“Grapefruit Sculpin” (AIPA) by Ballast Point Brewing

@ballastpointbrewing Grapefruit Sculpin American IPA 7%

Brewer: Ballast Point Brewing

Ballast Point Brewing “Grapefruit Sculpin” Review

ballast point brewing grapefruit sculpin beer review by beer_reviewer

Picked up this single from Total Wine & More. “Grapefruit Sculpin” is an American IPA from Ballast Point Breweries in California. With 7% alcohol, it’s almost enough to be an Imperial IPA. Here’s my official analysis: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Pours with a finger’s worth of white foam that refuses to die. Honey orange in color. An abundance of bubbles continues to rise. Extreme Lacing! Very strong grapefruit aromas (as I would expect) that combine elegantly with strong piney hop and mild floral hop aromas. Mild orange (not a orange peel as I am used to sensing in beers) aromas are also present. Initial taste is a combination of strong grapefruit, mild orange and citrusy hop (weren’t previously detected by nose probably because the grapefruit aromas were so intense and also that grapefruit is citrus, but there is a distinct difference in the taste) flavors. Initial flavors gradually decrease with the entrance of strong piney hop and mild floral hop flavors. End result is a mild grapefruit, subtle orange taste (citrus hops have died, so sad) with a strong piney and mild floral finish. Medium bodied, mild carbonation, somewhat creamy, with an extremely dry finish. This was an excellent IPA. I have had Ballast Point’s normal Sculpin before, but that was two years ago before I wrote beer notes so I don’t have a valid comparison between the two (at least for now). NOTE: As beer warms, mango and peach flavors can be detected in both aroma and taste giving this a whole new spin. The choice is yours. What will you decide?

OVERALL RATING: 4.45 out of 5.

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