Grapefruit Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,106
Reviews: 762
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.74%
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Gots: 1,528 | FT: 30
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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.89/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap for The Full Pint 6th Anniversary Celebration held at 38 Degrees in Alhambra, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and grapefruit aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and grapefruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a very nice citrus presence that make this one easy to drink.

Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge of the glass, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of fresh grapefruit are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of grapefruit, but with little in the way of associated acidity. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very drinkable and goes down easily. It has nice aromas and flavors of grapefruit, but doesn't really taste that much like an IPA and the grapefruit seems to overwhelm the underlying beer. It seems a lot lighter than a 7% abv beer, almost to the sense that it could be sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a modest head; decent retention and a few shards of lacing linger

Smell: Just as one would suspect, it smells like grapefruit; pithy, bright and floral

Taste: A sweet layer of malt lays down the backbone and then it is all grapefruit; juicy, with tropical fruit tones and pithy grapefruit; not as bitter as regular Sculpin

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: More of a novelty drink than an IPA, this is still a very enjoyable beer

Photo of BEERchitect
4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ballast Point's "Sculpin" has always been a fruit-forward IPA in its hop character alone. But hops can only take you so far. If the preferred character of grapefruit is what's so desired, then the actual grapefruit additions to the beer might be in order.

Grapefruit Sculpin pours a lot like standard Sculpin- deep straw with the signature hoppy haze. What's not common is the compromised head character that's a result of the citric acid from grapefruit. But that's of little consequence as the nose is rife with the most pungent and vibrant red grapefruit character possible. Its taste is tangy with citrus fruit but is also supple in caramel and honey sweetness.

Yet as the beer blossoms over the middle palate, its floral, fruity and tangy citrus character puts on a full display that leads with overt grapefruit but also claims apricot, mango, passionfruit, orange and gooseberry. With the light honied sweetness dropping out, the ale turns decidedly hoppy and bitter beyond it's halfway point.

Its medium weighted feel dries wonderfully but also falls flat and still after its creamy-dry body lacks life quickly, again due to the citric acid that chases away the carbonation and head retention. But its deeply resinous bitterness is of pine, but more so of grass, herb and a distinct cannabis afterglow.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

i should come right out and say that i prefer the regular sculpin to this one, it just doesnt need that fruit to make it interesting, refreshing, and memorable. that said, i love this edition of it. still crystal clear orangey in color with a bubbly lacy white head with superb retention. the fruit is so authentic, not sweet and sugary and concentrated like some of the shandy to hit the market recently, but true to the fruit, like the fresh juice of it, and it marries up excellently with the hop complexion of the base ipa, which has a lot of bitter citrus to it. the malt here i have always liked, honey malt seemingly, moderately sweet, lighter than medium bodied, but flavorful and fresh without getting into that caramel and darker crystal malt spectrum. it fits the hop profile brilliantly. i am surprised more acid isnt present from the fruit, but the acidity feels about the same as the base beer. cool accent flavor, as its real refreshing and not overly done. it also was one of the first ipa styles i have had my girlfriends parents actually like, so this was a hit in a number of crowds for us. my only critique really is that i cant buy this on the regular. nice brew, best use of grapefruit i have seen in an ipa, but i will take a sixer of regular sculpin still.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.91/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a golden color ale with a nice white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of intense citrus notes with light grapefruit notes. Taste is also dominated by citrus hops notes with light grapefruit notes with some residual sugar notes that are also perceptible. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. Very pleasant IPA but I can’t say that I noticed the grapefruit notes coming out as much as I would have hoped.

Photo of biboergosum
4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, thanks be to the good doktorzee for bringing this back for me. Nice label imagery depicting some cross-species genetic melding.

This beer pours a clear, pale copper amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and mildly bubbly ecru head, which leaves some streaky coral atoll lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells quite pungently of fresh grapefruit juice, orange and lemon rind, faint grainy pale malt, a touch of caramel sweetness, faint hard water flinty notes, and some further herbal and grassy hops. The taste is bitter white grapefruit, orange, and lemon peel, gritty, lightly bready pale and caramel malt, a bit of herbal tincture, and seltzer spiked with Absolut Ruby Red.

