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RATINGS: 752   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbruner (4105) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2015
Bottle shared at RBWG 2015! Pours a clear gold with thin bubbly white head. Aroma is peppers over juicy hops. Taste is big on the peppers, damn, woah. Interesting but not as bad as some pepper beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ktwse (4095) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2013
Pours clear golden amber with low white head. Aroma of citrus, grapefruit, mango, peach and loads of habanero. Taste is WTF? Habanero, and tons of it. This is hotter than a vindaloo. Body is light and fresh, I suppose... ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (4024) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - NOV 10, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2015 On Draught
Pours a golden color with a medium head and some lacing on the glass.

The aroma is lots of fruity hops & some hot pepper.

The flavor is pretty spicy with a mild bitterness. The beer is nicely hoppy but has that nice hot pepper. The hot pepper detracts from the hop complexity but also never really overtakes the hop character. The beer seems to get spicier with every sip.

It’s honestly as good as I could ever imagine a hot pepper IPA being.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Frank (4024) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stevoj (4015) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 9, 2016
Habanero at the forefront, gently in aroma, moreso in taste, and plenty of burn at finish. Orange golden body with fluffy head. Peppers pretty much obliterate any sign of the Sculpin base, but add some character all their own.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SSSteve (4006) - - APR 4, 2015
bottle. clear orange with a small white head. nice floral aroma and no sign of pepper. flavor has big kick of peppery heat, green pepper meat, floral hops, a little malty sweetness. medium body. heat gets less intense 1/4way through the pint. wouldn’t really want to drink more than 1 of these, but it was fun to try it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAY 2, 2013
UPDATED: APR 26, 2015 Bottle, orange pour, white head, nose is pepper, taste is pepper, citrus, hops, awesome

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 1, 2013
On tap at The Thirsty Monk, Asheville. My trepidation about this beer proved sadly sound, as the gorgeous orange juice and hops concoction of the base was to my taste buds utterly marred by a heavy hand with the pepper. Looks handsome enough like regular Sculpin, smells bracing as usual, with an understated pepper note. But the palate is wrecked with heat tingle and the taste is both spicy and acrid. Slap a Stone name on this beer for greater accuracy. BROWN.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3901) - Kansas, USA - APR 1, 2011
Cask draft at the Blind Tiger in New York City. Pour is a very hazy, unfiltered orange golden with a smallish off white head. The aroma is grapefruit and mildly dank hops, along with a dry, clean habanero spice. The two aromas do not necessarily blend, but they do coexist in an interesting way. The taste is straight hoppy Sculpin up front, then transitions very much into a spicy Habanero pepper beer. As with the nose, really interesting, and really clean, but the two flavors just really do not totally work together. Palate is a nice medium unfiltered body, with a soft cask mouth feel. The after taste is crazy dry, and somewhat hot pepper spice. This was fun, but I think I would have liked to try normal Sculpin on cask more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bulk_Carrier (3845) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - JUN 7, 2015
This was poured into a nonic pint glass. The appearance was a nice looking glossy orange with a nice looking transparency about it. Carbonation is seen rising at a moderate pace to fill a rapidly dissipating foamy one finger white head. Lacing is spotty and clingy. The smell starts reminiscent of regular sculpin - sweet pine, sweet fresh cut grass, mango and grapefruit rolling into the habanero heat. The taste takes the flavors from the aroma to combine and allows the heat to go full throttle for a good couple minutes. Sweet green pepper enlivens to a long wet aftertaste and vegetable finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The heat is there to bounce back the carbonation a bit which shows on my tongue. However, it seems the heat also detracts from the bitterness level of an AIPA, honestly, I’m okay with that. Overall, I say this was a pretty good AIPA with the habanero spice to boot. Perhaps a bit of a palate wrecker, but I’d have again.

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