bell pepper and other bright vegetative aromas. Caramel and sweet breads underlying to add balance.
Initial burst is that of Sculpin, caramel and tightly integrated malt backbone followed by an explosive orange/pink citrus and pine. The Habanero hits mid palate completely wiping away the hop character replacing it with some vegetative orange pepper flavor and a high spicy note that is very bright and peppery. Bitterness hints at pine but the spiciness of the Habanero is long lasting.
Medium body with good carbonation. Spicy pepper dominates and nulls any bitterness and alcohol. Surprisingly drying.
This would go well with some Mexican food about now. Much hotter in the bottle than the multiple occasions this was on tap. A good IPA/chile beer but you really need to like heat. The pepper flavors are pretty tempered and bright. Also make this your last beer of the night b/c my palate is shot.
Serving type: bottle
05-16-2014 06:18:58 | More by rawfish
Habanero Sculpin from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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