The bubbles are fairly widespread in their tingly and perky frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and smooth like, um, well, you know, grapefruit juice. It finishes
dry, the fruitiness of the guest and inherent grapefruit maybe lending an iota of sweetness, but nah, not really.

Egad, is this grapefruity! Once the aroma beset me, I was reminded of the various radlers kicking about of late - lots of real juiciness, because, that's what they are, no judgment here. However, the base Sculpin IPA is not to be trifled with, coming around quickly with its own brand of citrus palatal pleasure, and a few other base elements that obviously don't mean much in the grand scope. Yeah, this is refreshing, and freaking great!

Photo of oberon
4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a dull brass with a thinner white head atop.Obviously grapefruit in the nose but not overly sharp,some toasted grain is there as well.Not overly bitter and/or sharp on the palate just fresh and juicy frutiness from the grapefruit with a surprising toasted bready malty base.Love this beer,again not overly bitter but fresh and very drinkable for the size.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. On-tap @ the Old Grove source.

A: Pours a clear orange with a half-inch thick white head which lingers and leaves splotchy lace.

N: Candied grapefruit, more grapefruit pith and zest, faint malt.

T: Crackery malts try to corral the rampaging oily grapefruit to no avail.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Dry, bitter, pithy citrusy finish.

O: Very unique and well done. Much different than the regular version.

Photo of jlindros
3.86/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I gotta admit I was excited for this, but I hear a lot of mixed reviews, some saying it's awesome, some saying it's too much grapefruit and not enough beer, but we'll see.

Pours into my Hoarders tulip with a big fluffy foamy like almost 2 finger head that fades semi slowly, lots of nice soapy lacing, brilliantly clear habanero orange like color.

Yep, as expected the nose is aaaaaaaalllllllllllll grapefruit, literally like I just cut open a fresh grapefruit and stuck my spoon in, packets of juice popping and exploding everywhere, even in my eye, a little rind and pith mixed in. Swirling it and digging deep I finally get a hint of sweet malty beer underneath, but man is that just all greapfruit.

Taste thankfully brings a nice beer base, don't want to lose all that delicious sculpin in there... base malt in there, a mild sweetness with little toasty malt, but just a little. Then hops kick in, a bit of a spicy hop bitterness with some citrus and orange peel, a little juicy citrus. Then the grapefruit, it's pretty dominant but not nearly like the nose, a fresh grapefruit juice but lots of rind, especially on the finish, which is like I just bit into the grapefruit rind, and took the flesh and fruit packets with it, but just a big bitter rind, and a little sticky note but mostly dry.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb, nothing special or unusual about the mouth.

Overall, well I'm mixed, as much as I love grapefruit, I also love Sculpin and I'm a little perturbed that the nose had pretty much none of it. The flavor was a bit better but still overpowered too much by the grapefruit and especially the rind on the back end.

Photo of Slatetank
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I enjoyed this on tap at the fridge, served chilled in a pint glass. review from notes.

The color is a resplendent golden amber with good clarity, visibly carbonated with thick white cap with ultra fine bead. Streamers of lace stick. The smell of grapefruit is expressed so well in in that putting your nose up to the fruit in the citrus section way. The smell of grapefruit is strong, go figure with light pine and a mild orange with floral hints and light malt in the aroma with subtle alcohol. The feel has moderately bitter entry with light citrus tangy and mild sweet with a caramel element with medium high carbonation and light alcohol with mostly dry finish.

The taste is excellent with the tangy citrus and grapefruit flavor very fresh and intense with a slight orange -like and mild floral hop quality with slight piney bitter taste. The hops are backed by a slight malt adding gentle sweetness with semi-toasted taste of malt and nicely bitter grapefruit flavor into the finish. This is a great IPA and the grapefruit is a natural flavor addition but actually enhances the original Sculpin, certainly does not detract from one of the best American IPA's

Photo of mactrail
3.91/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am pleasantly surprised by this. It's so fruity and somehow not as bitter as the regular octane. Grapefruit aroma is quite lucious.

