Grapefruit Sculpin - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Reviews: 560
Hads: 4,342
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 448
Gots: 1,669 | FT: 34
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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 Econoceki
3.54/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reading the other reviews, I wonder if the bottles I've had (all from the same pack) were contaminated. I love the Sculpin and I love grapefruit in beer. That said, I struggled to finish the four bottles I had. They looked amazing, smelled like a good IPA, but tasted like someone took the sculpin and simply poured grapefruit juice in before serving. It tasted sickly sweet, with unblended flavors and I was left with the impression I'd just taken medicine. I'll have to give this another try though, based on the cult following it has. (541 characters)

Photo of Zonk
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark gold to light orange. Very strong citrus aroma with a bit of pine behind it. I'm not a huge fan of regular sculpin but really enjoyed it with the grapefruit addition, which complements the citrus components of the hops. (227 characters)

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

Look: golden orange
Smell: citrus with floral and pine accents
Taste: citrus with a nice bitter finish.
Overall all: I love the grapefruit addition to one of the top ipas out there. Great beer to enjoy on a warm summer night in Cali (235 characters)

Photo of Cannibalgasm
4.84/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with one finger of foamy off-white head. Head lingers for awhile before settling to a bubbly layer atop the brew, leaves behind some excellent lacing.

S: A strong scent of citrus up front. Predominately grapefruit, but mango, orange, peach and other tropical fruit aromas are present as well. Scents of sweet bready malts also come through as well as aromas of pine from the hops.

T: Much like the nose grapefruit and other citrus flavors immediately make themselves known, then some bready malts greet your palate. Finishes with a great floral like pine hop bitterness and grapefruit again becomes the predominant flavor leaving an incredibly pleasant aftertaste.

M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation. Very smooth with a slightly creamy feel. Finishes dry with a nice lingering bitterness.

O: A truly absolutely phenomenal ale. Easily one of my personal favorite brews that is always a great go to. It is a magnificent example of a fruit forward IPA. I would highly recommend this to any beer lover. All in all this brew and it's counterpart (Regular Sculpin) deserve all the hype and acclaim they receive as you would be hard pressed to find a better IPA. (1,247 characters)

Photo of PaulyB83
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a clear 8oz. Solo cup. Looks like it was bottled mid July 2015, very excited to find such fresh bottles of this while visiting Ohio.

L- Half inch white head, light amber, good clarity.

S- Citrus, little bit of that Juicy fruit gum hop thing, light floral. Little bit of mango and peach.

T- Citrus, medium bitterness, medium sweetness.. Sadly the flavor doesn't wow me as much as the aroma does.

F- Medium, typical of the style.

O- Pretty good, was worried it would be like grapefruit juice but added grapefruit just accents the hops. Very nice drinking on a hot summer night. (619 characters)

Photo of leroybrown10
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep gold color with a high level of clarity. One finger white head which dissipates quickly. Some sticky lacing left behind.

Aroma is grapefruit first, second, and third. Some orange and lemon underneath.

Again, grapefruit is the dominant taste. Definitely unsweetened grapefruit. A mix of citrus/tropical fruits underneath. A bit of bready malt.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Crisp on the tongue with a lingering dryness. Bitter without being too much.

The name describes this beer perfectly. Grapefruit everywhere. Just enough malt to keep the hops in check. (592 characters)

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - golden fairly cloudy color with a great sticky white head
Smell - piney fruity smell
Taste - good malt hop balance. Bitter with lots of fruit and of course that bitter grapefruit taste.
Feel - medium full body with fizzy bobbley carbonation but still creamy.
Overall - great fruity ipa, I think the is better than the regular sculpin probably because I love grapefruit. (377 characters)

Photo of October
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a semi-opaque Amber color with one finger of off white foam. Decent lacing. Smells of grapefruit and other citrus aromas. Grapefruit forward taste followed by a hop bitterness that lingers just long enough to leave you wanting another sip. Mouthfeel is wonderfully smooth. This beer did not disappoint (307 characters)

