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Grapefruit Sculpin - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Reviews: 717
Hads: 5,249
Avg: 4.29
pDev: 24.48%
Wants: 503
Gots: 2,287 | FT: 26
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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 vikinggary28
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz can into glass. Nice golden/orange colour with a off white thin head. Smells very similar to BP's regular sculpin IPA but with a stronger fruity/citrus smell, which shouldn't surprise. Tastes great, much like it smells. Goes down easy. I think I'll have another. Prost!

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Photo of musicsherlock
4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Sculpin tasting #2

No bottling date noticed

Prototypical translucent orange with a soapy off-white head, thinner than the base beer

Strong grapefruit nose as it should

Clean, crisp Grapefruit, Ruby Red, and Lemon even. Lives up to it's name. I like the balance between Grapefruit bitterness with hop bitterness, throw in malt balance and you're set. Again dry.

Creamy, well carbonated

Overall Grapefruit Sculpin exceeds the original in taste. Refreshing.

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Photo of TheLefty1616
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Nice looking pour with a little over an inch of head. The beer itself is a deep golden color with a bit of murkiness which is nice.

Smell: Earthy aromas which are deep and hoppy. The sweetness of the grapefruit definitely comes through fantastically.

Taste: A little dry and bitter with a wonderful grapefruit finish. I really enjoyed the taste of this being a fan of grapefruit itself.

Feel: Smooth, goes down nice but nothing special.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer and would definitely recommend to others who enjoy fruity flavors for a change.

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

Poured from a non-freshness dated longneck 12 oz bottle into a wide-mouthed tasting glass. Orange-tinted clear golden color with a loose, settle 1/4" bone white head, comprised of small island globs of larger bubbles, and a jagged halo of smaller bubbles. Moderate visible uprising carbonation. Lacework is broken rings that smatter all the way down the glass.

Smells wonderfully sweet and sour - just like a fresh pink grapefruit. Juicy, ripe, VERY inviting. Hops are properly floral and fragrant, nothing piney or rustic about this refined beauty.

The smells mentioned above translate very accurately into their respective flavors. I was surprised how the flavors diminished quickly, but in a clear-cut masterful way. Probably one of the few IPAs that don't stick around and lambaste your tongue.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, with the perfect amount of moderate carbonation, whose texture is finer and comforting. Clean finish with an appropriate level of dryness, and no dehydration on the tongue. Feels very friendly.

Overall a flavored IPA that doesn't taste contrived. A gorgeous mix of fruit and hop, with a stable malt spine. It drinks very fast, so I'd say the drinkability is superb. The scent stays as fresh at the final couple ounces as it does right after first pour. I'm definitely a fan.

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Photo of puck1225
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A draft pour into a pint, a clear yellow-orange color. The pour had a thin head but good lacing. Clear citrus signature in both taste and smell. Clear grapefruit bitterness and taste, also some orange and lime. Enjoyed it!

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Photo of GinDC
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is some serious grapefruit. The taste os so in your face grapefruit that you almost forget its natural but then the beer taste rounds it out and you realize you're dealing with something really well done.

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

Pretty much my favorite beer at the moment. The grapefruit blends perfectly with the hop profile, and smells absolutely amazing. I think my only complaint on this beer is the price. ~$15 for a six-pack seems a little high.

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

Pours amber, hazy with a very wide white foam head, excellent retention and lacing. Aroma is citrusy, like grapefruit and resinous. Taste is very refreshing, fruity, citrusy, grapefruit definetely there, very nice. Great beer.

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Photo of Oldejoe
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks. Nice golden ale, tending slightly to Amber; medium frothy, light tan head.
Smell. Sharp, clean, thin, citrusy aroma, matrons of grapefruit and peaches. Gets a bit Muskier and weighty as it warms up.
Taste. Strong frontal grapefruit and hop. A very nice pairing, better for me than the sweet fruits.
Feel. Once it warmed some, medium-full body, tangy, puckery and metallic.
Overall. Sounded uninviting and not really my cup of tea (though it is January and I might feel different in July). But an odd and pleasing combination of creamy richness and bitter grapefruitness.

