Habanero Sculpin - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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2.75/5 rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2
This is one of those "I dare you" beers. I suppose people either love it or hate it. Looks nice enough in the glass with a decent foam and the attractive clear orangey amber color.
On first taste this seems to open a raw stripe down the throat. I can't even seem to taste the usual hop overdose, it's just hot with the afterburners blasting down your gullet. I would think there would be some aroma but my nose seems to be anaesthetized. Clearly they went for the maximum capsaicin rather than any flavor subtleties. I always find a gulp of IPA when eating hot food just throws fuel on the fire. So I suppose this is the case study of IBU plus Scoville index equals hellfire.
I"m trying to taste this objectively, but it's really more pain than pleasure. On tap at California Kebab in Pacific Beach.
Serving type: on-tap
02-24-2013 05:12:46 | More by mactrail
2.83/5 rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
Out of a firkin at good dog bar.
Sculpin came in the glass looking golden with a slight yellow tint to itself. Just a patch of loose bubbles that turned to nothing, no lace. Smell was very muted. Almost nothing noted here. I only make out a small malt scent. Taste starts out with just a hint of the awesome sculpin with citrus mango and papaya. This last for a second before a rush of habanero smacks the mouth up. The heat lasts for a bit and Im takin back by it. Feel is medium and hot and lasting, not much carb from the firkin. Drinkability is not much, 5 ounces at most. This is a waste of sculpin but I did stomach it better than Cave Creek Chili Beer.
Serving type: cask
07-27-2011 02:17:40 | More by BARFLYB
2.98/5 rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
On tap at Ridgewood Wine and Beer in Raleigh.
Poured into fluted goblet with no head and no lace. Amber gold color.
Nose hints at the pepper, but get some of the standard Sculpin fruit and pine.
And then the fun begins. This is nothing but pepper, from start to finish. Hits hot, finishes hotter. All pepper with very little else. Really no indication that this is a Sculpin. While that's not all bad, it would be much better to tone the peppers down ... a lot.
Feel has some of the oily resin from the hops, but after the first couple of sips all you "feel" is fire. And I like spice in my food.
Good to try, but one and done.
Serving type: on-tap
10-13-2012 01:05:52 | More by beer2day
Habanero Sculpin from Ballast Point Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 690 ratings.