Beer-and-food journalist, Stone Brewing Co., and Senior Communications Specialist & author of the San Diego Beer News Complete Guide to San Diego Breweries
Ballast Point, Habanero Sculpin IPA
(American IPA, 7% ABV)
Brandon says: "Most beer fans are hopheads, but I am a hothead. I’m not saying I have a temper (OK, maybe a little). I just love the invigorating tingle of capsaicin on my taste buds, and this beer -- one of the most game-changing pepper beers of all time -- delivers it in a potent manner that’s not the least bit wimpy and, depending on the batch, tangoes with the adjective 'hellish'. Funnily enough, even with all that heat, the beer still feels refreshing. Of course, it would be unhealthy to solely subsist on such a fiery quaff all Summer long, so I also love working other San Diego India pale ales into the rotation, namely Alpine Nelson, Rip Current Lupulin Lust, and Societe The Pupil."