Alphadelic (1922) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 19, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lovely dark orange IPA. The nose is fresh and hoppy with a tropical fruit aroma with some fruity pepper flesh too. Bam! Thatís the goodness. Just the right heat for me. Really does justice to the fruitiness of the pepper. Canít say Iíd drink it a lot but I love it.
dlovell2 (1217) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 30, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Label says "hear May vary". Pours clear copper color with white head. Aroma is juicy citrus, tropical fruits, mango, pine, and that beautiful habanero pepper spiciness. Flavor is big juicy grapefruit, mango, and tropical fruits. Grapefruit and pine finish with habanero pepper spiciness. Substantial amount of heat. Peppery heat left lingering on tongue. This brew is the real deal. One of the few beers with spicy peppers that delivers. If you canít handle spicy food you have no business trying this brew.
obguthr (4589) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAY 24, 2015
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong grapefruit and tangerine nose, with a subtle pepper presence. Hazy amber, medium yellow head. Grapefruit, lemon, and a lot of pepper. Pine finish. Medium body, moderate carbonation, hot. Not quaffable, but a fantastic sipper.
madelfonatree (107) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Look - Light orange see through body. Thin, white to tan head with moderate pour.
Smell - Donít notice peppers here. Grapefruit and citrus. Dank.
Taste - Strong pepper up front and fades slowly. Has a plastic taste as well.
Palate - Dries up quickly with pepper. Lighter bodied.
Overall - Smell was surprising. I donít know where the faint plastic smell comes from. Heat from a beer you expect heat.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUN 16, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2011 On tap at BP Old Grove; Light amber/golden color with a medium white head. Aroma is citrusy and light pine. Flavor starts lightly fruity sweet followed by grapefruity hops and sharp habanero heat.The heat almost takes over the beer, but is an interesting twist if you like hot peppers. Medium bodied and smooth with some long lingering habernaro heat. I would like to see a little more balance between the habanero heat and the citrus bitterness, but still I liked it.
SDalkoholic (2232) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JAN 13, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On cask @ OíBrianís: Poured a different color than I remember from the regular sculpin and appeared as a lighter golden blonde. Tiny formation of head which eventually fizzed out leaving the liquid naked. The aroma is not as easy for me to smell due to the food and atmosphere here at OíBrienís but it does smell very similar to the original recipe. As for the drink, the taste is full of pine and citrus fashioned hops while a heavy spice flavor coats the back of my throat. The habanero is so apparent that lips begin to burn and even a bit of irritation in my stomach as if I ate a spicy dish of Thai or Indian curry. This has to be the strongest chili peppered beer Iíve come across.
weezfest (1) - poway, - JUN 24, 2012 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A good hoppy california ipa. Tastes good, looks like an ipa should. Ballast point knows what they are doing.
reggiedunlop (3449) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Looks just like the regular sculpin...retention and lacing arent quite as good. Aroma is also the same but has just a touch of vegetal pepper. Flavor is sculpin all the way with peppery heat in the end that burns pleasantly for some time. Mouthfeel is medium and the finish is dry and peppery hot.
thome50 (1229) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - DEC 19, 2012
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer has eluded me for YEARS. Iíve heard it on tap at no less than 5 beer/pizza bars in the last 7 years and NEVER have I gotten to try it until tonight. Ballast Point tap take over at Bru! Pours a clear golden with light white foam in a 3oz tater. Aroma is IPA with very minimal pepper odor. Taste, holy CRAP this is habanero fruit! The chilli fruit is there right away and then the regular floral, citrus and slight pine comes in to showcase the sculpin. The habanero heat doesnít really come into play until the beer goes down you throat where it is a nice heat. Overall, radtastic pepper beer that Iíd totally drink a pint of. Indeed jalapeno probably still beats it out but that was with fresh peppers. Still, love this!
DuffMan (7996) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 16, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Aces & Ales in Vegas, and had alongside Joseph James Habanero Hop Box IPA. They were more similar than I would have guessed, but in the end I felt the Sculpin to be the better pepper IPA. The hops shone through a little brighter, with more balance between the underlying IPA character and the pepper character. Similar heat quotient though. SPICY!