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Habanero Sculpin - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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very good

779 Ratings
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Ratings: 779
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 15.61%
Wants: 76
Gots: 66 | FT: 4
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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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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Thanks to KevSal for throwing this guy in as an extra. I'm a huge fan of Sculpin and things infused with habanero. I'm a little skeptical about how this IPA will pair with fire. Lets see...

Pours golden and clear with thin layer of persistent white head. Nose features citrusy notes up front along with some mango flesh and tropical notes. The hops certainly seem to be tamed down by the presence of the peppers. There are slight hints at pepper in the nose, but its not overly obvious. The has a split second of the familiar and delicious sculpin IPA but then quickly transforms into straight fire. As it passes the palate, the habanero begins to singe everything in its path including the back of the throat. Mouthfeel is moderate with medium carbonation. Overall, the pepper is just too heavy handed here. The mangoey hops paired with habanero is a great idea in concept, but the juiciness of the hops unfortunately gets buried.

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Habanero Sculpin from Ballast Point Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 779 ratings.