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Grapefruit Sculpin - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Reviews: 641
Hads: 4,813
Avg: 4.29
pDev: 24.48%
Wants: 481
Gots: 1,985 | 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 Steelocation
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into a 12oz pint size glass. I didn't find a bottle number or expiration date. I bought a six-pack of this for home consumption.

Appearance: golden dark color with some haze. It looks lively as there was plenty of carbonation.

Smell: sweet and perfume like with a citrus odor.

Taste: malty and has a definitive aftertaste of grapefruit. Goes down pretty dry.

Mouth feel: well carbonated and goes down coarse due to that carbonation.

Overall: enjoyed the beer because it does have that fruity taste. This is coming from someone who does not enjoy fruity beers. Even if you don't like grapefruit, you'll only get that taste in the end. Has a distinctive taste and with a high ABV, enjoyable enough to want more than one.

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Photo of DaBurls
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a golden orange. The smell is a tad bit more citrus than its brother Sculpin IPA. The taste is great. I think it has a lot more volume and crispness than the Sculpin IPA. You get a lot more of a sweet/bitterness of grapefruit, lemon, and apricot without a ton of grapefruit flavor. Cheers

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a clear gold color with a rocky head that dissipates pretty quickly. Big, sweet ruby red grapefruit mixes with classic Sculpin hop grapefruit, lemon in the nose – sublime. The additional grapefruit is less noticeable in the taste. Huge hop grapefruit, tropical fruit and floral hops mingle with an understated malt profile to provide something resembling balance. Long, high bitterness in the finish, with more grapefruit flavor.

A very nice IPA. It’s fun to try and figure out where the hop grapefruit flavors end and the added grapefruit flavors begin. As good as regular Sculpin.

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

Before trying this beer I was not a very big fan of IPAs. I had seen all the rave about this beer so when it happened to be at my local store, I had to pick up a 6 pack. I was very impressed with this beer overall. Pours to a orange/gold color, produes anywhere from a finger to 2 finger head, smells exactly like grapefruit, and tastes like grapefruit as well. After having tried this beer, I've started to enjoy other IPAs as well, so far though, this has been the best one I've tasted!

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Photo of hopflyer
3.22/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Canned about a month ago.

Pours bright light orange/gold. One finger head. Retains pretty well. Looks great.

Overwhelmingly grapefruit in the nose. That's about it!

Taste just the same. Carbonated grapefruit juice. Very little in the way of any malt balance or even much in the way of any other typical flavors you get from a good hoppy IPA. Very one dimensional. lacking bitterness. Sweetness but mostly from the grapefruit.

Feel light bodied. Carbonation is fitting. A touch of sourness in the aftertaste.

I gotta say I'm underwhelmed. I don't get the rave reviews here. I think shandy IPA if there is such a thing. The grapefruit is way overdone with this. I prefer a good hop profile that lends a variety of citrus flavors with some pine and a decent bready and cracker balance. This is an all out grapefruit juice assault. Maybe infuse seltzer water with grapefruit juice and add a splash of alcohol to duplicate. I'll take a regular Sculpin please.

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Photo of CraigS119
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A biscuity malt backbone accompanies a potent grapefruit-hop juicyness. Lots of grapefruit pith in the aftertaste.

The first time I had this I thought that the grapefruit was rather subtle, but the more I drink it, it's become all I can taste. Definitely delicious, just found it interesting how my perception of it had changed.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright amber with copious white foam. Smells strongly of grapefruit, lemon zest, floral hops. Pleasant balance of sweet malt forward with piney/citrusy hop tang midnote and an almost astringent end note leaving a very clean palate. Grapefruit and citrus notes predominate – but overall the sweet – hop- malt is incredibly well balanced. Light to medium mouth feel with plenty of carbonation.
Overall – I rather enjoyed it and would pick up this again. I’ll have to check out their sculpin and other offering.

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Photo of soccrgump
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: pours an orange copper color w a 1-1 1/2 foamy head, which retained well. S: grapefruit and other tropical fruit. T: grapefruit, lemon zest, pine. M: thin as expected.

