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Grapefruit Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Grapefruit Sculpin IPA
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80 Ratings
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.74%
Wants: 32
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: arfenhouse on 01-19-2013)
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Tuckersmth

California

3.25/5  rDev -25.3%

07-23-2014 20:40:35 | More by Tuckersmth
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rawfish

California

4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear and golden with a minor half finger head of white. Decent retention and wispy bands of lace, good enough but I know real fruit really damages appearance of beers.

White grapefruit comes screaming out of the glass almost one dimensional but with a bit of warmth you get the underlying tropical dried mangoes and pineapple Sculpin is known for with just a bit of bubblegum and pine in the finish. Whoa.

Nicely balanced with malt adding sweetness but little flavor allowing the white grapefruit flavor to dominate with a backing of dried pineapple and mangoes and the pine is lost, replaced with a herbal and minty hop kick. Bitterness is moderate with a juicy and tempered finish.

Medium bodied with good carbonation. Alcohol is felt but not tasted. Lacks the drying of a typical hopped up beer but is so juicy and the grapefruit does give an impression of some drying.

Stunning use of grapefruit that doesn't hold back. A bit too much forward in that brand of citrus but that's what I was expecting and looking forward to anyway. Best with food and really begins to open up when left to sit a bit.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2014 04:30:39 | More by rawfish
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

4/5  rDev -8%

07-22-2014 23:55:57 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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AgentMunky

California

3.93/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in a half-pint glass at Ale Arsenal.

Good head tops a perfectly clear golden beer.

The smell is juicy and delightful. Citrus is unmistakeable and grapefruit is divineable. Citrus peel and a pleasant acidity.

Oh good god. I suspect they make this with actual grapefruits. This tastes more like a soda than a beer. Fizzy, fruity, tart, and bitter. The bitterness seems to come from rind, rather than hops. Very interesting, but not very...Sculpin-y. Deceptively refreshing; this doesn't feel like drinking. The finish is long and grapefruit juicy. (Not to sound like a broken record, but it's REALLY obvious.)

A little one-dimensional for me, but tasty enough.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2014 04:42:24 | More by AgentMunky
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Rothobinide

California

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

07-21-2014 00:52:18 | More by Rothobinide
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fox227

California

5/5  rDev +14.9%

07-20-2014 21:49:03 | More by fox227
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largadeer

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

07-20-2014 06:56:16 | More by largadeer
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random846

California

3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

07-20-2014 04:25:48 | More by random846
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geuze_gone_wild

California

4/5  rDev -8%

07-20-2014 03:42:40 | More by geuze_gone_wild
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Nightrain87

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

07-20-2014 00:11:04 | More by Nightrain87
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Hendrick24

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -8%

07-19-2014 17:19:51 | More by Hendrick24
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robear

Wisconsin

4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz acquired via trade. Poured into double-walled tumbler.

Appearance: Beautiful beer. Deep golden hay, just like original Sculpin. Good head retention, great lacing. This is one of the most attractive beers out there.

Smell: They aren't kidding about the grapefruit. If you don't like gf, you won't like this beer.

Taste: Follows aroma perfectly. I could only pick up a hint of Sculpin at the very end. Grapefruit was a good balance of sweet/tart. I would argue for a bit more hops. Alcohol is almost completely hidden. Dangerous.

Mouthfeel: I could drink this all day. Less cloying/sticky than original Sculpin.

Overall: Delivers what it promises. Will try alongside original Sculpin next week. I do wish it had a touch more "fresh-squeezed" grapefruit flavor. Sculpin has always been a highly filtered beer, so you lose all of that great organic matter you have in fresh gf juice.

Verdict: Well worth a trade to the West Coast. Have your trading partner throw in an original Sculpin to taste the differences. They're pretty major.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2014 14:41:37 | More by robear
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Camjmorton

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

07-19-2014 07:25:50 | More by Camjmorton
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JCam9981

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

07-19-2014 00:12:44 | More by JCam9981
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Boone757

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

07-18-2014 06:36:20 | More by Boone757
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akang

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

07-17-2014 04:45:09 | More by akang
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Sideswipe

California

4/5  rDev -8%

07-17-2014 04:23:02 | More by Sideswipe
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ung

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

07-17-2014 02:26:13 | More by ung
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

07-17-2014 01:13:01 | More by MarkyMOD
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CavemanRamblin

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

07-16-2014 12:55:25 | More by CavemanRamblin
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mabermud

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this on tap at Ballast Point Brewery in Scripps Ranch. The beer looked alive. The body was bright bronze, clean, and clear. The head was white, dense, and soft. The smell of grapefruit was definitely apparent. For me, the original Sculpin has a richer taste. They removed the rich, and added grapefruit zest, and citrus. The base beer is still there, but the beer changed into something bright and zesty. A great summer beer.

I had this in a bottle a couple of days earlier and everything was dialed down one or two notches. Obviously much better on tap. Overall, this is worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2014 22:57:55 | More by mabermud
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DrBier

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

07-14-2014 19:01:51 | More by DrBier
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KirkFrancis

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -8%

07-14-2014 18:51:21 | More by KirkFrancis
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jerefreakinmiah

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -8%

07-14-2014 18:32:09 | More by jerefreakinmiah
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jbriggs7

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

07-14-2014 16:19:56 | More by jbriggs7
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Grapefruit Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.