italianjohn (2158) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden hazy pour thin creamy off white head orange tint and light sticky lacing .. aroma is pretty much like regular sculpin, citrusy and tropical fruity hops .... taste well thats a different story ... for a few seconds you get a light tropical citrusy fruity hop flavors along with some caramel malts and then it is all heat .... spicy and hot peppers that pretty much hit the back of my mouth and tongue and numbed my lips ... bitter peppery finish ... in one word heat ... but interesting brew no trace of abv ... good for one beer, not gonna taste much after drinking it though
HonusWagner (1053) - Florida, USA - JUL 12, 2012
1.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Why would you take such a good beer and make it so bad? Why? Spicy pepper overwhelms everything else and doesn’t even taste as good as just pairing a regular Sculpin with some good spicy food.
m4rest88 (381) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - JUL 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a golden hue with a small head
aroma of peppers, hops and tropical fruits - flavor is the same - the hops and habanero chili combo is fantastic - perfect combination
spicy mouthfeel that lingers as well
medium mouthfeel with light carb
weezfest (1) - poway, - JUN 24, 2012 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A good hoppy california ipa. Tastes good, looks like an ipa should. Ballast point knows what they are doing.
crosamich (431) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - MAY 21, 2012
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
on cask at GBBF 2011. The peppers just destroy you on this one. No one else could finish their glass. I did and it stayed with me for a spell. The heat takes away rather than adding to this beer. The fire is so strong that it completely takes over the hops.
BrewDad (4503) - Olympia, USA - MAY 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber in color, clear with a thin head. Big pepper aroma. The IPA hops are masked for sure the pepper and the hops blend well together and the peppers make for a very nice heat and flavor. Great Mexican food beer.
OldGrowth (2348) - North Carolina, USA - APR 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tulip at Tony’s dart away. Good aroma, sweet. Minor pepper. Citrus, orange, grapefruit. Clean golden orange color. Small head that faded quick. Bitter flavor. Medium body, smooth oily creamy mouthfeel. Bitter dry finish. Better that I was anticipating. Heat is good. Not overwhelming. Enjoyable. Finish is my favorite part.
orangesol (567) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served on cask at Al’s of Hampden.
A - Pours clear golden yellow with a nice one finger tall white head leaving light patches of lace down the glass.
S - Smells of citric hops, spicy peppers and some light caramel sweetness. The hops are strong initially but the peppers really take over as it sits in the glass.
T - Starts off with a nice citric hop bite quickly giving way to a light caramel sweetness and plenty of peppery spice. The first half of the glass wasn’t too bad but the second half was all habanero spice. The spice sticks around long after the finish, lingering on the pallet for quite awhile.
M - Compared to the regular sculpin this one is all peppers. The spice grabs hold of the pallet and never lets go. A touch of hop bitterness tries to break through but the peppers never really let it come out completely.
O - I have wanted to try this one ever since I heard about it. I love sculpin but the peppers really drown out the best parts of the base beer. Glad I got to try it but I doubt I would get it again.
jethrodium (356) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Public House. Pours a clear pale amber with a small tan head that has good retention and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. The aromas is grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, a hint of caramel malt, some pepper, and a grassy, vegetal note. The initial taste has a bit of sweetness with pineapple, tangerine, and some orange. The finish is pepper, grassy, and vegetal. The hops and pepper dominate any malt. The finish has a decent bitterness and a lot of pepper heat. Very spicy with the heat lingering for quite a bit. Medium body. Medium carbonation. This is a bit of a novelty, but I found it enjoyable. I certainly wouldn’t recommend to someone who doesn’t enjoy habaneros, but I’m glad to have been able to try it. Not as good as the regular Sculpin, but worth trying.
Zymurgeist2 (748) - Redwood City, California, USA - FEB 22, 2012
1.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
On draft at Gourmet Haus. The aroma is overblown with the habanero.....and then you get to the taste. This literally tastes like someone messed with a beer by adding hot pepper sauce. I do not get any of the original Sculpin flavor or aroma here. Very tough to drink from a brewer i love.