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Photo of smanders
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

TW here in NOVA took $2 off a 6'er last week...do you think it was overpriced? Now only $14.

A - a beautiful honey color with a bulbous, white head.

S - Grapefruit with a medley of other tropical fruit. A touch of pine.

T - Citrus punch that mellows to a sweet, biscuity ending. If you've enjoyed a couple, the grapefruit is REALLY accentuated.

M - medium-bodied with a slightly oily texture.

Drinkability - High! If you love Sculpin because of the fruit, you will really enjoy Grapefruit Sculpin. It almost tastes like a health drink...

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I couldn't believe that, based on grapefruit I'd tried in other beers, that I would even remotely like this beer. It was recommended to me by a beer geek friend and I've been avoiding it until I was able to buy just one today. Damn I am one hard headed dude at times because I should have tried this a month ago. It was wonderful and my grapefruit concerns were not an issue. Just enough. Light, very easy to drink. A perfect summer or maybe anytime beer to have around. Well done Ballast P

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Photo of kpoole25
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm normally not a fan of grapefruit, either the actual fruit, or hops that present as grapefruit for example. But this was an awesome combination of flavors for this IPA. I think I like it better than regular Sculpin. Good job to whomever thought up the combination.

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Photo of aleigator
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a vibrant orange color, together with a big, fluffy white head, which turns out to be extremely stable, as it doesn't vanish at all.

The nose reveals pure grapefruit juice, with just a hint of lemon peel and leaves to it, to balance the beers rich exotic fruit appearance. Its zappy grapefruit aromas are out of this world, featuring almost every aspect I get from smelling the actual fruit. This supremacy doesn't allow too much depth though, as the grapefruit takes just all my attention. I get ripe oranges as well, but these do nothing, but to pronounce the grapefruits even more.

Provides a very creamy mouthfeel with a medium carbonation, revealing flavors, ranging from fruity to hoppy bitter, accentuated by a soft mineralic quality. Drinks outstandingly well, producing a zingy, refreshing hop bite.

Starts off with cakey malts, immediately finding their master in an uprising hop dryness, as well as in a silencing carbonation, offering a metallic note, absorbing the initial biscuit aspect. The beer doesn't turn to bitter hop water then, but evolves a fruit evoked bready malt backbone, leaning against a crisp grapefruit hoppiness, amped up by pine accompanied lemon peel. On the palate, the beer turns out to be much more diverse than it had been on the nose, offering a varying hoppiness from lemon to exotic fruits, still with a fantastic juicy aspect to it, making it utmost smashable and refreshing. Finishes with an aqueous note right after the swallow, receding the beers malt aspects nearly completely. A slowly developing, orange pulp coated lime appearance forms the aftertaste of the beer, which again finds a way to integrate a pleasant juicy fruit note of grapefruits.

Awesome ipa, improving its almost perfect taste by a rich, juicy fruit aspect. I am just amazed by the fact, how consistent the grapefruit juiciness is entangled into the flavors and therefore changes the beers overall impression.

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Photo of jlanagnost
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear, copper orangey color into a pint class with a nice fluffy head. Smelled primarily of grapefruit with pine and hops in the background, not particularly complex. First taste was mostly piney/hoppy, but as I drank the beer more I tasted more citrusy and fruity flavors with grapefruit as the prevailing flavor. Body is a tad light but at this point I'm nitpicking, because it's an excellent beer. Supremely smooth and very drinkable. To those that are hoping for an upgrade to Sculpin, I'm not sure this is quite what you're looking for. They're both delicious beers, but the strong grapefruit flavor puts Grapefruit Sculpin as (IMO) a different animal from the classic Sculpin.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a nice looking hazy bronzed orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated nicely. Light lingering lacing roamed around the glass.
The smell, guess what it is: yup, you got it - a huge and I mean a huge amount of "grapefruit" bursting over sweet grassiness. Extra citrusy hops balance nicely.
The taste was mainly sweet allowing a moderately bitter "peel"-like flavor rolling into the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a spectacular crushability about it. For an AIPA, damn, the bitterness is there, but isn't overbearing.
Overall, yeah, y'all know this is damn good, and I do too. Fridge favorite in my house.

