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 UCLABrewN84
3.89/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap for The Full Pint 6th Anniversary Celebration held at 38 Degrees in Alhambra, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and grapefruit aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and grapefruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a very nice citrus presence that make this one easy to drink.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

i should come right out and say that i prefer the regular sculpin to this one, it just doesnt need that fruit to make it interesting, refreshing, and memorable. that said, i love this edition of it. still crystal clear orangey in color with a bubbly lacy white head with superb retention. the fruit is so authentic, not sweet and sugary and concentrated like some of the shandy to hit the market recently, but true to the fruit, like the fresh juice of it, and it marries up excellently with the hop complexion of the base ipa, which has a lot of bitter citrus to it. the malt here i have always liked, honey malt seemingly, moderately sweet, lighter than medium bodied, but flavorful and fresh without getting into that caramel and darker crystal malt spectrum. it fits the hop profile brilliantly. i am surprised more acid isnt present from the fruit, but the acidity feels about the same as the base beer. cool accent flavor, as its real refreshing and not overly done. it also was one of the first ipa styles i have had my girlfriends parents actually like, so this was a hit in a number of crowds for us. my only critique really is that i cant buy this on the regular. nice brew, best use of grapefruit i have seen in an ipa, but i will take a sixer of regular sculpin still.

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Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge of the glass, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of fresh grapefruit are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of grapefruit, but with little in the way of associated acidity. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very drinkable and goes down easily. It has nice aromas and flavors of grapefruit, but doesn't really taste that much like an IPA and the grapefruit seems to overwhelm the underlying beer. It seems a lot lighter than a 7% abv beer, almost to the sense that it could be sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ballast Point's "Sculpin" has always been a fruit-forward IPA in its hop character alone. But hops can only take you so far. If the preferred character of grapefruit is what's so desired, then the actual grapefruit additions to the beer might be in order.

Grapefruit Sculpin pours a lot like standard Sculpin- deep straw with the signature hoppy haze. What's not common is the compromised head character that's a result of the citric acid from grapefruit. But that's of little consequence as the nose is rife with the most pungent and vibrant red grapefruit character possible. Its taste is tangy with citrus fruit but is also supple in caramel and honey sweetness.

Yet as the beer blossoms over the middle palate, its floral, fruity and tangy citrus character puts on a full display that leads with overt grapefruit but also claims apricot, mango, passionfruit, orange and gooseberry. With the light honied sweetness dropping out, the ale turns decidedly hoppy and bitter beyond it's halfway point.

Its medium weighted feel dries wonderfully but also falls flat and still after its creamy-dry body lacks life quickly, again due to the citric acid that chases away the carbonation and head retention. But its deeply resinous bitterness is of pine, but more so of grass, herb and a distinct cannabis afterglow.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, thanks be to the good doktorzee for bringing this back for me. Nice label imagery depicting some cross-species genetic melding.

This beer pours a clear, pale copper amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and mildly bubbly ecru head, which leaves some streaky coral atoll lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells quite pungently of fresh grapefruit juice, orange and lemon rind, faint grainy pale malt, a touch of caramel sweetness, faint hard water flinty notes, and some further herbal and grassy hops. The taste is bitter white grapefruit, orange, and lemon peel, gritty, lightly bready pale and caramel malt, a bit of herbal tincture, and seltzer spiked with Absolut Ruby Red.

The bubbles are fairly widespread in their tingly and perky frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and smooth like, um, well, you know, grapefruit juice. It finishes
dry, the fruitiness of the guest and inherent grapefruit maybe lending an iota of sweetness, but nah, not really.

Egad, is this grapefruity! Once the aroma beset me, I was reminded of the various radlers kicking about of late - lots of real juiciness, because, that's what they are, no judgment here. However, the base Sculpin IPA is not to be trifled with, coming around quickly with its own brand of citrus palatal pleasure, and a few other base elements that obviously don't mean much in the grand scope. Yeah, this is refreshing, and freaking great!

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Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a modest head; decent retention and a few shards of lacing linger

Smell: Just as one would suspect, it smells like grapefruit; pithy, bright and floral

Taste: A sweet layer of malt lays down the backbone and then it is all grapefruit; juicy, with tropical fruit tones and pithy grapefruit; not as bitter as regular Sculpin

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: More of a novelty drink than an IPA, this is still a very enjoyable beer

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Photo of kojevergas
3.63/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz. Brown glass. Branded white & red pry-off pressure cap. Great label art & design.

Purchased at an Austin, TX grocery store. Cost was ~$15.00 USD per 6 pack.

