Habanero Sculpin | Ballast Point Brewing Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
2,593 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:
2,593
Reviews:
534
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
16%
 
 
Wants:
189
Gots:
789
For Trade:
12
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,593 |  Reviews: 534
Photo of Bear_Lawyer
2.26/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

No thank you. I couldn't find one redeeming quality in tasting this beer. The heat from the habanero just makes it undrinkable. The capsaicin is so upfront and overwhelming that it felt like I was drinking watered down hot sauce.

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Photo of Bershad22
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's such a weird combo but the end result was great.

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Photo of Justinprintz
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of manfromanotherplace
2.47/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This isn't a beer, its a challenge, and not one I'd take again. Had this after a mango magnifico which managed the habanero's very well, this set my chest on fire for an hour afterwards.....how this is rated world class is almost as strange as the beer itself.

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Photo of thoglund
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of spacecake9
1.81/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a pint glass.
A - Pours a nice orange amber color with a small white head.
S - The aroma is somewhat muted, not as strong as other Sculpin varieties. What does come thru is citrus.
T - First you get heat, then some nice citrus IPA flavors and then more heat.
M - Hot, with medium carbonation.
O - Do not like this beer and won't drink again. I like heat in my stouts (occasionally) but not in my IPA's. If I was going to drink this again I would have a pile of watermelon slices handy to try to offset the heat. Maybe I could get through it.

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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 Mikemcgrath4
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of MonkeyboyATL
2.44/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

I love hot and spicy foods and will put habanero hot sauce on just about anything. This however was not something I enjoyed. The capsaicin really overpowers all else in this one and in the end it just seems like an interesting novelty rather than a good beer. That's a shame because the other Sculpin varieties I've had are all fantastic.

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Photo of Bammer21
4.31/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Psg5062
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Matt141
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of zshaft
2.91/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

holy crap. this beer is like drinking hot sauce. its hot. tastes like spoiled green peppers. ugg. won't be drinking this again. this is the worst. why is this a beer.

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Photo of leantom
4.48/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I thought that this beer was just as good as regular Sculpin. Here goes:

A: Great. Clear orange-amber with a large head and great lacing. Also fairly decent body carbonation. Just like regular Sculpin.

S: Smells just like regular Sculpin. Pine, flowers, herbs, a tinge of grapefruit, and some malt sweetness. Overall, very well-balanced.

T: Follows the nose, which is a good thing. Also accompanied, however, by some spice from the capsaicin (courtesy of the habanero extract). Spice is most apparent at the back of the tongue and on the lips. Can also feel it in the chest after consumption.

F: Great. Nice and smooth - dangerously drinkable.

O: I felt that this beer was just as good as the regular Sculpin. It's really just Sculpin with added spice.

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Photo of aufie
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Smutty_DB
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of davidporter
4.63/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Have to be in the right mood but is a very good beer.

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Photo of zekeman17
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hypnotoad1
2.42/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Roy1586
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yaksurf
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rwalford74
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of killacase77
4.37/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

I thought it was delicious, with and underlying hint of habenero towards the end.

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Photo of rsquared59
3.44/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Habanero Sculpin from Ballast Point Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 2,593 ratings.
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