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Grapefruit Sculpin | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by arfenhouse on 01-19-2013

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Reviews: 767 | Ratings: 5,532
Photo of McBeerin
4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Admittedly, I'm not a big fan of regular Sculpin. I just don't get what all the fuss is about and actually would rate it as one of the more overrated beers on the planet. That said, I love grapefruit Sculpin. There are plenty of reviews on here that capture its essence so I'll just say that it has extraordinary depth that regular Sculpin somehow lacks and is one of the most refreshing summer beers I've tried. Outstanding.

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Photo of stephens101
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From notes.

On tap at Strangeways Dallas.

Pours a light amber. One finger of tan froth diminishes slowly. Smells of grapefuit and bubblegum.
Tastes of grapefruit, sugar, and grain. Very smooth and fruity too. Caramel undertones are noticed.
Light to medium and the fine flow is where this one strikes gold.

Great hype, good beer, I'll have another.

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Photo of DJChaseTheBase
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer has been rated thousands of times, but here is my take on this grapefruit splashing IPA. This has the scent of its name w/ that piney grapefruit taste hitting the buds and a rocking nice bitter aftertaste. I happened to pick this up on sale @ Binny's Chicago so I figured I'd finally try it. Very nice and enjoyable IPA.

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Photo of woomThomas
3.91/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer is ready to go in the yellow / red color. The foam is white with small bubbles. The foam disappears leisurely quickly and leave fine traces. Aromas of grapefruit, jasmine, hops, flowers. A little citrus and orange. Tall in the background, slightly malty. Taste of a hop bomb decreases of grapefruit that is growing up. Some citrus and orange blossom, jasmine, flowers. Malty sweetness, bitterness will humlig at the end as it should. Plump body, with associated bitterness and bitterness at the end. Medium carbonation. The beer turns into a fruit bomb with grapefruit in the main event.

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

Ballast Point Brewing 'Grapefruit Sculpin' @ 7.0% , served from a couple of 355 ml bottle's purchased for $4 each
A-pour is a pale gold from the bottle to a slightly hazey gold in the glass with a medium size white head leaving a streaky lace along the pint
S-hints of grapefruit
T-crisp & clean tasting IPA , mellow dry swallow
MF-ok carbonation , feels full bodied
Ov-good beer & IPA , bit weaker than the original
prost LampertLand

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Photo of basaywhat
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Pours slightly hazy dark golden in color. Aroma of grapefruit, jasmine, touch of pine. Flavor is grapefruit, floral, hint of pine. Has an awesome grapefruit flavor without being overly tart or sweet.

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Photo of OhmZoned
3.65/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grapefruit smell, beautiful color. No lacing or head really. The grapefruit is hard to detect in the taste. Smooth mouth feel for a 7% abv. Overall not bad though I don't agree with it being a 99 world class beer. Also fairly expensive. Sorry Sculpin. Good brew though probably won't seek it again unless I see it on tap. I had a bottle.

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Photo of Paulj22
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I love what twist ballast point put on its award winning sculpin. The aroma of citrusy grapefruit notes hits your nose almost immediately. It has a nice feel on the palate with grapefruit pith finish that will pucker your mouth with satisfaction. Any IPA fan should appreciate this one.

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Photo of MikefromNYC
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer of 2016! Amazing IPA with excellent, smooth, crisp feel that packs a great citrusy smell and taste. Pairs the best of IPA with the citrusness that is grapefruit :D

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Photo of Caj1
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into my favorite tulip glass.

Appearance: much the same as the original sculpin, I won't expound too much here. A good amber, a tinge of orange. Mild haze, bright color overall. Good carbonation. Creamy head that lasts through about half a glass (takes me about fifteen minutes to let the beer warm and then drink a 12 oz glass). Good lacing.

Smell: the grapefruit really compounds the crisp, astringent, and citrus smells of the hops. The grassy/herbal notes are still there. Grapefruit does not dominate like you might think it would, it's about half and half with grapefruit and hops. A little bit sweeter smelling than regular Scuplin. Maybe they added just a little bit extra malt to cut the acidity of the grapefruits.

Taste: like a nice glass of Ruby Red at the very beginning but mellows to include the hops and malt. Hops are still citrusy and light, but mostly citrus comes through, which is a flavor in hops that I like anyway (Deschutes Fresh Squeezed, anyone?). A little bit sweet; I can't tell if it's from the sugar in the fruit or the extra malt, or both. Sugar only cuts the acidity, it's not cloying. I get a small flavor of artisan bread as the beer matures on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: more astringent than original Sculpin. I wouldn't exactly call it a dry feeling, but it does suck up a little bit of moisture on the tongue. Nice to meet you again, tannins. Kind of sticky, but not bad. About a medium body overall. I could session this but probably shouldn't.

