- My Rating: [A], I gave it a (4.3 of 5) on Ratebeer.com
Grapefruit Sculpin – Ballast Point Brewing Company, 7.0% ABV, 12 fl.oz., (San Diego, California, USA)
printed on the side of the can:
“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.”
- Style: (flavoured – grapefruit) IPA
- Taste: Supremely smooth bitter grapefruit toffee biscuit malt lengthy bitter hops
- Where I got it : Trader Joe’s / Seattle
- How much: $14.79 USD / $19.10 CAD – 6×12 fl.oz., October 2015
- Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
- Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes
Visual: (cellared for 1.5 years). 12 oz. can. Pours translucent bright orange with a slowly dissipating foamy head, sticky lacing, 5mm fine foamy retention, very tight clustered micro streams.
Nose: sweet toffee’d biscuity malts, citrus undertones (lvl-6)-pungency
Attack: creamy-smooth, sharp crisp bite, tangy bitter malt impression
Mid-palate: background tangy, very smooth transition, (lvl-3-sweetness), grapefruity toasted biscuity malt
Finish: grainy bitter grapefruit hops, lingering long soft bitterness
Summary: Incredible smoothness from start to finish. Lots of flavour, body, balance, and drinkability for a 7% bitter bomb.