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Grapefruit Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,364
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.47%
Wants: 195
Gots: 305 | FT: 12
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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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Reviews by Nugganooch:
Photo of Nugganooch
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%

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!

More User Reviews:
Photo of docoman
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Exactly what I expected from a grapefruit IPA... has nice ruby pink color, grapefruit smell and taste... only downside was lost some of the "bite" that I enjoy from regular sculpin.

Photo of scvance
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a brilliantly clear, golden, honey color. Large layer of perfectly white foam, quickly fades to a very thin layer with good cling. Smell is pure citrus, grapefruit (duh), and slight resin. Taste is very fruity and very citrusy. The bitterness is there, but it's rather mild compared to the strong grapefruit notes. Bitterness grows as the taste fades to the finish where it lingers with strong pine notes. Very smooth, medium bodied, and high carbonation.

This beer is similar to the original Sculpin, however the balance between pine and citrus has been tilted way to the favor of the citrus, which is not a bad thing. Very good IPA, will try again.

Photo of CJNAPS
4.89/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The Grapefruit taste stood out but was balanced perfect.

This was a really good beer, One I will drink over and over again.

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

I can't decide whether I like this more or less than regular Sculpin, but it's a nice twist. The grapefruit isn't too prominent, and just lends a little fruity acid zest to the beer. Perhaps a little more refreshing than Sculpin, not quite as good from a pure hoppy perspective? Either way, if you like regular Sculpin, I highly recommend giving this a shot; compulsively drinkable.

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Pretty tasty, this would make a great summer IPA

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Grapefruit Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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