Habanero Sculpin | Ballast Point Brewing Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
2,587 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:
2,587
Reviews:
534
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
16%
 
 
Wants:
189
Gots:
787
For Trade:
12
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,587 |  Reviews: 534
Photo of aantonio
2/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Definitely spicy, probably a bit too spicy. It's almost like drinking habanero juice.

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Photo of Kiniey01
2/5  rDev -46.7%

Photo of Beerbirdnerd
2/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of BcOneSeven
2/5  rDev -46.7%

Photo of mjrex77
2/5  rDev -46.7%

Photo of iparaez
2/5  rDev -46.7%

Photo of Darkwing
2/5  rDev -46.7%

Photo of Extol
2/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Gross. Just gross. I don't even remotely like it, but I love the amount of heat it had.

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Photo of garuda
2/5  rDev -46.7%

Photo of DerekCarruth
2.01/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Completely unnecessary addition to a great line of beers. Don't like this.

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Photo of krl2112
2.04/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Since I love the grapefruit sculpin I thought I would give this one a try. Honestly for me, this beer is horrible. I like spicy things but I can't even drink this. I took one sip and my mouth is still burning 5 minutes later. For me this is a horrible beer. I like beers with peppers but I can't even drink this one.

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Photo of Nichols33
2.05/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Not my style, just liquid fire. Funny to give to people and say "try this" and watch

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Photo of BuccoFan
2.06/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

After having the Grapefruit, I knew to expert not just a subtlety spicy beer, but a fiercely habaneroed beer. And indeed it is. It has the perfect look and feel of a Sculpin, but it all goes down hill from the point in which you tip the glass. The Grapefruit I could deal with and semi-enjoy, but this I poured out after only a few sips.

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

Photo of ledouge
2.08/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Photo of Beerma
2.09/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

Had one sip and was done! SUPER HOT! I like my beer to be refreshing not kill me!

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Photo of Antc2382
2.14/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Photo of StArnoldFan
2.14/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 1.5

Way too much habanero. Absolutely undrinkable IMO. Poured after a few painful sips, and happy I only bought a single.

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Photo of sachie23
2.15/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not my thing. Just tastes hot

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Photo of joekoz007
2.18/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I love Sculpin and grapefruit Sculpin. I also love very spicy foods but this is just plain bad. Tastes like hopped tabasco sauce. Lots of burn and a small amount of hop flavor. Will not have again.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
2.18/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Bottle. Pours like Sculpin. Mostly clear, nice head. Aroma is quickly spicy. I can tell that those peppers aren't going to be shy. Underlying hoppiness that is very dulled down compared to the original. The flavor has an initial flourish of hoppiness, then comes a stunning amount of heat. It's like fruity/hoppy hot sauce. Habanero water. A few sips is enough for me. Far too hot. I couldn't even imagine drinking a six pack of this in one sitting. A full six pack would be torture and probably cause life-altering, spraying diarrhea. Sweat inducing heat. I didn't like Grapefruit Sculps that much and this one is twice as bad. Leave the fish alone, it's good enough in its natural state.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
2.2/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Photo of CraigP83
2.22/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1

Tastes like a raw habanaro pepper. Smells like a vegetable. Novelty beer IMO. Drain pour

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Photo of NorCalAussie
2.24/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This was an extra and I was super excited to try it. After I tried it I was super excited that it was an extra and I didn't spend money on this.

Let me start by saying I am a big fan of Sculpin, grapefruit Sculpin and habanero chilis but this was a mix that just did not work.

Look is great like regular sculpin and the mouthfeel is about the same also with good carbonation and texture.

That's where the sculpin comparison ends. The smell was not good and the fruit and hops were replaced with jalapeños and vinegar.

The taste was terrible and not because it was too hot (I like spicy) but it was just muddled and wrong in all kinds of ways, basically The spice overtook all other flavors.

I wanted to like this one but sadly most of the 12oz bottle didn't get consumed.

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Photo of Justintimebeer
2.25/5  rDev -40%

Habanero Sculpin from Ballast Point Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 2,587 ratings.
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