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Grapefruit Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Grapefruit Sculpin IPAGrapefruit Sculpin IPA

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Ratings: 3,559
Reviews: 613
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.74%
Wants: 413
Gots: 1,222 | FT: 30
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: arfenhouse on 01-19-2013

Our Award-winning IPA, with a citrus twist.
Our Grapefruit Sculpin is the latest take on our signature IPA. Some may say there are few ways to improve Sculpin’s unique flavor, but the tart freshness of grapefruit perfectly complements our IPA’s citrusy hop character. Grapefruit’s a winter fruit, but this easy-drinking ale tastes like summer.

The Sculpin IPA is a testament to our humble beginnings as Home Brew Mart. It showcases bright flavors and aromas of apricot, peach, mango & lemon. The lighter body also brings out the crispness of the hops. The Sculpin fish has poisonous spikes on its fins that can give a strong sting. Ironically, the meat from a Sculpin fish is considered some of the tastiest. Something that has a sting but tastes great; sounds like a Ballast Point India Pale Ale. This version of our Sculpin IPA has grapefruit added; the grapefruit flavor really enhances the citrus aroma of the hops.
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Ratings: 3,559 | Reviews: 613
Photo of Brian7754
3.89/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice IPA. Not a fan a fruity beers but the grapefruit is light and mixes well with the IPA. Overall good.

Photo of Mehinaman
4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I love Sculpin IPA and I was skeptical about this one as I am of any beer with infused flavored, but man oh man, this is really good. How Ballast Point got it right is by making the grapefruit really subtle. I taste it much more in the aftertaste then I do when actually drinking it. If someone how poured me a glass and told me it was a regular glass or sculpin I'm not sure I would have noticed the difference or at least not right away. It creeps up on you, but in a good way. All in all, a truly delicious beer.

Photo of pfamiano
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

IPA's as a general rule are pretty brash, in your face hoppy and not much finesse. Grapefruit Sculpin takes hop bitterness, tart juicy grapefruit, sweet maltiness(is that a word?) and balances all three perfectly. If you are an hop head, IPA person you may be disappointed, but this is one outstanding drinker with no sharp edges just nice round, smooth flavors.

Photo of BrewUSA
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

GF Sculpin

Look 8/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 40/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 19/20

Overall 93/100

Photo of Carpentiere
2.9/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is overrated...too much grapefruit flavor.

Photo of jwc215
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazed golden amber with a fluffy head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is strong grapefruit. But, complex fruity hops still are strong enough to come through.

The taste of grapefruit is strong through the bitter finish. Grapefruit mixes with other citric notes. A firm malt backing ties it all together.

Very smooth and refreshing.

As much as I love this (and I do) I prefer the original a bit more. But, that's a personal preference. This is a well-made brew. As strong as the grapefruit is, the other characteristics of this great IPA still come through.

Photo of biboergosum
4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, thanks be to the good doktorzee for bringing this back for me. Nice label imagery depicting some cross-species genetic melding.

This beer pours a clear, pale copper amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and mildly bubbly ecru head, which leaves some streaky coral atoll lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells quite pungently of fresh grapefruit juice, orange and lemon rind, faint grainy pale malt, a touch of caramel sweetness, faint hard water flinty notes, and some further herbal and grassy hops. The taste is bitter white grapefruit, orange, and lemon peel, gritty, lightly bready pale and caramel malt, a bit of herbal tincture, and seltzer spiked with Absolut Ruby Red.

The bubbles are fairly widespread in their tingly and perky frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and smooth like, um, well, you know, grapefruit juice. It finishes
dry, the fruitiness of the guest and inherent grapefruit maybe lending an iota of sweetness, but nah, not really.

Egad, is this grapefruity! Once the aroma beset me, I was reminded of the various radlers kicking about of late - lots of real juiciness, because, that's what they are, no judgment here. However, the base Sculpin IPA is not to be trifled with, coming around quickly with its own brand of citrus palatal pleasure, and a few other base elements that obviously don't mean much in the grand scope. Yeah, this is refreshing, and freaking great!

