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Habanero Sculpin - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,053 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,053
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 16.49%
Wants: 116
Gots: 136 | 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: 1,053 | Reviews: 164 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of eulerthegrape
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MitchRogers
2.91/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

I wanted to like this one because I like Ballast Point beers in general. I like spicy however the habanero blast finish is too much for me.

Photo of tvghost
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of vkv822
2.71/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

12oz SN IPA Glass

Pours a lightly hazy golden orange with a foamy off white head.

Brief notes of tropical, citrus hops followed quickly by a strong spicy, peppery blast.

Mostly just peppery heat, faint hops in the finish.

I enjoy spicy foods, and peppered/spicy beers but this was really over done. Drinkable, but not enjoyable.

Photo of tarrbaby
4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the brew pub, Monte Carlo in Las Vegas. Excellent hybrid of the original Sculpin.

Photo of Kevinpitts
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You must like heat to like this beer, otherwise don't try it. Lots of heat and habanero flavor, het still tastes like an IPA. Good beer and great job by Sculpin in my opinion.

Photo of KAP72
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bretmaverick24
1.83/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Worst beer i have ever had in my life period! Having the name sculpin in this beer is a disgrace to the name. This beer taste like drinking hot pepper juice with nothing but heat on the tongue. I like spicy food alot and was excited to try this, but it is just pathetic attempt at making a beer. there is just nothing going on in this beer except heat. I'll stick to the grapefruit sculpin which is a amazing beer. One thing i will say is try mixing about 1/4 part habanero sculpin and 3/4 parts grapefruit sculpin and it is quite good.

Photo of tikk
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BernShark
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Not a spicy fan, but as a beer, much respect.

Photo of Roguer
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Great looking orange/amber clear brew. Notes of hops and chile.

Almost no aroma; slight biscuit, citrus, and pepper heat.

Flavor is almost completely dominated by the habanero. Extremely, extremely spicy; the spiciest beer I've ever had, by a fair margin. Behind the pepper heat is a nice citrus hop profile, but the lovely and juicy flavors from regular Sculpin just cannot get to the forefront and shine.

This is a tough beer to drink, but in no way is it unenjoyable. I highly recommend splitting the bottle; finishing an entire bottle would be too much for me. Pepper heat is really dominating, vice complementary, but it's still a good beer.

Not recommended for people who don't like spicy food.

Photo of tappangordo
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jschott75
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of EdwardK77
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The_Beer_Shark
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jooler
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Good beer. Really interesting. Stings the throat. Really gotta take your time with it

Photo of 510a
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stickyv
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It has some kick but just enough for you to feel it. The heat doesn't linger so don't be afraid of what you're purchasing. A glass of milk won't be necessary ;)

Photo of leitmotif
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

I have to justify my rating with a review.

Well there is nothing much there to say. I love the looks and the smell just gets me there, wanting to drink this. But as soon as you get a hold of a sip everything is wasted. No beer there. Just pepper. And hotness. And... that's it.

I like spicy food. But this beer is dominated by the chili and has nothing to do with an overall good drink.

Cheers

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TLA
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AlecWalks
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ironstutz
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Jackcub87
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Too spicy to drink alone but it pairs fairly well with a nice dinner.

Habanero Sculpin from Ballast Point Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,053 ratings.