jake65 (3445) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - JAN 13, 2016
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Taphouse Boise. Ordered the 4 oz taster, arrived a golden orange color with a small creamy beige head. The nose is outstanding. In fact this may be the best smelling IPA I can remember to date. Juicy grapefruit, citrus, and tropical fruit. Rich sweet, sour, and tangy. No hint of the heat yet, but it’s on the way. Taste is moderate bitters and a light sweetness… more malty than expected. The heat arrives on the back end and lingers a bit. Really a solid brew, boarder line outstanding. One is probably enough at one time; next time I’ll get a full pint.
juiceisloose (1309) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a mostly clear and deep burnt orange with a reddish hue and topped by a thick, rocky layer of off white foam at the head that quickly settles to a thin film and leaving rings of lace around the glass. The aroma shows notes of orange and grapefruit citrus hops that are quickly suppressed by the fruity, habanero peppers and a underlying malt base of toasted caramel. As it warms the vegetal, pepper and spice really start to come out. The flavor follows with some light citrus fruit and grapefruit sweetness up front and then followed by the spicy, habanero peppers and skins and some toasted caramel malt sweetness. Some citrus hops add balancing bitterness on the back end, but the spice and heat really come through on the finish. Medium bodied with balanced carbonation that leads to a spicy, bitter citrus finish with the heat lingering for awhile. The heat and spice build after each sip. The habeneros are very well integrated so that it just isn’t a pepper beer, but ultimately not one I could drink a lot or all the time. Still a nice addition to the Sculpin line, but I prefer grapefruit the best.
k0mpsa (2464) - Tuusula, FINLAND - JAN 9, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from local liquor store. Deep golden color, white head. Aroma has chilipeppers, hops and some malts. First taste is hoppy and fruity, 3 seconds later its burning habanero. Quite nice.
Beer5000 (5900) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 9, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2016 355 ml bottle. Almost clear golden body with a nice off-white head. Aroma has light malt, some caramel and green pepper with citric fruit in the background. Flavor is light malt and caramel with some citric and pepper, after a little while the hot habanero kicks in make the whole thing a bit unbalanced. Balanced in body and mostly hot & spicy in aftertaste. Not fantastic, more like a novelty but still pretty nice somehow.
bulldogops (2236) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 2, 2016
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rating #1552 - 20.03.2015 - Birthday Brew Tour Stop #2 - On tap at Ballast Point. Pours a hazy golden orange with a medium white head. Aroma is first and foremost habanero. Flavour is extremely warm, with loads of habanero pepper. Notes of grapefruit, lime permeate, and there is a tremendous sweetness that complements the heat, for those that aren’t weak of heart or mind. I may take some heat here, but this is way better than grapefruit, and would rank it higher than Sculpin. BOOM!
smaynard6000 (988) - Apopka, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. Pours a golden color with a foamy cream-colored head. Lively carbonation. Aroma is mostly citrusy with some spiciness. Somewhat hoppy and bitter but overwhelmingly spicy. I enjoy the heat, but someone who doesn’t is going to hate this. Different.
alexanderj (3539) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 31, 2015
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Poured a clear orange gold color with not much head. Aroma of grapefruit, citrus, caramel and a hint of pepper. Heat comes in strong for me inn the finish. Citrus and grapefruit up front. Too much heat for me
bubbleflubber (2159) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ok, I know that hot pepper brews are not the "norm"; however, I love them. They are a guilty pleasure that I enjoy on occasion, and very much enjoy. From jalapeno and habaneros to Ghost Peppers and Carolina Reapers, there’s just something about the hot spiciness that attracts my palate. And this brew is no different. From the bottle, it pours a golden-orange tea hue, with a wispy soap head that reduces to trace ring lacing. The aromas are of habanero pepper skins, light caramel sweetness and grapefruit citrus. Flavors of the habanero seeds and skins really shine here, causing a light tingle to the lips after a few pulls. Intermingling is an underlying, reserved caramel sweetness, grapefruit (complete with rind and zest), and lots of muddy vegetal notes. The finish ends on a wallop of hot pepper spicy heat that lingers; rather, "radiates" appropriately on the lips and the sides of the tongue. In such, the habanero skins come back to really give this vegetal brew some actual flavor, not relying solely on the throat/lip burn, which is still gladly accepted. The medium body and active palate invite "spicy brew" lovers for yet another pull. Again, a great flagship IPA from Ballast Point, only augmented by the addition of habanero flavor and heat. A superb hot pepper brew here, and one that I will gladly have again anytime. Cheers!
tsd08460 (813) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: peppers, citrus, caramel, pine
Appearance: clear gold with a white head
Taste: hot peppers, medium sweetness, medium bitterness,
Palate: medium body, sticky, average carbonation, long finish,
My throat is on fire but I dig that. Delicious.
rayaron (1369) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - DEC 30, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer and Beyond, Tel Aviv. Hazy golden with off-white head. Aroma of pepper and olives, some graininess, piney with notes of orange. The flavor starts bittersweet and gets very hot, notes of pepper, citrus and lemon. Medium-bodied. Hot and hard to drink.