Grapefruit Sculpin is an American IPA by Ballast Point Brewing Company that delivers big grapefruit flavor with a hefty malt backbone.

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Grapefruit Sculpin is an American IPA that’s brewed by Ballast Point Brewing Company, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in an IPA glass from a 12 oz. can.

Packaging art for the Grapefruit Sculpin by Ballast Point Brewing Company

Packaging art for the Grapefruit Sculpin by Ballast Point Brewing Company


The IPA pours a mostly clear deep golden hue and is topped by an inch-thick cap of rocky off-white foam that shows good retention. The head’s reduction leaves behind a smattering of residue on the glass.


The aroma is strong and bright with a scent of ruby-red grapefruit juice with a touch of sugar.

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The palate is led by a squeeze of citrus over lightly baked bread that transitions to a more pronounced bite of grapefruit that lingers briefly beyond the finish. The tasting then bottoms out with sweet notes of caramel and stone fruit.


The feel is crisp, dry and smooth throughout with a modest acidity and moderate bitterness. Medium body and matching carbonation.

Label art for the Grapefruit Sculpin by Ballast Point Brewing Company

Label art for the Grapefruit Sculpin by Ballast Point Brewing Company


For a time the Grapefruit Sculpin was one of the best beers you could find just about anywhere in the country. The Sculpin IPA series (and this brew in particular) helped the dramatic rise of Ballast Point. And it’s still very much a solid brew. The brew presents well, has a pleasant aroma, a nice feel, and its palate delivers on its promise of grapefruit flavor. It’s not too hoppy and has a good malt backbone for support.

Overall, while are so many other brews like the Grapefruit Sculpin on the market today, there’s nothing wrong with returning to this classic IPA.

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