Photo of HomebrewDrinker
4.81/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow, grapefruit. But not the pithy kind. Bitterness is very present but the right amount to hold up to the abundance of hop flavor and malt bill. I can't stop smelling the aroma. Good stuff.

Photo of anaids
4.99/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

even better out of a can!

Photo of PlinyBeMiney
4.02/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To me, this is a step down from sculpin. The base beer is great, but the grapefruit tastes very generic and impresses on me like something that BMC might do. I get the Bud Light w/ Lime feel. I'll stick with regular Sculpin.

Photo of Urk1127
3.06/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I can tell it isn't fresh but either way. Heavy grapefruit peel and hops. Taste is muddled grapefruit and hops, slight malt. Not a fan of this. I just don't like grapefruit also but I've honestly had better IPAs for all the hype behind this.

Photo of Mmart802
4.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

So many refreshing citrus tones. Tastes lighter than 7%. Very easy to drink.

Photo of Hambonillo
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I'm a big fan of the non-grapefruit sculpin, but this was a refreshing surprise. I really dig this too.

Photo of MA_hops
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a home run hitter! Some may argue that the grapefruit flavor is "artificial", but i'd say that it adds to the citrus flavor and overall aroma. This is a citrus bomb of a beer. Kudos to you Ballast!

Photo of JamesMN
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned on the 117th day of 2015.

Appearance: Pale caramel with great clarity. Fluffy off white head.

Aroma: Sweet caramel coated citrus.

Taste: A really great variant of the original. Wonderful grapefruit juice flavor comes through but without the typical harsh bitterness. The IPA background works really well and harmonizes with the grapefruit. I'm actually taken aback at how enjoyable this is compared to regular Sculpin. Finish is a burst of grapefruit rind then an aftertaste of, you guessed it, grapefruit and lingering hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: About medium in body with average carbonation. Not really smooth but never harsh.

Final Thoughts: Really nice job by Ballast Point on this one, taking a very good IPA and making an awesome fruit beer/IPA hybrid with it. Would I drink it again? Yes.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

look: light gold, very clear. Fairly substantial and messy off white head and lacing. Looks like a Sculpin.
smell: Wow. All the citrusy goodness of a Sculpin amped up to a seller nose.
taste: Much like Sculpin...citrusy and mostly dry with grapefruit accentuated. A fine IPA to be sure. The Grapefruit addition doesn't do as much for the taste as it does the nose imo.

Photo of StrayteEDGE
2.92/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

More IPA than grapefruit which is a bit of a disappointment

Photo of moundbz
4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Terrific citrus smell. The taste is good, but not liking grapefruit to start with the after taste is too grapefruity bitter for me.

Photo of Blackpond
4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful, you see it. Get it, If your reading this you want it. Does not, can not disappoint

Photo of BeerBob44
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Give me more!! And to make five words: Please Please

Photo of Elsanto13
4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Great IPA for someone who doesn't like IPA's this one is exceptional, a must for any beer enthusiast

Photo of UrthelLover
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Super clean and refreshing - Cheers to Ballast Point, as they surely are on point with the balance here. The extremely subtle hint of the essence of grapefruit delivers a slight citrus rush as your taste buds open up and get kissed with just the right amount of hops! Well done - I could drink this a few times a week or over my breakfast cereal.
LOL! Enjoy!

Photo of brunop
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

expensive (here on the east coast, at least), but worth it! i am usually leery about anything "extra" in beer, but the grapefruit really makes the hops explode. i would drink this all the time but for the price.


Photo of Pestin
3.3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was expecting Sculpin with an added grapefruit kick. Instead its like drinking ocean spray

Photo of tbeckett
3.34/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A - Darkish golden pour with a bright body. Mild carbonation with one finger of off white head. Spotty lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Woah grapefruit! Citrus, hops, some grain. Lot's of grapefruit.

T - Grapefruit. Can you say one dimensional? Hops are there but grapefruit dominates. Grapefruit juice and hops basically.

M - Good carbonation. Bitterness was there with lot's of grapefruit to finish and pithiness. Medium body.

O/D - Sculpin is great. Grapefruit Sculpin is grapefruit. Just all grapefruit. Decent, but not my scene. Worth a shot if you like the original.

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Grapefruit Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,559 ratings.