Habanero Sculpin | Ballast Point Brewing Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
2,568 Ratings
Habanero SculpinHabanero Sculpin
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
ballastpoint.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Sculpin IPA with Habanero Pepper began as a crazy experiment that’s taken on a life of its own. While its bright fruit notes and hoppy bite has made the original one of our favorites, this version takes that balance of flavors to the next level with the citrusy, floral heat of habaneros. Sculpin are known to sting, but this one’s got a kick.

Added by billshmeinke on 02-26-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,568
Reviews:
528
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
16%
 
 
Wants:
187
Gots:
778
For Trade:
12
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Ratings: 2,568 |  Reviews: 528
Photo of Figit
4.14/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pure habenero , I'm frankly surprised by how clean the flavor is without being unbearably hot. Ya, it has a bite, but it has all the great fruity floral attributes that you expect. If this was boiled down and mixed with honey, it would make a great wing sauce.

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Photo of drahodo
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of clm9
4.29/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

...If you aren't a fan of heat, why on earth would you drink (let alone rate???) something called a "habanero beer"? The amount of significantly low scores almost entirely attributable to the poster's dislike for spicy/hot things is ridiculously asinine. This, like the grapefruit and pineapple sculpins, is a master-class in balance between the original template (sculpin) and the additional flavor pairing. So, to reiterate one more time for any too slow yet to grasp this simple concept, if you like heat, this beer will give you a new appreciation for what is possible in regards to chile beers; and if you don't like heat...don't drink a habanero beer?

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Photo of Mattias
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bdajedi
3.24/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Medium golden color, light head. Quite spicy finish. If you like spicy things go for it, if not then it's not much more than a fun talking point. Not a sessionable beer

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Photo of sandman42
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very spicy, a little too much so. Not hoppy enough to remind you that you're drinking an IPA.

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Photo of cnealc
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JakeScully
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a teku glass.

Ballast point is a bit of a whale in Europe... glad I could try. An interesting ipa even though I could have done without the pepper extra. Cheers!

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Photo of themegamancave
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Shawnspl
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MidwestBA
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of AngusOg
3.24/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Too hot, and not enough hops. I like beers that have a slight burn too them, but this one had my mouth on fire, and kept me from being able to taste anything else. Drinkability is low, drain poured mine after I got about 3/4 through it. Maybe good for those that like super spicy things, but this is not for me.

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
5/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip:

L: hazy orange, 1" foam, slight carbonation

A: citrus, pine, hops, spicy habanero

F: hot and spicy alcohol burn

T: habanero, badass hot beer, but can taste slight IPA character.

O: this is a badass beer and my favorite hot beer and favorite ballast point. A lot better than expected.

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Photo of rarigney
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale amber with a frothy white head that leaves a trail of lace.

Smells of citrus, tropical fruit, earthy hops, and pepper.

Taste is in your face tropical fruit and citrus is immediately turned up by the habanero which takes over and lingers to the end. Finishes dry with spicy, earthy hops and habanero. This is an intense beer not for the faint of heart.

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Photo of gruves33
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tobelerone
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DavidST
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AnotherDisease
5/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of gangstabobangsta
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of thesidewayz01
1.71/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of maxdeusphallis
4.57/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden clear amber with a finger of white head.

Smell is grapefruit and strong citra hops. Very nice on the nose. Grapefruit, pineapple and mango.

Taste is a juice / hop bomb followed by some significant habanero/ capsaisan heat on the end. Burns my mouth and throat, not from alcohol but from chiles.

I love it, but you have to be a heat head to enjoy this beer.

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Photo of Timtac
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DreDay
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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Habanero Sculpin from Ballast Point Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 2,568 ratings.
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