Sculpin - Habanero
Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
American IPA
Ranked #3,212
Ranked #22,806
3.76 | pDev: 15.96%
Oct 20, 2021
Feb 26, 2011
Very Good
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Notes: 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.
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Reviewed by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
Notes from 3/26/2016 first tasting.
12 oz bottle into a 16 oz pint glass.
L: Pours a light orange yellow caramel with a 1/2" white head, good carbonation with some random lacing.
S: Regular Sculpin IPA (essentially grapefruit, citrus, mango) with a musty, musky hot pepper aroma. A light pepper heat sensation under my eyes.
T: Grapefruit, pineapple, peach, mango, pine. Sweet hops then habanero pepper. Lots of pepper. Not too musky nor too hot on the palate (unless one is not accustomed to habanero heat levels) but more so on the back of the tongue and throat. An enjoyable sensation. Fruit flavors remain valid throughout the heat.
F: Just like traditional Sculpin IPA but with Scoville scale heat that enhances the malts and simultaneously allows the bittersweet citrus and pine to pass by long, moderately bitter hot lingering finish. Pepper heat and pine slowly fade.
O: This is one of my personal favorite IPAs and Pepper Beers. Some bottles have more pepper than others and are hotter. I like that. In this case inherent hop flavors blend with the habanero for a refreshingly delicious and exciting IPA. It is very excellent in it's style.
Oct 20, 2021
Rated: 3.42 by Slyde180 from Texas

Jul 29, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

2.88/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75
355 ml bottle, from the Norwegian importer. ABV is 7.0%. Deep golden colour, slightly hazy. Moderate white head. Aroma of fruity American hops, hints of dust. Can hardly detect the habaneros. Hoppy flavour, some fruit and pine, immediately followed by a vehement habanero burn in the finish and aftertaste. Way too hot. Unbalanced, to a degree bordering on the ridiculous.
Dec 14, 2020
Rated: 4 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Aug 18, 2020
Rated: 2 by TallGuyCM from California

Jun 16, 2020
Rated: 3.67 by ryanf2192 from District of Columbia

Jun 08, 2020
Rated: 3.76 by Yendor61 from Michigan

Mar 21, 2020
Rated: 3.79 by BalancingBrooms from California

Feb 01, 2020
Rated: 3.31 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Nov 04, 2019
Rated: 3.45 by ChuckkieB from New York

Oct 04, 2019
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Reviewed by macrosmatic from Florida

3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Cycle Brewing goblet.

A: Hazy gold with a fairly low amount of visible carbonation. Forms a thin white head that fades to a ring of foam.

S: Grapefruit and spicy peppers almost in balance. Some tropical fruit, mangoes, and a light cracker malt body. Not as big of an aroma as I expected, but pretty decent.

T: Spicy peppers and citrus fruit. Some tropical fruits again. Can’t taste much of the malts here – just a touch of sweetness. Then the burn from the hot peppers takes over – quite spicy, to the point of tingling gums and a fire in the belly. A nice chili flavor develops though - it tastes like you’re biting a pepper (though not into a whole habanero, of course). The spice grows and lasts for quite awhile after the swallow, masking any of the fruity hop bitterness that I typically enjoy from Sculpin.

M: A medium body, average carbonation sensation. Who knows about the alcohol flavors that might be lurking under the pepper burn…but it doesn’t seem overly alcoholic.

O: Look – it’s a good (very good) beer that has had a huge amount of spicy peppers added. If that strikes you as something you’d like, I think this is really good. I’m having difficulty finding fault in the beer, other than it’s too spicy for me. And I like spicy food, hot sauce, etc., but I don't look for it in my beer very often. But true faults are few in this beer if you can get around the sheer undrinkability factor - other than you can’t taste around it to find the Sculpin characteristics at all. I will say that the more I drink through the beer in the glass, the less "burny" the beer seems. Maybe my taste buds are seared off.
Aug 04, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

1.09/5  rDev -71%
look: 1 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1
Unknown vintage; drank 7/3/14 @ World of Beer Evanston.

Clear dandelion hue.

Off-white head; decent lace.

Mild mango nose.

Thin mouthfeel.

Um, nope. From the moment this touched my lips, an unpleasant burn set on my tongue, lips & esophagus.

Endurable but thoroughly unenjoyable. Got through 3-4 sips & rejected it like a baby bird touched by humans.
Apr 01, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Mar 06, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts

Nov 28, 2018
Rated: 4.17 by Noahmoore32 from California

Nov 08, 2018
Rated: 3.84 by JohnDon from Texas

Oct 11, 2018
Rated: 3.94 by Unclevince from West Virginia

Sep 01, 2018
Rated: 3.85 by Dada100 from New York

Aug 14, 2018
Rated: 4.08 by Tlock from Hawaii

Jul 17, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by COBEERHUNTER from Colorado

Jul 16, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by npdevil27 from Massachusetts

Jun 07, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by mrcraft from California

May 20, 2018
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Rated by Erickoontz from Washington

4.82/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I love this beer. The heat is my favorite part. But it taste excellent as well
May 12, 2018
Rated: 4.44 by B_B from California

Apr 27, 2018
Rated: 4.19 by ODF from Georgia

Apr 22, 2018
Rated: 4 by grapeshops from California

Apr 18, 2018
Rated: 2.04 by NathanBeets from South Dakota

Mar 13, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by Wheels2532 from Pennsylvania

Mar 10, 2018
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Rated by dbarny76 from Oklahoma

4.29/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Great creativity! Very Spicy but still a nice hop profile! highly recommend!
Mar 10, 2018
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Reviewed by kevin3046 from Arkansas

4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a beautiful orange haze with light head and lacing. Smell of grass and fruit. Now let's get to what makes this one of the most interesting and unique beers out there. This thing stings as soon as it hits the front of your tongue and doesn't stop till it goes down your throat. It like drinking hot sauce, but that is a good thing because I personally love spicy stuff. There is the flavor of a decent IPA in there as well. This one is not for the faint at heart. Very different and interesting to say the least. Highly recommended!!!
Mar 08, 2018
Rated: 3.79 by Richie_C_Johnson from Minnesota

Mar 06, 2018
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Rated by therica from Maryland

4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Definitely an upfront habanero buzz. This on top of an already nicely established Ballast Point Sculpin IPA. Great expeeience.
Mar 05, 2018
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Reviewed by labisch from Michigan

3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
This beer is my least favorite Sculpin, but I'm not a huge fan of spiced foods or drinks in the first place. The heat is pretty substantial at the end of each sip and lingers for several minutes.
Feb 25, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by raybegleiter from California

Feb 23, 2018
Rated: 3.71 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

Jan 18, 2018
Rated: 4.17 by Ronl12 from Massachusetts

Jan 09, 2018
Rated: 4.27 by cceli from Massachusetts

Jan 03, 2018
Rated: 2.04 by Psquared93 from Illinois

Dec 31, 2017
Rated: 3.59 by ADKbeerguy from New York

Dec 22, 2017
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Reviewed by brewerburgundy from West Virginia

3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
In tulip at Danville, VA brewery.

Slightly hazy copper with average white head.

Ooh! The floral, sweet heat of the delicious habanero pepper is apparent. It’s complemented by some lemon and orange citric hopping.

Habenero up front again, delicate but domineering. Low key citric accompaniment.

Soft carbonation on a medium body.

The peppers are a very good addition and while they dominate the beer, the base keeps things in balance.
Dec 22, 2017
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