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Grapefruit Harvest IPA - Abita Brewing Co.

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Grapefruit Harvest IPAGrapefruit Harvest IPA

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92 Reviews
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Reviews: 92
Hads: 493
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 35.38%
Wants: 17
Gots: 107 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co. visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mikecap on 11-29-2013

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Reviews: 92 | Hads: 493
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: hazy medium gold with bits of sediment in suspension; a coupla fingers of fluffy had and clumps of lace down the glass

S: flowery grapefruits and fresh meadow grains - fairly mild and citric with pith and rind

T: just as the nose would lead you to believe, a clean, fresh malt base with an ample serving of grapefruit action - nothing over-the-top, but you can appreciate the grapefruit infusion atop the hops and malts

M: super-easy drinking, light and smooth, slight tingle and fuzziness, mild bitterness gives way to bright citric impressions

O: for what they were shooting for - freshly harvested and grapefruity - a hit - sure, give it a try if you like grapefruit action in beer - drinks fast and clean, refreshing and very pleasant

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Trailing the success of Strawberry Harvest, The southern brewers of Abita ventures into other prominent fruit crops of the region- grapefruit!

Its bright goldenrod sheen is cast with a mild "dry-hopped" type of haze that scatters light like a tiny beery prism. What ensues above is a frothy white cap that shaddows over the ale with a cottony visual texture with the staying power to last the session and lace the glass with each sip.

Its aromas are all grapefruit- but mostly of the hop character that IPA lovers have come to expect. Except there's a red grapefruit scent, strikingly of fruit juices that are equipped with pulp, pith, skin and leaf. Lurking just behind is the thin biscuit and grain scent- offering just enough graham cracker and caramel to support the citrus flavor of hops and of fruit

Its grain sweetness is softly of caramel, dried barley and the husk character of whole grain muffins. But once the hops grow into the middle, the sweetness is left at bay and the lupulin grapefruit flavor springs to life, towering over more obvious flavor of actual grapefruit additions. Its difference lies in the sharp and tangy bitterness of pink grapefruit, not relying on the imagination to pull like character from the hops.

Effortless in its drinkability, the beer's medium-light body trends lighter as the carbonation pulls from the malt and its trailing sweetness dissolves off the tongue. Ushering in a quick and refreshing dryness, the hops are lightly resinous and astringent, softly acidic, as it offers up a mineral-type crispness to allow the beer to finish quick, with only lingering grapefruit bitterness.

Though the actual grapefruit presence is well tasted and acknowledged, the ale lacks the intrigue of some similar fruit beers; probably because the likeness of hop-type grapefruit flavor and actual grapefruits that seems to take some of the fun out of it from a tasting perspective. However, as a light IPA, the ale is comfortable and charming.

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Photo of donspublic
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice beer, good grapefruit smell, nice head. As it warms up it has a little more personality. Unfortunately it doesn't have much IPA character, but It is a beer that would be good to drink when it is hot out and you want something refreshing with a little personality

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Photo of InkedinRi
3.16/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good beer. Not picking up much more than grapefruit tho.

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Photo of clager
4.42/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Easy drinking ale with primarily grapefruit notes, slight late hops flavor.

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Photo of withliterature
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

After disliking Abita's Purple Haze with raspberries and absolutely hating their Strawberry Harvest Lager, I was hesitant to try another fruit beer from the brewery, especially at my neighborhood bar where it was going for $7/tulip glass.

I was pleasantly surprised by this IPA. If you enjoy citrus-y IPAs and Mosaic and Citra hops, you'll probably like this. The flavour and aroma reminded me more of hops than of fruit additives, which in my opinion is a good thing. Excellent aroma, excellent flavour, lovely mouthfeel, nice and dry with the right amount of carbonation.

I'm looking forward to finding this in 6-packs or on tap for less than seven bucks. I could get through a lot of this during the summer.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of BeerDreadz
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Shagator
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

Photo of ValpoExpo
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

Photo of Billolick
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle, Best Before dating of 05/26/14.

Pours lightly hazed and dull looking golden. Larger eggshell head, that staying nicely, before collapsing to a thick froth along with some slippery low sheeting and larger bubble strands of lacing.

Pure grapefruit nose.

More grapefruit on the palate, citric and hoppy from start to finish. Hops privide a nice snap of flavor, making this one tasty, zesty and flavorful. In general the Abita brews tend to do nothing for me, but this one is better then the others. If you like grapefruit juice, grapefruit pith and grapefruit notes in your IPA, you likely will be a fan of this one.

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Photo of tigg924
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: red-gold in color, 1/3 inch head, hazy, low carbonation

Smell: citrus hops, toasted malt, and grapefruit

Taste: citrus hops, toasted malt, and grapefruit

Mouthfeel: light bodied, medium carbonation, sweet start with a slightly bitter end

Overall: Surprised by how much I enjoyed this one. The grapefruit is present, but really only asserts its presence at the end. I do not think this is as good as strwberry or pecan harvest, but is a lot better than satsuma. I would pick this up again.

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Photo of asuburbanman
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of dankjohn
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of tiitomireles
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Franziskaner
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Golden to amber in color with some haziness. You can see some minuscule sediment within the body. There's a fingernail of bright white around the rim and covering the majority of the top. Light Brussels lacing. Muted citrus hop aroma is rather acidic. The flavor is very strong with grapefruit and perhaps some copper like malt towards the back of the palate. The mouth is heavily carbonated and acidic.

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

Photo of Jeffwildcat
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Best by 5/26/14 I had this one earlier in this year, and was pleasantly surprised let's see if the detailed review matches my initial impression. Glowing slightly hazed copper body with a bright slightly off white head forming thick and well carbonated like most of the Abita force carbonated bottle offerings. Aroma has bright grapefruit upfront, and pretty much reigns supreme other than a bit of caramelized/biscuit malts that are edging in with the hop/grapefruit combo. Flavors border on sour, a lot of the base beer is lost, it brings me back to my first halved Grapefruit digging in with a spoon before mom added a bit of sugar to make it roll down a bit easier, the bitter pith aspects blended with Cascade hop pellets and minimal malts to back up the bitterness the way it should. The palate adjusts from the initial wave of sour/bitterness, and it ends up drinking a notch or two better but in all reality there's not enough base IPA to stand up to the bitter grapefruit additions even if they are Louisiana grown ruby red grapefruits like the label suggests. Mouthfeel is dry and starts to really feel like gastric juices with an unpleasant level of acidity growing in the back of my throat, really harsh experience on the palate imagine chewing on the rind of a grapefruit. Overall, back to the drawing board on this one it can be done so much better I really enjoyed the recent Stone hybrid Grapefruit Slam...it changed my opinion of what a Grapefruit IPA is supposed to tastes like but I give credit to Abita for being creative and pushing the envelope into a new experience, just not as well executed.

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Photo of chinchill
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle.
Excellent fruity aroma. Suggests a taste that is sweeter than reality.
Lightly hazy amber body with a large white head.
Some sweetness up front, then moderatly tart and moderately bitter. Plenty of grapefruit and more vaguely citrus fruit. Gentle for style. Earthy component strengthens in the aftertaste.

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Photo of jtladner
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ksi4077
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Grapefruit Harvest IPA from Abita Brewing Co.
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