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Grapefruit Sculpin | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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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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Photo of Strike00
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: pours a nice medium golden amber, with a white head that lasts a while.
S: the smell is hops and citrus, definite Grapefruit
T: very good, hoppy citrus flavor with grapefruit that is not as strong as the smell
F: smooth with medium carbonation

O: Very good. Had it many time now just getting around to rating it. I don't think I rate it as highly as other people and typically look for other options because of the price point.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The smell makes you want more from the taste. It's much more complex. The taste Is all about grapefruit but the smell is about pine and caramel malt. Good bitterness and drinkability. It's clearly balanced even with the grapefruit addition but the original sculpin is definitely better

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Photo of hoppity
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an exceptional beer especially on a warm day. I went into a local tavern about a year or so ago and they had it on tap and recommended it. The folks seemed like knowledgable persons, so I gave it a whirl. Note, I'm not usually one for beer with anything added (Rheinheitsgebot and all that). I hate it when Americans insist on applying a lemon to my Hefeweizen... Anyway, it was a hot afternoon and I went to the outside seating area to try it out. Wham! The perfect beer for me at that time and place and weather. Nice.

I like everything about this beer... nice nose (even if a bit intensely grapefruitish), excellent look and feel and a great balanced flavor.

Caveat - Not a brew I would drink a ton of, especially at 7% and at the price they are now charging. But, in the right place and the right context it's hard to beat for my palate at least.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of Gear54
3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In tap at the local Ale Emporium

Very light whispy white foam that faded quickly. Clear and golden in color with visible carbonation

Smell is hops and citrus with just a hint of grapefruit. Surprising that the grapefruit aroma doesn't dominate the profile the way pineapple does in the pineapple version of this beer.

Taste is heavy on citrus fruit. Not crazy heavy on the grapefruit. Plenty of hops to add bitterness.

Feel is light crisp and clean. Really easy drinking and super refreshing. High drinkability on this one.

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Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Didn't pour a very impressive head. Light and airy, dissipated quickly. Wonderful grapefruit nose and flavour but bitterness came in a bit cat pee like. Overall still a great beer

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Photo of Thawley
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tap WOB Arlington, Va. Ballast Point manages to walk the line between hops and fruit, the result is a remarkable beer. Light golden amber color and complex zesty lemon and grapefruit notes. This is a beer that you keep for yourself and share with no one.

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Photo of Ottoj55
3.48/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear yellow, nice white head. Smells like grapefruit, up in your face grapefruit peels. Tastes like citrus hops, up in your mouth citrus hops. Feels light and crisp. What a mind screw, the aroma and taste are like two different beers to me.

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Photo of sjdevel
3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: 4.25
Light golden color. Decent carbonation / around 1-2 finger head. Crystal clear beer.

Smell: 3.75
Slight off aroma and quite funky. A bit malty and hop-citrusy.

Taste: 4.00
Not super bitter, but a bitterness is present. It kicks right into a pine and citrus blast. It starts to get pretty fruity and tastes like they dumped a few hundred boxes of Fruity Pebbles into the mash. There is quite a combination of flavors all mixed together. The bitterness/acidity backs off and the fruit flavors fade, and then you are left with some malt and bread.

Feel: 4
Feels a bit thin / light bodied. Was hoping for a bit more body. It flattens out quite a bit as you go.

Overall: 4
This is a decent brew. I bought as a single and not sure that I would have enjoyed a full 6 pack or not. It is an okay occasional beer, but not as a regular go to beer. It is unique though and interesting. More caramel and malt flavors would have been a bit better, and also would have liked more carbonation and body. But a good beer otherwise.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Supremely refreshing, this is a very cool take on an IPA. The citrus in the hops blends beautifully with the grapefruit added. It's a tad too fruity for my tastes, and generally I find it too light bodied, but on a hot summer day this one is hard to beat.

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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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Grapefruit Sculpin from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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