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Grapefruit Jungle IPA - Sun King Brewing Company

Grapefruit Jungle IPA
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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%

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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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Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: can

08-12-2013 00:45:29 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of 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
Photo of DonFrap


4/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: can

08-04-2013 02:07:01 | More by DonFrap
Photo of beatenbyjacks


3.89/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: can

08-02-2013 02:08:23 | More by beatenbyjacks
Photo of JohnnyHopps


4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: can

07-31-2013 01:38:09 | More by JohnnyHopps
Photo of Lunny777


4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: can

07-22-2013 23:34:43 | More by Lunny777
Photo of Etan


3.89/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint can into a snifter.

A. Pours out reddish-orange with small white head.

S. Juicy grapefruit, light pine, caramel, sourdough, blood orange, light breadiness.

T. Grassy bitterness, tangerine and grapefruit, a bit of sweet malt.

M. Light-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O. A nice grapefruity IPA.

Serving type: can

07-20-2013 06:29:08 | More by Etan
Photo of dmgeng


3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Got it because it was extremely recommended from my buddy who's been home-brewing for years.

A - Nice orange color. Extremely clear with coarse white head with minimal lacing.

S - Strong hop fragrance with grapefruit hop smell. Not extremely strong but still noticeable.

T - Great flavor with a bold hop character and nice malt backbone to round it out. There is some pine, floral, and herbal hints but dominated by (as the name suggests) grapefruit. Nice bitterness for an IPA and is throughout the taste not just the finish. Crisp malt with some bread character and some light caramel on the back of hops.

M - Nice mouth-feel with light carbonation. Mostly crisp finish with hops on the back-end.

Overall, a very good IPA. Great flavor, lighter body, and shinning appearance for an IPA. A nice hoppy IPA for those that want all the hop flavor of a DIPA but with a crisper and less malty beer. I probably won't pay another $4.50 for carryout canned beer, but still a very tasty IPA. It's a limited release so you've got to get lucky to get a taste.

Glass- Imperial Nonic from a 16oz can.

Serving type: can

07-19-2013 00:53:32 | More by dmgeng
Photo of TwelveOunces


4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into a pint glass

A- Pours a clear golden color. A one finger of an off white bubblyhead.

S- No surprise, grapefruit in this one. A very strong and hoppy aroma. Very west coast style. A bit of a cat piss aroma and sharp pine in addition to the grape fruit. An awesome smelling beer.

T- Tastes a lot like it smells. A big bitterness at front. A very crisp and clean malt profile in this beer. A bit like a crisp lager maltiness. A very nice hop profile on this beer. As advertised, A grapefruit bomb. There is also a good bit of other tropical notes from the hops. A fresh pineyness to this beer. A very well done take on a west coast IPA.

M- A clear and clean palate. A refreshing and not too bitter IPA. Not a ton of body but an extremely drinkable IPA.

O- Very impressed by this beer. A well done IPA. A bit exp[ensive at 17$ a 4 pack but well worth trying.

Serving type: can

07-18-2013 00:25:23 | More by TwelveOunces
Photo of brewskis


4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a burnt orange, copperish color with a finger length head that goes away slowly and leaves a thick ring of lacing. Decent carbonation coming off the glass. Smells of tons of grapefruit (big surprise), tangerine, mango, resinous qualities from the hops, pine, some breadiness and some carmel from the malt. Taste is grapefruit heaven. Starts with lots of bitter grapefruit. Almost like grapefruit rind. Then the middle brings a nice sweet bready quality, as well as some carmel. Just enough malt to take the bitter edge off and have the grapefruit flavor shine. Finish is lots of juicy grapefruit, almost like a grape juice flavor to it, more carmel, candied sugar, resin. High medium body with a creamy, yet crisp mouthfeel. Although it’s a little on the expensive side, this really is an outstanding IPA that stays true to it’s name. Sun King continues to impress.

Serving type: can

07-14-2013 21:34:18 | More by brewskis
Photo of rlee1390


4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Clear deep orange, some carbonation, one finger head.

S-Good deal of hops, rather citrusy and tropical. Some malt and grassy notes as well.

T-Starts with citrus hops. Has a harsh (in a good way) hop finish, Mild bitterness. Tad bit of malt with some pine as well.

M-Medium bodied, slightly carbonated, good deal of hop resins.

O-A well made IPA, not really worth the pricetag, but worth trying.

Serving type: can

07-13-2013 19:16:37 | More by rlee1390
Photo of MortarPestle


4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a beautiful golden amber with a nice head and lacing down the glass. The aroma of passion fruit hits your nose followed by the taste of citrus (grapefruit) and apricot. Very drinkable with a slightly dry finish.

I wish it was less expensive and more readily available, time to try and clone this one.