Reviewed live at low altitude in Austin, TX. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Vintage: 2015. Couldn't be more than 6 weeks old.
ABV: 7.0%.
Style: IPA (per the label).
Serving temp: Cold.
Serving vessel: Pilsner glass.
Expectations: Sky high; I love Sculpin and have high hopes for this.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: ~3-4 inches wide. White colour. Nice foam and frothiness. Creamy enough, lending it a soft pleasant look. Great consistency and complexion. Leaves a ring of light even lacing as it recedes.

Retention: Great - ~8-10 minutes.

BODY: Vibrant copper of high clarity; this is more or less what I picture when I think of an IPA. Clean, with no pesky yeast particles visible.

A very good looking IPA, but it's not a unique or profoundly special appearance. I'm certainly excited to try it.

AROMA: Bursts with plenty of hop profile, but the key here isn't the hop content or apparent bitterness, but rather the seeming balance; in spite of how hoppy it is, it's still pleasant and inviting. The fragrant perfumey hop profile brings notes of dominant grapefruit (but without any unpleasant bitter bite), pith, hop resins, mild oily notes, citrus rind, and pleasant floral character. It's magnificent, and I find it alluring. The hop bitterness is tamed by a near-perfect malt sweetness from just the right amount of pale malts.

Aromatic intensity: subdued.

It has a great aroma without coming on too strong or being overbearing. True to form, it seems like a grapefruit-heavy variant of the original Sculpin.

TASTE: Grapefruit does dominate, but it's placed carefully amidst a delicate balance of floral, oily, resinous, rindy, and pithy hop notes, which are themselves well balanced by an apt pale malt sweetness. It does get a biteen too bitter right on the finish, where that zingy grapefruit bitterness bite comes in, but overall this is a nice Sculpin variant which showcases Ballast Point's expertise in terms of balance - a value often lost on West Coast breweries.

Depth of flavour: Good.
Flavour duration: Lasting.
Flavour intensity: Above average.
Flavour amplitude: Solid.

It's never boozy or yeasty, true to style, and it has plenty of cohesion - which is impressive given its diverse hop profile. It's nearly gestalt, and boasts notable intricacy for an IPA. This is hard stuff not to like, and its fruit-forward build is interesting. The hop selection is spot-on, and it's an inspired take on a style that's tough to innovate in.

TEXTURE: Coating without being sticky. Aptly medium-bodied. Thickness, heft, and weight on the palate are all apt. Slight overcarbonation fits the schema, accentuating the grapefruit bitterness with a crisp bite.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

The overcarbonation and relative lack of refreshment holds this mouthfeel back, though it does complement the taste nicely overall. It just doesn't quite elevate the beer as a whole.

OVERALL: A great variant worthy of the original Sculpin, Grapefruit Sculpin is a balanced and highly drinkable IPA that will remind even the most discerning of drinkers why Ballast Point has been one of the West Coast's best IPA producers for a long time. While I do think I prefer the original, this beer is absolutely worth trying and I'll definitely be returning to it. Considering its high quality, its price point is absolutely worth it. Every IPA fan owes it to herself to try this. I tip my hat to Ballast Point; this stands out in the grapefruit-forward IPA category - and there's no lack of competitors. Well executed across the board.

Brewers at breweries like Stone and Green Flash should drink this and take note; balance is important in an IPA, and simply increasing perceived bitterness, hop quantity, and/or IBU does not in itself make a beer better.

High B (3.73)

10/22/15 2nd impressions:

Grapefruit-forward, with an overzealous hop bite and untamed hop bitterness unraveling the balance. I prefer ordinary Sculpin, but this will appeal to fans of more imbalanced IPAs.

I do dig the citrusy zesty notes and the fruity esters. Highly drinkable for its high ABV.


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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.91/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a golden color ale with a nice white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of intense citrus notes with light grapefruit notes. Taste is also dominated by citrus hops notes with light grapefruit notes with some residual sugar notes that are also perceptible. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. Very pleasant IPA but I can’t say that I noticed the grapefruit notes coming out as much as I would have hoped.

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Photo of mothman
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Everything about this beer works.

Beige head. Color is a copper gold.

Flavor profile: So much fresh juicy grapefruit. Tons of citrus and fruit flavors. Lemon zest and orange. Earthy hops. Piney. A touch of floral notes. A bit of bready malts. Some hop resin and bitterness.

Very drinkable. I could easily have a few of these in the same sitting.

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Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a taste of this recently and came away from it feeling like the hype was unjustified, and having it again leaves me feeling roughly the same. It's certainly pleasant, but I'm not sure why anyone would get actively excited about it, I honestly find that I much prefer the original version.

