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RATINGS: 539   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aurelius (4677) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2015
A little soapy tone to the aroma with a sneaky, slow burn pepper vapor. Clear, brassy brew. Sweet, malty, zippy spice, toffee. Not bad, but two swigs are all I want. On tap, Brass Tap, Gaines Street, Tallahassee.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olsvammel (4237) - Örebro, SWEDEN - AUG 7, 2015
On tap at Örebro Ölcafé. Fruity smell with chili and soap. Similar taste. The chli heat is very up front and aggressive. The hops is in the background. A bit soapy. Not something I would start my day with, it took a while to get rid of the chili heat.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gerbeer (2401) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 6, 2015
120 oz bottle. Pours a clear copper with light head. Aromas of oranges, resin, toffee, and light pine. Temporary flavors of same with a full capsaicin takeover that leaves the throat burning. A good pepper beer but kind of a waste of a really good base.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drowland (7055) - Georgia, USA - AUG 6, 2015
2/21/15 and a few times since. First sampled at RBWG 2015 but have had a few times since, bottle and draft. Orange pour with a small khaki head, good lacing. Great aroma, spicy, habanero, citrus, hoppy. Awesome. Great flavor, citrus hops, habanero, plenty of spice, love it. Spicy for some, but I really dig it!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cards04 (2374) - 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 habeńero. The heat is perfect. A mild lingering heat at the end. Excellent.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
leaparsons (8916) - Leicester, 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpongeRuiner (945) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (5121) - 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!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1440) - Albany, New York, 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

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jahe (120) - 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


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