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Habanero Sculpin - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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very good

1,316 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,316
Reviews: 266
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 16%
Wants: 125
Gots: 221 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
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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Ratings: 1,316 | Reviews: 266
Photo of mattycasey
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Skate4sublime
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kuges
4.34/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Everything you love in a Sculpin, but with a very spicy kick. Not for the feint of heart.

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GOBLIN
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good ipa. I actually like the heat on this one, it's about where I like my spicy foods to be at. I wouldn't buy this again. Not something I would drink on a regular basis. Sculpin and Grapefruit Sculpin are fantastic. This is a lil' gimmicky. Ballast Point did a good job on this for what it is.

Five minutes later . . . On second thought it's like drinking hot sauce ! I can actually feel the the indigestion coming on. Might struggle through the rest of this.

Photo of BrewLancer40k
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The appearance was quite pleasant with a good solid head to top it all off. Smell seemed to give a pleasant clover smell.

The taste starts off with a familiar sculpin ballast point IPA taste but quickly a strong burn appears as one is going through the beer. Initially it doesn't overshadow the beer but toward the end of the glass it starts to overbear a little too much. This likewise starts to make the mouthfeel suffer as one's throat is really starting to feel the kick of the habanero pepper added. Overall I'd give this a 3.5. It's a fun idea but unfortunately very niche. I cannot readily recommend this as a purchase but rather a "buy a pack for a larger group and pass bottles around so everyone can see what its like."

Photo of alisadk
2.5/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First sip at Ballast Point Miramar brewery February 2015 with John, mom and dad.

Photo of Howlader
3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ambruns1979
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of earljones199
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WOLFGANG
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mikeypnh
3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Mike
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of doughanson78
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rfgetz
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Gotti311
2.5/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I like spicy food. On a heat scale this beer is fine, definitely on the upper threshold but not unbearable.

The only reason you add things to beer is to enhance them. Some spicy in stouts can play really nicely due to the fact the dark roast malts and often chocolate can support the spice. The spice completely obliterates the base beer. You could add that amount of spice to any IPA and it wouldn't taste any different.

Photo of Gator_Chomp
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of crobinso
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beer-n-Cigars
2/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Definitely spicy, probably a bit too spicy. It's almost like drinking habanero juice.

Photo of kpowledge
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DantheMan75
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
2.87/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

Way too hot. Heat lingers forever. It is painful.

Photo of YeahRightt
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Looks just like regular and grapefruit sculpin, perhaps a bit more golden as opposed to amber/orange.

Smell: Clean hop aroma laced with a backdrop of peppers. The pepper smell is more like a bell pepper than anything spicy, pretty pleasant and mellow.

Taste: Pepper taste and hops hit right away followed by a clean finish with a lingering burn. Very very mellow in terms of the burn in my opinion, although I eat a lot of spicy food. As with many spicy things, the spiciness builds as you ingest it more. The flavor begins to be masked by the lingering heat and pepper flavor. If you take smaller sips a more classic sculpin flavor is there to be salvaged, but larger sips will be all pepper. The piney and citrus aspects of sculpin are lost almost entirely in exchange for the pepper and heat. Not sure if you would be able to tell if it was an IPA without being told by the bottle.

Feel: Standard, pretty thin. The heat lingers in the back of the throat rather than the mouth and lips, which is nice and keeps the spiciness from being annoying or uncomfortable.

Overall: I liked it, but it isn't a beer you want to grab a six pack of and have a few with buddies. Although I don't find it too spicy (I would say a 5 out of 10 on the spiciness scale) it still demands to be sipped because of the flavor profile and odd nature of a spicy beer. I recommend trying it but keeping in mind it isn't competing for best beer of all time, it is what it is and its a good pepper beer.

Photo of ohyeahitsmuff
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of beerman73
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great after taste. Perfectly balanced.

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Habanero Sculpin from Ballast Point Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,316 ratings.