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Habanero Sculpin - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,196 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,196
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 16.22%
Wants: 121
Gots: 178 | 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

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Ratings: 1,196 | Reviews: 216 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of scxcrunner
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MattGrimley
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Petegrieco
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sean_King
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cfeezy
3.11/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sanitarium16
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Josbor11
2.73/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Too hot, not sure why this even exists.

Photo of 7Sport
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark gold with some burnt orange hues. Light gold at the edges when held to light. Head is small and white. Drops to a small cap with some slight splotches of lacing. Moderate retention leaves the a small soapy cap.

Smell: Grapefruit and citrus. Pithy grapefruit. Some pine as well. Most of the typical Sculpin aromas are buried under a deep habanero push. Deeply vegetal with a ton of peppery spice. Malt base is slightly sweet and offers up a touch of a caramelized bready element to back up the hop and pepper base. A mild fruitiness from the pepper as well.

Taste: Habenero right up front. Drops the mild backing sweetness of the pepper before washing it away with a sharp peppery spice. Black pepper and habanero seed. Malts are slightly bready with a touch of caramelized malt sugar. Some mild roasted elements as well. Hops are almost completely masked at the start but a bit of warming ups them a bit. Touches of pine with some hints of mango and peach. Slightly tropical. Hints of pine. It's spicy but not over the top. Spice lingers without the burn.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. It's almost identical to Sculpin with a tiny hint of oily slickness.

Overall: The best kind of fish.

It's spicy Sculpin. It's a nice use of a spicy pepper and it enhances as much as a pepper can. Well done.

Photo of Dominic_Decoco
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Apellonious
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into an IPA glass. If the numbers I am looking on the bottle are the code, it was bottled on 1/14/15.

A - Pours a clear golden orange with a three finger head that retains very nicely.

S - The classic Sculpin aroma of hops, grapefruit and pine with a heavy dose of peppers.

T - Peppered burn. Rounds out a little once the palate adjusts (if that is possible) with some citrus and biscuit notes.

M - Carbonation above average at first, and remains on the back of the tongue, but it gets somewhat creamy as it warms.

O- Ballast's true tongue buckler. If you dont like spice, stay away. I can see this being good paired with the right food. On it's own, it can be challenging.

Photo of Lare453
4.48/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of J-Bonestradamus
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Arkay
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MisterMike
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SpicyHippo73
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Professor_Yeesh
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 1KEVIN1
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FogDishHead
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Oakenator
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rcatalano
4.44/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tkdchampxi
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sjones5045
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle on 2/20/15

Good beer. Lots of heat but well blended. Had potential to be gimmicky but had a nice pepper taste and the heat on the back end faded enough to enjoy. Good beer, probably one of the better pepper beers out there.

Habanero Sculpin from Ballast Point Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,196 ratings.