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Photo of NateDyk47
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: medium gold with a tint of pink, light white head
S: grapefruit!
T: mostly grapefruit, a hint of some other tropical fruits. Medium bitterness. Very tasty.
F: medium bodied, medium to heavy carbonation. Pretty smooth

Very good IPA from Ballast Point. Will probably buy again.

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Photo of NilocRellim
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Clear gold with a pink grapefruit tint. Smells like very citrus grapefruit peel, floral hops, and a little bit of light malts. Also, a hint of orange sherbet. Much less grapefruit and less crisp than anticipated; tropical fruits, mango and passion fruit, with strong citrus hops and a dry bitter and sherbet finish.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours Hazey pale amber colour with white head. Aroma pine, grapefruit slight citrus light maltiness. Taste definitely grapefruit bitterness and tropical notes up front, goes down easy.

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Photo of Gryphon69
3.86/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A- Light copper in color, clear
S- You get the grapefruit / citrus but light, typical.
T- Really get the grapefruit in the taste. Has the grapefruit bitter in the finish.
F- Crisp and clean with a certain tartness.
O- Pretty well done if you like that grapefruit pucker.

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Photo of Benjo87
4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look - Beautiful hazy golden colour in a glass with a fluffy 3 finger head.

Smell - Typical ipa fruitiness. Grapefruit is definitely there. Smells great.

Taste - Nice tropical fruits up front. Definitely get the grapefruit bitterness on the back end. It's a different type of bitter finish than a normal IPA. The finish is more grapefruit bitterness, than hops bitterness. Very well balanced, very easy drinking. Excellent beer.

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Photo of Neverdie7
3.59/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice straw color, about 1 1/2 inch of head into a pint glass. Leaves a nice lacing after each drink.

Not much of a grapefruit smell to it, in fact not much nose at all.

Tastes very similar to Deschutes fresh squeezed. I bet if you put the 2 side by side you wouldn't be able to tell a difference between them. Which brings me to my final comment about this beer.

I don't get the hype about this beer, especially since its $16 a six pack. It tastes exactly the same as Fresh Squeezed which you can get for $5 a six pack less then this. Now that I know what this beer is all about I won't be purchasing it again unless the price comes down. Its not a bad beer, its good, but way to pricey and hyped for what it really is.

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

Bright copper orange in color with very good clarity. Poured with a short, white, sticky, soapy foam with good retention. Medium high pink grapefruit aroma with floral notes beneath and medium light malt aroma. Medium bodied with a light creamy feel and soft, medium low carbonation. Bitter, pink grapefruit flavor up front that seamlessly transitions to a bitter hop bite through the middle. Bitter characters are checked by a a brief malty sweetness before semi-drg finish. Finished with medium tropical grapefruit bitterness and a light malty sweetness. Not terribly complex, but amazing sensation of biting into a juicy chunk of pink grapfruit. Crisp, refreshing, and very drinkable.

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Photo of nizzle8287
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter at about 45 degrees F. Bottled November 16, 2015. Look is golden straw colored, with about a finger of white head that dissipated within one minute to a slight ring around the edges and one very thin patch in the middle. Very little lacing. Smell is definitely grapefruit dominant with some mango and lemon behind that. Mouth feel presents moderate to high carbonation that has quite a bite. This beer has very little alcohol presence, covered mostly by the bitterness. Taste is grapefruit mostly, which is to be expected, and I can't get much past that. If there are any malts in this beer, I can't tell. Very hop forward, very bitter - I would have guessed higher than 70 IBU's as their website states. Overall it's decent, but not a whole lot of character other than grapefruit. A little malt presence would compliment the flavor nicely.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Ballast Point came to Michigan and I couldn't wait to get my hands on some Grapefruit Sculpin. Bottom line, this one lives up to the hype.

