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Grapefruit Jungle IPA - Sun King Brewing Company

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Grapefruit Jungle IPAGrapefruit Jungle IPA

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BA SCORE
94
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260 Ratings
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Ratings: 260
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 125
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sun King Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: robwestcott on 05-23-2010)
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

spycow, Aug 19, 2014
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4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a two inch head; a fairly nice pattern of lace is left behind

Smell: Citrus aromatics, with pink grapefruit and tangerine elements; biscuity malts underneath

Taste: A little bit of the biscuit to provide a platform for the hops and then we are on to the bitter, pithy elements that dominate the aroma; pink grapefruit and tangerine; tropical elements linger, after the swallow, with some pineapple and a hint of apricot joining the citrus; the finish is clean and dry

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very nice IPA, just like I like it - loads of citrus and a very clean malt character

Thanks, duels, for the opportunity

brentk56, Mar 09, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev -7.6%

Texasfan549, Sunday at 06:38 PM
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

kjkinsey, Sunday at 06:35 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

GRG1313, Aug 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Knapp85, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of MasterSki
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Test batch from an anonymous source. Label was a sticker on a generic Sun King can. Served in a Jester King snifter.

A - Finger of off-white foam that settles to a thin cap and thicker collar, leaving behind splotchy lace. Body is hazed dark golden-orange that made me think Double IPA initially.

S - Hops seem to have faded since this was brewed, although there is still some pithy grapefruit and tangerine character. Malt character is mostly icing sugar, and there's a bit of alcohol zest as well. I'm not going to be too hard, as I'm guessing this is from the January batch.

T - Taste is a nice East Coast blend of citrus-heavy hops with a caramel and bready malt backdrop. Tastes like there is some added dextrose as well. Finishes with light bitterness. Alcohol is better-hidden here.

M - Resiny medium body, pleasant medium carbonation level, dry finish, and no alcohol. Quite nice.

D - I thought this was more of a Double, but that may be because of the faded hop character since late January. In any case, it was enjoyable and I'd love to try it when there is a fresh batch, either on-tap or from a growler (or can if they go that route).

MasterSki, Apr 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

oline73, Jul 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

mendvicdog, Jul 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

beernads, Sep 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

imperialking, Aug 25, 2013
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.

woodychandler, Oct 09, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

duceswild, Jul 21, 2014
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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.

Huhzubendah, Aug 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Gonzoillini, Jul 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

drummermattie02, Jul 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

KAF, Aug 28, 2014
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.

tone77, Nov 29, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to my boy aasher for sending me this one after the second release due to losing the first one in another shipment. Thanks Al! Shared this one with my doppelganger, funkydelic, and beeruser. Served from growler into a Bell's stemmed tulip. Poured yellow-orange with a two finger off-white head that subsided to half a finger slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, grapefruit, grapefruit hop, citrus, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, grapefruit, citrus, grapefruit hop, and citrus hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. As stated by the name, this one was pretty grapefruit dominant. This is usually a great thing, but this one was a little too much grapefruit to be able to pick out other subtlties in the brew. Definitely still a nice beer that any fan of the American IPA should get their hands on at least once!

thagr81us, Oct 10, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ethan for bringing this growler to our UFC 134 viewing.

A - Hazy orange beer with some gold in it. Head didn't stick around for long, left some moderate stick on the sides.

S - Actually does smell like grapefruit, although not overly bitter or sour. Citrus has a nice sweet, note to it. Sweet sugar malt backbone. Some ecent resin bitterness on the end.

T - Good amount of grapefruit that is nicely sweetened with the sugar malt backbone. I'm not a huge grapefruit fan but this manages to keep the flavor and not get too "grapefruity". Some bitterness on the end.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O - Slight alcohol bite on the end makes it seem a little bit bigger than the ABV, but this is still pretty easy to get down. Pretty good beer, although as I'm not a fan of the grapefruity beers. It's solid enough though that I'd gladly drink it again if offered.

AgentZero, Sep 04, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at the brewery and had a couple growlers filled. I tried it on tap before I purchased the growler and it was excellent. It was my first time there so it was cool to see how they operate and to grab a beer that had just been released. The growler popped pretty loudly as I opened it and this beer poured a pretty thin, very translucent dark auburn in color with a one finger fluffy white head which laced the glass. Instantly you get aromas of very citrusy and piny hops as well as orange peel and grapefruit (hence the name). It also has this pleasant bubblegum like sweetness on the backend. The flavor is very good as well. It's very dry and very piny. The citrus and grapefruit come through really well and give it both bitter and sweet accents. It drinks pretty light and is very crisp and well carbonated. This beer is very drinkable. I'm not usually a fan of Sun King but this beer is pretty superb. It's understandable why they ran out of the beer in less than two days.

aasher, Jan 24, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

whartontallboy, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

TheBeerAlmanac, Jul 30, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at the Black Sparrow in Lafayette.

Pours thick, dark, and hazy. Like clay-laden puddle water, only in a good way.

Smells... welp, it smells like grapefruit hops. Giant, sticky citrus nodes balanced with a bready malt that does a good job of bookending the aroma without detracting from the hop complexities.

Tastes as it smells, a barrage of citrus hops that would be overwhelming were it not for juuust the right amount of pleasantly dull, bready malt. It's a very big flavor, and it's pulled off quite well--there's no icky nodes, no tongue scum, no burniness. It's not quite complex enough to make an elite strong IPA, but it's damn close.

mynie, May 31, 2010
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4.84/5  rDev +14.7%

MSandahl23, Mar 29, 2012
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Grapefruit Jungle IPA from Sun King Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 260 ratings.