alexanderj (3486) - 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 (2131) - 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 (613) - 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 (1192) - 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.
chucklemation (1173) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2015
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a pale copper with a thin white head. Aroma is grapefruit, citrus, and floral hops. Flavor is lots of habanero pepper. The habanero dominates the flavor. Has a good spice kick, leaving a burning sensation in the throat. I like this, but I don’t think I could drink a whole bottle.
ebone1988 (948) - Taylor, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is pine, tropical fruit, pepper apparent on the back end. Appearance is golden amber, white head. Taste is immediate fresh pepper, then a bit of pine and tropical fruit, then the heat kicks in which is not off-putting as expected. Mouthfeel is crisp, hot, light to medium body, lingering heat. Overall, I’m pleasantly surprised by this one. I expected a hot mess, but it compliments it well. I couldn’t drink a whole one but 5oz is enough.
ordybill (1132) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - DEC 26, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear light copper color with a medium sized thick white head. The aroma is hot pepper and hops, a fantastic smell. The taste is awesome, the heat is perfectly blended with the hops to create an insane flavor mix. Overall, a world class beer.
sebletitje (8615) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bouteille, merci à Dave - Ibrew2or3 for the trade.
Fin orangé, col fin beige.
Arôme est plus centré sur les houblons, ici la chaleur ressentie en bouche est minime et qcq effluves parviennent cependant à être là. Agrumes font le jeu ici, et le malt accompagne le tout en restant cependant bien marqué.
Palais met de suite tout le monde d’accord, c’est bien du habanero, et donc risque de ne pas faire que des heureux. La chaleur du piment est bien et perce de suite et dès la première gorgée. Le tout est réchauffant, ne brûle pas mais offre assez de chaleur pour être unique, retrouve un profil malté juste en retrait tirant sur un léger biscuité. La chaleur perdure, et laisse tout de même passer le houblon qui est léger mais centré sur un profil agrumes plaisant. Retrouve le côté pulpeux du piment, surtout au niveau de la peau.
GJF (1463) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - DEC 24, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Lincoln Wine Bar. Generally fizzy, citrusy IPA with a smooth hot pepper burn. IT’s ok, but I wouldn’t order it--but then again I’m not big on the hot pepper beer fad.
bookman10 (844) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2015 Glad to finally try this, though I’m not sure the habanero peppers were a good addition. Pours a clear, golden-yellow, with middling head. Aroma is floral and hoppy, with almost no hint of the habanero. The flavor is very citrusy, with a huge, burning, pepper bite to it. Gets better as it warms. As pepper beers go, not that bad. It’s fairly tasty, but I think grapefruit sculpin was a much better idea. I really liked this a lot more than it may sound.