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RATINGS: 663   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SPDickerman (1089) - Texas, USA - JAN 19, 2015
Pours deep orange with a medium white head. Smells peppery a citrus undertone. Taste is lots of pepper heat, hints of bitterness, a touch of citrus. Medium-bodied with a wet texture and average mouth-carbonation, Ballast Point Habanero Sculpin finishes with a tangy, lingering heat.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
RayPiskadlo (7) - Warwick, New York, USA - JUN 17, 2015 does not count
This beer brings the HEAT! The first time I tried it, I needed a glass of cold water to chase it. Not as hoppy as I expected. Iíve yet to find a chili beer that matches this oneís intensity. My favorite beer right now!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Vir4030 (584) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2015 Awesome awesome beer with a great spicy palate. You love the sculpin, you likeness spicy, you like the ipa? Spicy sculpin is great! Clear orange with a slightly thin but ok head finally from a bottle! Aroma is a spicy sculpin, which is pretty good. Habanero dominates the flavor with the heat. Wow do I love this beer.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ordybill (936) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - DEC 26, 2015
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.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
eaglefan538 (2982) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 24, 2016
All of the great ratings of the standard offering which I love. Rich aroma and flavor are not hampered at all by the heat. The habs bring serious and intriguing and pleasant / well short of unfun heat, detract zero from the base flavors. No such thing here as addition by subtraction, this is pure addition to one heck of a great beer with a wonderful in beer pairing with spicey. Sure, if you donít like the heat, not an enhanced beer; at the same time donít buy any more (leave it for the rest of us) and get out of the kitchen.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beerdrinker79 (1861) - Idaho, USA - FEB 27, 2015
12 oz bottle- Pours clear orange golden with a one finger bone white head that slowly reduces. Aroma is WOW, spicy peppers, It smells like fresh picked peppers, not getting much else and thatís okay with me. The taste is habanero peppers, fresh picked, medium heat burn that builds with each sip. The dry bitterness of the hops cuts through the heat nicely, I love this beer! Grapefruit and other citrus flavors are there, you do have to search for them through the peppery spiciness. Finally a brewery thatís not afraid to showcase a hop pepper without feeling like they have to mellow it out for the masses. Keep this one flowing, it will be a staple in my fridge until i canít find anymore in this area!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rajendra82 (1011) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAY 1, 2015
Looks very much like regular Sculpin, whose orange color also coincidentally happen to match the skin of a Habanero pepper. The head atop the clear body was two to three fingers thick. foamy, and durable. The aroma was very hoppy and did not bring to mind any kind of pepper, as I could detect grapefruit and orange rind. On deeper inhaling there possibly was a hint of chili pepper, or may be it was just my imagination. The taste however had a very definite pepper kick to it. The Habanero was once considered the hottest pepper in the world, and while it has since given up that crown, it was still king of this beer. The pepper head was clearly evident in every sip, forcing the normally dominant citric hops to play second fiddle. It was quite one dimensional, and it was glorious. The feel was medium thick, with a pepper burn at the end of each sip. This was not quite a harmonious pairing like the Grapefruit Sculpin. Instead it was a showcase for pepper lovers.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drpimento (2771) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 14, 2015
Excellent beer, tho I like the Grapefruit version more.This does have the very intriguing aroma with the fruity hop malt caramel thing. Flavor loses almost all of the fruit and gets fairly dry with mostly malty hop and a little capsicum taste. Body is great and the heat from the Habenero is just right. Good drinking brew.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
anaheim1983 (140) - Anaheim, California, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Great brew...sculpin alone is fantastic...add the extra dimension of the habanero is superb. Great pepper and hop aroma flavor through and through. Excellent

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (8390) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 16, 2014
"Wow. Ballast does it again. One of my very favorite IPAs spiced up enough to notice, but not so much it takes away ANYTHING from the hoppy tropical goodness that is Sculpin. Light peppers on the nose, a little more in the flavor. Sublime!!"


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