Grapefruit Sculpin | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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95
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5,991 Ratings
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:
5,991
Reviews:
846
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
9.11%
 
 
Wants:
562
Gots:
2,886
For Trade:
28
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Ratings: 5,991 |  Reviews: 846
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1/5  rDev -76.6%

Photo of Richard927
1/5  rDev -76.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of spamspam
1/5  rDev -76.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

got this brew by accident at Trader Joe's. Weird stuff. It tastes like beer with grapefruit added. Read the label and sure enough, it is grapefruit flavored beer! Not my style. Honestly, am going to pour these down the drain. Pity, now I am off my feed for Sculpin too. What is with the high ratings? Is Ballast Point buying raters?

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Photo of Ffllegend
1/5  rDev -76.6%

Photo of Diogopena
1/5  rDev -76.6%

Photo of rmendoza2121
1.04/5  rDev -75.7%

Photo of Doeboy2245
1.04/5  rDev -75.7%

Photo of bobhits
1.67/5  rDev -61%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Sculpin is great beer. The grapefruit version is pretty much awful. It creates a weird fruity flavor that horribly ruins the final product.

Pours a white head and a nice lively beer.

The smell is of fake fruit and hops. Just totally off putting.

The beer honestly is grape fruit, there isn't much else to see here.

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Photo of msween21
1.96/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Photo of jeschaefer
1.98/5  rDev -53.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of brandonld23
2.05/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Photo of Benjolovesbeer
2.21/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

L: hazy orange, lightly carbonated, fluffy head that soon becomes lacing that smears the glass on every sip.
A: mild grapefruit juice.
F: medium, carbonated, slightly fizzy.
T: grapefruit overpowers the hops. Mainly grapefruit taste followed by citrus hops with sourness caused by grapefruit.
O: i have yet to have regular sculpin but as far as grapefruit IPA it just doesn't do it for me. Sometimes you get grapefruit in IPA beers that is delivered by hops which was what I had high hopes for, but this is like mildly hoppy beer with addition of grapefruit and it just doesn't do it for me. I understand grapefruit is the main feature in this beer but it actually ruins the beer instead of enhancing it.

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Photo of Brewfocker80
2.38/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Abragg3
2.43/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of paco1029384756
2.55/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

This is all grapefruit rind, to the point of being unpleasant. An unfortunate miss for all brewery that puts out many other great beers. And everyone seems to be slurping this stuff up like it's God's cum, so at least it will make them a ton of money to make better beer.

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2.55/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of MrMeerbill
2.55/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I'm in the minority on this almost un drinkable initial grapefruit taste is amazing but quickly faded to a horribly dry and I mean dry finish

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2.59/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

to bitter for my taste. I prefer regular IPA by sculpin.

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Photo of Purified
2.6/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Jpepe08
2.6/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Too much artificial grapefruit for me

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Photo of tiltednotion
2.63/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I may be one of the only people who absolutely hated this beer. All about the taste, it is just too overwhelming of grapefruit floral taste. Seems perfumy in taste. Mouthfeel and look are nice like regular sculpin and the grapefruit smell us nice. Could use more citrus and tart taste from the grapefruit and less fruit/floral.

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Photo of SteveJeremy
2.7/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Split this with some coworkers; thoroughly meh, mainly cause I'm not a big fan of the style, but more palatable than previous grapefruit beers and IPAs I've had in the past.

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2.75/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Tastes like artificial flavor of grapefruit

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Photo of ChristinaLynn
2.75/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Love ballast point but not a true fan of the grapefruit sculpin.

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Photo of GreenMind
2.75/5  rDev -35.7%

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Grapefruit Sculpin from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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