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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: 666
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 122
Gots: 120 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: arfenhouse on 01-19-2013)
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Reviews by Nugganooch:
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3.95/5  rDev -8.4%

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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Poured a nice, slighty hazy amber body with a thin cap of white foam. Exactly what I expect from an IPA, nothing amazing, but still quite nice. Scents of tropical fruit especially pineapple and mango, pine resin, grapefruit peel and flesh, light pine resin and indeterminate citrus. Faint malt is also present. Overall impression of aroma is of a fairy grapefruit forward aroma, fitting the addition of grapefruit, with the same pine, tropical fruit and citrus that we have come expect from Sculpin. A wonderful aroma. True to form and what I expect from Sculpin. Flavor begins with a nice flavor of grapefruit zest and flesh, far more fresh and fruity than the normal hop-derived grapefruit. A hint of pine resin complements the grapefruit. The middle continues this fresh, grapefruit rich flavor, along with a bit of indeterminate, likely orange zest, citrus peel and moderate pine resin. Finish is rich in grapefruit flesh, peel, pith and medium amounts of pine resin. A light malt sweetness balances the hops and grapefruit throughout. Aftertaste is grapefruit flesh, rind and a moderate level of pine resin. Overall impression of flavor is of a wonderfully refreshing IPA that takes a strong presence towards grapefruit due to the addition of grapefruit. It is wonderfully balanced and works well with the base flavors, particularly the pine resin, but also the malt. The fresh, bitter, fruity notes of the grapefruit peel are on full display and make the beer feel fresh and crisp. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with medium carbonation and a crisp, drying, resinous feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a nice, resinous IPA, the typical Sculpin, though notes of raw grapefruit also push through. Very nice. Overall this is a wonderful IPA. It takes the base Sculpin and adds a fantastic level of grapefruit to the base and balances it wonderfully in aroma and flavor. The resinous mouthfeel helps. Truly an excellent IPA that is full of fresh citrus and pine flavor. Highly recommended.

Auraan, Oct 16, 2014
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Grapefruit Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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