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Photo of oberon
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a dull brass with a thinner white head atop.Obviously grapefruit in the nose but not overly sharp,some toasted grain is there as well.Not overly bitter and/or sharp on the palate just fresh and juicy frutiness from the grapefruit with a surprising toasted bready malty base.Love this beer,again not overly bitter but fresh and very drinkable for the size.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/19/2015. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, honey, light caramel, and floral/grassy earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops, grapefruit peel, and light-moderate malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, honey, light caramel, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon/orange peel, pine, honey, light caramel, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops, grapefruit peel, and light-moderate malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately crisp/sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible citrus spiced IPA style. All around fantastic complexity and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops, grapefruit peel, and light-moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jlindros
3.86/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I gotta admit I was excited for this, but I hear a lot of mixed reviews, some saying it's awesome, some saying it's too much grapefruit and not enough beer, but we'll see.

Pours into my Hoarders tulip with a big fluffy foamy like almost 2 finger head that fades semi slowly, lots of nice soapy lacing, brilliantly clear habanero orange like color.

Yep, as expected the nose is aaaaaaaalllllllllllll grapefruit, literally like I just cut open a fresh grapefruit and stuck my spoon in, packets of juice popping and exploding everywhere, even in my eye, a little rind and pith mixed in. Swirling it and digging deep I finally get a hint of sweet malty beer underneath, but man is that just all greapfruit.

Taste thankfully brings a nice beer base, don't want to lose all that delicious sculpin in there... base malt in there, a mild sweetness with little toasty malt, but just a little. Then hops kick in, a bit of a spicy hop bitterness with some citrus and orange peel, a little juicy citrus. Then the grapefruit, it's pretty dominant but not nearly like the nose, a fresh grapefruit juice but lots of rind, especially on the finish, which is like I just bit into the grapefruit rind, and took the flesh and fruit packets with it, but just a big bitter rind, and a little sticky note but mostly dry.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb, nothing special or unusual about the mouth.

Overall, well I'm mixed, as much as I love grapefruit, I also love Sculpin and I'm a little perturbed that the nose had pretty much none of it. The flavor was a bit better but still overpowered too much by the grapefruit and especially the rind on the back end.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. On-tap @ the Old Grove source.

A: Pours a clear orange with a half-inch thick white head which lingers and leaves splotchy lace.

N: Candied grapefruit, more grapefruit pith and zest, faint malt.

T: Crackery malts try to corral the rampaging oily grapefruit to no avail.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Dry, bitter, pithy citrusy finish.

O: Very unique and well done. Much different than the regular version.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ballast Point Brewing Co. "Grapefruit Sculpin"
on tap @ The Boathouse, Conshohocken, PA

I find the addition of grapefruit interesting, and I know I'm in the minority on this, but I don't think it improves the beer, and actually throws off the balance a bit. What I do like is that it gives it an interesting twist, but overall I'd go for the straight Sculpin 99% of the time. Still, it's a nice option to have, and for the right occasion I'd certainly opt for this given its tart and juicy refreshment factor.

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Photo of chinchill
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Look: deep, copper-amber body topped by a thick, and very durable bone-colored head. Lots of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma: grapefruit and some floral notes; some other citrus and faint baked bread.

Flavor: Sculpin (of course) with bitter-sweet grapefruit juice added. The grapefruit addition is unmistakable despite significant 'grapefruit' tones in the base Sculpin: The front-end is sweetened and the grapefruit notes are now more juice than rind.

Feel: Medium-full body that is well carbonated.

O:a nice enhancement of an already exceptional IPA. While my description sounds like I'd prefer this variant, I'll need to try then at the same tasting session to determine this.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains strong grapefruit, floral hops and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong grapefruit flavor that is quickly followed by a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness. The malt character is light for the style but it works very well for this beer and provides an excellent balance. The after-taste is tangy and slightly hoppy.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent IPA to drink for a long time.

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Photo of mactrail
3.91/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am pleasantly surprised by this. It's so fruity and somehow not as bitter as the regular octane. Grapefruit aroma is quite lucious.

Warm and fruity. Distinct citrus flavor with some grapefruit zing, but none of the pith. Bitterness is within reason, and followed by a sweet and tart taste. Apparently I've been converted to liking this stuff. What's next-- Sculpin with apricot and guajillo chiles? Might be the bomb.

