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Grapefruit Sculpin | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Grapefruit SculpinGrapefruit Sculpin

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 Mittsies
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite single IPAs, the Sculpin, made better by the addition of grapefruit flavoring? Hard to believe. I generally find adding fruit flavors to be an unnecessary gimmick, almost always resulting in a worse beer overall. However, it really works in this instance. The grapefruit is an excellent addition to the Sculpin. I don't have much to say other than that, because it's literally just Sculpin + Grapefruit. It pours a classic golden IPA with minimal head, a fairly light mouthfeel, strong grapefruit citrus on smell and taste, and overall is just a fantastic beer. Easily a new favorite, I hope they don't stop making this one anytime soon.

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Photo of Nemesis1735
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Amber hue, one inch creamy white head with some lacing, ample amount of carbonation drifting up from the bottom
S - Citrus , grapefruit, the aromas are faint
T - citrus fruits and grapefruit and dominate on the front with a slight amount of bitter on the back. The grapefruit balances well with the hops creating cohesion between the two
M - clean, light, and dry
O - A very well balanced IPA. The grapefruit compliments the hops well. I would buy this again.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a bottle of this off the single shelf at the local Meijer. It poured a clear copper with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent is grapefruit. The taste is bitter leaning but easy to drink. There was grapefruit present throughout. The Mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid beer.

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Photo of 911CROFT
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle into a Spiegleau IPA glass. Paid £5.10 for a single.

Pours a bright, translucent, golden-orange body with a small amount of sluggish carbonation visible. A light, bubbly, two-finger in height, bone-white head, slowly fades to a thin film and collar, leaving behind a decent covering of spotty lace.

The zesty, hop-forward nose predominantly consists of semi-sweet juicy citrus. Fleshy grapefruit, orange and tangerine lead above lesser notes of light-skinned stone fruit, while floral and pine aromas become perceptible towards the back end. Taste roughly follows suit. Bold, juicy, sweet grapefruit undoubtedly leads, but its presence is not as dominant as the name might suggest. Plenty of orange and tangerine follow shortly after, along with faint traces of tart apricot, peach and nectarine. Hints of caramel, honeyed pale malt and a light bready sweetness reveal the beers subtle backbone, combining with citrus to create a marmalade-like profile throughout the lengthy mid palate. Bitterness begins to build towards the back end. Oily grapefruit peels, pine and floral hop profiles mark a change from the initially juicy and sweeter start. In the mouth a light to medium body paired with assertive but not aggressive carbonation feels smooth and crisp from start finish. On the very end, bitter, pithy citrus and resinous pine linger just long enough to balance any residual fruit and malt sweetness, drying the palate and finishing quick and clean.

Overall this is an excellent beer. Bright, juicy and incredibly well balanced, it captures a punchy, authentic grapefruit character that perfectly complements the regular Sculpin underneath. Crisp and refreshing, alcohol is completely undetectable, drinking dangerously below the 7% ABV. It took some effort and expense to acquire my bottles in the UK. If I had regular access to fresh, reasonably priced six-packs, I would definitely add this to my list of year-round fridge staples. Recommended.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An excellent IPA. Grapefruit smell and taste is throughout, sometimes subtle, sometimes strong. The bitterness from the grapefruit blends with the hoppiness, creating a sour, but earthy bitterness.

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Photo of SargeMcCluck
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very clean, bright gold colour - think elven hair.

Aside from obvious grapefruit, the smell is taking me back 20 years to the magic of little orange jelly packets. In more adult terms, you might call that a basket of oranges, grapefruit and a few lemons left on the window-sill for too long, then crushed just enough to release some juicy mist into the air... On the tongue, this is balanced by some hay and rich biscuit in the backbone, but i find that the bitterness overwhelms the palette on the swallow, detracting from these flavours.

The carbonation begins quite high, but subsides as you work your way through the drink to, eventually relaxing into a medium body and mild warmth on the breath. Very pleasant - would like to try it again.

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Photo of TrueOregonian
3.65/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's a unique taste I'll give it that..

Honestly this beer does not deserve any part in the world class talk though..

I personally taste perfume and citrus with a hint of grapefruit..

DON'T have grapefruit in the name of the beer when it's not even the prominent flavor..

14$ for a 6 pack... only worth it so that I can tell the next person not to waste their money.

