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Grapefruit Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,717
Reviews: 451
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.74%
Wants: 321
Gots: 827 | FT: 21
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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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Ratings: 2,717 | Reviews: 451
Photo of Mattymystique
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of capnamerica
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of csnyder83
4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jnowak
4.61/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of williahd
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tgloeg1
4.69/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

It's a dream come true

Photo of Offbeeat
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is the bomb.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DKRowden
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tuowl74a
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of alpenglocken
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dreizhen
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AlanLamp
3.83/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GregBarleycorn13
3.64/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Nice golden color with good head retention. The arome was a fantastic fresh grapefruit smell. The taste was neither very grapefruity or a nice IPA flavor. Just the bitterness came through. Maybe the grapefruit and hops competed too much. Wanted to love it based on ratings and reviews, but not so great for me.

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4.12/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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3.89/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No bottling date visible, but this came through the distributor just a week or two ago so probably reasonably fresh.

a: Clear dark gold with a finger thick white head which receded to thick surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Grapefruit rind.

t: Piney hop bite forward with medium strength over a medium biscuit malt base. Bitterness lingers a bit on an otherwise dry finish. Citrus notes of orange and/or grapefruit rind in the aftertaste.

m: Medium, good body and carbonation tingle.

o: The grapefruit appears mainly in a strong aroma, a lot of sharply bitter finishes, and a citrus aftertaste. Different, but not particularly pleasing to this hophead. I was hoping the grapefruit would enhance the Sculpin as advertised, but unfortunately I didn't find it so.

Photo of Muralmike
4.67/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Sprkmaker
3.97/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Heady_Eddy
4.06/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of agreenman19
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kojevergas
3.73/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz. Brown glass. Branded white & red pry-off pressure cap. Great label art & design.

Purchased at an Austin, TX grocery store. Cost was ~$15.00 USD.

Reviewed live at low altitude in Austin, TX. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Vintage: 2015. Couldn't be more than 6 weeks old.
ABV: 7.0%.
Style: IPA (per the label).
Serving temp: Cold.
Serving vessel: Pilsner glass.
Expectations: Sky high; I love Sculpin and have high hopes for this.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: ~3-4 inches wide. White colour. Nice foam and frothiness. Creamy enough, lending it a soft pleasant look. Great consistency and complexion. Leaves a ring of light even lacing as it recedes.

Retention: Great - ~8-10 minutes.

BODY: Vibrant copper of high clarity; this is more or less what I picture when I think of an IPA. Clean, with no pesky yeast particles visible.

A very good looking IPA, but it's not a unique or profoundly special appearance. I'm certainly excited to try it.

AROMA: Bursts with plenty of hop profile, but the key here isn't the hop content or apparent bitterness, but rather the seeming balance; in spite of how hoppy it is, it's still pleasant and inviting. The fragrant perfumey hop profile brings notes of dominant grapefruit (but without any unpleasant bitter bite), pith, hop resins, mild oily notes, citrus rind, and pleasant floral character. It's magnificent, and I find it alluring. The hop bitterness is tamed by a near-perfect malt sweetness from just the right amount of pale malts.

Aromatic intensity: subdued.

It has a great aroma without coming on too strong or being overbearing. True to form, it seems like a grapefruit-heavy variant of the original Sculpin.

TASTE: Grapefruit does dominate, but it's placed carefully amidst a delicate balance of floral, oily, resinous, rindy, and pithy hop notes, which are themselves well balanced by an apt pale malt sweetness. It does get a biteen too bitter right on the finish, where that zingy grapefruit bitterness bite comes in, but overall this is a nice Sculpin variant which showcases Ballast Point's expertise in terms of balance - a value often lost on West Coast breweries.

Depth of flavour: Good.
Flavour duration: Lasting.
Flavour intensity: Above average.
Flavour amplitude: Solid.

It's never boozy or yeasty, true to style, and it has plenty of cohesion - which is impressive given its diverse hop profile. It's nearly gestalt, and boasts notable intricacy for an IPA. This is hard stuff not to like, and its fruit-forward build is interesting. The hop selection is spot-on, and it's an inspired take on a style that's tough to innovate in.

TEXTURE: Coating without being sticky. Aptly medium-bodied. Thickness, heft, and weight on the palate are all apt. Slight overcarbonation fits the schema, accentuating the grapefruit bitterness with a crisp bite.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

The overcarbonation and relative lack of refreshment holds this mouthfeel back, though it does complement the taste nicely overall. It just doesn't quite elevate the beer as a whole.

OVERALL: A great variant worthy of the original Sculpin, Grapefruit Sculpin is a balanced and highly drinkable IPA that will remind even the most discerning of drinkers why Ballast Point has been one of the West Coast's best IPA producers for a long time. While I do think I prefer the original, this beer is absolutely worth trying and I'll definitely be returning to it. Considering its high quality, its price point is absolutely worth it. Every IPA fan owes it to herself to try this. I tip my hat to Ballast Point; this stands out in the grapefruit-forward IPA category - and there's no lack of competitors. Well executed across the board.

Brewers at breweries like Stone and Green Flash should drink this and take note; balance is important in an IPA, and simply increasing perceived bitterness, hop quantity, and/or IBU does not in itself make a beer better.

High B (3.73)

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4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is by far one of my favorite beers. Possibly #1

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Grapefruit Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,717 ratings.