Overall: I liked this more than the original Sculpin. It's not earth-shattering, but this tastes really nice and kind of helped break me out of the hop doldrums in which I had previously found myself. I don't know if it's only the grapefruit, but it feels like whatever tweaks they made to the recipe paid off. This is a very nice variation on the Sculpin and could compete with a lot of IPAs out there. In other words, it's good.

To good health and good beer.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clean amber, with a nice near-white head of suds and a thick wall of lace.

Aroma: Yummy tropical and citrus hops, like a sunny tropical day. Very impressive.

Taste: Brilliant grapefruit — bitterness and sour and faithful in all regards. Alongside the Schlafly Grapefruit IPA, this is a wonderful and fitting fruit-accented IPA. Well-done!

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Photo of Wsantolucito92
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy reddish bronze with a finger of white head. Smells of grapefruit right away followed by lemon and tangerine with a little pine. First taste is a bit of a shock because it is just like fresh squeezed grape fruit juice mixed with classic sculpin followed by a piney bitter and sweet malt with a lingering taste of mango and orange zest. Mouth feel is well carbonated and is refreshing and crisp and has a dry finish. Overall it is really great and highly drinkable I could throw these back at a bar all night long and I can't say that with a lot of other ipa style beers. Grapefruit and tropical hops work perfectly and man they killed the grapefruit flavor. Well done.

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Photo of Ejonespitt
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can into IPA glass

L- Copper color,1 finger of head when poured, after settling a nice small remnant remained throughout. Nice lacing was left behind.

S- grapefruit, citrus, pine in background, nice maltiness in the nose. Ver nice citrus ipa smell.

T- malty sweetness, grapefruit to match aroma. Hop bitterness comes in at the end as it should. Very nice pleasant grapefruit, not overwhelming or artificial.

F- smooth, perfect ipa mouthfeel.

Overall- great citrus ipa. The grapefruit flavor is a nice balanced addition instead of overwhelming it with fake citrus flavor and sweetness. Good fruit smell and flavor with bitter finish as it should have.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bottle of Grapefruit Sculpin for $2.49 at The Lager Mill. I've been wanting to try this one for a while, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks good, it's just as eye catching as the original. It poured a golden orange color which took on more of an orange color when held to the light with a little over half a fingers worth of bubbly off white head that died down to a thing ring that stayed till the end and it didn't leave much lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, but I wish it had better lacing.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the grapefruit being the first to show up and it imparts some nice juicy and natural grapefruit aroma. Up next comes the hops which impart all those nice tropical fruit, citrus rind hop profile that the original has, but there's a little bit of green hops that show up in the background. Up next comes just a little bit of doughy yeast followed by the malts which just impart a light pale malt and a light sweet malt like aroma. This beer has a very nice aroma, I thought that the grapefruit works very well with the hop profile.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the grapefruit still being the first to show up and it shows up as much as did in the aroma and it imparts that juicy and natural grapefruit aspects. Up next comes the hops which impart the same great hop profile, but this time the green hops seems to stick out a little more and it's followed by a slightly higher amount of medium bitterness with some malts showing up towards the ends and they impart a little big of a bready flavor with some doughy yeast showing up in the background. In the aftertaste there's a little bit of lingers bitterness with a nice hoppy and grapefruit like aftertaste. This is a very nice tasting beer, all the flavors work really well together.

M- Smooth, refreshing, crisp. medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is very nice and it works great with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a very nice beer and I thought it was a great example of the a fruited IPA, the grapefruit worked great with the base beer and they came together to make for a very nice tasting beer. This beer has good drinkability, I could drink a couple of these, especially when it's hot out. What I like the most about this beer is how great the grapefruit worked with the base beer, they are the perfect combo. What I like the least about this beer is the appearance, it's not bad, but I wish it had better lacing. I would for sure buy this beer again and I would recommend it to anyone who likes grapefruit beers. All in all I was very happy with this one and a little impressed. It's one of the better beer I've had from this brewery and it's a great example of the style. Great job guys, this is one very nice tasting beer, keep it up.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Have purchased singles of this a few times from my local Trader Joe's but I guess I never reviewed it. Pours a gold medal color with medium head but thick, adhesive lace. Nose has the promised grapefruit, grassy hops, and other assorted fruit flavors.

A little high in carbonation and balanced to start, followed by plenty of fruit and a long bitter aftertaste. I get lemon and peach to pace the serious grapefruit. A little astringent in the finish but still tasty.

