Grapefruit Jungle IPA - Sun King Brewing Company
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Reviews by jkrich:
3.73/5 rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 16 oz. can. There is a number stamped on the bottom of can - 13182; perhaps the 182nd day of 2013 which would be about June. The ale has a very clean looking deep and clear golden hue with a foamy white head that dissipates leaving some intricate lacing on the glass.
Just as the name suggests, the aroma is predominantly grapefruit and citrus.
Of course the dominant flavor is grapefruit flavored hops with a sustained bitterness on the palate. This is definitely an American IPA style hop bomb. There is a faint nod to some malt in the aftertaste, but the smooth burn of hops is always present. On my palate, the hop profile is just a little one-dimensional. I was looking forward to the nuances of tangerine and apricot stated on the can, but I can detect very little of these flavors.
The body was light to medium with smooth but bitter mouth feel. The grapefruit bitterness lingers pleasantly on the palate.
Very good American IPA, especially after it warms a little in the glass. As other reviewers have stated, it is pricy but worth seeking out. I only wish the hop profile was more diverse.
Serving type: can
08-10-2013 23:05:06 | More by jkrich
More User Reviews:
4.68/5 rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Having this on tap at the local watering hole.
A: The brew shows up to the table as a dark red maybe redish orange in color. 1/2 inch wispy head and light lace on the glass.
S: seems to be a mishmash of citrus aromas and hops. I was hoping for a stronger grapefruit aroma but It smells good all the same.
T: This beer is fabulous. Grapefruit and orange peel are the two big things I get and it mixes really well with the bitterness and hops that are present. Not a hopknster or bitter bomb at all. I think I prefer it that way. It's just the right balance as to not over power the citrus.
M: medium body and really easy drinking.
O: I will be having this again in the future!
Serving type: on-tap
07-27-2014 00:13:44 | More by Gear54
3.48/5 rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Got a single can from behind the counter at my local beer store. Pretty stoked when I got it since they didn't get many. Drank it as fresh as possible the day after I purchased
Appearance: One of the best things about this beer–crystal clear copper with a finger of off-white head. Dark for an IPA, but beautiful.
Aroma: This is where I was disappointed. I am used to getting smacked in the face by hops when sniffing these rare IPAs. Not so here. Subtle fruit and citrus aromas with a bit of musty grain. Not terrible, but not what I was expecting from a $4/can rare seasonal IPA called Grapefruit Jungle.
Taste: Once again, not bag, but a bit underwhelming. I found this to be very balanced instead of super hop forward. Fruity and citrusy flavors balanced nicely by malt and a gentle bitterness at the end that sticks around.
Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel. Good carbonation level. Wish it was a bit more dry.
Overall: Like I said, not bad, but not what I was expecting for all the hype. I am coming to the conclusion that the majority of hard-to-find seasonal releases are genius marketing, not necessarily genius brewing. I would probably go to this beer quite a bit if it was $9.00 a six-pack and was easy to find. Probably won't be going out of my way for it in the future.
Serving type: can
07-19-2014 21:13:54 | More by TheBlueNote
Grapefruit Jungle IPA from Sun King Brewing Company
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