Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin

Discussion in 'New England' started by Rosinante, Dec 24, 2014.

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  1. Justin42

    Justin42 Aspirant (219) Apr 3, 2013 Massachusetts

    I had one of these last night and enjoyed it. Not something I'd spend a lot of energy chasing and probably won't buy it that often, but tasty stuff for sure.
  2. patrickcmcd

    patrickcmcd Initiate (102) Dec 25, 2010 Massachusetts

    Liquor World in Franklin got a case. Drinking it right now...a pleasant drink. Worth the price.
  3. Mag00n

    Mag00n Initiate (0) Nov 21, 2008 New York

    Am I the only who who'd take fresh sculpin over this? Definitely worth a try but not something Id keep returning to.
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  4. Justin42

    Justin42 Aspirant (219) Apr 3, 2013 Massachusetts

    You're not the only one. I thought it was tasty and would love to try it on draft, but prefer regular Sculpin. It was several months ago, but my recollection is that I preferred Stone's take on the grapefruit IPA to this one.
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  5. jessehurlburt

    jessehurlburt Initiate (0) Oct 17, 2014 Connecticut

    Any sightings in CT? I did find the sculpin cans last week at the Wine Thief, and they were super fresh and delicious. I'd like to give this one a try..
  6. JGLittle

    JGLittle Initiate (0) Mar 24, 2012 Massachusetts

    I liked it on draft better. It won't replace regular fresh Sculpins in my household, but its a nice thing to try out.
  7. dubdrop

    dubdrop Zealot (581) Aug 6, 2012 Massachusetts
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    IMO, this is a novelty beer. Nice to try and enjoyable, but I wouldn't go out of my way to find it again.
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  8. nolanz14

    nolanz14 Aspirant (265) Aug 31, 2009 Massachusetts

    This was very good IMO. Bottled on 12/30 and tasted better than when I had it on draft. People are just going a bit crazy because it hasn't been around here in bottle format (if ever?). I could add this one to my regular rotation if available on a somewhat regular basis.
  9. jstout26

    jstout26 Initiate (170) May 30, 2013 North Carolina

    I would definitely drink this over regular Sculpin if not for the price tag and it was easier to obtain.
  10. Coorsy

    Coorsy Defender (643) Jul 11, 2014 Massachusetts

    One of the ladies that runs a local bottle shop here in mass told me that grapefruit sculpin might be popping up more frequently now. Their larger warehouse is allowing them to expand their distribution.

    Im just waiting for habanero sculpin now !

  11. HighLowJack

    HighLowJack Disciple (378) Jun 5, 2013 Massachusetts

    bought 2 bottles, was cool to try but in the end the Grapefruit was too much for me, would prefer the regular
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  12. GonzoHomebrewer

    GonzoHomebrewer Devotee (468) Sep 15, 2012 Massachusetts

    It was sad the amount of gouging that went on with this, should be the same price as regular sculpin. Also agree with everyone else that it was unimpressive, if you missed out pick up some shofferhoffer or stiegl radler, they're both practically same as grapefruit sculpin. Such a one trick pony of a beer
  13. smanson56

    smanson56 Savant (995) Feb 15, 2014 New Hampshire
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    Got to agree that the Grapefruit Sculpin is much better than the regular Sculpin IMO.
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  14. rjp217

    rjp217 Poo-Bah (1,526) Apr 24, 2012 Massachusetts
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    I guess I'm in the minority.... I loved it and I would drink it over regular Sculpin. Maybe my palate is just liking something different and the market is just too saturated with good IPAs.
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  15. KevTurnersBootburn

    KevTurnersBootburn Initiate (71) Jan 19, 2014 Massachusetts

    This was the same price as sculpin at my local store and they had a bunch. I thought it was good but nothing mind blowing. Seems like it would be a good summer beach beer if they canned it. Didn't think it tasted at all like that Stiegl, it just tasted like Sculpin with some grapefruit to me.
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  16. Justin42

