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Grapefruit Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Grapefruit Sculpin IPAGrapefruit Sculpin IPA

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Ratings: 309
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 87
Gots: 52 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: arfenhouse on 01-19-2013)
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Reviews by Nugganooch:
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3.95/5  rDev -8.6%

On tap at the brewery – Old Grove location
Full tulip glass – 07/03/2014

A: Burnished gold look with some brassy tones and a finely conditioned clarity. Half finger width of paper-white froth forms over top and leaves some sporadic splashes and swaths of lace all the way down the glass. Looks just like the original base brew which is always nice to be gazing at.

S: Smells like Grapefruit of course! Zesty with a touch of dirty herbal pith mixed in. Some underscored mango and peachy hops with just a light suggestion of pine to it. I get some bready pale malts rising up through the fruit and hops as well. Smells like a good balance of the grapefruit here.

T: Tastes much the same with the Grapefruit front and center however not overly done so here. You get the fruit in zest with juice as well as a a bit of that pithy herbal likeness that only Grapefruit has. The base holds up a nice firm bready malt cracker which helps and delicately layered in is the mango and peach or apricot like hops with a touch of pine. Now either they backed off on the hops or some of the fruit acidity just cuts through them . Either way they seem rather toned back here which is a shame. Still very refreshing and great to crush on a hot Summer’s day. Not all that bitter and alcohol is well incorporated but still very tasty.

M: Lighter body and maybe a touch on the moderately fuller side of things. Nice creamy texture and spritzy carb bounces off the palate. Slight bitter astringency but its minor. Very dry in the finish with some nice residual action.

D: I still prefer my Sculpin neat. The grapefruit is a nice touch and they did a solid effort with the additions however you lose some of that great hoppiness that Sculpin is known for. Will be drinking a few more of these no doubt. Now to mix the Habanero with some Grapefruit!

Nugganooch, Aug 22, 2014
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Grapefruit Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 309 ratings.