Grapefruit Sculpin | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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4.32/5
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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
Ranking:
#474
Reviews:
875
Ratings:
6,185
pDev:
9.26%
Bros Score:
4.46
 
 
Wants:
569
Gots:
3,040
Trade:
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4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JuiceMan818
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of timon
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite IPA so far. Tried about 15 and I'm from SD, the "IPA capital of the US" so most have been local and very highly decorated and rated. This one is NOT what I thought it would be. I actually hate that "piney" (guess some people eat pine...) and "hoppy" IPA taste. I hate grapefruit too. This is much more like what I like: Juicy orange and apricot with a HINT of grapefruit and lemon rinds. Very, very well done. I consider this world-class, minus the smell and look, which drag it down a bit.

OK, I just smelled it again. Gotta move smell up to 4.5. Smell is fantastic out of the bottle, but hard for me to smell in the glass. Very addictive and unique smell.

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Photo of Ryan4120
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - golden with notes of orange highlights with a good amount of clarify and a medium off-white head that dissipates quickly but leaves behind a little bit of lacing.
S - piney, bitter hops along with sweet citrus up front - definitely the grapefruit. The smell is good, but not particularly prominent
T - Grapefruit up front and throughout - it's pretty prominent, but well done - alongside notes of piney, bitter hops and a malt backbone to tie it all together.
F - Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Smooth, somewhat creamy but very crisp at the same time.
O - This is another great scuplin IPA from Ballast Point with great notes of grapefruit that give this beer it's own character compared to the standard Sculpin - that said, I think this version is slightly one noted compared to the standard sculpin IPA. Great, but not as good as the original.

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Photo of JF7211
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WJL2112
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice orange color, a bit cloudy. Big long-lasting head. Excellent balance between bitterness and citrusy sweetness, with just a hint of the namesake grapefruit coming through. A great beer and a very well-balanced IPA!

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4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Zenboy99
3.06/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I’m just not a fan of grapefruit

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Photo of ErikaD
3.76/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong grapefruit flavor.

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Photo of sweetbrew82
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WorstLightskin
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

Very smooth easy to drink, strong citrus notes

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Photo of tearsofmccown
4.71/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Low_Hanging_Hops
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bearded_Oyster
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Unclevince
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of skalten
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of peepicheep
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at BJ's Brewhouse. Solid but if grapefruit wasn't in the name I don't know that I would have identified it as such. Beautiful orange/golden color.

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4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nzorzi117
3.05/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ben_tries_brews
3.85/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of danch
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Lives up to its name and tastes exactly how one would imagine it. Accessible but expensive which is typical for Sculpins. It’s a great beer and more than worth trying especially if you’re a fan of the regular Sculpin IPA.

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Photo of Tlock
3.94/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of aficionado224
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There are a few crafted so well that words are insufficient to describe how much pleasure and satisfaction can be delivered by those brews and this is one of them.

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Photo of Almighty1
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MeLLo10
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Grapefruit Sculpin from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 6,185 ratings