ABV: 7.0 IBU: 70
Ballast Point Brewing Company Grapefruit Sculpin
What the brewers say
“The latest take on our signature IPA. The tart freshness of grapefruit perfectly complements our IPA’s citrusy hops character. Grapefruit is a winter fruit, but this easy-drinking ale tastes like summer.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “A healthy mix of classic IPA hops character, bringing in notes of dank, pine, and citrus, with just a spike of grapefruit and orange. The fruit aroma is supportive with some perfume and floral esters. Bready, graham cracker, and biscuit malt notes.”
Flavor: “The fruit and hops provide big citrus flavors of grapefruit, bringing in notes of zest and pulp. The hops are bold and bitter without being harsh, with dank and citrus characteristics. The malt is bready and smooth, sweet and supportive, but relatively thin.”
Overall: “A big, muscular IPA with plenty of grapefruit. The fruit is paired impeccably well to the base beer, with dank background hops that team up with the rind to provide bitterness. The flavors are that of a citrusy West Coast IPA that’s inviting, drinkable, and makes you want more.”
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