Grapefruit Sculpin – Ballast Point Brewing Co. (San Diego, CA, USA)

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.

Super Jupiter Grapefruit IPA – Howe Sound Brewing (Squamish, BC, Canada)


  • My Rating: B-

Super Jupiter Grapefruit IPA – Howe Sound Brewing, 6.8% ABV – 1L., (Squamish, BC, Canada)

on the front left-side label:

“A refreshing and aromatic IPA, brewed with real grapefruits and dried grapefruit peel. Brewed with Canadian pale, dark crystal and carastan malts, and four varieties of bittering and aroma hops. This dry hopped beer offers wonderful citrus and tropical aromas, with grapefruit at the apogee. Named for the newly discovered Super Jupiter planet, which was identified by a team of Canadian and international astrophysicists in late 2012. Brew the Beer You Wish to See in the Universe.”

  • Style: (grapefruit) Flavoured IPA
  • Taste: Sweet grapefruit-stonefruity bitter toffee malts
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek Liquor Store
  • How much: $10 (after 10% off) – 1L., February 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Pours translucent copper brown with a smallish dissipating head, a thin layer of retention, lots of slow steady streams.

Nose: sweet fruity citrus malts. (lvl-5)-pungency.

Attack: crisp-sweet, incoming fruity-bitter hops

Mid-palate: (lvl-6)-sweetness, (MAIN) sweet grapefruit, toffee malts, peach/apricot

Finish: malty bitter grapefruit hops, bitter peel, lingering bitter hopped finish.

Summary: A texturally smooth brew of fruity to balance the sharp bitter hops. Above average.