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Photo of dditto2
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks nice golden amber orange with medium white foamy head. Smell is citrus hops, juicy grapefruit, sweet aroma.
Taste is citrus hops, obvious Sculpin flavor, the grapefruit is nice, there is a little sweetness but it is mostly overpowered by citrusy bitterness. It is juicy without being very sweet :)
Overall this is top notch as usual for a Sculpin variant. Nice evening sipper with lots of flavor. Top notch. Great brew!

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Photo of dacrza1
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

DATE: October 21, 2016... OCCASION: watching the Hamilton special on PBS with the family... GLASSWARE: Howard's Pub pint... a robust orange amber body raises confident bubbles at a constant rate... the two-finger head is thick, white, and lacing like a picket fence of cloud cover... yes, the grapefruit is the soup du jour, but a refreshing sense of lemon, an earthiness and flowery uplift that is winning... sweetness comes in an undercurrent of bread malts... mouth feel is incredibly sessionable, medium-bodied, active at the teeth but balanced enough... the aftertaste is ebullient, with plenty of staying power... flavor profile includes the aforementioned grapefruit, with lemon, orange, bread, and earthy hops... the much lauded Sculpin is given a fruity, Pacific island kind of feel, with enough strength to create a buzz after only a few... does not disappoint...

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A 355ml bottle brought in Whole Foods while in NYC.  Pours a bright golden orange colour with a small foamy white head which leaves lacing. Moderate carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, tropical fruits, sweet candy, grass and dry hay. A comforting malty citrus backbone is present throughout with an initial taste of grapefruit, orange, and lemon, finishing with a hoppy grapefruit flavour that lingers, but does not dominate. Medium sweet aftertaste with a malty grapefruit medium hopped bitter finish. Overall a very good fruity AIPA.

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Photo of Holderness
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L -- pours a lively, two finger head with minimal lacing. Slightly Hazy orange and quite bubbly, this beer looks very refreshing
S -- Citrus hops and grapefruit. Floral accents
T -- tastes exactly as advertised: Sculpin IPA with grapefruit essence. The grapefruit isn't sweet, but it cuts through the bitterness that turned me off of regular Sculpin. Very well balanced
F -- crisp and refreshing
O -- The best ipa I've had

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Photo of Jesterr44
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy orangish-amber colour with a tall head on a hard pour & leaves some nice lacing.
As advertised ... the juicy hop taste of Sculpin with an added splash of grapefruit.

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Photo of Kataklizmik0
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Way too over priced for what it tastes like. It smells good. Its slightly hoppy, bummer, and not as grapefruity as I expected. Kinda normal beer/ipa mix taste to it. A tiny bit burnt out bitter, like a previous reviewer stated. It may just have been a bad batch due to merchandising negligence.(And because hardly anyone buys the things. I live in Vegas by the way) It does have a great orangey burp. Overall not great at all. Sorry guys at Ballast. I'm truelly not a picky snobby prick but your selling a Maybach and giving an Acura. Good but only 6.99 a six good. Not 16$ a six.

All my tasting is done first in bottle(a sip after having wiped off the mouth piece, because major metallic flavors come from the cap) and afterwards in them Sahm made in Germany glasses.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Can
Canned: Jul-27-2016

This is a tasty, easy drinking summery beer. Perfect for a swimming pool or camping. I am usually not much for fruit in beers, but this and other similar beers are making me re-evaluate that stance as the fruit adds complexity rather that sweetness/juicyness. It still takes center-stage in my opinion, but at least it is a little subdued. The fruit is definitely there, but it blends well enough with the hops that it just adds a crisp, fruity layer. Citrusy, pine-spicy hops with an oily grapefruit aromatic character that makes it a little fresher than regular Sculpin. Both the flavor and aroma have a hearty biscuit character that was nice, but I think mainly due to the age of the can. As it warmed the sweetness of the juice (or pulp or whatever) came out more, which wasn't my favorite combined with the malt. Regardless, I would imagine that with hops that popped a touch more this would something even more special. Crystal clear copper, soapy head, very drinkable, refreshing. I would have this one again, but I definitely still prefer regular Sculpin.

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally bought a six pack for my birthday. The grapefruit is good, but both my wife and I are turned off by the metallic aftertaste. Not sure if it's us our an old batch.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Copper filtered with a pink tinge, topped with 4 fingers of glass white head.

Pine, grapefruit, dank onions, light fruitiness.

Grapefruit, pine, floral, fruity ruby red grapefruit. Big bitterness. Pithy bitterness, fair amount of cracker, biscuity, maltiness.

