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Grapefruit Sculpin - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Reviews: 607
Hads: 4,632
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 3.71%
Wants: 467
Gots: 1,875 | FT: 34
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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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Photo of damndirtyape
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, no date, served in a Milkshake pilsner glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden amber. 1/4" off-white haze that died down to a thin persistent foam across the top. Plenty of fine strands of lacing and small islands of lacing.

Smell: Fresh squeezed grapefruit (pomolo and ruby red).

Taste: The best way I can describe this beer is a base citrus-hoppy IPA perfectly blended with grapefruit juice from start to finish. Pomolo and ruby red grapefruit notes at the start of the taste of the beer, right there as well to complement the malt sweetness, and again at the finish with the grapefruit tartness complimenting the hop bitterness perfectly.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with some stickiness on the teeth and a feel of grapefruit juice as well. Light carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: A very refreshing and easily drinkable AIPA and the grapefruit flavors complement everything in this beer perfectly well. I would not mind at all having another and I wish I had picked up a six pack as I would be opening another one right now. A great AIPA. (1,073 characters)

Photo of JayQue
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very enjoyable IPA. Pours a bright, slightly hazy golden/orange color with a good size white head and some lacing. Head retention is good. Hoppy aroma, citrus hops with an extra squirt of fresh grapefruit juice in each sip. Flavor is more of the same, good Sculpin hoppy flavor with the extra kick from the grapefruit. The grapefruit could be easily overdone, but it is nicely balanced with a citrusy West Coast IPA.

Mouthfeel is crisp and medium lightness. The grapefruit adds a nice kick. No hint of alcohol, goes down just right for an IPA. The bitterness level is good. I like this one!!!! (601 characters)

Photo of Beersmuggler
2.79/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I had to have this because it was in the BEer advocate 250. It actually was not that bad. I don't like grapefruit and I only kinda like India pale ales but this was very drinkable. (181 characters)

Photo of Gmann
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a dense white head with some frothy big bubbles.

The aroma is of citrus. A double helping of grapefruit, one from the hops and the other from the grapefruit juice. Some light notes of orange, pineapple, and pine round out the hop aroma.

The grapefruit juice hits right away. Its bright and bitter. The natural bitterness works well with an IPA. The flavor transitions seemlessly to the hops. Lots of citrus notes from the hops. Grapefruit and orange standout. The malt is fairly beefy and provides a bready, light toffee flavor.

The beer has a moderate to full feel. Good balance between sweet and bitter. Drinks very well. Some drying bitterness in the finish.

It doesn't exactly wow me but the flavors are quite good. The beer is quite refreshing for a bigger beer. (812 characters)

Photo of RecklessKyle
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into Pint Glass.

A: Deep golden/amber color. Lots of carbonation and limited head. Decent lacing but fades quickly.

N: Strong grapefruit smell but otherwise mild. Not overpowering.

T: Grapefruit notes up front, follow by a strong hoppy finish. Well balanced.

M: Lots of cabonation. Rich.

O: Overall I really enjoyed this beer. I have tried the Sculpin IPA and they are both good beers. I would definitely recommend this beer to anyone who like less-hoppy/ better balanced IPA's. Solid IPA. (520 characters)

Photo of Todd
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Grapefruity, Hoppy, Zesty, Refreshing

Amber with a thick, creamy, sticky head. Fragrant and floral with grapefruit and stone fruits in the nose, this IPA has big, juicy, zesty, grapefruit character with bitter, piney, grassy and floral hop flavors that drive into the finish. Soft bready malts provide just enough sweetness to balance things out. It ends with a dry, rindy and resiny finish. I love this trend of adding citrus to IPAs, and even more so when it works. Take Grapefruit Sculpin for example, a bright and refreshing twist on a world-class beer.

As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #103 (August 2015). (616 characters)

Photo of MJSFS
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a frozen mug.
L: Amber with a decent head and tons of lacing.
S: At first I didn't smell much grapefruit, but I think the frozen mug was hiding it. As the glass and beer warmed, the grapefruit notes came out.
T: Same issue with the ice cold glass. At first it tasted exactly like the regular Sculpin. As the beer warmed, the grapefruit flavor was strong and lingering.
F: Nice medium body beer.
O: Very good beer overall. Sweet grapefruit finish the warmer it gets. I like the regular Sculpin better though. (538 characters)

Photo of chinchill
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Look: deep, copper-amber body topped by a thick, and very durable bone-colored head. Lots of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma: grapefruit and some floral notes; some other citrus and faint baked bread.

Flavor: Sculpin (of course) with bitter-sweet grapefruit juice added. The grapefruit addition is unmistakable despite significant 'grapefruit' tones in the base Sculpin: The front-end is sweetened and the grapefruit notes are now more juice than rind.

