tsd08460 (1280) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2015
Aroma: peppers, citrus, caramel, pine
Appearance: clear gold with a white head
Taste: hot peppers, medium sweetness, medium bitterness,
Palate: medium body, sticky, average carbonation, long finish,
My throat is on fire but I dig that. Delicious. rusty (1547) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 17, 2011
Pours a golden color with a white head. Aroma is hops and malt and citrus with no hint of habanero. Up front sculpin is its aweslme self.and.then the burn comes. A perfect well integrated not too over.the.top burn. I don’t understand the bad ratings this beer is awesome. 1FastSTi (3358) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 8, 2012
Tap at Ballast Point. The beer pours to a dark amber glowing golden body with a white head. The aroma is simply 100% Sculpin with no peppers. The flavor is Sculpin, but it showcases the delicious flavor of the habanero pepper. I thought it had some heat, but not in that way that most of the spicy beers are (green peppers and hot). This beer was a marvelous rendition in that the pepper component came through as expected, rather than a nasty green pepper with heat. It actually blended quite well, and was a highlight of the evening! RhiannonMae (1) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2014 does not count
Aroma: a little off. The aroma does nothing to speak of for this beer. But it doesn’t matter.
Beautiful rusty gold color seems serene. The taste is amazing- I know it’s an IPA, but the first on the palate smacks of a perfect pale ale, then, the habanero shows up to the party, makes her presence known without a word, as fiery women do. She is anything but serene. Here is a beer who knows who she is. Can be hard to find- but so worth it. After the pale ale wakes up the hoppiness, the heat blooms perfectly on the palate. Spicy, and delicious. I stalk my favorite pubs for this, and crave it when it’s not available. You will drink it, love it, and want more. anderson01 (357) - Spirit Lake, Idaho, USA - MAR 2, 2015
Clear golden appearance with a bubbly white head that reduces rather quickly. Okay lacing. Definite pepper aroma. There is a tad of citrusy hops sneaking out of the aroma. Lively carbonation. Definitely puts a burn at the back of the throat. Taste of fresh peppers.The bottle says may vary in heat this one could have been a little spicier but an awesome beer. Ballast point took a chance on a spicy beer and suceeded with flying colors.
BeauNose (1) - Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2016 does not count
Flavor so balanced that it’s damn near unbelievable. Piney/ citrusy bouquet. Looks the way an ale should; crisp, clear, and copper. Exceptional drinkability with just the right amount of heat. Absolutely love it. 77ships (11482) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 3, 2016
355 ml. bottle sampled @ “Sir Goatie McGoat S&G Tasting”. Thank you Mathieu87 and/or PriorL! Regular, Grapefruit, Pineapple & Habanero sampled side-by-side. Darker looking than the others. Nose is nice chili burn, no vegetable notes, chili obscures most other things. Taste is nice big oily chili, nicely lingering, good burn, no vegetable notes, base is largely obscured, low malts & pine, burns nice, not that much here besides Habanero which is just fine by me & great if you love chili. Up next they will release a habanero & pineapple version I hope. JJSuds (166) - California, USA - NOV 5, 2011
Bravo Ballast Point! This beer perfectly captures the essence of an habanero- floral and nose-piercingly sharp- while retaining the citrus notes of the Sculpin. Slipstream (2720) - USA - FEB 16, 2013
From a cask at The Bronx Ale House, while watching some playoff football. A really interesting variation on BP’s flagship IPA. Lots of chili spice and hop resin makes for a lively, intense, eye-opening brew. This is being a little under-rated imho, maybe by people who aren’t crazy about capsaicin in their beer.