Beer: Ballast Point Brewing Co. Habanero Sculpin
Location: San Diego, CA
Type: IPA with Habanero Peppers Added
Price: $14.99/6 pack
“Heat May Vary” – Ballast Point
Appearance: Gold, orange, small head retention.
Aroma: Chili pepper! Smells super spicy.
Body & Texture: Full bodied, good carbonation, immediately hot up front.
Aftertaste: HOT all the way through. Very spicy, makes my mouth water. Burns a little. Leaves a spicy hop aftertaste. Gets hotter as you drink it.
WOW! HOT! Seriously, that’s all I can think of is the heat that goes throughout my mouth and travels to my ears. While this IPA is not something I would drink on the regular, I am so glad our friend Kyle let us try this one. It is such a fun beer! This is definitely a beer you want to open with a crowd. I think it’d be a really fun one to try with a group so everyone can taste it and you can witness peoples reactions. David and my dad stated that they really wanted to try this with Mexican food.
While I personally won’t be buying a six pack of this in the future, it really is a great beer. It’s an IPA brewed with habaneros and there is no mistaking that. This is a great IPA, it just has an intense heat and an amazing pepper aroma. I was not disappointed with this beer at all. You should buy this beer for the spicy lover in your life.
Like I mentioned above, bring this one to a tasting party. It’s sure to bring some laughter to the party. We had a fun time playing a little trick on my mom with this one. She could smell the peppers immediately so she sort of knew something was up, but she took a sip anyway, and we were all cracking up by her expressions. She thought it was incredibly spicy, but then again, she doesn’t do spicy well. I’d say I can handle spicy pretty well and I thought it was also very spicy. It’s a fun beer to test people with and see if they can handle it.
Ryder during the brew review.