Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin IPA

I came to Eureka! on 20151205 and tried to order a Grapefruit Sculpin IPA, but unfortunately they ran out. But if that wasn't bad enough, the bartender came back with a glass of Sculpin IPA as if we already agreed it was an acceptable substitute. While I was shocked, I hadn't had it in a while and accepted the change.

Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin IPA - full pour and no head (20150421)

In any case, encountering the Grapefruit Sculpin IPA today, I jumped on the chance to try it. The beer had an IPA-like floral smell. Its taste dominantly reminded me of the bitter taste of grapefruit; the aftertaste was similar in flavor. 4:55PM PT

I never wrote final notes on the Grapefruit Sculpin IPA, but overall it was a decent IPA. In particular, the grapefruit/citrus notes, if any, were subtle. 11:25PM PT


I was at the airport today and I decided to order this beer. It was expensive, but good. I've had it before, but I couldn't remember how it tasted. Today it tasted bitter, but the flavor of pale ale and citrus took precedence. The next sip I took was tastier with no bitterness. Furthermore, the draft pour had a light carbonation which enhanced the overall experience. 11:22PM PT

Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin IPA - at the airport in a plastic cup (20171008)

Overall, I didn't like the taste. While it was lighter than a grassy IPA, I would have preferred it to be less bitter. 20171009 12:01AM PT

In the end, it might be because I'm not a fan of grapefruit, and fans of grapefruit would greatly enjoy this beer.

Remark: The grapefruit flavor was subtle. 20171009 12:02AM PT

Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin IPA

Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin IPA - full pour and head (20150421)

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Grapefruit Sculpin (Ballast Point Website)
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Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin IPA - almost done and lacing (20150421)

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.

AVAILABILITY: Limited, 12oz. Bottles & Draft
ALC. BY VOL.: 7%
FOOD PAIRINGS: Coconut Basmati Rice, Jamaican Jerk Chicken, Tropical Bread Pudding

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