bnokk (535) - Lee, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 16, 2015
APPEARANCE – color of dark golden ale. Pure white head has light & foamy characteristics and is persistent.
NOSE – smells of a mild IPA. Not very fruity or resiny, it’s well balanced and not terribly strong.
FLAVOR – well balanced IPA in the front and all spice all the way down the throat. Very good example of an extreme chili beer. This by far packs the most heat I’ve tried (Stone Chipotle Smoked Porter, Rivertown’s Death from Cincy, and other modest offerings. I have NOT tried the infamous ghost pepper beer yet).
NOTES – Overall great beer. Thoroughly enjoy the IPA front and the heat in the back. Yet another excellent take on Sculpin from BP.
dchmela (3062) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2015
Tap at Gingerman. Hazy reddish gold pour. Citrus hops and pepper aroma. Nice clean malt with citrus hops and big spicy pepper taste. Really nice tongue numbing IPA. BeerBunker (965) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2015
12oz bottle. Pours orange with a frothy white head. Aroma is of hops, pepper, and citrus. Smells like regular Sculpin with pepper. Taste is of hops, citrus, and caramel malt. Has a huge backbone of spicy pepper. Surprisingly well balanced between the IPA characters and the pepper. Lingering pepper taste. Mouthfeel is very carbonated and soapy. It drinks very easy, despite the pepper taste. It’s just a solid IPA with a nice pepper heat. Bacterial (2999) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 22, 2015
Clear amber pour with a white head. Citrus hop and peppery nose. This one brings the heat. More enjoyable as my tastebuds become more numb to the heat. I like this, hoppy and hot. drowland (8676) - Georgia, USA - AUG 6, 2015
2/21/15 and a few times since. First sampled at RBWG 2015 but have had a few times since, bottle and draft. Orange pour with a small khaki head, good lacing. Great aroma, spicy, habanero, citrus, hoppy. Awesome. Great flavor, citrus hops, habanero, plenty of spice, love it. Spicy for some, but I really dig it!
BeerdedDave (1703) - Beckley, USA - AUG 13, 2015
amber color; citrusy hop aroma; they took one of the best IPAs out there and added habanero - and I am glad that they did; great, citrusy hop flavor up front with an underlying chile heat; finishes with some nice habanero heat hopbag (159) - - AUG 24, 2015
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 (2227) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2015
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 (3689) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - JAN 13, 2016
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 (9656) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 9, 2016
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.