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RATINGS: 753   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ehaak26 (126) - - FEB 23, 2016
Provided a nice balance between the warmth from the habanero and the crispness of a good IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
tennisjoel (1377) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2016
Very nice aroma. Habaneros up front with nice citrusike hops in the background. The flavor is ultimately dominated by the heat which lingers. Gimmicky beer. It works but the heat is a little too strong for me to give this a high rating. I can’t imagine drinking more than one of these

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
altonbrownd (5771) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - FEB 16, 2016
Bottle from Beer and Wine. Golden body. Nose is hoppy, spicy and some citrus. Taste is again very hoppy with citrus and spicier notes in the middle. Nice texture. Floral finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerme31 (647) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - FEB 16, 2016
Bottle. Pours hazy golden thin off white head. Very nice citrus aroma dominates. Medium sweet taste. Medium-light body, smooth texture, spicy finish that burns the roof of my mouth and throat. Punishing yet intriguing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2761) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2016
Ahh, this is a smell I like. Reminds me of that south african chili mead I loved to sniff so much, the pepper here has a nice floral and spicy kick and blends well with the herbal citrus hops. Flavor is definitely a challenge, as this tastes like an IPA down deep but that’s a lot of serious chili heat dominating front to back. Fun and one of the better built chili beers, but in the end I can’t see this as much more than a one time try, a novelty, and it can’t score highly because of it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ByTheirLimpin (282) - New York, USA - FEB 13, 2016
Poured from the bottle. Sunshine yellow amber with some bottle bits floating. The nose has a pepper hit, tough to seek much else out. The first taste is full of habanero...and it’s fantastic...Not to much heat, but loads of pepper taste...hard to find that flavor without enduring an immense burn in most formats. A going to swill a six pack....Definitely not...’but I really enjoyed the experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mzaar (2842) - Varberg, SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2016
Flaska. Troligtvis den mest svårbedömda öl jag någonsin råkat ut för. Doften är fruktig och lätt maltig och där anas mest en hetta, som sen ska komma ut totalt i smaken. Det är väldigt starkt, det går knappt att ta två klunkar i rad. Gillar man inte chilli så ska man definitivt låta den här vara. Jag gillar chilli. Och den är inte helt ensam, där finns en fruktighet och gräsighet som kommer fram allra först, innan chillin slår till totalt i eftersmaken. Vad som gör ölen så svårbedömd är att den å ena sidan är spännande och faktiskt rätt god. Å andra sidan är den svårdrucken. Det tar sin tid att dricka upp den, den är onekligen speciell och jag vet inte om jag känner så mycket egentligen för att dricka fler av den här. Men jag är mycket glad att ha fått prova den.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
OrthoDoc (188) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2016
Surprise - smells and tastes like hot peppers! Burbs in the way down and the burn lingers. Fun to try but definitely not enjoyable (like a belly flop into the pool). ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
mmargarucci (281) - Basel, SWITZERLAND - FEB 12, 2016
Pours typical pale color. Lots of spicy peppers in nose. Taste is filled with haberno from start to finish. It nearly masks all malt and hop character. I love chili beers but this one is not very balanced and hides a great hop and malt profile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Frank (4025) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2016
There are vanishingly few breweries capable of elevating hot pepper beers beyond being a novelty and, alas, Ballast Point does not seem to be one of them. Habanero Sculpin is an IPA w/ habanero in it. It tastes like an IPA w/ habanero in it. Great. While this smells nice, the hot pepper burn is just there. It is not overbearing or anything, it just adds nothing. It does not serve to highlight the fruitiness of the hops or anything positive it could do. You end up w/ a beer that smells like hops and then it burns a bit in the back of your throat while tasting a bit like green pepper. I suppose it is not horrible but I don’t imagine I will be recommending this to anyone but people I don’t like anytime soon.

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