Habanero Sculpin - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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Ratings: 750 | Reviews: 102 | Display Reviews Only:
3.7/5 rDev -2.1%
This beer is interesting. Tastes like Sculpin but with serious fiery/peppery notes in the nose and on the palate, which can dominate the sweetness of the beer. I just flat out didn't enjoy it, but I didn't enjoy it because it's a bad beer, if that makes sense. I just didn't enjoy the actual habanero features of the beer. So, it's successful in that it combines Sculpin and habanero in exactly the right way, so if you like that definitely try this one. Or...get a 2oz sample of it.
10-02-2013 17:11:19 | More by KeatsShelley
4.41/5 rDev +16.7%
On tap at Newhall Refinery in Santa Clarita, CA.
Beautiful deep golden amber in color, creamy white head with minimal lacing. The nose is dominated by peppery and citrusy aromas, primarily grapefruit coming through. It tastes exactly like Sculpin, with just a hint of capsaicin on the taste buds. However, let me warn you, this beer is genuinely hot. A 12 ounce snifter glass was a daunting task to finish. Overall, I was extremely pleased with this beer, simply a rock solid IPA with a habanero kick.
09-29-2013 23:43:49 | More by SuperbikeShaun
3.96/5 rDev +4.8%
Served in a snifter at The Avenue in Allston
Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is an orange color with a great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.
Smell: Pineapple, mango, tangerine, habanero, caramel, and bready malts.
Taste: It's habanero spicy hot. All other traditional sculpin characteristics follow.
Mouthfeel: Lots of habanero heat. I can't feel anything else. Drinks smooth, a bit hot, low to medium carbonation, and light to medium bodied. The beer got easier to drink after my mouth handled the heat.
Overall: Awesome veer, but I wish the heat could be turned down a tad. Smells like pineapple mango salsa, but the habanero takes over all the good features of the beer. Still a good beer though. I would drink it again.
09-25-2013 00:53:21 | More by Flounder57
3.94/5 rDev +4.2%
Had on tap at blind tiger- pours a clear golden orange color with 1.5 fingers head, decent retention, barely any lacing.
Smell is peppery and woody. A little pine hops in there.
Taste is very interesting- starts out a lot like sculpin; malty and pine hoppy, but them it takes a spicy turn. The habanero comes in full force and stays for a long while. Much spicier than other hot beers I've had.
Mouthfeel is pretty nice- medium body, well carbonated, and them that prickly vinegary burning sensation from the habanero. Very interesting beer- not something Id drink again by itself but might pair really nicely with barbecue.
09-23-2013 00:46:04 | More by Hopdaemon39
Habanero Sculpin from Ballast Point Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 750 ratings.