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Grapefruit Jungle (GFJ) - Sun King Brewing Company

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Grapefruit Jungle (GFJ)Grapefruit Jungle (GFJ)

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65 Reviews

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Reviews: 65
Hads: 332
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 148
Gots: 53 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sun King Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: robwestcott on 05-23-2010

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Reviews: 65 | Hads: 332
Photo of NoYouDidnt
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I drank this fresh and it was just too much grapefruit taste, really bitter and I really did not like it. I almost threw away the other 3 in the 4 pack. I didn't. 3 months later I opened it up just planning on a bad beer night. Turned out those months really helped me to enjoy it. L- great. Nice color, lots of carbonation. S- man smelled great this time. Fruity, not too bitter, the grapefruit was more subdued. The hops were allowed to shine more this go around. T- same as the smell in about every way. O- fun experience having the beer change from a beer I really didn't like to one that really impressed me. (Sorry for length yall.)

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fun can art as always. I'm inclined to like it before I even crack it open. Good clarity, orange red hue, couple fingers of head that fades quickly. Minimal lacing. Resin and grapefruit pith, sort of grassy. Fruit peel bitterness. Moderate malt presence to hold it together.

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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz tallboy can, sample from the brewery.

Loving the artwork on this can. Two fingers of head to start, clear amber hue. Soft hop resin nose with tropical fruit and grassy undertones. Lots of layers of hoppiness unfold with each sip, soft bready malt and hints of caramel within. Bitterness is there but it is rounded. Sure, there is balance for this hefty IPA. Damn good drinking.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can. Drank most of this one from the can and then poured the rest into a shaker pint glass.

Pours a lighter copper body, half finger white head, not much retention or lacing. Smells of citrus, grapefruit, a bit of zest, mild malt background, a bit of grass, primarily citrus. Flavour is similarly citrusy and grapefruit-forward; it fits the name. A minimal malt background provides a bit of caramel sweetness to balance things out. Nice and easy on the palate, though it is reasonably bitter with grapefruit skin. Mouthfeel is medium-thinner bodied, good carbonation, moderately bitter citrus and grapefruit finish. Overall, a tasty IPA with a nice citrus bite to it. It's solid and tasty.

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Photo of ChrisinRI
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Wasn't the biggest fan of this--grapefruit presence on the nose moreso than on the tongue. A fine beer, if a bit boozy. Nice look. Undated cans, which I never understand.

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Photo of JMUbrewz
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice take on a bitter, grapefruity IPA. It has a nice backbone to stand up to the bitterness. I enjoyed it, but at roughly the same price, I'll take Grapefruit Sculpin all day over this.

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Photo of harrisonpainter
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this brew fresh at the Sun King Fishers Tap House. I went in for the first sip thinking the citrus would be too much , but instead found GFJ to be nicely balanced and very refreshing.

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Photo of GoNoles
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had it out of the can. I think my expectations were a bit high on this one. This beer gets a ton of hype, but for me personally it was a let down. It smelled more citrus than it tasted. Just didn't do much for me, nothing special, and taste seemed to linger too long. If it were cheaper I could possibly see myself buying it again (possibly), but not a chance at the current price point.

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Photo of 4thFloyd
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A dark golden color which was pretty clear. A mild citrus aroma. Grapefruit, citrus, and tropical fruits in the flavor followed by a medium amount of pine bitterness. Good smoothness, but bitterness and thin mouth feel distracts a little allowing the flavors to separate.

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Photo of Ri0
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured 16oz can into snifter.

A - Burnt orange and amber with a large 3 finger off white head. Excellent retention that fades into a frothy cap. Thick splotches of lacing on the glass.

S - Pleasant notes of citrus and floral hops. Grapefruit peel and some tangerine with sweet caramel notes.

T - This really does have a nice grapefruit flavor. It is not intense bitter grapefruit, but a sweeter ripe grapefruit. Other citrus hops dance around the palate before giving way to some sweet caramel malts. Finish is more delicious grapefruit flavor. Pretty straight forward, but very tasty.

M - Medium feel with good carbonation. Somewhat sticky with a bit of bitterness on the finish.

O - This lives up to its name and is a flavorful grapefruit IPA. Worth buying if you see it.

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Photo of BWED
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can poured into nonic pint.

A- Copper in color, with a light tan head. Retention is okay.

S- Definitely citrus notes, grapefruit, and pineapple. Strong malt background, sweetness.

T- Citrus and toasted malt flavors are well balanced. Grapefruit dryness, and a sweet malt.

M- Carbonation is a little snappy. Dry finish, but pleasant after a well balanced body.

O- Very well balanced. This is easily my favorite from Sun King so far.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A special thanks to Prager62 for this can!

A - Pours a deep copper amber color, clear, nice carbonation and a fluffy white head that sticks around.

S - Very pungent, dank citrus aroma and no malt anywhere to be found. Has a slight tinge of that cat pee aroma presence.

T - Just a ton of juicy red, pithy grapefruit rind and tangy orange/tangerine with a little bit of toasted caramel malt on the backside. Red juicy citrus dominates the palate and leaves a very long lingering bitter citrus finish.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation pricklies on the tongue.

O - This is an outstanding IPA.

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Photo of Gear54
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
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!

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Photo of TheBlueNote
3.47/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Clear dark orange beer, with a substantial white head that fades quickly to a thin cover over the entire top. Extensive lacing forms up as the beer goes down.

S - Big hop citrus, but also serious dankness, with a bit of wild hop aromas as well. It's all cone.

T - The fruit is present in the open, with namesake flavors coming in hard, pith and flesh both, switching to cracker malt mid-drink, which quickly jumps into a sharp bitter close that fades slowly, and emphasizes the pith element in particular.

M - Well-carbonated and snappy, but with considerable drying in the close.

