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Grapefruit IPA - Perrin Brewery

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Reviews: 9
Hads: 210
Avg: 3.57
pDev: 66.11%
Wants: 6
Gots: 42 | FT: 1
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Perrin Brewery
Michigan, United States | website

Style | ABV
American IPA | 4.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: TheBrewo on 05-19-2013

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Reviews: 9 | Hads: 210
Photo of LloydDobler
4.02/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at stray dog.

As close as it gets to tasting like real grapefruit juice. This actually surprised me in that way. The nose was a lot of bitter citrus peel but had no idea all that natural grapefruit flavor was waiting for me.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent option. Between a standard IPA and this grapefruit on tap, I'd take this one. More tart, sour grapefruit than sweet, very close to a pure grapefruit juice flavor than some of the other grapefruit ales coming out these days. Probably not going to seek this one out, but sure as hell going to have it when it's available.

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Photo of Drank
3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I really like the look of the beer - golden and unfiltered - almost milky. Taste and nose are citrus and bitter. One dimensional but a dimension I like.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sounds like this is all the rage for some reason. I prefer Grapefruit Sculpin, personally, so my tastes might just be biased. Found this pithy, more pith than peel or pulp, with an insanely dry finish.

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Photo of deakin
2.88/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

By far one of the most overrated beers in Michigan. I hear people rave about this all the time, and still can't get over how unnatural the grapefruit flavor is. In addition, there's almost no body or substance to the beer; it just tastes like alcoholic grapefruit concentrate with a ton of sugar stirred in.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Hopcat in East Lansing.

A - Pours a cloudy orange with a thin white head. Very light lacing.

S - Big aroma of grapefruit with some light pale malts.

T - Follows the aroma with a big grapefruit presence. The grapefruit is present from the first sip. Grapefriet pulp and peel are present throughout with a small amount of biscuity malt to balance the flavor out.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very crisp mouthfeel.

O - This is what it says a grapefruit IPA. The grapefruit dominates most of the flavor profile. A very refreshing IPA.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bit of this (not a pint) on-tap at Hermann's in Plymouth, Michigan. I've heard some good things about Perrin, but hadn't tried them yet.

Appearance: A really nice hazy orange sort of color. There's a really tiny head on it, and very little lacing on the glass.

Smell: Honestly I thought it smelled like Oberon at first whiff. It has a wheaty orange aroma that Oberon has, but then there's grapefruit and malt. I wouldn't ever guess this was supposed to be an IPA based on the aroma.

Taste/feel: ...I wouldn't guess this was an IPA after tasting it either. First of all, I didn't know this beer was 4.7% when I was drinking it... I would have assumed 6. The taste on this one is alright, but again, IPA? This drinks like a pale ale. There's good drinkability here with a pleasant grapefruit flavor and some biscuity sort of malt. There is a bitterness to this beer, but not enough to make it an IPA, in my mind.

I liked it, but they need a name change here, because calling this an IPA is definitely misleading. Grapefruit "IPA" has a pleasant flavor and has good "sessionability", but this isn't a sort of session IPA like Stone's or Founders or the like... this beer seems like it sort of caters to the adjunct lager drinking crowd -- not that that's necessarily a bad thing.

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Photo of BellsFan
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Is this a grapefruit or a beer? I realize is got grapefruit in the name but holy cow. I think they must have added grapefruit juice to the beer after fermentation. That would explain the extreme cloudyness in the pour. I'm glad I tried it but not again.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.29/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This brew was served from the tap at HopCat in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It arrived in a generic nonic, showing a pinkish amber colored beer. It held a one finger head of white foam, showing quick retention into a silky film across the top of the liquid, and streaky, patterned lacing around the glass. A thick haze throughout eliminated clarity, but no sediment was noted. Carbonation appeared to be light. The aroma was simple, giving big citric grapefruity hops, pale malts, light wheatiness, manure grassiness, lemon sorbet sweetness, and general grapefruit juiciness and seed. Our first impression was that the flavoring was both tart and sweet simultaneously, but the overarching sweet juiciness of it all but erased the base body of hoppiness. As we sipped, straight grapefruit juice and flesh, independent of any hoppiness started things off. To mix was salty and lightly toasted pale malts, tart citric rind, and tangerine sweetness. Coming to a peak was white sugar sweetness, more grapefruity flesh, foamy plastics, white bready malts, aluminum, and soured walnut oiliness. The end came with citric and grassy hop bite, soured orange rind zest, chalky dryness of wheat and pale malts, and lemon juiciness. The aftertaste breathed of souring orange and tangerine flesh and rind, echoes of those citric and grassy hop shadows, sweeter nectary hops, gravel, and sugar sweet grapefruit juice. The body was light to medium, and the carbonation was high, with big foaminess on the sip. Pop, puck, froth, cream, and smack were all nice, with a good finishing on the back. While the mouth was left coated, wet, and mildly puckered, there was no overt oiliness or astringency. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank decently.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its fresh fruitiness, and how refreshing it was. The former, unfortunately, was something we had issue with. In the most simplistic terms, this tasted like a milder, softly hopped pale ale simply mixed with grapefruity juice in a 25/75 blend. The juiciness was just a bit overpowering, taking away from the base IPA flavoring. That said, it drinks relatively well, with otherwise good flavoring. While the aroma remained fresh, zesty, and hoppy, the taste came much closer to the likes of a shandy.

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Grapefruit IPA from Perrin Brewery
- out of 100 based on 9 ratings.