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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: 2,614
Reviews: 425
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.74%
Wants: 310
Gots: 785 | FT: 20
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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: 2,614 | Reviews: 425
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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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.

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4.1/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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3.85/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.04/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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

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4.1/5  rDev -5.7%

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

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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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.

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

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4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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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.

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Grapefruit Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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