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Habanero Sculpin - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

685 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 685
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 63
Gots: 40 | 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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s35keith

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +19%

12-01-2013 20:42:13 | More by s35keith
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: orange in color wih a 1" head that lasts a bit. Moderate lace paints the glass during the session.

Smell: citrus, pine, and a hint of spiciness comes through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, tropical fruit sweetness, orange, lemon zest, a soft pine flavor, and a late habanero bite that has some kick to it. Nice complimenting bitterness here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, less crisp with some dryness and hot pepper bite at the finish. Aftertaste is long as the habanero stays on the tongue.

Overall: an interesting modification of a great IPA. I found one pint enough in a session here, but defintely worthy of a try if you see it on draft.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2013 17:47:53 | More by Gavage
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Zimm

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

11-23-2013 18:43:42 | More by Zimm
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joeboe2001

Maryland

4.48/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I enjoyed a pint of this at Adam's Rib on Kent Island on craft beer ($4 pints!) night last week.

A: The reviews I see here report everything from golden to orange to amber to yellow. I would go with golden. I guess it depends on the lighting at your favorite bar!

S: Eau d' Habanero was evident but not overpowering. Strong enough to get my attention!

T: A relatively light IPA flavor with some spice upfront and a pleasant burn on the back of your tongue after you swallow.

M: Medium and consistent carbonation-smaller bubbles that enhanced the jalapeno, but did not beat up your tongue.

O: Heat was pleasant and sufficient to add to my enjoyment of some relatively hot wings. A very good accompaniment to spicy foods.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2013 21:52:57 | More by joeboe2001
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Berto66

Colorado

4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-19-2013 05:14:35 | More by Berto66
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Druss157

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -20.6%

11-18-2013 04:59:49 | More by Druss157
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MCain04

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-16-2013 02:41:56 | More by MCain04
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irs

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +19%

11-15-2013 19:26:10 | More by irs
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FullObs

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

11-15-2013 00:26:43 | More by FullObs
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APH

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

11-10-2013 23:29:37 | More by APH
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DragonHead

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

11-04-2013 03:48:35 | More by DragonHead
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joe1510

Illinois

4.11/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

13oz Draft
$6.00
Trabes Aleshouse - Tinley Park, IL

Habanero Sculpin was set in front of me sporting a glowing orange body with surprising clarity for an infused beer. The clean white head was a finger in height and left some thin, intricate lacing down the glass. Looks Sculpin-esque.

The nose was all about brightness and depth. You're typical Sculpin aromas were present; sweet mango, ripe peach, apricot and a touch of vibrant but sweet lemon. The habaneros add a touch of earthiness to the nose. The malt profile is clean and biscuity simply lending a backbone.

I'm not a big chili beer guy, the flavors usually seem to clash. With that said Habanero Sculpin is spicy but balanced, bright, and delicious. Citrusy habanero leads things off followed closely by the strong tropical notes of mango and papaya. Stone fruit and a squeeze of lemon finish things off. The malt profile is unnoticeable but adds enough sugar to keep the hop and habanero from running rampant. I'm a fan.

A medium weight body pushes through slowly and softly with smooth carbonation. The finish is pretty dry and the habanero heat builds with each successive sip but never becomes overbearing. For a spicy beer this was incredibly easy to put away and surprisingly refreshing.

I'm a Sculpin fan and I really enjoy the habanero twist thrown into this particular batch. There's spice but the habanero is citric enough it works perfectly with the tropical, stonefruit notes of standard Sculpin. I'd order this again without a doubt.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2013 00:53:21 | More by joe1510
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DNICE555

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -20.6%

11-04-2013 00:35:57 | More by DNICE555
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sevenshubby

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

11-03-2013 00:36:33 | More by sevenshubby
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sisterthelonious

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -14%

11-02-2013 21:57:26 | More by sisterthelonious
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LaChupacabra

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

11-02-2013 16:06:33 | More by LaChupacabra
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smmeier819

Illinois

3/5  rDev -20.6%

11-02-2013 13:53:06 | More by smmeier819
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Rave

California

4/5  rDev +5.8%

10-29-2013 07:12:47 | More by Rave
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gillagorilla

Maryland

3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Max's (from notes).

A: Lacing and golden amber.

S: Spicy, spicy with some pine.

T: Pine and heat spice. Coats your mouth. Don't really get the IPA in it. All spice up front.

M: Lots of carbonation. That really brings out the spice.

O: Hot but not as hot as Ruination Tropical Heat nor as good. This was just a weird and spicy IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2013 00:25:10 | More by gillagorilla
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MickeyMonk

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

10-25-2013 22:23:05 | More by MickeyMonk
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BigOldOaf

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

10-25-2013 01:53:08 | More by BigOldOaf
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BeerNDoggerel

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

10-25-2013 00:26:54 | More by BeerNDoggerel
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pottergator

New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

10-24-2013 20:01:34 | More by pottergator
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Pinche_Oso

California

3/5  rDev -20.6%

10-23-2013 03:40:32 | More by Pinche_Oso
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aflies

Arizona

2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

10-22-2013 17:06:04 | More by aflies
Habanero Sculpin from Ballast Point Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 685 ratings.