Serving type: can

07-12-2013 19:54:20 | More by MortarPestle
Photo of biggred1


3.63/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Light copper with pale blonde highlights when backlit and a creamy khaki head that leaves blobs of lace on the glass. The aroma is the best part of this beer, and to me it's more Pineapple than Grapefruit jungle. Pure tropical fruity hops in the nose and faint sweet malt in the background. Resinous hops flavors and grapefruit citrusy notes with a lean malt backbone that falls a bit short for my liking. Lighter bodied for a bigger IPA with nice smooth carbonation. An above average brew for SK but for $18 a four pack it should be amazing, it is not.

Serving type: can

07-09-2013 23:58:17 | More by biggred1
Photo of roger617


4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pint can poured into Spiegelau glass.

A: 4.75 pours with 2 fingers of white head. Crystal clear, medium golden in color.
S: 5.0 there is a strong burst of grapefruit, orange, overall citrus. Background aroma of pine.
T: 4.75 this hits the taste buds perfectly. Upfront flavor of citrus as expected, lingering slight dry bitterness with lastin citrus and pine.
M: 4.5 this is smooth, not much carbonation.
O: 4.75 this is what I have come to expect out of an IPA. Sun King nailed this one, and I hope it becomes much more readily available.

Serving type: can

07-09-2013 23:00:49 | More by roger617
Photo of tone77


3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to the legendary woodychandler for the hook up. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a burnt orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is alive with grapefruit and hops. Taste is very hoppy, grapefruit, considerable bitterness throughout. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

Serving type: can

11-29-2011 16:52:40 | More by tone77
Photo of mcallister


3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A quick to fade pillowy head tops a clear copper/orange liquid. No lace.

Wonderful citrus aromas with what would you know, grapefruit leading the way. Tangerines, lemon rind, A biscuit malt with force underlying all the fruity goodness.

Much more neutral in the mouth. Carmel, toffee and breast malts hold the earthy, grassy, not nearly as distrust hops at bay. Good bitterness but hops seem lost in the malt. A hint of burnt sugar on the finish, lemon, orange meringue, and just light grapefruit. Good acidity with a medium bodied Southfield.

Serving type: can

11-09-2011 22:29:30 | More by mcallister
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2.95/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can shared by NosignsofPain in which she got in a BIF

Look: Orange in color and totally translucent. 1/2 inch head and no retention at all

Smell: Not much going on at all. Some bready notes backed up by a hint of citrus. Old batch maybe??

Taste: Ever so slight notes of citrus but no grapefruit what so ever. A bit of hop sting on the backend

Mouthfeel: Light body and medium carbonation

Overall: Not that great of a beer maybe this was a old batch

Serving type: can

10-31-2011 19:33:31 | More by DarthKostrizer
Photo of AshleyMiller


3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to jmarsh123 for sending this one to me. poured into my hill farmstead glass.

a-pours a nice reddish amber with a large two-finger head with mega bubbles, large, dissipates quickly

s-this one's nice. smells sweet with some nice citrus hop aroma to it. spot on

t-this lives up to it's name. a jungle of hoppy goodness. definitely pick up the grapefruit in there. a great hop bite that doesn't linger any longer than it should and still allows me to taste the malt backbone.

m-medium body with good carbonation. not many bubbles surfacing, but a solid mouth nevertheless

o-i like it. a simple, but well done ipa

Serving type: can

10-27-2011 23:56:33 | More by AshleyMiller
Photo of indiapaleale


4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour - streaming out of the can GFJ fills the glass with a brilliant orangish golden color topped with a good inch of fluffy white foam. Nice carbonation, clean and clear. Great looking beer!

Aroma - tons of citrus, resiny, piney goodness. Lots of great hop aroma bursting forth from this IPA. Smells like a fresh halved pink grapefruits, oranges and lemons. Some slight sweetness in the aroma as well.

Taste - wow! My tongue has been awoken by an onslaught of big hop flavors and plenty of bitterness. Lots of tropical fruits like passionfruit and mango combine with pink grapefruit and sweet blood oranges. The piney, bitterness that comes into play at the end of each sip is masochistically delicious. So many great flavors in this beer and its well-balanced too!

Overall - excellent IPA! I can't possibly say enough good things about this beer. The hop profile and the flavors it imparts are just outstanding. Lots of big tropical fruit and citrus flavors with a solid malt backbone (yet, certainly hop forward) make this a real joy to drink. I only wish I had more of them! I feel lucky to have had the chance to give this one a try. I would encourage the folks at Sun King to order 100,000 Grapefruit Jungle IPA cans and put this one into year round production.

Serving type: can

10-16-2011 00:03:22 | More by indiapaleale
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4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear gold with sticky foam that laces nicely. Massive grapefruit nose, it really does smell like fresh grapefruit. Smells both bitter and sweet at the same time.
Taste is like someone squeezed a grapefruit into a nice IPA. Tart and bitter wih enough malt to pick up the sweetness. Longering bitter finish and a slick and smooth mouhfeel makes this a nice cool evening sipper.

Serving type: can

10-09-2011 22:04:00 | More by kirok1999
Photo of woodychandler


4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love the way The CANQuest (TM) CANtinues to ferret out new CANs for me to review! I read a post about this beer's upcoming release and sent a BeerMail reach-out to one of the release's attendees to see about trading for some. Many, many thanks to dannyfrost for taking me up on my offer! I CAN't wait to drink me some jungle juice.