Warm and fruity. Distinct citrus flavor with some grapefruit zing, but none of the pith. Bitterness is within reason, and followed by a sweet and tart taste. Apparently I've been converted to liking this stuff. What's next-- Sculpin with apricot and guajillo chiles? Might be the bomb.

Beautiful pour with clear golden color and a golden head in the Ommegang chalice. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Bottlecraft - North Park.

Photo of russpowell
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Picked this up in ABQ NM

Pours an effervescent honey color with a pinky of eggshell colored head. stays effervescent throughout; good head retention & average lacing

S: Grapefruit & more grapefruit, fades just a touch as it warms

T: Follows the nose, a little pine & then grapefruit peel up front. More grapefruit as this warms, dryness, a little bit of orange sweetness as well. Finishes dry, grapefruitty & slightly bready

MF: Medium body, perfect carbonation, stellar balance

Through the roof drinkability, I wish could get this on a regular basis, great IPA!

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)

Photo of smcolw
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Rocky, bar-poured head. Great ring lace with streaks in between. Light amber color and clear.

True to its name, this is a grapefruit smelling beer. It's also a bit fruity. Good combination.

Starts smooth but becomes prickly quickly. Think raw lemon rind. Bitingly bitter that leaves a very long aftertaste. Rich mouthfeel particularly with a muted level of carbonation.

Photo of mdfb79
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank about 10 of these over the course of MDW, 12 oz. cans and bottles poured into a tulip.

Pours a hazy, bright orange color with two fingers of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. As expected, loads of grapefruit, citrus, fruity malts, lemon zest, tropical fruits, oranges, and floral hops. Medium body and low to moderate carbonation, easy to drink and no bitterness.

Overall very good, probably a slight improvement on the normal version, which is pretty cool. Would definitely buy it again and over the normal version. Great summer beer.

Photo of jwc215
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazed golden amber with a fluffy head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is strong grapefruit. But, complex fruity hops still are strong enough to come through.

The taste of grapefruit is strong through the bitter finish. Grapefruit mixes with other citric notes. A firm malt backing ties it all together.

Very smooth and refreshing.

As much as I love this (and I do) I prefer the original a bit more. But, that's a personal preference. This is a well-made brew. As strong as the grapefruit is, the other characteristics of this great IPA still come through.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden orange in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and hints of amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a mottled thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit, slightly sweet grainy malts, and hops - citrus/grapefruit zest, citrus/grapefruit pith, and citrus/grapefruit hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of moderately sweet grainy malts with moderate to strong flavors of grapefruit juice. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit zest, citrus/grapefruit pith, and citrus/grapefruit hops which impart a moderate amount of bitterness which lingers for quite a while.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp with light amounts of dryness in the finish

O: As someone that really loves a fresh Sculpin, I was surprised that I could enjoy the grapefruit Sculpin even more but aroma for this one is absolutely delicious. Alcohol is well hidden and it is easy to drink and extremely enjoyable.

Photo of mothman
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Everything about this beer works.

Beige head. Color is a copper gold.

Flavor profile: So much fresh juicy grapefruit. Tons of citrus and fruit flavors. Lemon zest and orange. Earthy hops. Piney. A touch of floral notes. A bit of bready malts. Some hop resin and bitterness.

Very drinkable. I could easily have a few of these in the same sitting.

Photo of stakem
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. The brew appears a crystal clear golden yellow color with a creamy off-white froth. Full patchy lace sticks to the glass and the head displays solid retention.

The aroma is juicy and vibrant with hoppy tropical notes typical of sculpin but with a significant push in the direction of citrus zest, rind and pith of grapefruit.