    Justin42 Aspirant (219) Apr 3, 2013 Massachusetts

    Same price as regular at my local store too (UGSE). Was a little disappointed that this is in bottles and not cans :slight_smile:
  17. jefffalcone

    jefffalcone Initiate (0) Nov 9, 2013 Massachusetts

    They had a couple cases in streetcar yesterday. it was $15 for a sixer. I couldn't pull the trigger because I wasn't sure the grapefruit would agree with me. I grabbed a sixer of dorado instead, which I had never tried. Gotta say I'm a fan of dorado, and the $15 price tag is a little easier to swallow on a 10 % abv dipa.

    mixed feelings on skipping the grapefruit, but according to earlier posts, grapefruit might be around more in the future
  18. GonzoHomebrewer

    GonzoHomebrewer Devotee (468) Sep 15, 2012 Massachusetts

    Should be one more round of the grapefruit going around
  19. IPAkindaguy

    IPAkindaguy Aspirant (242) Aug 20, 2010 Florida

    I am loving this beer. I know it might be more a novelty, but I love the grapefruit taste to begin with. Its hard to find fresh sculpin around here, the grapefruit just gives the beer a brighter, juicer taste.
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  20. tylerk88

    tylerk88 Aspirant (261) Nov 17, 2013 Massachusetts

    Still some singles at Pemberton on Mass Ave. Limit 2per $3.25 each.
  21. jamis

    jamis Initiate (157) Nov 30, 2008 Massachusetts

    I still have a 6-er available if anyone is looking for it in central MA. $4$ (I paid 12+dep). Also have some Cape Ann Deadeye.. :slight_smile:
  22. GiantCogs

    GiantCogs Initiate (102) Oct 25, 2012 Massachusetts

    I've seen it on tap around Boston. Tried one this weekend. Not bad. I forget how it compares to that Stone one.
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  23. MyIronLung

    MyIronLung Aspirant (203) Oct 28, 2011 Massachusetts

    Fifth Ave in Millis had a ton of it over the weekend. No Limit..
  24. jujigatame

    jujigatame Initiate (0) Apr 10, 2009 Massachusetts

    Had a bottle today from the Dec. 30th batch. I like IPAs with strong grapefruit flavors but this beer ended up at the point where it didn't leave much room for anything else. It was not unpleasant to drink, it did not get too sweet or too bitter, but there wasn't anything beyond the grapefruit. The layers and balance of the great base beer were overtaken which is too bad. All the anticipation comes from how much you love Sculpin and rather than being an enhanced version of it I think the added flavor makes a different beer altogether. In some cases that's okay, or even an improvement on the base beer. Here it came out to less than the original. Between this and regular Sculpin I'd take regular. If grapefruit gets you out of bed in the morning though then this is definitely your IPA.
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  25. chewy527

    chewy527 Initiate (0) Apr 1, 2014 Connecticut

    This is exactly how I felt while/after drinking one. I couldn't exactly describe it, but you nailed it.
  26. pehodges

    pehodges Initiate (93) May 25, 2013 Massachusetts

    nope, just weird
  27. AirBob

    AirBob Defender (661) Jul 15, 2014 Massachusetts

    Still some in the back case at Vinnin in Swampscott.
  28. Rosinante

    Rosinante Initiate (0) Feb 26, 2014 Massachusetts

    Just had a chance to this out. Like it just fine, a little more than regular Sculpin.
  29. JGLittle

    JGLittle Initiate (0) Mar 24, 2012 Massachusetts

    Theres a few fresh cases at Coopers in Florence. 1.8.15 bottled date.
  30. bfitzge2

    bfitzge2 Aspirant (276) Jul 21, 2010 Massachusetts

    This is EVERYWHERE on draft all of the sudden, Plan B in Spfld, McGladdens & Dirty Truth in NoHo. It's always better to try Ballast Point beers on draft to avoid paying 45$ for a sixer.
  31. Jmr85

    Jmr85 Aspirant (261) Nov 25, 2013 Connecticut

    Anyone know if this is gonna make its way to ct?
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