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:
778
For Trade:
12
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,568 |  Reviews: 528
Photo of therealzeveriah
5/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have had beers from all over the world. I often fall in love with a beer and the. In a few months get bored with it, until now. Ballast Point Habanero Sculpin never yields its satisfaction!

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

Photo of Everydayoff
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle poured into a teku glass.

Very mildly hazed to almost clear body with copper amber color, the pour quickly forms up very thick creamy white head that stands with very good retention. It just slowly dissipates to a thin foamy layer that won’t go anywhere on the surface along with decent amount of sticky lacing.

Juicy and fruity aroma like the original Sculpin IPA, here come citrus, lemon, peach, mango, passion fruit, and resin. But wait, there is a strong presence of chili/pepper spice popping up in the middle, I can even feel the heat from there. Malt is quite underlying with a note of caramel.

The taste is quite messy but nicely mingled between hop, malt, and habanero pepper. Hop with its resiny and fruity touches in the same kind like the aroma, malt with its sweet caramel as a foundation of the flavor, habanero pepper with its abundance heat and spice. I repeat it is really heat and spice on the palate. Yes, the pepper was there to show not just playing a minor role. The bitterness is also there but seems to be concealed by the big spiciness.

Medium body with smooth mouthfeel and some lively carbonation, the feeling is crisp and heat by its peppery profile. I can even feel the lip being hot and pleasantly pungent.

This one is not that typical IPA, be prepared for the heat and spice, even it is not that too heavy or hefty but it is not infirm for sure. The habanero pepper profile is quite solid. For me, it is class, very interesting brew.

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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 MaltyPythonsHopCircus
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Too spicy for me. Overshadows the citrusy hops

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Photo of Paoloboston
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Nimbly_Bimbly
4.68/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of psmith161
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cadbury
4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of vejadu
4.48/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm a huge fan of this brew. Take a great tasting IPA like BP's Sculpin and crank it up to a high level of heat and this one's a winner.

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Photo of ksimons
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-a clear orange yellow color with a fingers worth of frothy white head

S-aroma is of citrus, some pine, and a bit of pepper spice

T-much more spice in the beer than the smell suggests, a little overwhelming and hard to taste much of the citrus and pine

M-medium body and moderate carbonation

Overall I can appreciate this beer for what it is, it is good tasting, but just too hot for my liking

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Photo of LampertLand
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ballast Point Brewing 'Habanero Sculpin' @ 7.0% , served from a 6pack of 355 ml bottles purchased for $20
A-pour is a light gold from the bottle to a clear gold in the glass with a medium size white head leaving a fine spotty lace along the pint
S-pine resin (hoppy) on the initial pour , hints of habanero & pepper
T-ok taste at the start , spicey habanero fire on the swallow
MF-ok carbonation , big medium body
Ov-gotta say I kinda liked it , pairs well with spicey food
prost LampertLand

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Photo of HardyA
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jeffthepony
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Thrifty101091
4.57/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kamahl16
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of batt6343
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bbtkd
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ballast Point Habanero Sculpin, 7% ABV, 70 IBU. Pours medium viscosity, cloudy orange, with three finger white head, leaves decent foamy lacing. Nose is malt, pine, and peppers. Taste is piney bitterness, closely followed by a habanero bite. OK mouthfeel, and overall decent. I am not a big IPA fan, and this is hotter than I expected, but hey I knew it was a habanero IPA going in. We don't get Ballast Point here in South Dakota yet, but they have a lot of beers I want to try, so well worth the short drive across the border to Minnesota. BTW - don't accidentally breathe any of this, not good.

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Photo of AmeriCanadian
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kybeerdrinker
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dditto2
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I don't have the chance to pour right now, rating the bottle art I guess. It smells floral citrusy hops, mild pepper (habanero) aroma. It tastes like a sculpin with hefty amounts of habanero. You can definitely taste the pepper. Sculpin is a great beer that doesn't need habanero but why not, it does take away from the flavor of sculpin but it is another experience. Ok on to the feel. It is like drinking a sculpin then it heats up. I eat spicy food, I love Sriracha, I am not a sissy when it comes to heat, but, my beer was spicy. More than expected but, not overwhelming, but close. I can't wait to share this beer. $15 bucks for six here, which seems alright but I couldn't drink this too often. Good for sharing I would say if you are into spicy for sure. Going to wash it down with a Pineapple Sculpin now :) Update: I am on my second six pack and the flavor seems to vary quite a bit by batch.

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Photo of IDABEERGUY
4.54/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of vikinggary28
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I love Ballast Point Sculpin and have had and enjoyed the Grapefruit version as well a but the Habanero variety has been elusive. I finally ran across it at my local Bevmo and would have to say was happy with the results. I've always enjoyed the various chili beers but they often just taste like a Corona with a shot of pepper juice added to it. This one is finally done right. It has the hop taste and character of Sculpin balanced by the hotness of Habenero. It could have had a little more fruit flavours but I'm not complaining. Very enjoyable. Prost!

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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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