From the CAN: As noted by a previous reviewer, it came in a generic CAN with an attached sticker. "A pint in every [CAN]"; "Fresh-Local-Beer"; "Specialty Beer"; "Water-Grain-Hops-Yeast; Crafted for you enjoyment with love from Sun King".

The Crack immediately filled the air with a grapefruit scent and the Glug left no need for air freshener, as long as one likes the citrusy smell of grapefruit ... I produced two-and-a-half fingers of thick tawny head with excellent retention. The beer itself was a gorgeous shade of amber with NE-plus quality clarity, allowing me to see into the future. BUPGOO! The nose was enough to put this hophead into orbit, what with its full-on raging grapefruitiness. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was EXACTLY like grapefruit juice - intense, bitter, tangy, effin beautiful! I have to cop to being an aficionado of grapefruit juice in the morning, especially when I take breakfast at a diner. Grapefruit juice and a hot cuppa joe has resurrected my dead, drunken ass on more occasions than I care to think about. Man, I was feeling fully revitalized while drinking this beer! They might market its medicinal qualities in the future. Just sayin' ... Lacing was on the light side, although it was present. The finish was gaspingly dry and bitter and I was sucking it down the way an SUV sucks up gasoline. I read complaints that it was spendy, but I found it worthwhile and I would definitely buy more to have in my cooler on Hula in the Coola Day in February. It may not be for everybody, but it was definitely for me! Thanks again, dannyfrost.

Serving type: can

10-09-2011 16:51:09 | More by woodychandler
Photo of Sideswipe


4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz can courtesy of Memyselfandi. Thanks Mike!

A- Clear orange/amber color with two fingers of dense white foam. Nice lacing.

S- Fruity citrus hops abound in the nose. Grapefruit and tangerine with notes of pine and bready malt.

T- Bitter from the git-go. Grapefruit predominates. Malt bill smooths things out midway. Nice piney bitterness in the finish with a lingering bitter aftertaste.

M- Medium feel. Prickly carbonation. ABV well masked by the hoppy goodness going on in this brew.

O- This is a very tasty example of the style. The only brew I've had from Sun King, and a darned good one, at that. I'd have this again anytime, and would choose it over a good number of other highly rated IPAs. Recommended.

Serving type: can

10-09-2011 05:41:49 | More by Sideswipe
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Urbancaver for picking me up a four pack of this on his way to the CBS release and brew3crew being the middle man getting it to me. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours a dark amber into a tulip with around half finger of off white, almost tan head that dissipates slowly leaving some nice lacing.

Smell – As SOON as I pour this I smell just massive amounts of grapefruit, hence the name I suppose. Resiny, hoppy aromas mixed with a slight backbone and a crap ton of grapefruit is about all I get.

Taste – As I sip I imagine eating a grapefruit as a child, no joke. The initial bitter grapefruit taste mixed with the citrus and finally the malt comes through (like the sugar I used to put on top of grapefruit) to help balance some of the bitterness.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, creamy, could use a hint more carbonation.

Overall – A solid beer but at $18 a four pack, it is a bit pricy. I’d for sure pick this up every now and then if it was distributed by me though. Quite good.

Serving type: can

10-07-2011 00:09:46 | More by SpdKilz
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Cam for picking up an extra 4 pack for me.

Poured into a wine glass, all the beer glasses were dirty.

Pours clear amber, fairly clear, billowing white head that quickly fades. Average to meh on the lacing but oh well.

Smacks of thick sticky hops, citrus, and yes, grapefruit on the nose.

Taste is more grapefruit with a nice balance of slight sweetness on the end. Just a twang of bitterness on the back end.

Crisp, refreshing, very drinkable, glad to have an extra 4 oz.

Overall a super quality offering, my first from Sun King. I'm pumped I have 3 more cans. I am docking just a bit on the overall because it is a little on the expensive side.

Serving type: can

10-05-2011 23:43:53 | More by CruisaC
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3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cam just brought me some cans of this. Thanks man.
Pours a caramel brown with a nice cap of white heat. The nose is very light malt and the slightest suggestion of grapefruit hops. Could use an upgrade in this department, though the mild whiff is nice. Taste is a good blend of balancing malt flavor and a nice touch, building flavor of grapefruit, which leads to a nice, bitter finish. Each sip doesn't bring substantial grapefruit, but it seems to build and leave that flavor with you. Mouthfeel is nice to me, medium carbonation, medium mouthfeel. This is all fine, but the whole beer is pretty subtle and maybe a bit underwhelming. $4.50 a can though, I don't know about that. Recently had a lot of Zombie Dust and White Rajah. Both are cheaper and better. That said, I do really like this beer and would drink it more. It kind of grows on you. Giving a bump because it is kind of unique because the presentation of grapefruit is fun.

Serving type: can

10-03-2011 02:20:58 | More by seeswo
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Grapefruit Jungle IPA from Sun King Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.