O - Sun King has brewed up its version of the super-hop-forward IPA that breweries like Stone make their hallmark. The hops are big, and they are powerful. Unlike some, there is only a slight hint of malt to counterpoint, meaning you are in for a wild ride.

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Photo of AmishLightning
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The color is an orangish-amber with maybe a bit of red if the light hits it just right. Not as much head was present as I suspected for an IPA, but that must be because of the higher alcohol content. It did leave a nice lacing trail along the sides of the glass.

Smell: Lots of citrus but too much of a mish-mash for me to tell what is there. Hops definitely give a bittering smell to the aroma, but dominated by the fruity citrus.

Taste: Remember the thing I said about the smell having too many fruits to identify? The taste is a bit like that. I get strong flavors of grapefruit (appropriately) and orange zest, and then everything else is like a mixed-fruit-smoothie. Grapefruit seems to intensify on the finish (which was AWESOME). Great hop bite on the end which increases on finish like the grapefruit taste.

Mouthfeel: A lot thicker than a lot of the other Sun King beers that I have had. Great carbonation for the beer style and taste.

Overall: Awesome beer with a hefty price tag which makes it an appropriate and highly valued seasonal brew. Would recommend.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

17.50 for 4 pack of cans from brewery

A- Redish-orange with off-white head. Some lacing
S - Citrus- grapefruit & orange rinds. Dankish hops
T- Sweet on the front, then tart citrus and finally tart grapefruit
M- Smooth... a bit on the thin side, but very drinkable

O- Best offering I have had from SunKing. Price point may be a bit high.

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Photo of Treebs
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

64 oz growler served in a wine glass taster. Thanks to mishuggah for the share.

A: Pours a solid orange color with a thin white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring. Some splotchy lace left down the glass.

S: Some dirty berry and some solid grapefruit flesh on the nose with a mild dried grass note and cracker malts.

T: Large grapefruit upfront, mostly fleshy, with just a touch of bitter pith. Sweet bready malts with some dirty, earthy hops on the finish.

M: Clean and light bodied with a medium carbonation level.

O: Definitely lives up to the name with the grapefruit, but I was still slightly disappointed in this one. It's pretty hyped and I think it fell a little flat in complexity.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can shared by raveskdr. Thanks Chris!

The beer is orange with a white head. Big grapefruit juicy nose, with abundant hops, followed by some bready malts and a hint of alcohol. Nice flavor. Big and bold with sufficient bitterness in the back. A bit of warming alcohol heat in the finish. More of a sipper than a refreshing IPA. Good stuff.

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Photo of jkrich
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of DonFrap
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

thanks to ptrc for leaving this can after a tasting yesterday. poured from can into alchemist stemless glass. Kinda dark for an IPA, nice copper color. Smells a little like grapefruit, but not overpoweringly so. There's more malt than i was expecting in the taste, but, surprisingly, it's a good thing here. it balances out the bittering hops quite well. Great mouthfeel, and no heat whatsoever. This beer came pretty hyped, and it may be a little past its prime, but it's definitely a good, citrusy IPA. Only knock would be it might need more citrus, to live up to the name. Would love to try super fresh.

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Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice copper color with very little head. Strong citrus smell. You can smell the grapefruit and finishes with a nice malt flavor. Hits the tongue lightly before the malts kick in and then the citrus and hops finish. Very fun IPA. Light easy finish, so I can drink many.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the can that found its way into my fridge, the ale was a handsome copper color with a bubbly and perhaps fluffy white head. The aroma was the high point of this beer for me. The aroma was largely grapefruit and grass, but there was an amazing amount of sweetness in the aroma. In the initial taste, one detects tangerine, passion fruit, tangy pine, and bitter resin. The bitterness dominates the sweet notes a little too much for my liking. With a name like grapefruit jungle, I wanted more fruit. The bitterness lasts into the aftertaste with thicker than expected mouthfeel allowing it to linger. An enjoyable brew, but I imagine great potential with some of the elements of this beer in an imperial.

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Photo of vw73182
1.39/5  rDev -66.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

On tap, severed in 12oz tulip glass.

Appearance is an amberish red and clear, with thin white head that quickly dissipated.

Smell is pungent of rotten eggs with a very light hint of hop grassiness that comes through.

Mouth feel is very thin with lots of carbonation.

Front of tongue is not pleasing with lots of weird unpleasant tastes. Middle of the tongue is rich tinny taste that fades in moderate hop bitterness.

Overall. I went in expecting big things from all the hype but left extremely disappointed. I Wouldn't drink this one again as it was an unpleasant experience.

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Photo of Lunny777
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served out of a can. Fresh - just released recently.

A: Crystal clear amber, great color, only docking this category because the head retention and lacing was not what I expected it to be.

S: Beautiful citrus, grapefruit, slight pine bitterness, light malt.

T: Not quite grapefruit, but close...complex citrus is present (obviously, given the name), with grapefruit, orange/grapefruit rind - there's bitter crispness without it truly being bitter. The bitterness doesn't linger due to great malt balance, but malt is more in the background. It's all about the complex, diverse flavors contributed by the hops. Taste becomes more complex as it warms. Each sip is interesting and delightful.

F: Ideal feel. Medium body, medium carbonation. Smooth. The mouthfeel is an afterthought with this beer, with the complex flavor as the highlight - as it should be.

O: Awesome IPA. It stands out from start to finish. I can see why it's become quickly popular. The price is a bit steep, but worth a try. I was fortunate enough to find a can sold individually for $4.50, as the only 4 packs I could find were $18. Definitely worth a try though. Represents the Midwest/Upper-Midwest region of taste profile well. Worth a try if you can get your hands on it.

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Grapefruit Jungle (GFJ) from Sun King Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.