Habanero Sculpin | Ballast Point Brewing Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
2,571 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:
2,571
Reviews:
529
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
16%
 
 
Wants:
189
Gots:
780
For Trade:
12
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,571 |  Reviews: 529
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

Photo of JuiceMan818
4.37/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WoodBrew
4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a bottle of this off the single shelf at Binnys. It poured a clear copper with white head that left some lace. The scent was habanero pepper. The taste is spicy with habanero. The Mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid beer. Not necessarily my fav style....ut this would be great with sausage pizza.

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Photo of cliff1066
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mark-Leggett
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kurzman
3.44/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of duvel1979
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of npala86
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Urk1127
2.06/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Photo of FishyCanada
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Iski100
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerBeast
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Stooven
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

As advertised. My gripe is not the heat, but that Ballast sells this in 6ers. If I hadn't found it in a mix-a-6 section, I probably wouldn't have tried it (esp. considering how Ballast prices Sculpin in the Midwest). Maybe a bomber is more appropriate? Shared with a friend with whom you normally eat hot wings, Thai, etc.

I feel this way about a lot of beers. Particularly those of the pumpkin variety.

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

Photo of Giantspace
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of McClinton
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Deltoro
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cunning_stunt
3.06/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Gajo74
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pouring out of the bottle and into the glass, this version is practically indistinguishable from the original; the bright gold color and moderate froth is all there.
The aroma seems to be dominated by a caramel malt sweetness that belies the surprise that will hit the tongue.
Almost instantaneously, the habanero pepper sets fire to the palate. It burns in the mouth and in the finish. The malt backbone is subtle but barely discernible; you really have to look for it. The hops are there too. They are resiny, citrusy and spicy. However, this is all overshadowed by the atomic spice bomb that lights a fire to the senses. It's definitely more of a sipper due to this.
I have mixed feelings about how to rate this one. The spiciness practically wrecks the palate and overshadows any subtleties or elements of the IPA style. I can say for certain that this brew is not for people who hate spicy tastes. However, if you like spice like me, it's worth a try. I liked it and will rate it well although I wouldn't make a session out of it.

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

Photo of stephens101
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pale orange, hot, juicy, piney, grapefruity, medium and hot. Did I mention it's pretty hot, which is a relative term I admit.

I'm sure there are a lot of tough guys that down a six pack of these and say it's not hot enough. Some of them probably spend the rest of the night in the bathroom or furtively downing tums.

This is the kind of beer most people likely either love or hate, and are either suited for or not suited for. But it is definitely one that I can (without hesitation say) only enjoy in small doses.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.14/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BeerBobber
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a nice copper color with a slight haze and less than one finger of white popping bubbles for a head. Also leaves a nice lacing all down the glass.
The smell was pretty simple and very pleasant with a heavy floral presence with a back note of citrus and tropical fruits.
The taste is very floral with a slight bitterness that is balanced very nicely with the malt backbone. The taste does have a peppery burn on the backside that has a slow fiery feel all the way down to the stomach.
The mouth feel is medium with a bit of a heavier finish with that pepper burn at the back end. The pepper burn comes through more as you sip on this one.
A splendidly done IPA with a lot of pepper heat built in on this one. Just beware as you get to the bottom of the glass the burn is coming in stronger as it has had some time to build.

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Habanero Sculpin from Ballast Point Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 2,571 ratings.
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