Feel: Medium-full body that is well carbonated.

O:a nice enhancement of an already exceptional IPA. While my description sounds like I'd prefer this variant, I'll need to try then at the same tasting session to determine this. (715 characters)

Photo of Jeffsta1
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden bronze color, nicely unfiltered. White head.

Distinctly grapefruit on the nose. Not bad.

Mildly bitter, hoppy, nice grapefruit taste. Easy. If it weren't so rich it'd be sessionable.

Mouthfeel is relatively rich. Nice. A bit more carbonation than necessary, perhaps.

Finish is long, but not especially intense, very nicely integrated and consistent with the taste.

This is an excellent beer, though it's hard to point to exactly what's great - it just works. (470 characters)

Photo of Ksmoove27
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lokk - golder/orange, thin head white head (puured from a bottle), disappearred quickly; light lacing

Aroma - Definitely citrus/grapefruit

Taste - grapefruit and hop bitterness, but very smooth and not too much

Feel - medium body; good carbonation

Overall - I am a big fan of the regular sculpin...not a big fan of grapefruit, but the beer is very smooth, with the bitterness of the hops and grapefruit present, but in a good balance. (438 characters)

Photo of Tele
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Can (Canned 7.10.15)
Consumed: 8.17.15

A: 4.5 Pours reddish gold with a two-inch off-white head. Good retention leaving a fair amount of lace on the glass.

S: 4.25 Aroma is obviously dominated by grapefruit, but it works its way in with the other tropical fruit hop aromas from regular sculpin. Malt is really minimal on the nose, only offering a bit of breadiness.

T: 4.25 Really nicely balanced on the palate. The beer starts off a touch sweet with lots of grapefruit, but also some pineapple and mango. Malt shows up more than the nose would suggest, bringing along the bread quality but not much sweetness. The finish is more like classic sculpin with a pleasant, but not overdone, bitterness.

M: 4.5 Great body and carbonation. Super refreshing and drinkable making this a great summer beer.

O: 4.25 I think regular sculpin is little overrated, but this version really elevates the beer while still being balanced and interesting. This has been my go to beer this summer and probably will be for a while longer. (1,035 characters)

Photo of PHBoiler
3.79/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Definitely grapefruit on the nose. Nose and taste reminds me of a grapefruit slice candy that you get at the mall. The malty sweetness drowns out the juiciness of the flavor profile. The hops here are not complimenting the grapefruit level. Not sure if draft is better but this was from a can poured into a tulip. (317 characters)

Photo of JLaw55
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very very good. Tasty and smooth. Tastes like Sculpin (an already amazing brew), but with a nice hit of grapefruit juice tossed in. Super refreshing. The only thing keeping this from a perfect 5 like Sculpin, is that it is leaning just a little too far to the sweet side compared to regular Sculpin. I am afraid the sweetness would be a little too much to make it something you could pound multiples of. Which is a shame.

Would absolutely purchase and drink again. (465 characters)

Photo of Stevem68
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice deep golden color with a touch of orange. Huge aroma of citrus. Has a refreshing citrus flavor. The grapefruit is perfect in this beer. Very easy drink, a little crisp finish but nice hoppy notes and a balanced finish wit a grapefruit aftertaste. (259 characters)

Photo of bark
3.81/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Copper colour, clear liquid, compact off-white head.

Before I knew what I had in the glass, I noted that this beer got a distinct smell of lemon candy and lemon-scented fragrance blocks. It is very balanced between the fruits and the IPA.

The taste starts like a carbonated grapefruit juice. It reminds of grapefruit drops candy from my childhood. There is also a smooth floral bitterness. Medium body. The aftertaste is more IPA than grapefruit with smoother bitterness and less sourness. Lemons in the finish.

Medium strong carbonation, smooth liquid.

An interesting and very balanced fruit IPA that is booth IPA and fruit. (632 characters)

Photo of Premo88
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into tulip
(July 21, 2015 born on)

L: crystal clear gold-amber ... not quite copper but definitely with some red in there; about 1/2-inch head of white foam that sticks a bit at the top; slight bit of lacing, decent collar of white foam

S: grapefruits ... loads of citrus sweetness, ruby red grapefruits

T: bittersweet grapefruit, a little grain, perhaps a little onion/grassy hop flavor ... and the bite is very bitter at times; the grapefruit is unmistakable

F: very nice, full and well carbonated

O: great brew. the grapefruit isn't overboard or out of balance with the typical citrusy, hoppy Sculpin flavors, but there does seem to be an extra grapefruity kick, especially in the nose. (718 characters)

