Grapefruit Sculpin | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Grapefruit SculpinGrapefruit Sculpin
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
ballastpoint.com

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.

Added by arfenhouse on 01-19-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,946
Reviews:
840
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
9.11%
 
 
Wants:
560
Gots:
2,851
For Trade:
28
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Ratings: 5,946 |  Reviews: 840
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4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RyanKininger
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Basellne23
3.89/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of zkoehn
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HopOnTheCraftBeerTrain
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 4/3/2017, drank it on 6/17/2017, so it's got some age on it. Poured into a tulip.

Look: Pretty clear amber color, with a nice and creamy white head that leaves a decent bit of lacing.

Smell: Immediate scent of grapefruit and hops.

Taste: Grapefruit and hops immediately come through, followed by some slight malt and bready notes on the finish. All in all this beer tastes pretty much exactly as advertised and it is really good.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, creamy, with some carbonation. This is a pretty easy drinking beer.

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Photo of Acforster2
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of scooob
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow. Just got home after having 2 pints of this on tap at a local pizza place here in Lexington KY. It was the only draft IPA they had, and I was skeptical while ordering it, not being a big grapefruit fan in general. I was blown away by how tasty and drinkable this was. I couldn't really distinguish much grapefruit flavor in particular, just a general sweet fruitiness that was a perfect counterpoint to the hop bite. I'll definitely be seeking this one out in the future. Cheers!

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Photo of SheaDawg
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Philcassella
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of baldy00
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of seanw22
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OKbrew89
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SoCal_Matt
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of runeatdrink
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kmd73
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

exceptional! well done!

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Photo of jdell15
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass: color is straw gold, head is presented 1/2 inch thick with mixture of small/fine bubbles, head is off white.

Smell is fresh scraped grapefruit rind, bitter, pleasant, sour and enticing.

Taste is similar: bitter grapefruit rind, some malt, toast, background hops of lemon, earth, herbal.

Mouthfeel is bitter, but plays well for the style and additions

Overall, a great addition to a great beer, grapefruit is real tasting without any odd off notes.

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4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hfKenealy
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer and grapefruit ... go figure . It certainly works with this brew. A great summer beer, very refreshing.

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

Photo of ALHOPLOVER
3/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Julian date 16266 (9/16), enjoyed on 5/23/17... very disappointed about the freshness of the purchase but this beer is so highly coveted I had to give it a try...

L: Clear orange. Plenty of light amber head.

S: Soft, unique fruity IPA aroma, kinda strange though. At one point it brought to my remembrance Pink Lemonade Kool Aid, which was good. But didn't find that in each bottle throughout the sixer.

T: It's not fresh but it's still flavorful. A little yeasty, not hoppy, thinking that's due to the age.

F: Light bodied but flavorful, balanced, smooth.

O: At 8 months old it tastes weird. It had standout aroma and flavor but they just didn't suit my taste. Need to try a fresh one.

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4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DaveCash
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Beachops
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mpmsu2003
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Grapefruit Sculpin from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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