Habanero Sculpin | Ballast Point Brewing Company

Habanero SculpinHabanero Sculpin
BA SCORE
3.76/5
2,602 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
Ranking:
#19,414
Reviews:
536
Ratings:
2,602
pDev:
15.96%
Bros Score:
4.33
 
 
Wants:
191
Gots:
791
Trade:
12
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 2,602 |  Reviews: 536
Photo of tcorbs88
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of evanwoertz
4.63/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of citizencane
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can't tell how this looks, rated off general experience with the sculpin beers. Smells malty with some hops, malt, and spicy notes. Pretty balanced between generic hops and smooth malts. Tastes same, with a heavy amount of pepper spiciness on the aftertaste that lingers and slowlyi intensifies. Not bad. If you're looking for a drinkable fairly mild IPA with a spicy and vegetal twist, this is it. Not as excessive as Flying Dogs Carolina Reaper, but still heavy pepper presence. Overall not for those who don't enjoy spicy, but pretty good for those who do or don't mind it. Malt background shines through clearly and counteracts spiciness a bit.

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

Photo of jrfehon33
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wjbent
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of robebo44
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of travelguy
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dsa7783
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Six pack copped from Barnstable. Pours a copper ruddy hue with minimal frothing. Spicy aroma replete with hints of hops and hot peppers. Similar overall flavor profile. Undrinkable.

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

Hot!

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Photo of archero
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of alexsergio
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ssimpson89
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Eddieeight
5/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of JohnnyEd
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love the habanero taste

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Photo of craigbelly
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Botulizard
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of haines710
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very interesting and unique beer. Picked up a bottle at the local supermarket and poured into a pint glass. Beautiful golden color and fruity IPA smell. The pepper is hidden but definitely kicks in the taste. A nice burn makes this a slower drinking beer. Enjoyable if you like hot. Glad I tried this one.

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Photo of LJWalker
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of classixIII
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DFrisselll
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I don't care for this Sculpin version as much as I do some of the others. The look and smell is great but the taste and feel are not to my liking. The habanero is there but not overbearing.
My issue is it leaves a "scatchy" feeling in my throat the other versions did not. I thought maybe it was a bad bottle so I tried another a few days later and the same thing. Must be a reaction to the habanero.
If you like a little spice in your IPA you should give this a try its just not for me.

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Photo of Superheatnsubcool
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dbrown144
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is really quite good. After having your first, it's just something that you kind of crave from time to time. Something about it keeps bringing me back to buy it. Habanero taste and hotness is definitely there and while it's not too hot, its still fairly spicy. The bitter bite of the IPA complements the spicy bite of the habanero nicely.

Really unique beer.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L - Gorgeous copper cover, with 1 finger of head and lots of lacing

S - Great citrus and bitter hops dominate, and the heat is under the radar in the nose

T - The peppers are too hot to me - a very slow sipper. The heat masks the amazing beer underneath

F - Medium body and carbonation

O - Some may like it, but the heat is too heavy for me. Great brew underneath though

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Habanero Sculpin from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 2,602 ratings
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