ACHops (959) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ BeerJunction. Pours orangish dark golden with medium white head. Aroma is earthy, citrusy hops with a hint of spicy heat. Taste is clean light caramel malt that is quickly overwhelmed by sharp habanero heat. Hops appear under the spicy heat on the finish, but the peppers never relent in controlling the flavor here. It’s the Sculpin you know and love, with heavy pepper heat laid over it. Definitely unique, but much of the appeal of Sculpin was the light, aromatic, perfectly balanced hops and that’s mostly lost here to the heat.
jgb9348 (5096) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 30, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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!
Chad9976 (1419) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 30, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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).
Jahe (108) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 27, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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
Linnet (1312) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - JUL 27, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
mojojohnson (14) - Prescott, Arizona, USA - JUL 26, 2015
3.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
They said it was spicy and they delivered! Would pair perfectly in a bloody Mary cocktail.
gnoff (8741) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
shoulderbroken (2733) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 26, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
IngetSlick (59) - - JUL 24, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Cornelis Pub. Smells grass, wheat, citrus. Creamy white head, copper body. Tastes a lot of habanero, citrus, hoppy. Sweet and bitter. Way too hot.
RickTheRick (635) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 24, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Une couche mousseuse moyenne mais persistante se pose sur un liquide doré légèrement voilé. Les piments ne sont pas tant présents au nez, c’est plus plutôt un aspect poivré qui occupe une bonne place aux côtés de houblons fruités et de céréales un peu caramélisées. En bouche, c’est une toute autre histoire par contre ... L’attaque est d’abord fortement houblonnée et un peu sucrée. L’aspect piquant ne se laisse pas désirer trop longtemps et frappe de plein fouet le palais et chatouille la luette. La chaleur pimentée dure très longuement en bouche, mais c’est très tolérable malgré tout. Intéressante bête.
Beersiveknown (3925) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JUL 24, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle at home from brewdog online
fruity tomato like habanero on nose alongside mango. mango pithy bitterness at first with growing chili heat, great IPA but the habanero really a novelty. pairs well with bbq meat tho