murphious2000 (31) - - AUG 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
When I heard there was a Habanero version of Sculpin, I figured it was just another lame gimmick. But after pouring this amber beauty and smelling the nice citrus hops, I thought it would be a weak chili beer like Cave Creek---wrong, way wrong. This is almost a perfect blend of chili with hops except for the finish. I love how the citrus hops fade away and the pepper comes rolling over it, but then it keeps on coming. The pepper lasts longer than any other beer flavor. Perhaps if there was more bitterness of hop at the end WITH the habanero I would have given it a much higher rating. As is, 4 out of 5
Alphadelic (2065) - 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 (1544) - 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 (5255) - 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 (317) - 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.
Hookahmaster (1) - - NOV 3, 2015 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice citrus mouthfeel with a nice spicy finish. Very tempting with a fruity tang. Great with pizza or Indian food.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
DandyWolfFloyd (983) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2015
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very intrigued seeing this many times before. Didnít originally want to however, as "spicy" beers have been gimmicky in my opinion. I took a chance as the regular Sculpin is very good.
Aroma - is of the citrus variety hops, just a slight bit of pine.
Appearance - nice clean coppery body with a big full head that sustains and laces throughout.
Taste - is wonderful. In the front it has a nice citrus quality, with slight malts in the middle and end. Then the spice comes in late, and is not like a (spice) but obviously from some other ingredient obviously habaneros. There also some complimentary ingredients a variety of drupe fruits. Really tasty.
Palate - one concern I had was a potential unpleasantness, either an acid reflux or production of phlegm. Not at all the case. The feel was complex - started with the dominant flavors and was absent of the heat wave. Then the heat it rushes in and gives just enough buzz to be enjoyable. The body light, texture neither thin nor oily - but consistent w/ the typical IPA styles, carbonation was lively, finish long w/ heat - and not much bitterness to speak of.
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 (2314) - 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.