Grapefruit Sculpin | Ballast Point Brewing Company

BA SCORE
95
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827 Reviews
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
Reviews:
827
Ratings:
5,854
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
9.09%
 
 
Wants:
552
Gots:
2,789
For Trade:
28
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Reviews: 827 | Ratings: 5,854
Photo of MikefromNYC
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer of 2016! Amazing IPA with excellent, smooth, crisp feel that packs a great citrusy smell and taste. Pairs the best of IPA with the citrusness that is grapefruit :D

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Photo of AndreRus
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If you don't mind grapefruit in your beer you're going to love this Sculpin. Amazingly fresh presence of grapefruit with combination of the great West coast IPA makes it truly unforgettable experience.

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Photo of Hahnin
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great beer, very bitter with a grapefruit taste; obviously. I like grunion better, but this beer is pretty delicious. Sold at whole foods sometimes, but the Barneys Beanery in Westwood near UCLA has it on tap

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Photo of Kevh14
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Might be the best overall beer out there. The grapefuit rind flavor adds citrus and bitterness that complements the hops extremely well. Only Green Flash double IPA rivals it.

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Photo of Tac200
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a perfect golden amber, smells off cold grapefruit being juiced in the sun, tastes of great hoppy Amarillo , cascade, punch through at the beginning but then the surge of grapefruit sweeps
Through your palate in a refreshing moment that lasts for the perfect amount of time. For me this beer is the standard to which all IPA must submit themselves
To!

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Photo of mmconnolly
5/5  rDev +16.6%

............................................ Like the first time I tried this beer, speechless.. I recommend this brew highly to anyone who can get their hands on it.

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Photo of Gubbser2
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Usually not a huge IPA fan but the way the grapefruit and hops work together in this beer, it is amazing! Nice pungent smell of grapefruit and hops, seems somehow they cancel out each others bitterness and enhance the flavors. Went down too easy now I need to find more!

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Photo of brettski66
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best beers out there. Glad it comes in cans. Only downside, which doesn't affect score, is the fact that it takes a bit of time to get to the East Coast. There's nothing like wicked fresh sculpin!

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Photo of MPSTARR
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This particular offering was on my personal bucket list and thought I would never have the chance to enjoy it unless I went to California. Thank you World of Beer Viera Florida. One word says it all for me, Wow ! I am a big fan of West Coast styles of IPA's, if you are a fan of this style and like grapefruit seek this one out. Cheers!

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Photo of trygelski1
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz can poured into tulip glass

Look: golden colored with about an inch of head

Smell: citrus with the grapefruit coming through

Taste: smooth with a mouthful of citrus, hops, and grapefruit

Feel: excellent carbonation

Overall; I was skeptical about the grapefruit as I don't care for fruit in my beer but wow does this really work. This is a 5 star beer if there ever was one. Crisp and refreshing and wow does that grapefruit come thru. Another excellent offering from Ballast Point!

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Photo of Maxyim
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfect summer IPA. Not exactly cooler material due to price point, but otherwise absolutely stellar in every way. Also surprisingly common in my area, been a very common fallback for me this past year.

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Photo of rjd722
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Without a doubt my "go-to" readily available IPA. The pour is a golden-orange with a beautiful, deep, foam head. The initial burst of fresh grapefruit and citrus hops is phenomenal and the piney hops that hit on the second wave of flavor are excellent as well. It's very smooth and easy to drink, full of juicy citrus hops. There is the perfect amount of carbonation and the mouthfeel has just the right balance of tart and bitterness. Hard to beat in this category.

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Photo of razorsdescent
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An exceptional beer to begin with, it is only enhanced with the addition of grapefruit. This is as close as I have come to having the joys of Cigar City Citrus Wizard being reproduced.