The taste is fruity with a lot of bitterness, somewhat grassy and herbal but bitter citrus rinds and pulp like unsweetened grapefruit juice dominate. A bit of dusty hop accent lingers in the aftertaste also mildly herbal and grassy.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation.This is a very grapefruit forward and a splendid one-off of an already amazing beer. If possible, I would tank this regularly. My opinion going in to this was that I question the ability to make an already world class ipa better. They actually pulled it off, the grapefruit really worked in this and I hope to cross paths with it again.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.35/5  rDev 0%

Bottle c/o the always generous daknole. Thank you my friend. Served side by side with regular Sculpin. Light golden body with a white head. Similar hop bill to the standard Sculpin with the addition of a huge grapefruit juice character. Fresh squeezed, tart, potent. Tasty beer.

Photo of Billolick
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, w/o any freshness indication that I can find.

Pretty typical IPA presentation, clear, lighter amber, loose and small bubble head, leaves better then ample froth and spots and strands of lace behind.

The nose is where things get really interesting. Surprise...grapefruit and more grapefruit. Quite pungent and pleasant.

Who amongst us does not revel in and enjoy a super grapefruit infused flavor bomb of a beer?

Delicious and to be savored till the last drop...

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Pours an orange color with a slight haze. Good retention and plenty of hops infused, sticky lace. The aroma keys in on the grapefruit and citrus notes from hops.

The taste is very citrusy obviously with grapefruit and hop bitterness and citrus glory just melding into an IPA of tremendous proportions. The alcohol cannot be detected beyond the bright citrus assault. Sweet malts do a fair job at evening everything out.

Overall, an enjoyable beer. Be warned, this is not Sculpin. Its Grapefruit Sculpin. You will know what I mean, and what they meant too.

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

It's been six years since I had my first taste of Sculpin, and now Ballast Point has made two variants of that outstanding beer available. I was offered a few bottles of Grapefruit Sculpin by a friend, something which I would have to be out of my mind to decline. Thanks Joepeter! On to the beer:

Beauty in a glass. Perhaps a wee darker in color than the original, Grapefruit Sculpin is a vibrant coppered orange with a beautiful display of bubbles running through the body. On top rests a head which not only is thick, but retains very well and covers the glass with lace. From the nose, the bittersweet juice of grapefruit is easy to find and is done very well. There are some grassy and pine notes as well to compliment to sweet and succulent grapefruit.

Grapefruit Sculpin offers the vibrant flavor of the original, but with a unique and positive twist. The grapefruit essence is not only there, but done in a positive and unique way which would make the original blush. Sweet grapefruit juice paves the way for pine, citrus, and more succulent grapefruit juice. The beer never seems to get bitter, and it's extremely smooth and easy to drink.

I was unsure if Grapefruit Sculpin could live up to the name of the original. I can say with confidence that it has. This is fun drinking fruit-infused IPA, and one that is absolutely worth finding. Remember, that $15 six-pack price is still better value for money than that random $5 bomber.

Photo of smakawhat
4.9/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle into a stemless wine glass, picked right out of the cooler at Healthy Spirits.

Classic West coast crystal clear looking brew, deep amber orange, but with minimal carbonation. Almost kind of brown to a degree. Head is big and fluffy with a big four finger cap, not out of control either. Thick and white not giving up at all.

Giant and big aroma. Huge zesty grapefruit notes, large amounts of bitter herbal hops, and sweet minty bouquet. Jesus. Nice soft sense of sugary malt, coming of like dusted powdered sugar but not too sweet. Just mindblowing, like soft chewy candy but with a hop quality distinct and unique to the brew.

Palate really reminds me of the Enjoy by series but with classic fruit tones, and a nice dusty sweetness. Big juiced palate, hitting with grapefruit and tropical notes. Coating resiny finish, aftertaste is like a giant breath mint that goes on and on. Feels like sugared sprinkles on the tongue, with this dryness that just permeates the hops wonderfully. Zesty, oily, wonderful big but light coating that goes all-through the palate.

Sculpin just got better, by leaps and bounds. Surprisingly also not a giant hop bitter bomb either. Just flat out wonderful stuff.

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Grapefruit Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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