hopbag (157) - - AUG 24, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is actually very hot. The aroma has a hint of heat but could be mistaken for regular sculpin. The regular IPA comes through, followed by the heat. Some chili fruitiness comes through if you look for it and can keep your palate focused. A very intense beer. Probably the best possible execution of the habanero concept, but I’m glad I bought it as a single. Not sure what to pair this with; maybe cheese or a chocolate mousse?
bubbleflubber (2156) - 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!
jake65 (3368) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - JAN 13, 2016
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Taphouse Boise. Ordered the 4 oz taster, arrived a golden orange color with a small creamy beige head. The nose is outstanding. In fact this may be the best smelling IPA I can remember to date. Juicy grapefruit, citrus, and tropical fruit. Rich sweet, sour, and tangy. No hint of the heat yet, but it’s on the way. Taste is moderate bitters and a light sweetness… more malty than expected. The heat arrives on the back end and lingers a bit. Really a solid brew, boarder line outstanding. One is probably enough at one time; next time I’ll get a full pint.
tderoeck (8076) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 9, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
28/I/16 - 12Fl. Oz. bottle @ ElManana’s place - BB: n/a, bottled: 3/XI/15 (2016-82) Thanks to Steve for sharing the bottle!
Clear orange beer, creamy off-white head, bit adhesive. Aroma: quite some habanero, citric, floral touch. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: yes, that’s a distinct habanero flavour! Pretty spicy, hot, citrus, bit floral, very nice habanero. Aftertaste: very spicy, throat warming, lots of habanero heat, fruity flavours.
sccp1910 (162) - BRAZIL - MAR 12, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma agradável. Cor dourada e espuma branca e duradoura. Sabor bem apimentado, deixando seu sabor em segundo plano.
ffbot (339) - Oakland, California, USA - MAR 17, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is a slightly hazy orange with small thin heads that retains throughout. Smell is freshly chopped peppers, obviously spicy, but also sweet peppers and a tiny bit of beer sweetness. The taste is an initial boom of spice, strong mouth burn and sweat builds up, but the real mastery is the long enduring sweet pepper and balance afterwards.
joeschmoe213 (18) - USA - MAR 29, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: Peppers. Not the shake kind. Piney hops.
Taste: solid. sculpin. heat builds with the hops, leaves, then returns in the throat
Palate: oily ... good
Overall: Hot beer. Good for those who can handle spice. Not sure how you couldn’t like hot things.
Goodgrief (1990) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - AUG 12, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Okay, this is a really good IPA with a burrrrrrnn finish. The burn drowns out some of the softer melon flavors of Sculpin, but it’s still a fine, citrusy flavor profile. But it’s hot. And I like spicy foods and peppers, but it’s very hard to drink a can of this yourself. Good to try if you have someone to split the can with. Good in chili or to soak brats, but a little pricey for that.
Ibrew2or3 (8066) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 1, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at O’Brien’s’ pouring up via the Beer Engine with hazy gold to orange body and white head. The aroma has some sweetness and firm levels of Sculpin hoppiness with various citrus notes. I also get a mild background of chili pepper meat. The taste is Beer Engine smoothness and near creamy creating a Sculpin that is on the sweet side. It seems to start off a bit neutral in flavor with growing yet modest levels of sweetness and citrus before bold chili pepper burn and chili pepper flavor take over. The chili lingers and burns the lips for a good five minutes afterward. Darn spicy offering.
m4rest88 (388) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - JUL 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a golden hue with a small head
aroma of peppers, hops and tropical fruits - flavor is the same - the hops and habanero chili combo is fantastic - perfect combination
spicy mouthfeel that lingers as well
medium mouthfeel with light carb