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:
779
For Trade:
12
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1/5  rDev -73.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of JLaw55
1/5  rDev -73.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Horrendous. Took a great beer and made it undrinkable. I like spicy, but not this. Tried twice and couldn't stomach it. It was in your face, unadulterated heat. Nothing but heat with a small touch of hops on the back end, once your face finishes melting that is.

Would drink again: No
Would purchase again: No

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Photo of WritersBlock
1/5  rDev -73.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of calcnerd
1/5  rDev -73.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of Userme59
1/5  rDev -73.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Sorry, could not drink this beer. My own fault, I read the label, just didn't expect that.

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Photo of Bonesaw1127
1/5  rDev -73.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of Raziel313
1/5  rDev -73.3%

Photo of funkel81
1/5  rDev -73.3%

Photo of bmeGT
1/5  rDev -73.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I've never give anything a one, but if I wanted to taste peppers I would buy a pepper. Got this as an extra in a trade and couldn't finish it. Take one sip and your throat is on fire.

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Photo of CjMcGarner
1.24/5  rDev -66.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Not that good. And very hard to get the taste out of your mouth

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Photo of JamLand
1.25/5  rDev -66.7%

Photo of Zbeetleman
1.25/5  rDev -66.7%

Photo of GeoffreyM
1.25/5  rDev -66.7%

Photo of gregangley
1.34/5  rDev -64.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.25

Did not care for it. Had nothing to do with the heat, it was all about the flavor, which was indescribably bad. This is very much an acquired taste which, I guess, I don't have. The flavor and feel comes off far too bitter and sharp, you may think that I am confusing that with the heat of the pepper, but that isn't so. Juts did not care for it at all.

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Photo of faithwithers
1.39/5  rDev -62.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

Photo of mportnoy
1.5/5  rDev -60%

Photo of Taylor_gray5683
1.5/5  rDev -60%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I would love a milk Popsicle to suck on in between sips because the after heat is just way to much.

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Photo of fullmoonbeer
1.5/5  rDev -60%

Photo of SDRedDevil
1.5/5  rDev -60%

Photo of kkleu357
1.55/5  rDev -58.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Interesting to say the least. Tastes like jalapenos and nacho cheese. Pretty awful. Oddly, I’d probably buy it again to share with other people, even though I would not enjoy the experience. Sure took a great beer and made it terrible.

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Photo of terence
1.57/5  rDev -58.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

The habanero overpowers everything. It masks the grapefruit flavors and the heat lingers far too long.

I'm a fan of IPA's and hot goods. I did not like this one. This is a big miss from Ballast Point. The Grapefruit Sculpin is fantastic. Very disappointed with this version.

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Photo of BastardFromABasket
1.62/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Photo of maximum12
1.65/5  rDev -56%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Ran to grab a beer I didn’t have to review to close out our draft & accidentally grabbed this monster. One sip told me “oops”. 12 oz. bottle, evidently.

The pour is bright orange whipped into a froth that would do a Carlsbad beach proud. The nose? A touch of evil laced with heat. Only by consuming liter after liter of air do I detect a touch of the citrus base. I think.

Sculpin – Habanero is one of those beers that begs for a deft touch, a perfect drag bunt between the pitcher & first baseman, a wacky-rigged plastic dropped right on the weedline. Alas, it is not so. Sip two start yelling “Fire fire fire fucking fire get out!” & then pulls the fire alarm, a few seconds too late. Heat fills up the mouth & encompasses the palate, driving out anything resembling an IPA. I have to take my fleece off now, probably my pants later if I power through this. Should have split this…but with whom? My wife nor my dog would touch this.

Nothing subtle here – a world-class beer drowned in heat. Not quite in the same class as Stone’s Crime (Against Humanity) but there’s nothing redeeming about this. Not good.

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Photo of TheBigBoy
1.71/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Way too hot, like my sculpin too much to enjoy this fireball with not much sculpin

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

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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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