Grapefruit Sculpin | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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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.

Added by arfenhouse on 01-19-2013

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3.96/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in a half-pint glass at Ale Arsenal.

Good head tops a perfectly clear golden beer.

The smell is juicy and delightful. Citrus is unmistakeable and grapefruit is divineable. Citrus peel and a pleasant acidity.

Oh good god. I suspect they make this with actual grapefruits. This tastes more like a soda than a beer. Fizzy, fruity, tart, and bitter. The bitterness seems to come from rind, rather than hops. Very interesting, but not very...Sculpin-y. Deceptively refreshing; this doesn't feel like drinking. The finish is long and grapefruit juicy. (Not to sound like a broken record, but it's REALLY obvious.)

A little one-dimensional for me, but tasty enough.

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4.9/5  rDev +13.4%

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz acquired via trade. Poured into double-walled tumbler.

Appearance: Beautiful beer. Deep golden hay, just like original Sculpin. Good head retention, great lacing. This is one of the most attractive beers out there.

Smell: They aren't kidding about the grapefruit. If you don't like gf, you won't like this beer.

Taste: Follows aroma perfectly. I could only pick up a hint of Sculpin at the very end. Grapefruit was a good balance of sweet/tart. I would argue for a bit more hops. Alcohol is almost completely hidden. Dangerous.

Mouthfeel: I could drink this all day. Less cloying/sticky than original Sculpin.

Overall: Delivers what it promises. Will try alongside original Sculpin next week. I do wish it had a touch more "fresh-squeezed" grapefruit flavor. Sculpin has always been a highly filtered beer, so you lose all of that great organic matter you have in fresh gf juice.

Verdict: Well worth a trade to the West Coast. Have your trading partner throw in an original Sculpin to taste the differences. They're pretty major.

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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

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

I had this on tap at Ballast Point Brewery in Scripps Ranch. The beer looked alive. The body was bright bronze, clean, and clear. The head was white, dense, and soft. The smell of grapefruit was definitely apparent. For me, the original Sculpin has a richer taste. They removed the rich, and added grapefruit zest, and citrus. The base beer is still there, but the beer changed into something bright and zesty. A great summer beer.

I had this in a bottle a couple of days earlier and everything was dialed down one or two notches. Obviously much better on tap. Overall, this is worth trying.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Grapefruit Sculpin from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 6,202 ratings