Poured from bottle to pilsner glass. Clear and golden with some streams of carbonation feeding a few fingers on fizzy white head that settles to a cap. Aroma is ruby red grapefruit and malt. Taste follows, with some dankness upfront and pine on the back. Overlaying it all is the flavor of fresh grapefruit, with tropical noted peeking through here and there. Smooth, on the thinner side, extremely easy to drink. Too easy. Glass is drained before I'm ready for it to be empty.

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

It pours a golden orange with a foamy white head, which leaves behind a bit of lace. The smell is of grapefruit. A rather sour, but sweet aroma. The taste starts of with some hops before breaking way for a hearty serving of grapefruit. For feel, this IPA is great. It goes down smooth, without feeling harsh. Overall, wow. I really can't say I'm a fan of many IPAs, but this is a choice that makes me reconsider. Keep in mind, it still has that hoppy, bitter taste, but it's not done overwhelmingly. If you're on the fence about IPAs, or are an IPA veteran, give this one a shot.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of tapabrew
4.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

IPA has long been my favorite style and this exhilarates the taste buds big time. This beer is crisp with Grapefruit infusion for an awesome citrus balance that isn't cloying at all. I agree with others who've said it tops even the original Sculpin which says something as that's also a top-notch IPA.

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Photo of fscottkey
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: [3.75] The beer is a very clear amber color. It has about 1/2 a finger of bright white head. The head settles out of the way pretty quickly. The bottle lists the ABV (7.0%). I can't find a date code but my man at the beer store says it's fresh.

S: [4.25] Initially I got mostly pine. On the second whiff I definitely got pink grapefruit scent.

T: [4.00] Follows the nose. Dank and piney up front. Then the grapefruit comes to the party.

M: [3.75] Good mouthfeel and carbonation. Slight bitter kick at the end that fits in the style.

O: [4.00] Yeah, this is fresh and has a great taste. I really like that they didn't go overboard with the grapefruit. This is a very solid IPA with a layer of grapefruit added subtly. The grapefruit isn't even the first note I get on the nose or the tongue. Well done. I will be drinking this in the future (tomorrow).

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Photo of DMarlinJ
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

If you like grapefruit this is for you. Beautiful golden color and nice tight foam head that lingered to the end. Smell is straight up grapefruit as is taste. Taste doesn't have that peel bitter flavor that some do. Very true grapefruit but not much else. I wonder if it is mostly centennial hops? Clean feel and goes down easy. Overall I
am not a huge grapefruit fan, so I am rating it lower otherwise I think it is a very well crafted beer.

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Photo of kitch
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A 12 fl oz bottle with a bottled code date of 15225 (I think… as it is a little bit ineligible) which means 13th August 2015, and poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: It poured a clear golden and slightly orange colour with a one finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly but left nice lacing.

Aroma: Wow… a wonderful fresh pink grapefruit aroma coupled with some light tropical fruit.

Taste: Strong grapefruit bitterness with hints of citrus lemon and light sweet bready caramel malts in the background.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium but prickly carbonation.

Overall: Much like the original Sculpin, this grapefruit version was also really good. The aromas were especially good, like fresh grapefruit. Taste was nice as well, but could be slightly improved with more fruitiness. Having said that, although Grapefruit Sculpin falls under my must buy list, I do prefer the original Sculpin just a tad bit more.

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

An absolutely great IPA, and living in san diego it is so easily to get that I drink it a few times a week, usually bottled. Outstanding aroma, of course of grapefruit and citrus along with the usual explosive pleasure that comes with original sculpin. The taste is unmatched by any other easily accessible single IPA in my opinion.

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Photo of hman43
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours golden with an off white head.

Smell: There are aromas of grapefruit, floral, citrus, and perfume.

Taste; It has flavors of grapefruit, floral, citrus, and a bit of caramel malts.

Feel: It has quite a bitter sting on the palate. It is medium bodied, but smooth to drink.

Overall: This is well hopped IPA with a long bitter finish.

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Grapefruit Sculpin from Ballast Point Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 717 ratings.