Photo of JohnnyB
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A very well balanced AIPA. If You don't want to wait in those two hour line to get Your favorite Bitter,Citrus and smooth IPA..This is a perfect alternative! (158 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
3.72/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops, tropical fruit and bready malt. Body is medium and crisp. Grapefruit juice, citrusy hops and bready fill the mouth. Finish is long, dry, and grapefruity. Too fruity for me. (291 characters)

Photo of BSiegs
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A slighty hazy amber pour with a light white foam that dissipates fairly quickly. The aroma is spectacular with tropical, piney, dank hops. The grapefruit isn't as forward as I expected, but you definitely can smell it. The taste is very similar, juicy, hoppy, with a nice malt backbone. The grapefruit really pops on the aftertaste, along with some bitterness. Delicious. (372 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours gold with a large white head.
Nose shows zesty, refreshing grapefruit with piny and spicy hops behind as well as some soft clean malt.
Similar flavours, grapefruit followed by spicy and resinous hops. (206 characters)

Photo of bsonk
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin IPA- 7% abv. $3.50 a pint at happy hour which goes until 8 pm on Monday at Kay’s bar in Sellwood. They have a $10 minimum for credit cards though so watch out. I went in wanting to get a cheap beer but I got more than I bargained for. They do sell food and cigs and hacky sacks though, because this is Portland.

A: an off-golden amber with white head that leaves lacing

S: malty, alcoholic. I really have a terrible nose.

T: sweet almost nutty amber malt, with grapefruit pith

M: drinkable, bubbly, little remains on the tongue except for a bit of grapefruit hops

O: billed by the taplist as a grapefruit IPA but only mildly fruity, definitely has grapefruit pith bitterness on the back of the tongue though. Grapefruit Sculpin is a beer of much renown and I’d been wanting to try it for a while. It’s pretty dang good. (868 characters)

Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

My favorite beer at the moment! Just a wonderful smelling and tasting beer. TONS of grapefruit (of course) on the nose and taste buds. So fresh. A damn near perfect beer. A+ (185 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.46/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I guess I need to finally put a review down for this. Most recently on tap at D&T in Houston, TX.

A: Pours with good clarity, with a golden/copper hue. A dense two finger white head forms with some lace left behind.
S: A bit of grapefruit juice up front. Light citrus. Then soapy, bitter hops. The finish is all bitterness.
T: At first, I get soapy hops that become more bitter. A bit of juiciness comes out after a minute. A bit like Ruby Red Grapefruit juice. Which in itself is not bad, but the lingering soapy hops and over barring bitterness takes over. Which makes this one noted, and fairly average.
M/D: A medium body with effervescent carbonation. Crisp, and dry in the finish. The lingering bitterness is a little to much more me. I would like something a little more nuance. I got through my most recent pint with ease, but after trying to get into this, not something I am coming back to again often.

I like simple beers, and this is certainly simple. Though to much on the lingering, over barring bitterness side for me. Not bad for what it is, just not for me apparently. (1,105 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden color. I didn't get much of a head out of the pour, but the thin ring like lace retained throughout.
As the name suggests there is grapefruit in both the aroma and taste. However, in the aroma I also detect tropical fruits, honey and bread.
Lower carbonation but it tingles nicely on the tongue. Medium mouthfeel; medium bodied overall but very drinkable. Fruity grefruit taste as well as a good malt backbone. Lots of hops create a piny feel and taste. A dry and resin hops finish.
This is an excellent IPA that I will definetely have again! (563 characters)

Photo of mrjez
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at CBB Bud.
L: a nice clear copper-gold with a fluffy white head, lots of lacing.
S: just a wonderful melange of fruits - grapefruit, peach, pine, all sitting together nicely.
T: I'm not big into grapefruit, but here it provides a lovely balanced tartness, and a perfect foil to the bitterness of the hops.
F: has the wonderful start to finish balance and mouthfeel of the original. A malty/fruity start, the sourness of the grapefruit, a wash of hops, and then this lingering grapefruit on the tongue.
O: I really need this side by side with the original. It may even be better?! (591 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this one at mattsanders tasting a ways back (from notes)

A golden copper, short lived thin foam leaves a few polka dot lace marks but then again it was a gentle half can pour

S grapefruit and tangerine, that’s really about it, smells like juice, simple but strong

T more pith and peel then the flesh on the nose, just a hint of caramel and lemon

M lighter side of medium, a little fluffy from the bubbles, fine grit, heavy grapefruit finish

O solid beer and although it has intensity it lacks complexity, it’s all grapefruit all the way

I like grapefruit and this beer but I wasn’t expecting it to be so one dimensional, that being said I could drink a few of these no problem (698 characters)

Photo of Strix
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange-golden, good initial head that fades to a ring.

