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Habanero Sculpin - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Habanero SculpinHabanero Sculpin

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BA SCORE
85
very good

620 Ratings
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Ratings: 620
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 15.08%
Wants: 59
Gots: 25 | FT: 3
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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Brenden

Ohio

3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It was a good idea just to do a half-pour...and to share...

This version of Sculpin seems maybe a shade darker than the golden-amber brew I remember. The pepper's oils, most likely, seem to have stunted the growth of the head a bit. The beautiful big, strong head I remember isn't quite that, but is a certainly respectable finger's height with equally respectable hold and lacing.
The earthy, floral, bright citrus and tropical notes, and resin are still here, They pour out like the original, and I'm pretty excited that very little is changed. Early on, though, the heat and pepper skin, mildly vegetal, that come out do dull the beauty a little. I'm glad to note that I can still call it very good, even if not as good as it is in its original form.
Juicy hops are still allowed out on the tongue, but the burn starts at the very beginning of the sip. The beauty of any well-made beer including hot peppers is both in the build-up of heat without being overbearing straight off, and allowing the flavors to coalesce as a whole despite the heat. This beer just about manages that, but the habanero is quite powerful. I can't quite get the full effect of the hops, but almost.
The peppers' oils seem to add a bit of slickness to what would be a creamy, fluffy beer with a good bite to it. It's still crisp, and it maintains a moderate smoothness, though the finish loses its cleanness.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2014 20:00:40 | More by Brenden
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California

4.5/5  rDev +19%

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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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fps_dean

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I had this on my birthday on tap at a local restaurant. This was my first beer from the Ballast Point brewery but will be far from my last.

I have never had a pepper beer before this either. Being a huge spicy foods fan, I had to try this. I was not worried about the heat -- I cook with habaneros, ghost and scorpion peppers regularly.

It was a light orange color in my glass.

Smelled like an IPA. Tasted like an IPA. I did not find the heat particularly overwhelming, and my mouth didn't even noticeably burn until I drank half of the glass, but I think that's my pepper tolerance from eating so many so often because others said this beer was hot. Overall, it's a very good tasting IPA and I would buy it for that, but not for the burn. I think I need to try the ghost pepper version.

Compared to regular Sculpin, the habaneros add a slight sweet, fruity flavor, so the hop flavor is toned down a little bit.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 04:35:54 | More by fps_dean
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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Habanero Sculpin from Ballast Point Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 620 ratings.