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Photo of utopiajane
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I happen to think it's extraordinary. I have really enjoyed every ballast point beer I have had so far and this one is out of the park. The Julian date on the bottle reads 15057. Pours very clear and orange with a bone white head of foam that held well and left handsome lacing. Nose is so authentic with grapefruit. it's heady with it, then for perfume it has the scent of fresh orange. A bit of twiggy and woody pine. It smells so fresh and tantalizing. Drinks like a an ocean breeze. All that tantalizing citrus. The orange is bright and light. The grapefruit is something wonderful. It has all the flavor of a real grapefruit but none of the pucker or bitterness of it. it's like they took all that flavor and sweetened it just enough. The malt is elusive but a touch sweet with honey and so soft that it simply cascades over your tongue. Mouthfeel approaches medium but is still wonderfully light with just enough weight from that honey malt to satisfy the palate in a very sensual way. Right before the swallow is this breezy little spritz from carbonation that is so whimsical it made me laugh out loud. It's as though you got a little sea mist at the back of your throat. Perfect crisp finish that brings a little bit of the fruit rind a touch of bitterness to end this amazing beer. It's so good.

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Photo of santomark
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow this is better than the normal sculpin. This is everything great about a WIPA. Subtle notes of grapefruit really mellow out the alcohol and compliment the backbone. Just a beautiful IPA. My favorite from them. 5/5 for me.

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Photo of Norvelljeff
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very good I PA although it does taste quite a bit like an orange Capri Sun. I'm still deciding after a half a pint whether I like it as a seasonal summertime only beer or something I could drink at a restaurant during dinner. Overall I would buy again

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Photo of Hopped_head
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This brew just took an already excellent beer and made it that much better. The Grapefruit Sculpin has such an enjoyable freshness to it, a great IPA to trick in the sun while doing yard work, or practicing your shot

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Photo of Whitley
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Are you kidding me ? This beer is unbelievable. As in unbelievably, ridiculously fantastic !!! If you love IPA's and the more citrusy the better then you will have hit the jackpot with this one. Thank you so much Ballast Point !

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Photo of Colossal_Cod
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my personal favorites. A perfect blend of citrus fruits and hop goodness without being overly sweet. So refreshing. I feel like i"m sucking on the world's tastiest mutantmango/grapefruit hybrid. It's hard to just sip this one.

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Photo of drpimento
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, that stuff is sooo good! Just flawless. Appearance is great with the huge fluffy head, lots of lace, clear amber color. Aroma is a crazy mix of caramel and hop grapefruit that somehow works. Flavor's the same way and has it all in perfect harmony. excellent Palate. Drink the hell out of this beer.

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Photo of munnster76
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wowsers. Whomever thought to put grapefruit in this world class ipa is a genius. Heady topper with grapefruit???now that would be one hell of a head to head contest. Amazing beer.

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Photo of Budinetz
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Belgian tulip. Bottled on April 15th. 2015 (according to the Julian date printed on the bottle), so not quite a month old.

Tastes very much like the Sculpin we all know and love, but with an awesome grapefruit smell and finish. It's not overpowering or sweet. It's perfect. Find this beer and drink it fresh!

Cheers!

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Photo of Antnego
5/5  rDev +16.6%

A: Pours a hazy amber with minimal head and thin lacing... Looks absolutely mouth-watering.

S: Smell is of candi sugar, grapefruit, floral piney hops - a sweet, velvety, lovely scent.

T: Taste follows nose with malty, fruity sweetness balanced with a moderate hop finish. One of the best beers I've tasted, hands down. Ballast managed a well-executed hop profile - all the wonderful fruitiness of the hops without being a huge, bitter hop explosion on the palate.

M: Smooth, silky, with slight hop stickiness at the finish.

O: A masterpiece of a beer, this truly is a standout amongst Ballast Point's fine offerings. I just wish it were more available, as it would be a go-to beer for sure. This is as close to a perfect brew as you can get.

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Photo of Jay1078
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If you haven't tried this, AND you like IPAs AND grapefruit, please try this. I happen to like both IPAs and grapefruit, and it is a top 10 beer for me. Perfectly balanced without that artificial fruit flavor your sometimes get from beer/fruit combos. Try it.

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Photo of RichR
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Schteve for turning me on to Ballast Point Sculpin a couple of weeks ago. My new favorite beer. I live IPA's the hippies the better, and normally not a huge fan if fruit flavors in beer (with the exception of M.H. #9)
The flavor, smell, look and feel of this Beria amazing. So many great things all together to form the most amazing tasting beer. Well done Ballast Point, and thanks!

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Grapefruit Sculpin from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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