RATINGS: 766   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.

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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maxwelldeux (4372) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - FEB 8, 2015
Bottle. Pours a very clear amber color with a moderate light tan head on there. Nose is a little hoppy and with a bit of citrus coming through, but is dominated by the peppers. Taste is somewhat spicy with a lot of the pepper coming through, but not too much of the bitterness. I happen to love habaneros, so Im a fan of this, though I see why many arent.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ads135 (4343) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 17, 2016
They arent kidding about the habanero. A pepper beer for pepper beer lovers. Not really me. Surprising bitterness but this beer is defined by the pepperiness. Wish I had had someone to share this with, since the last third was rough.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ktwse (4303) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2013
Pours clear golden amber with low white head. Aroma of citrus, grapefruit, mango, peach and loads of habanero. Taste is WTF? Habanero, and tons of it. This is hotter than a vindaloo. Body is light and fresh, I suppose... ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

1.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
Aniela (4216) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 22, 2013
Draught. Golden beer with an offwhite head. Grassy and hoppy aroma. HABANERO flavour...So much hanabero....I cant feel anything in my mouh for at least an hour! Why does anyone brew this kind of beer??

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daje (4209) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 13, 2014
Tap @ The BeerMongers... Poured clear amber with a thick, lacy white head. Aroma was mostly dank and earthy hops. Heat and chili pepper presence with a clean finish and lingering spiciness. Balanced and not too heavy with the heat and actually pepper flavor which was pleasant.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 18, 2016
When I pop the cap the escaping CO2 brings a spicy hit of capsaicin to my nose. A steady pour into my Spiegelau IPA glass produces an almost two-finger thick, pale tan colored head that leaves some layered lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a pale amber / gold color and shows a clear, yellow golden hue when held up to the light. Up front the beer has a big hit of floral herbal notes, ripe ruby-red grapefruit, ample guava, funky ripe mango, and even some Sauvignon Blanc like tropical fruit character. If you really, deeply dig into the aroma it gets even more of the ripe, tropical fruit character, and there is also just a hint of spicy, fruity, habanero character.

Smooth, herbal bitter notes up front linger through to the finish where a defined, spicy, chile kick takes over; this tickles the back of my throat, and supplies some nice spicy heat. The chile character seems to accentuate the grassy & herbal notes in the hopes, and this seems more evenly balanced with the ripe fruit character of a normal Sculpin; lychee, guava, kumquat zest, tangelo zest, and some ruby-red grapefruit notes are balanced by flavors of pine, bitter-woody sage sap, and dank herbal notes that adds an earthy-herbal spiciness. The malt character plays a clearly supporting role here, but does provide a rounded body that helps provide a nice texture to support the hops, as well as a hint of whole grain cracker like maltiness.

This is pretty tasty, though I think I prefer the regular and grapefruit versions of this beer more.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (4160) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - NOV 10, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2015 On Draught
Pours a golden color with a medium head and some lacing on the glass.

The aroma is lots of fruity hops & some hot pepper.

The flavor is pretty spicy with a mild bitterness. The beer is nicely hoppy but has that nice hot pepper. The hot pepper detracts from the hop complexity but also never really overtakes the hop character. The beer seems to get spicier with every sip.

Its honestly as good as I could ever imagine a hot pepper IPA being.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IndianaRed (4094) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 6, 2015
On Tap slightly hazy lightorange. Thin wispy head and lacing. LIght citrusy aroma with only a hint of the firey inferno to come. Flavor was very hot. B ig time peppery heat and still some nice clean grapefruit citrus in there as well.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Frank (4080) - 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.


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