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:
#457
Reviews:
871
Ratings:
6,167
pDev:
9.26%
Bros Score:
4.46
 
 
Wants:
569
Gots:
3,023
Trade:
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 6,167 |  Reviews: 871
Photo of lemonox
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of porters4life
4.81/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: This beer looks like a great IPA should. Created a 2 and a half finger head. A copper color to it great looking IPA.
S: Their is no denying that there is grapefruit in this beer, that is all that you get on the initial smell. Behind the grapefruit smell there is a lot of hoppiness going on but the grapefruit takes center stage here.
T: This beer tastes exactly like you would hope it would. They say it is a grapefruit IPA and that is exactly what it is. I didn't know if I would like this beer because I absolutely hate grapefruits, but the bitterness from the grapefruit and the bitterness from the hops work together in perfect harmony to make one of my now favorite IPA's out there.
F: Dry mouthfeel like you would expect from the hops. This beer is a weird one. The grapefruit taste makes it feel like it would be refreshing but all the hops that they use in it make it dry feeling like a hop bomb is.
O: Great love this beer would and will buy this beer again my only complaint is that I did not buy it before.

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Photo of Nreeko64
3.37/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

its a really good IPA but i do prefer the Original Sculpin to this one.

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Photo of ronniebruner
3.08/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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

Photo of IPAQuester
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of beersampler6
3.54/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little disappointing given the high reviews already given. Very grapefruit-forward. Nice golden color, moderate carbonation and mild head that lingered. Smelled of citrus and grapefruit. Tasted of malt, floral and fruity hops, grapefruit, orange zest. Thin mouthfeel, slightly bitter grapefruit aftertaste. I actually prefer the Sculpin IPA.

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Photo of jro1960
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Love the in your face citrus & pine tar, and tropical notes vs IBU / ABV balance- The first WCIPA that I can actually say was "refreshing". Drink it really well chilled from a chilled glass. Just don't let it get warm, as it quickly becomes unpalatable when it goes above 50.

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

Photo of bgillespie
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy orange/yellow with a tick off white head

Smell: Strong fruity smell of peaches, apricot, and grapefruit.

Taste: A lot of fruit and a lot of hops. Tart taste of grapefruit is strong.

Mouthfeel: Dry and bitter. Lots of carbonation.

Overall: A nice IPA with a twist of grapefruit, which makes it very tart and dry.

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

Photo of lovindahops
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Sculpin is hard to beat, but adding Grapefruit kicks it up a notch. It's subtle, not overdone.

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Photo of amberjack
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice, lacey head. Very smooth, the draft more so than the bottle. To me, the grapefruit knocks down the hops a bit and brings out the malt. Nice nose.

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Photo of Dawon
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bendukes86
3.23/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Illmaticzx
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pkkosmatka
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ejmontoy1
3.99/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

That hoppy grapefruit taste from this beer is delightful on the palate and makes for a smooth drinking experience.

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Photo of Vandelay1863
3.99/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of summitsix
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I hate all fruit beers, except this one. The grapefruit pairs perfectly with sculpin’s citrusy hop profile. It’s not overdone in anyway, which IPA lends itself to, but it does what it should perfectly. Widely distributed and simple to find, and pricey. My beer was bottled on 30jan18, so it’s two months old currently.

L: held up to the light it’s a beautiful clear bronze, obvisously filtered, fine bubbles streaming up to the top
S: grapefruit, hoppy goodness, some of the malts come through the nose as well
T: very citrusy, nice dry and bitter finish
F: refreshing, light bodied for a big ipa
O: a delightful hop bomb for all the hopheads out there

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

Photo of peterpunk15
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ado73
3.79/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Grapefruit Sculpin from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 6,167 ratings