Fire and Flavor: Habanero Sculpin from Ballast Point

It's time to discuss a that is sure to excite even the most seasoned connoisseur: Ballast Point Habanero Sculpin. This unique India Pale presents a blend of aggressive piney hop flavors, moderate and a hint of garlic, all balanced out with a flavorful grapefruit finish. But what realy sets this beer apart is its namesake—the habanero pepper.

The habanero pepper is renowned for its intense heat and fruity flavor, making it an ideal addition to any beer. In order to get the perfect balance of heat and flavor, Ballast Point uses habanero peppers grown in Mexico that are then added as part of their proprietary process. The result is an with a kick unlike any other—a complex flavor profile full of citrus and tropical fruit notes, balanced out by the signature spicy kick from the habanero peppers.

At 7% ABV, Habanero Sculpin packs quite a punch—but don't let that scare you away! The heat from the peppers is nicely balanced out by the citrusy sweetness from the grapefruit finish, making it an enjoyable drinking experience even for those who usually avoid IPAs or spicy beers. In fact, many craft beer aficionados have commented on how surprisingly smooth this brew goes down!

No matter if you're looking to try something new or just need something to spice up your craft beer selection, Habanero Sculpin promises not to disappoint. Give it a try today and see what all the hype is about!

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What is the Taste of Ballast Point Sculpin?

Ballast Point Sculpin has a bright, bold flavor that is dominated by aggressive piney hop flavors. It has a moderate malt presence, with hints of garlic and grapefruit and pine notes. The bitterness is well balanced and provides a refreshing bite. Additionally, you may also taste some lemon candy, green, and floral notes which all contribute to an overall delicious profile.

The Fish in Ballast Point Sculpin Beer

The Ballast Point Sculpin is an India Pale Ale that was inspired by the Sculpin fish. The Sculpin is a spiny, bottom-dwelling fish found in waters around the world. It has distinctive fins which contain sharp, venomous spines that give a strong sting. Despite this, it is surprisingly tasty and prized as a food fish. The beer itself takes its name from the Latin name of the fish, Sebastes sculpinus, and is a testament to its unique flavor.


Ballast Point Habanero Sculpin is an award-winning India Pale Ale that combines the signature hop flavors of Sculpin with a hint of habanero peppers. The combination of grapefruit and pine notes in the beer gives it a bright, aggressive flavor, with moderate malt and a slight garlic taste. It's dialed-in bitterness hits the mark, making this beer a unique and delicious offering from Ballast Point. With its spicy kick, it's sure to add some heat to your next gathering!

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Thomas Ashford

Thomas Ashford is a highly educated brewer with years of experience in the industry. He has a Bachelor Degree in Chemistry and a Master Degree in Brewing Science. He is also BJCP Certified Beer Judge. Tom has worked hard to become one of the most experienced brewers in the industry. He has experience monitoring brewhouse and cellaring operations, coordinating brewhouse projects, and optimizing brewery operations for maximum efficiency. He is also familiar mixology and an experienced sommelier. Tom is an expert organizer of beer festivals, wine tastings, and brewery tours.