Photo of K_STAR
4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Belgian tulip.
A: clear golden
S: lots of grapefruit!
T: nice citrus grapefruit flavor compliments hop bitterness
M: bright and light, crisp
O: very nice, perhaps a touch overdone with the grapefruit but a nice beer to only have one of - Cheers! (272 characters)

Photo of outdoor7or24
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can picked up at trader Joe's ams poured into snifter.
A: pours a clear gold bar color body, carbonation, frothy 2 finger white foam head, bits of lacing
S: grapefruit, citrus, slight hint of pine
M: my body with a slight resin on the tongue in the finish
T: a fantastic grapefruit juice flavor, great fruit rind, citrus, finishing off with a pine like resin, sort of semi dry in the finish
O: very impressive brew from Ballast Point, you have to try this if you never have, cool, refreshing, crisp (505 characters)

Photo of jancona
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've waited to try this for a while - tough to find in stock! Pours golden orange with an off white and puffy head. After it warms a bit you get that sticky, grapefruit juice smell with faint hops and malt. The taste is straight up Ruby Red grapefruit juice with a nice dry hop finish. I love juicy IPAs and this one is worthy of the hype. I much prefer this to the regular Sculpin! (382 characters)

Photo of Bogart2930
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Exceptional IPA. Always have to have these stocked in my fridge. Preferably in cans so I can take to the beach because this is the perfect summer drink ( or anytime for the matter). (182 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

CANsin Colby is on some sort of a South AmeriCAN excursion right now, which is odd, since it is also his anniversary, but as long as my cousin-in-law is down with it, so be it. This CAN came out of The Fridge's cooler and the spent CAN will make a beautiful addition to my wing of the CAN House.

From the CAN: "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."; "Dedicated to the Craft".

Man, but the Crack! seemed to echo in my kitchen! This calls for an inverted Glug! This resulted in three fingers of rocky, eggshell-white head with good retention which left nice, sticky lacing on its way down. Color was a solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. As to the nose, I have been staying at the Radisson (KofP) for the past few weeks and my class tries to eat breakfast together in the morning. They know that I am big on grapefruit juice and so I know from whence I speak when I say that this is VERY grapefruit-y! Mouthfeel was big, full, but not quite creamy. Oh, man, I love the taste of this beer! They have it on-tap at the Valley Tavern currently and I have been drinking the s**t out of it, thanks in part to the lovely Chris Sauer, their bar manager who got us a pitcher of it one night. Nothing beats fresh draught beer, but this was a close second. It lands somewhere between grapefruit rind (good) and pith (not so good), but not exactly like freshly-squeezed juice with pulp. There is no question that it is of grapefruit, but its bitterness is like a blend of origins. Finish was dry, biting, refreshing, and while they may CANsider it "summer"-y, it was causing me to sweat. Some may enjoy this sensation on a hot, humid summer's day, but I would prefer it during the winter. (2,009 characters)

Photo of polloenfuego
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Looks good pouring a straw gold with a thumb's worth of head that breaks leaving little lacing behind in its wake.

S: Heavy on the grapefruit, unsurprisingly. Also present are other citrus fruits, and the hops can definitely be picked up.

T: Grapefruit on the front, bitter hops and then more citrus on the back end again.

M: Medium feel with good carbonation. Dry finish with a lingering bitterness.

O: Overall, I have to say I prefer this version of Sculpin to the original. The grapefruit gives it more "pop" and makes for a refreshing drink. (553 characters)

Photo of trygelski1
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz can poured into tulip glass

Look: golden colored with about an inch of head

Smell: citrus with the grapefruit coming through

Taste: smooth with a mouthful of citrus, hops, and grapefruit

Feel: excellent carbonation

Overall; I was skeptical about the grapefruit as I don't care for fruit in my beer but wow does this really work. This is a 5 star beer if there ever was one. Crisp and refreshing and wow does that grapefruit come thru. Another excellent offering from Ballast Point! (494 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Has a nice piney, resinous, grapefruit aroma. The grapefruit is strong. Very smooth malt to hop transition. Strong grapefruit taste, especially at the end. Nice piney hop to go along with it. Slight bready, malty flavor. Very well balanced and easily drinkable. Very good. Medium bodied with heavy carbonation. (421 characters)

Photo of Beerwolf666
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

If you have been lucky enough to Have Tried the Regular Sculpin, [and loved it] ,then you will enjoy the Grapefruit Sculpin just as much,[or perhaps even more] you Still get All the other Tropical Fruit Tastes as well,the Mango,Pineapple,citrus rind,and more,but you get a hint more of that Grapefruit & Citrus Rind -just another Beautiful,Awesome,Top Notch and Stellar Offering From [what is in my Humble Opinion] one of the top 5 Breweries in America "Ballast Point"-a MUST Try,Cheers! (490 characters)

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Grapefruit Sculpin from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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