Grapefruit Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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4.26/5 rDev -1.8%
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
3.93/5 rDev -9.4%
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
4.53/5 rDev +4.4%
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
Grapefruit Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.