RATINGS: 780   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   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.

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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerme31 (676) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - FEB 16, 2016
Bottle. Pours hazy golden thin off white head. Very nice citrus aroma dominates. Medium sweet taste. Medium-light body, smooth texture, spicy finish that burns the roof of my mouth and throat. Punishing yet intriguing.

3.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2804) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2016
Ahh, this is a smell I like. Reminds me of that south african chili mead I loved to sniff so much, the pepper here has a nice floral and spicy kick and blends well with the herbal citrus hops. Flavor is definitely a challenge, as this tastes like an IPA down deep but thats a lot of serious chili heat dominating front to back. Fun and one of the better built chili beers, but in the end I cant see this as much more than a one time try, a novelty, and it cant score highly because of it.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ByTheirLimpin (321) - New York, USA - FEB 13, 2016
Poured from the bottle. Sunshine yellow amber with some bottle bits floating. The nose has a pepper hit, tough to seek much else out. The first taste is full of habanero...and its fantastic...Not to much heat, but loads of pepper taste...hard to find that flavor without enduring an immense burn in most formats. A going to swill a six pack....Definitely not...but I really enjoyed the experience.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mzaar (3267) - Varberg, SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2016
Flaska. Troligtvis den mest svrbedmda l jag ngonsin rkat ut fr. Doften r fruktig och ltt maltig och dr anas mest en hetta, som sen ska komma ut totalt i smaken. Det r vldigt starkt, det gr knappt att ta tv klunkar i rad. Gillar man inte chilli s ska man definitivt lta den hr vara. Jag gillar chilli. Och den r inte helt ensam, dr finns en fruktighet och grsighet som kommer fram allra frst, innan chillin slr till totalt i eftersmaken. Vad som gr len s svrbedmd r att den ena sidan r spnnande och faktiskt rtt god. andra sidan r den svrdrucken. Det tar sin tid att dricka upp den, den r onekligen speciell och jag vet inte om jag knner s mycket egentligen fr att dricka fler av den hr. Men jag r mycket glad att ha ftt prova den.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
OrthoDoc (189) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2016
Surprise - smells and tastes like hot peppers! Burbs in the way down and the burn lingers. Fun to try but definitely not enjoyable (like a belly flop into the pool). ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
mmargarucci (340) - Basel, SWITZERLAND - FEB 12, 2016
Pours typical pale color. Lots of spicy peppers in nose. Taste is filled with haberno from start to finish. It nearly masks all malt and hop character. I love chili beers but this one is not very balanced and hides a great hop and malt profile.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Frank (4151) - 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 dont imagine I will be recommending this to anyone but people I dont like anytime soon.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daje (4257) - NORWAY - FEB 10, 2016
On tap at BrewDog Edinburgh, june 15th 2015. Hazy golden body, nice staying white head. Aroma of fresh tropical hops and hints of pepper. Taste is fruity with a strong yet crisp sting frm the habanero. Well balanced as it still leaves space for the beautiful hop character of the Sculpin. This one leaves a hot habanero sting lasting way into the next beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (9211) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 9, 2016
28/I/16 - 12Fl. Oz. bottle @ ElMananas 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, thats a distinct habanero flavour! Pretty spicy, hot, citrus, bit floral, very nice habanero. Aftertaste: very spicy, throat warming, lots of habanero heat, fruity flavours.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
konungen (570) - - FEB 9, 2016
Som någon annan sa till mig: en grym ipa förstörd av habanero. Denna ipa är i grunden en favorit, men habaneron är mer kul att ha provat än god. Jag gillar hetta absolut och framförallt i mat men här blir det mest kul. Faktiskt rejält stark långt i eftersmaken, bränner i halsen. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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