Real fresh grapefruit scent in the forefront, backed by a general citric hop and biscuit smell.

Solid, citric-hop forward west coast IPA infused with what tastes like real, fresh grapefruit. Grapefruit is present during initial sip, and long lingering aftertaste. Tastes like a real hop flavor, and not at all cloying.

Medium-thick mouthfeel, quite carbonated.

I don't know how they did it, but this works pretty fantastically in my book. If you dig grapefruit and you dig IPAs (if you don't dig IPAs you probably don't like grapefruit anyway) this is really worth a try. Unique and well-executed. (669 characters)

Photo of captaincoffee
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Was expecting citrus on the nose, but was very pleased to get an enhanced hop-based citrus and not something artificially grapefruit. Flavor was full-on IPA citrus with a very solid malt backbone. Juicy. Again, just enhancing what was already there and not a separate grapefruit flavor. Plain old delicious. (308 characters)

Photo of govlady
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

excellent IPA. I'm not a big grapefruit fan, so I was skeptical, but you don't taste much grapefruit at all. It has the perfect amount of flavor. Very drinkable and delicious. (175 characters)

Photo of mpmcguire11
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer/brewery has altered my perception of fruity beers. I am an IPA lover and with just a hint of grapefruit this brew is refreshing in this New England heat. (163 characters)

Photo of mac31
4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

GF sculpin-can

Subtle, yet firm grapefruit zings right across the palate, right off the bat. Grapefruit-like hard candy sweetness ensues. Rolls right in to nice sweet, slightly bready malts. Malts are sweet, but clean up briskly to make way for the hoppy goodness. Hops are danky, resinous, slightly fruity, soft floral, earthy, and spicy. Bitterness is mild and invites you to return for another sip. Hops and malts linger briefly. 7% beer that drinks like a session IPA. I could crush these all day long. A world class West Coast IPA with a slight grapefruit twist. A great beer. Pricey, a 6 pack of CANS is $13.49! If you do spring for it, you won't be disappointed. (673 characters)

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

This is like a summer beer with teeth. The grapefruit flavor makes it refreshing. But it's not sweet. The slightly sour flavor of the grapefruit is a perfect match for the light dryness of the IPA. (197 characters)

Photo of ljjpowers
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Speed 2; Robocop 3: Superman IV: Grapefruit Sculpin. One of these things is unlike the others, and fortunately for beer enthusiasts the world over, Ballast Point followed up on their smash hit with a runaway success of equally epic proportions. Grapefruit Sculpin is OG Sculpin’s younger, hotter sister. She still has a bite, but tastes smoother and smells sweeter. Let’s get one thing straight: this isn’t just an IPA infused with the essence of a grapefruit. Instead, it more closely resembles a fresh grapefruit infused with the essence of an IPA. Seconds after popping open the 12 oz. can, a grove-fresh fragrance fills the room. The beer’s nose is clearly grapefruit-forward, but does not drown out the floral and piney aromas from the Centennial, Simcoe, and Amarillo hop varieties used in the brewing process. Its color, on the other hand, is no different than that of the original (an inviting copper). Throwing back the first mouthful, a few things become apparent: first— fuck, that’s delicious; second— I need more; third— could this version actually be better than the original? While I won’t quite go as far as to rearrange the traditional hierarchy in the minds of Ballast Point fans, Grapefruit Sculpin does avoid the ill-fate of a Keanu-less Speed 2. The brewer should be applauded for making the decision to fight bitter with bitter. Contrary to popular opinion, this act actually softens the final product’s overall bitterness and renders this easy-drinking IPA an easier-drinking IPA. (1,523 characters)

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Grapefruit Sculpin from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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