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Habanero Sculpin - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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85
very good

1,187 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,187
Reviews: 213
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 16.27%
Wants: 120
Gots: 172 | FT: 7
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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2/5  rDev -46.7%

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2/5  rDev -46.7%

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2/5  rDev -46.7%

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2/5  rDev -46.7%

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2/5  rDev -46.7%

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2/5  rDev -46.7%

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2/5  rDev -46.7%

Photo of krl2112
2.04/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Since I love the grapefruit sculpin I thought I would give this one a try. Honestly for me, this beer is horrible. I like spicy things but I can't even drink this. I took one sip and my mouth is still burning 5 minutes later. For me this is a horrible beer. I like beers with peppers but I can't even drink this one.

Photo of StArnoldFan
2.14/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 1.5

Way too much habanero. Absolutely undrinkable IMO. Poured after a few painful sips, and happy I only bought a single.

Photo of sachie23
2.15/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not my thing. Just tastes hot

Photo of CraigP83
2.22/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1

Tastes like a raw habanaro pepper. Smells like a vegetable. Novelty beer IMO. Drain pour

Photo of NorCalAussie
2.24/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This was an extra and I was super excited to try it. After I tried it I was super excited that it was an extra and I didn't spend money on this.

Let me start by saying I am a big fan of Sculpin, grapefruit Sculpin and habanero chilis but this was a mix that just did not work.

Look is great like regular sculpin and the mouthfeel is about the same also with good carbonation and texture.

That's where the sculpin comparison ends. The smell was not good and the fruit and hops were replaced with jalapeños and vinegar.

The taste was terrible and not because it was too hot (I like spicy) but it was just muddled and wrong in all kinds of ways, basically The spice overtook all other flavors.

I wanted to like this one but sadly most of the 12oz bottle didn't get consumed.

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2.25/5  rDev -40%

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2.25/5  rDev -40%

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2.25/5  rDev -40%

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2.25/5  rDev -40%

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2.25/5  rDev -40%

Photo of daryk77
2.25/5  rDev -40%

Had on draft. Beer tasted good but so much heat it is pretty much undrinkable and I am someone who enjoys spiciness. I managed about 2oz and called it quits. I am wondering if the draft version I had was more intense than the bottled version reading some of the other reviews.

Photo of JSuperman
2.26/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

If you are a habanero lover, you may really like this one. As someone who likes mild heat, this was far too much and didn't last past one sip. The hear is immediate and intense. It lingers a long time on the palate and is not unpleasant if you expect this much heat. The sculpin taste is lost on me due to the amount of heat. The most uniqueness beer I have had.

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2.32/5  rDev -38.1%

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2.32/5  rDev -38.1%

Photo of krh
2.38/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

This beer tastes like burning. Can't detect any Sclulpin or hops. Any other label and I'd say it's a mess. With Ballast Point, I applaud the effort, but it's likely still a mess. Trying to finish the entire $2.99 bottle, but I don't like my chances.

Photo of BB1313
2.49/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 1.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours golden with nice clarity; fluffy eggshell white head that leaves great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are nice. Lots of citrus and tropical notes with lots of peppers. There's a nice balance between the hops and peppers in the aromas. There's absolutely no balance in the flavor department. This is definitely the spiciest beer I've ever had. You take a sip, and the heat will hit you pretty quickly in the finish. And it lingers. You really feel the heat in the throat and even on the lips. The heat diminishes the flavors and anything else going on. The spiciness is no joke. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with nice moderate carbonation. The heat seems to become normal by the time you get to the bottom of the glass, most likely because my palate is fried. It's ultimately hard to drink. Makes a nice sipper.

Haha I don't like this at all. But you gotta give them credit for execution. They deliver what they advertise. We all know what a habanero is capable of, so of course it's going to be hot! If you're a genuine fan of hot/spicy stuff, then this beer is absolutely for you. I like spicy stuff, but this just isn't enjoyable for me. I'm glad I gave it a try, but this isn't for me at all.

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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

Habanero Sculpin from Ballast Point Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,187 ratings.