This is really good but still maybe a touch overrated.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
3.69/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden amber color, mostly translucent, with a frothy white head that leaves tons of lacing. Smells like grapefruit (duh). Some other citrusy smells and tastes come through: grapefruit juice and rind, lemon, orange rind, etc. Also getting some alcohol taste that adds a medicinal/chemical flavor that I've found all variants of Sculpin to have. Luckily, this one is so bitter with grapefruity goodness that it kind of drowns out that flavor that I normally don't like about regular Sculpin. As usual with all Sculpin types, I think this beer is slightly too bitter and lacking in a malt backbone, but I kind of enjoyed BP playing up the bitterness of this beer by adding grapefruit to it. Feels about medium, and leaves a sticky, lingering, bitter finish. Overall, this is a better than average IPA, but the price point (nearly $20 a 6 pack here in PA) keeps me from being a return customer. I think you can do better for much, much cheaper, but it's worth a try anyway.

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Photo of ryhsh72
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Spiegelau IPA glass, clear amber glow with a fluffy head that lasts for days.

What a sniffer! Grapefruit and crushed wheat on the nose, freshness that exudes a crisp summer day.

Immediate rush of grapefruit and mild yuzu on the tastebuds, tempered by the growing bitters from
citrusy hops. Lovely body that coats the palate, with bubbles that gently effervesce. Well balanced, eminently drinkable.

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Photo of psmith161
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having rated nearly 1100 beers on BA, this is my first from Ballast Point! Someone advised me that the grapefruit sculpin was the best. I'm not an IPA drinker because I hate the bitterness from most IPA's, but this one isn't very bitter at all. Very good, with grapefruit coming through strongly. May have to try others from Ballast Point.

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Photo of Ipamadness820
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best grapefruit IPA I have had to this day, just wish the price would go down. To me this is a $12.99 6-pk max, $15.99 is the only reason I don't buy it, Trader Joes in my area sell singles of this but it's the only way I will buy.

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Photo of illpass78
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint on draft at Loco Coco's in Kittery, Maine.

Appearance: Super clear copper color with a short white head. Rings of white lacing left behind.

Aroma: Grapefruit. Smells like an IPA with a big grapefruit punch. Also pine and hops.

Taste: Big, juicy fruit flavors up front, led by (of course) grapefruit. Some nice malt backbone, too. Really tasty. Very smooth at 7 ABV and big hop presence.

Mouthful: Deceptively smooth and easy for a beer with fairly heavy bitterness. Balanced.

Overall: Understandably beloved A-list IPA. Curious how much "grapefruitier" it is than original Sculpin. Grapefruit is a pretty common IPA flavor, but here it's in the spotlight.

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Photo of Marraybay
3.15/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Look: Beautiful: Translucent orange color with +2 fingers of foam on-top;
Significant lacing.

Smell: My first thought was peaches, but as the pour relaxed, the grapefruit
comes powering thru. Very neat.

Taste: Perhaps a whisper of orangey sweetness, but the grapefruit presents
almost immediately and rides thru to the close, which is bitter and lingering.
(Even minutes later!) Fairly surprising punch to this, given the 7%, although
the booze didn't overly present in the taste.

Feel: Perhaps a bit astringent, otherwise, middle-of the road non-descript.

Overall: The glass presentation and nose aside--which were exceptional--
this comes up short for me. Just too much unrelenting bitterness from
the hops and accompanying grapefruit, without enough push-back from
the malt-side.

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Photo of PaddyDragons
4.76/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

The grapefruit citrus bitter mixed with the hop bitter is a fantastic pairing, its a must try beer with a great feel and flavor, Ballast Point hit it out of the park on this one.

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Photo of Kevh14
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Might be the best overall beer out there. The grapefuit rind flavor adds citrus and bitterness that complements the hops extremely well. Only Green Flash double IPA rivals it.

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden amber color - very clear. Poured a 12 oz can into a standard pint glass. Beautiful 2 finger head that remains as a film atop the beer for its entire existence. Rich citrus and grapefruit come thru in a pungent manner. The taste is fantastic. Full grapefruit flavor and a great finish with some citrus hops. Slightly bitter and dry is the mouthfeel. An enjoyable beer that I would definitely drink again.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.51/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a classic clear gold with all sorts of foam and head retention.

Huge grapefruit nose that definitely leans towards the hoppy citrus side but I can't help but feel it is a contrived thing going on. Did they just squirt grapefruit juice in each and every bottle? They couldn't have; I get that.

As contrived as I thought the smell was, I feel the exact same way aboot the taste. Beneath the what I feel is pure grapefruit juice, I do get the base IPA, but even that is not up to snuff anymore after all of the great IPAs I have had since then. The juice leaves me trembling. That's me.

Great mouthfeel.

Not for me but like I said. ..that's me. You like? Good for you!

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Grapefruit Sculpin from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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