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Grapefruit Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,387
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.47%
Wants: 198
Gots: 320 | FT: 14
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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 juanbon
4.66/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Generously grapefruitted. Mine was bottled 1/15/15, poured into a pint glass 1/26/15, and thoroughly enjoyed. I suspect some of the reviewers complaining about lack of hops did not have this fresh, because the grapefruit & hops were beautifully balanced & neither one eclipsed the other.

L: clear & golden red with moderate head
S: grapefruit & tropical/floral hops
T: yes. balanced blend of flavors, matches the smell. retains Sculpin's fantasticness while adding mostly sweet grapefruit. Some pith in the finish, but not too much.
F: medium carbonation, fits the style
O: fantastic marriage of flavors. Did not leave me longing for more of any particular flavor. But if you don't like grapefruit stay far, far away.

Photo of justintcoons
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Golden with 1 finger of off-white head. Excellent clarity with light carbonation.

Nose
Holy grapefruit juice! Fruity Pebbles, orange cream, and pina colada.

Taste
The grapefruit juiciness is out of control! Along with this comes some nice orange cream and pina colada flavors. Some strong dry pine and Fruity Pebbles flavors sneak in. Thin candy sugar backbone. Finishes with some light onion and pink grapefruit zest.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, dry, and moderately bitter.

Overall
Grapefruity as all Hell!

Photo of fossage78
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lanciloti
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PacNWDad
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A bit of pine and an amazing citrus aroma. They improved on Sculpin, which was already one of my favorite IPAs.

Photo of SLOPEZ_641
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Westyn
3.55/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IrishColonial
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kmos27
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pearljam118
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HollandTunnels
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Phenwayphrank74
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rickcrip76
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChicagolandBeerGuy
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hessian257
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DemoniChris
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of KillerJigger
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Amazing fruit taste! Very well done.

Photo of tobelerone
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jae61
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jadjunk
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brewed in the style of an American India Pale Ale. Released in 12 oz.bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a tulip glass. Served above 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy cream eggshell white head over a moderate amber body with very high clarity. Very low visible carbonation. Retention is very good and lacing is light and spotty. 4.25

(Smell) Lots of tangy grapefruit rind up front compliments the bold citrusy and tropical fruit notes of the base beer, Sculpin. Aroma is fragrant, candy-like and very accessible. Potency is medium. 4.5

(Taste) The flavor has a more delicate balance of grapefruit with the Sculpin recipe, more bitter peel flavor up front than tart and sweet grapefruit flavor, which comes through for the finish. Strong citrus and fruity hops with a potent bitterness atop a simple and clean pale and caramel malt body. Altogether the grapefruit makes its presence well known compared to the standard recipe of Sculpin without distracting the drinkability and focus of the hops. 4.25

(Mouthfeel) The texture is clean, lightly slick and mildly dry. Carbonation is medium with a moderate frothiness and a light crispness. Body is medium for the style and medium overall. Balance is evenly bitter to sweet. Alcohol presence is low and there are no off flavors. 4

(Overall) I don't know if I would consider Grapefruit Sculpin better or worse than the standard Sculpin, as both are phenomenal IPAs, but I am glad that the grapefruit character is so distinctive and diverse, providing lots of variety of flavor ranging from bitter rind to sweetened grapefruit candy. An excellent variant adds a welcome twist to an already fantastic beer, and I recommend this to anybody who enjoys Sculpin. 4.25

Ballast Point Brewing Company's
Grapefruit Sculpin IPA
4.29/5.00

Photo of Guess2814
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Grapefruit in this beer is very potent... Solid beer..

Photo of AshburnWineShop
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle pour. Great lacing and retention sticking to glass. Smells of fresh ruby red grapefruit and hops. Taste the bitter hop and citrusy grapefruit marrying together nicely! Delicious! I want more!

Photo of dsnyder61
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Justinbshelton
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Grapefruit Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,387 ratings.