Beautiful pour with clear golden color and a golden head in the Ommegang chalice. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Bottlecraft - North Park.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden orange in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and hints of amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a mottled thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit, slightly sweet grainy malts, and hops - citrus/grapefruit zest, citrus/grapefruit pith, and citrus/grapefruit hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of moderately sweet grainy malts with moderate to strong flavors of grapefruit juice. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit zest, citrus/grapefruit pith, and citrus/grapefruit hops which impart a moderate amount of bitterness which lingers for quite a while.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp with light amounts of dryness in the finish

O: As someone that really loves a fresh Sculpin, I was surprised that I could enjoy the grapefruit Sculpin even more but aroma for this one is absolutely delicious. Alcohol is well hidden and it is easy to drink and extremely enjoyable.

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Photo of russpowell
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Picked this up in ABQ NM

Pours an effervescent honey color with a pinky of eggshell colored head. stays effervescent throughout; good head retention & average lacing

S: Grapefruit & more grapefruit, fades just a touch as it warms

T: Follows the nose, a little pine & then grapefruit peel up front. More grapefruit as this warms, dryness, a little bit of orange sweetness as well. Finishes dry, grapefruitty & slightly bready

MF: Medium body, perfect carbonation, stellar balance

Through the roof drinkability, I wish could get this on a regular basis, great IPA!

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Photo of Slatetank
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I enjoyed this on tap at the fridge, served chilled in a pint glass. review from notes.

The color is a resplendent golden amber with good clarity, visibly carbonated with thick white cap with ultra fine bead. Streamers of lace stick. The smell of grapefruit is expressed so well in in that putting your nose up to the fruit in the citrus section way. The smell of grapefruit is strong, go figure with light pine and a mild orange with floral hints and light malt in the aroma with subtle alcohol. The feel has moderately bitter entry with light citrus tangy and mild sweet with a caramel element with medium high carbonation and light alcohol with mostly dry finish.

The taste is excellent with the tangy citrus and grapefruit flavor very fresh and intense with a slight orange -like and mild floral hop quality with slight piney bitter taste. The hops are backed by a slight malt adding gentle sweetness with semi-toasted taste of malt and nicely bitter grapefruit flavor into the finish. This is a great IPA and the grapefruit is a natural flavor addition but actually enhances the original Sculpin, certainly does not detract from one of the best American IPA's

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Photo of smcolw
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Rocky, bar-poured head. Great ring lace with streaks in between. Light amber color and clear.

True to its name, this is a grapefruit smelling beer. It's also a bit fruity. Good combination.

Starts smooth but becomes prickly quickly. Think raw lemon rind. Bitingly bitter that leaves a very long aftertaste. Rich mouthfeel particularly with a muted level of carbonation.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank about 10 of these over the course of MDW, 12 oz. cans and bottles poured into a tulip.

Pours a hazy, bright orange color with two fingers of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. As expected, loads of grapefruit, citrus, fruity malts, lemon zest, tropical fruits, oranges, and floral hops. Medium body and low to moderate carbonation, easy to drink and no bitterness.

Overall very good, probably a slight improvement on the normal version, which is pretty cool. Would definitely buy it again and over the normal version. Great summer beer.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear orange color with off-white head. Aroma has pungent grapefruit, a bit artificial though. Taste starts really balanced and juicy with red grapefruit flavor coming through. Finish has medium bitterness, dry and fruity. Medium body with soft mouthfeel. Overall it's a pretty good, fruity IPA but kind of over hyped.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

CANsin Colby is on some sort of a South AmeriCAN excursion right now, which is odd, since it is also his anniversary, but as long as my cousin-in-law is down with it, so be it. This CAN came out of The Fridge's cooler and the spent CAN will make a beautiful addition to my wing of the CAN House.

From the CAN: "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."; "Dedicated to the Craft".

Man, but the Crack! seemed to echo in my kitchen! This calls for an inverted Glug! This resulted in three fingers of rocky, eggshell-white head with good retention which left nice, sticky lacing on its way down. Color was a solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. As to the nose, I have been staying at the Radisson (KofP) for the past few weeks and my class tries to eat breakfast together in the morning. They know that I am big on grapefruit juice and so I know from whence I speak when I say that this is VERY grapefruit-y! Mouthfeel was big, full, but not quite creamy. Oh, man, I love the taste of this beer! They have it on-tap at the Valley Tavern currently and I have been drinking the s**t out of it, thanks in part to the lovely Chris Sauer, their bar manager who got us a pitcher of it one night. Nothing beats fresh draught beer, but this was a close second. It lands somewhere between grapefruit rind (good) and pith (not so good), but not exactly like freshly-squeezed juice with pulp. There is no question that it is of grapefruit, but its bitterness is like a blend of origins. Finish was dry, biting, refreshing, and while they may CANsider it "summer"-y, it was causing me to sweat. Some may enjoy this sensation on a hot, humid summer's day, but I would prefer it during the winter.

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Grapefruit Sculpin from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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