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Photo of jcruelty
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A damn good summer beer, not exactly a session beer but I like it with a bit of punch. The grapefruit really works well it's not too overpowering and is super refreshing. I'll still take 21st Amendment Watermelon Wheat on a hot day though!

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Photo of JimandTracey
4.73/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

We were reluctant to try this but I was a pleasant surprise. Well balanced IPA with a smooth blend of citrus. I'd like a little more hop and some more maltiness but overall, really liked it.

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Photo of CJCouillard
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Of the Ballast point Sculpin IPA's I'd say the Habanero Sulpin is my favorite with the Grapefruit Sculpin as a close second. (I have yet to try the original Sculpin IPA)

The smell and taste of this beer are the selling point, with a vibrant citrus smell and a tasteful yet balanced mix of hops and grapefruit. When I saw it was a grapefruit beer, I was worried it would be too sweet, but this is a beer first, with subtle hints of grapefruit! A fantastic variation of a traditional IPA.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is a slightly cloudy golden orange color with great head retention.

The aroma is of grapefruit. Very little malt aroma makes it through the assertive hop/fruit aroma.

Some biscuit flavors with a hint of sweetness. Finish is bitter and with a lingering pithy finish.

Overall a very nice beer. The only thing that I do not like is how pithy it is in the finish. The bitterness lingers too long.

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Photo of pat61
4.81/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours amber with a slight haze under a 1” persistent, white, dense, finely bubbled foam collar that takes over 4 minutes to reduce to a thick. Lacy film. S: Smells like Texas ruby red grapefruit. T: Rich fruit, especially grapefruit flavors that work very well with the hop flavors and bitterness. F: Very creamy and smooth with a medium body and refreshing medium carbonation. O: The extra grapefruit works well the the grapefruit hop flavors and enhances the beer. The added grapefruit does not dominate or overshadow what is already there.

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Photo of Ghrymm
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As good as the original just with a citrus twist to it not overpowering grapefruit at all.
Good on the hops really nice on a hot day.
A well balanced IPA.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
3.87/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Ok, full disclosure. I'm not a grapefruit fan. That being said, this is a very original take on an IPA. The grapefruit is present, but not overpowering. Not my cup of tea (or beer) but nicely done.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Bottle

Pours a very nice clean/clear dark golden orange color, with some nice carbonation, pushing a one-finger creamy off-white head, minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some nice citrus/pine notes. The taste is pretty nice, hoppy, with some nice citrus/pine notes. Medium body, with a nice slightly bitter/dry finish. Overall a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
4.64/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass
orange/amber with a nice head that held up for quite a while
strong grapefruit smell
citrus taste with a bitter aftertaste
sweet as well on the front end
bitterness stayed with me a while
went down easy great on a hot day
overall very enjoyable IPA
will need to try the original sculpin as well

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Have had this one before, glad to get another bottle to rate. Medium orang amber color with a slight haze. Head retention is good. The smell is dominated by grapefruit which follows into the taste. Taste like a sweet ruby red grapefruit up front, very delicious. The hops that follow are more citrus peel and some dank syrupy pine. Finishes dry and the hops linger. Mouthfeel is clean and slick. Overall really tasty IPA that tastes as advertised, could keep on drinking this one, wish it was in distro here.

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Photo of Jeromedepot
4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: nice foggy amber color, lots of carbonation, good size head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: like a crate of grapefruits

Taste: citrusy grapefruit notes at the front end, with a nice malt sweetness and a perfect, almost vegetal bitterness. Great Balance

Mouthfeel: goes down really easy, maybe a bit syrupy. Tartness stays with you a while.

Great IPA. I would highly recommend, but for regular occasions, I prefer the original Sculpin.

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Grapefruit Sculpin from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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