Medium body, light syrup quality, lots of tannic, drying qualities,moderate carbonation.

Got at Whole Foods in Davis, California, Sept 19th, 2016. Drank in the wee hours of the 20th. Great floral and hoppy flavours. I think this one is slightly old, but still very tasty.

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Photo of frodo_of_the_shire
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A damn decent IPA with a citrus punch that they do a lot better than most of the "citrus" IPAs that have run rampant in America of late. What more can be said? Again and again I revisit this beer (despite its hefty price) and it still proves to be one of my favorites, not only from ballast point but overall. Will not disappoint. For a real treat get it fresh from the brewery in San Diego.

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Photo of 0_0
3.86/5  rDev -10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Clear amber - gold tint
S - fruity, sweet, blueberries
T - Grapefruit, hops, citrus and malt
F - Light Carbonation, thin
O - Overpriced. Jesus so overpriced Sculpin you son of a b. But pretty good irregardless

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour is a clear golden orange hue. Settles quickly to a ring of head with excellent lacing. Aroma is grapefruit just as expected, with a few doses of pinneapple and mango as well. Somewhat grassy and piney compliment the real rich citrus smell. Taste follows the nose well, dominant grapefruit. Hoppy bitterness and a sweet malt profile in the back end. Not detecting any other tropical flavors except for grapefruit, which is fine with me. Mouthfeel is relatively thin bodied, moderate carbonation. Solid IPA, not quite as excellent as Sculpin, but the grapefruit title follows the taste and aroma very well.

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Photo of zshaft
3.89/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I Like. this better than reg sculpin but overall this is grapefruit juice with a kick. good mouthfeel and overall a decent offering. better than the pineapple as well

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Photo of jasadewi
3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden color that had an orange tint in the light. Beautiful fluffy head and steady bubbling from below.
S: It smelled of hops, and clearly, of grapefruit. But, there were also notes of other citrus in there, such as tangerine.
T: Perfect balance of hops and citrus character. Slight crackerish malt, decent hop presence, and a strong and delicious amount of grapefruit flavor.
M: Light bodied and crisp.
O: Lovely beer, and I would highly recommend this beer as a champion among grapefruit IPAs.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Verona Inn. An interesting rendition of the style given that the original Sculpin was such a hit. The grapefruit isn't as apparent as one might think, although the flavor is certainly enjoyable and thirst quenching. Citrus apparent throughout. Good stuff. Recommended.

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Photo of Blueowl
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I had the opportunity to try this beer at a Seafood Restaurant: "Dead Eye Dick's" on Block Iland RI. it was an on tap version which frankly blew me away. What a tremendous beer! I subsequently bought a six pack, rather costly I might add and was somewhat dissapointed. All characteristics: color, appearance, foam, scent, etc. were essentially the same. However the taste was not. I preferred the on tap version as it revealed the balance of the grapefruit's acidity, sweetness, and bitterness all at once in a much more rapid manner. I thought perhaps it was because the tap version was slightly warmer when poured. So, I let the bottled version warm slightly but it still did not compare as well to that of the tap. I'm. Not disparaging this product at just stating a preference.

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

In the past, the bottle dates in my area have been old for Sculpin. 8 months. A distributor problem,
I didn't think highly of the beer.

I bought a few cans of the Grapefruit Sculpin in Trader Joes. The BD is less than a month.

Okay- BIG difference.

I chose a Stone IPA glass which is similar to the glass Ballast Point uses in its pic.
It's interesting to note that if one searches images for a beer on Google, then click on a certain glass,
the review can help to decide which glass to choose. The DFH IPA glass got a so-so review. The Stone style IPA glass review was excellent.

Great pour. 3F head. Clear cider like color. Carbonation bubbles.

The aroma wasn't strong at first. Earthy, light citrus. Then, with warming, the flavors developed.
Rich citrus, grapefruit, sweet. It's unusual that an IPA aroma would develop so well with warming.

The taste is outstanding. The most balanced citrus taste in an IPA I can recall. Very complex.
Grapefruit, grapefruit rind. citrus, sweet, and tropical fruit.

Excellent finish- tingling, hoppy, and citrus.

I'm a convert. I didn't like the regular Sculpin in the past. BD's rule. Exceptional balance in flavor and palate,
I need to buy some more.

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Photo of TeamMathis
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Might be the best smelling IPA I have ever tried. Chewy, sweet, massive grapefruit. Incredible. The same is true of the taste, with a bit of alcoholic burn at the end. Great brew.

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