Tasting: January 10, 2015
Beer # 686
A sculpin is a family of stinging fish whose varieties are found in both fresh and salt water. With its spiny skin it’s called the “sea scorpion” so it would seem natural that it’s namesake beer provide a little jolt. Ballast Point amps up the bite with two versions of their renowned Sculpin (95 points) . For me, the other night was Habanero Sculpin (83 points) . Tonight it’s the other flavored Sculpin – the must sought after Grapefruit Sculpin.
I can’t eat a grapefruit and I can’t drink grapefruit juice but in some contradiction, I do like some grapefruit-type flavors in my IPA. In most cases, that grapefruit-type flavor is derived from the hops. In the case of Grapefruit Sculpin, they don’t mess around and add grapefruit right to the beer. It certainly is evident right up front in the pungent citrus aroma and unmistakeable in the flavor through and through. Sip by sip, I’m not so sure if I like it but I keep going back for another taste. It’s a nice beer, especially one to enjoy with food. I bet this would be great in summer weather but in the frigid temperatures of January in northern New Jersey, I’ll put Grapefruit Sculpin at 91 points.