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RATINGS: 745   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Our Sculpin IPA is a great example of what got us into brewing in the first place. After years of experimenting, we knew hopping an ale at five separate stages would produce something special. The result ended up being this gold-medal winning IPA, whose inspired use of hops creates hints of apricot, peach, mango and lemon flavors, but still packs a bit of a sting, just like a Sculpin fish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cards04 (2642) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 6, 2015
One of the best chili beers out there. Pours a murky orange. Aromas are tonnes of citrus and sweet pepper. Flavours are nice sweet citrus and floral habeñero. The heat is perfect. A mild lingering heat at the end. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
leaparsons (9835) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2015
Keg, Brewdog Leicester. Golden with an off white foam. Nutty grain with grapefruit and hot pepper. Peppery with honey and lemon. Biscuity malts with a dry finish. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpongeRuiner (1114) - Michigan, USA - AUG 2, 2015
A nice fresh golden look. A citrus filled aroma. And only a touch of back note spice. A nice balance. At very very first sip a citrus hop note. Immediately after a huge hot spice. All around hot pepper flavor. Pretty damn hot honestly. Good but a sample is enough. A nice mixup IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (5676) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 30, 2015
Nice crisp copper and light bronzed body with a thinnish pale tan head. Aroma of fresh hops, pine, grass, fruit and a bunch of chiles. Medium-bodied; Big pine and citrus notes in the hops with a large malt presence and an immediate hit of the pungent peppers in here with a pleasant warmth and good balance by the hops and malt. Aftertaste shows a distinct amalgamation of flavours from sweet apricots to pungent grass and herbs of the hops to a little malt backbone and of course the ever-present chile. Overall, a very well balanced and well crafted beer that hits all the right angles without being gimmicky - this is a West Coast IPA with chiles and it works out better than you think it will! I sampled this twelve ounce bottle after a hockey game in Arlington, Virginia on 03-June-2015 - Thanks JP!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChadPolenz (1690) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2015
I’m no stranger to peppers and capsaicin. I’ve grown jalapenos, habaneros and Trinidad Scorpion peppers. The thing is, peppers and beer only work when the pepper is as subtle as possible; but in the case of Ballast Point Habanero Sculpin the pepper is quite prominent to say the least. This is definitely a beer for those that can handle the heat.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. There was no freshness date and it cost $3.85 ($0.32 per ounce).

Appearance: Mostly clear shade of orange proper. Pours to a fairly large, ivory foamy head which retains and laces quite well for a pepper brew.

Smell: Nearly identical to classic Sculpin. Fairly potent citrusy aroma though the habanero is noticeable as well (and diminishes it a bit, unfortunately).

Taste: There’s really two separate palettes to this beer. The first half of every swig drinks like regular Sculpin: classic San Diego-style citrus and floral hops with a pretty strong bitterness. The second half is all habanero: intense heat at first followed by the familiar earthy pepper flavor (very soil-like). The hops are strong enough to provide a barrier or at least prepare the mouth for the pepper, but not strong enough (nor the pepper weak enough) to relegate it to a background spice. It’s a bit contrasting though it is interesting. I do get used to it by drinking more, though I don’t especially enjoy it any more.

Drinkability: Much like the taste, the actual drinkability of this beer could go either way. I have drank hotter, more intense beers than this, though a good pepper beer is derived from the taste – not just the Scoville units. The Sculpin character makes it drink like an IPA with a medium body and some crispness; though the habanero sets my throat on fire and it lingers for a little while. The 7% ABV is kind of a moot feature since I can only drink about half a bottle. Ballast Point Habanero Sculpin pretty much requires some kind of food to offset the heat (though nothing spicy I’d say).

RATING: 6/10

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jahe (135) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 27, 2015
Pours hazy golden from tap with almost no head. A nice aroma of apricot, citrus, and other tropical fruit. A nice full body and taste like a perfect IPA when the habanero hits you! Nice beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Linnet (1673) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - JUL 27, 2015
Take an ordinary Sculpin and make it fiery as hell. An IPA with a hell of a kick to it. Unfortunately a spicy sting might complement a porter or a stout, that sting in an IPA is just out of place. Interesting to try though.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
mojojohnson (15) - Prescott, Arizona, USA - JUL 26, 2015
They said it was spicy and they delivered! Would pair perfectly in a bloody Mary cocktail.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gnoff (9569) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2015
Draught at 3 små rum on July 24, 2015.
Clear golden color, white head with lacing. Sweet, fruity scent. Malty, chilli taste. Chilli heat aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (3755) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 26, 2015
Bottle. Enjoying the heat, it’s quite full on but tastes good rather than just burning. Finding it a little tough to pick anything else out though. Maybe a bit of grassiness in the aroma. Maybe there is a bit of maltiness there. All in all, quite like it though.

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