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Grapefruit Harvest IPA - Abita Brewing Co.

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Grapefruit Harvest IPAGrapefruit Harvest IPA

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Reviews: 100
Hads: 532
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 34.54%
Wants: 17
Gots: 125 | FT: 0
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Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States | website

Style | ABV
American IPA | 6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: Mikecap on 11-29-2013

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Photo of dar482
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a pale to medium gold color.

The aroma hits of citrus candy, grapefruit zest, grapefruit flesh.

The flavor follows with lots of grapefruit zest, lemon peel up front, bitter grapefruit candy, a light bready malt, grain, and a hint of sweetness, onto an almost spicy finish. It lingers with grapefruit pith. The beer is more of a Grapefruit Ale than an IPA.

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Photo of RockRuler
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first fruity beer and I liked it. Tastes like an IPA with a grapefruit aftertaste, imagine that! Nice balance. I'd drink again for a change of pace. Refreshing. Nice job. Cheers!

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a bottle so I'm not getting the full effect. Grapefruit is pronounced throughout. Compliments, or overpowers, the hop character depending on how you look at it. Carbonation stood out as unusually high - almost made this like an alcoholic grapefruit soda, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.

Overall, not spectacular as an IPA, but good for variety in winter seasonals.

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Photo of HiWire
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy orange with one finger head. Good head retention. Smells spicy with citrus. Tastes mildly hoppy with minor malt quality. Mouthfeel is thin with low carbonation. Moderate lacing.

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Photo of Bear1964
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This poured nice from the 12 oz bottle into a Mason Jar, great thick white head and fair lace, good honey gold color that looks inviting. Aroma is pith with just a hint of Grapefruit...could've been pith from any citrus fruit. Taste was very good in that the Grapefruit really steps up, this is not a HARDCORE IPA and I'm glad it's not because this is a refreshing IPA that has a solid fruit flavor and a great finish that hangs on. Mouthfeel is crisp in a light to medium range with a slightly bitter edge in the finish. Overall this is a solid beer for what it says it offers, I really enjoyed this and I'm glad I picked it up...If I wanted a hard IPA I would seek it out but if I'm looking for a tasty Grapefruit IPA I'd grab a 6 pack of this one here.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had plenty of fruit beers. Some taste like beer with a hint of fruit, others taste like fruit with a hint of beer. Depending on the style of beer and fruit, I prefer one over the other. With other fruit IPA's I prefer beer with a hint of fruit. Though many IPAs often have a citrus component to their flavor.

With this IPA, it tastes like grapefruit with a hint of IPA. It's not awful, but I think I'd rather taste more of the IPA than the grapefruit. Though this may be a good intro IPA to people who can't tolerate too much bitterness.

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Photo of teromous
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle: Best By 04/16/16

Appearance: The body is a hazy light straw color under a thick fluffy white head that stands for a decent amount of time before fading to a shorter fluffy white head. Good head retention and lacing.

Aroma: It has a very faint grapefruit aroma that is is very nice. I want to point out that it isn't strong but it has a nice persistent aroma that adds to the enjoyment of the beer. I'm not picking any other aromas.

Taste: Up front there is a bread crust flavor which is met by a mellow pith flavor. It finishes up with a bit of pine resin. Aside from that pith-like flavor it doesn't have a lot of grapefruit flavor or character up front, although the more I drink the beer the more it starts to develop a bit of that classic grapefruit citrus flavor. I wouldn't call it an outstanding beer but it is very good.

Mouthfeel: Off-dry with a body that is on the lighter side of medium. It has a good finishing bitterness that lingers on the palate a short while.

Overall: It's not a bold juicy grapefruit IPA. It's a mellow IPA that has a touch of grapefruit character. Most of the grapefruit character for me was in the aroma. The beer has a nice bready malt backbone. I wouldn't say this is the most mind-blowing beer or anything but it is a very good AIPA and even if you aren't a fan of grapefruit I would still recommend it. I think that the fact that the grapefruit is so restrained really speaks to the quality of the beer itself. I enjoyed drinking it and I would probably buy it again.

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Photo of 1Bonehed
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 25oz mug 3/4 pour down side, disturbed bottle & finished pour down middle.

LOOK: Very light with quite a bit of suspended sediment which slowly sinks to the bottom causing a cloudy light pale appearance. The head is relatively thin leaving a noticeable but quickly dissipating lacing which was very light tan color & relatively fizzy.

SMELL: Fairly strong Hops smell, with a nice aroma of citrus fruitiness as well hints of earthy undertones. Mostly Hops & fruitiness, as should be expected from a flavored IPA.

TASTE: I'm not the biggest fan of "flavored beers" but this was pretty much what one would expect from a Ruby-Red Grapefruit IPA. Nice fruity backbone, heavy on the hops with nice bitterness one would associate with grapefruit. If you're a fan of flavored IPA & enjoy the complex flavors of Ruby-Red Grapefruit, you'll enjoy this beer.

FEEL: Light weight to it. Very refreshing, with a nice carbonation bite that didn't overbear the subtle flavors of the beer itself. The characteristics left a very clean finish that left your palate ready for more. Once again, a very refreshing IPA.

OVERALL: I'd definitely buy this again anytime I find myself in the mood for a flavored IPA with a flavor profile that accents the hoppy characteristics of an IPA. Very refreshing beer that I'd have no problem with drinking on a warm summer day.

I hope you enjoyed the review...CHEERS !!!

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Photo of TequilaTom
1.89/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Could only take 1 sip. Not at all what I was expecting. I like citrus type hops and thought this would be somewhat like Stone's Project Grapefruit, but alas, it was not. If you like fruit beer, I suppose this would appeal to you, but I had to deep six the rest.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pous a nice medium amber color with white head. Grapefruit pretty much dominates the nose, just a hint of pine; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a small hop bite.

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Photo of Beerma
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This tastes just like ruby red grapefruit juice. So good! Light and drinkable. Can't wait to get more for summer so refreshing! Their fruit beer is so real not artificial!

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Photo of Brenden
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer is a thick orange color, shining bright despite its heavy look. A foamy not-quite-white head diminishes to a thin layer somewhat quickly, and it leaves a thin ring where it settles followed by spotty lacing.
The grapefruit really integrates into this beer's profile well. It stands out as key while letting the bitterness take over. The bitterness itself never gets too hard but is on the level for a solid IPA. It's bright and citrusy with that particular grapefruit pith and just enough bite, leading into a gently lingering finish.
It's lightly but consistently smooth all the way through with a smoothness that really moves nicely on the palate. Its feel is firm but soft, and it's got a nice depth to it.

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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 hosehead83
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy peach in color, moderate, frothy head of white foam.
Aroma-Definite grapefruit note
Taste-Ruby red grapefruit,pilsner malt, medium-to-light bodied. Snappy, tasty and refreshing. Would make a nice summer session brew.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy light golden Amber with a white head.

Smells of grapefruit, malt/bread, and floral notes.

Bright citrus grapefruit up front with a slight malt bread middle finishes with a hop floral punch. This is a very solid IPA. If I had not had grapefruit Sculpin, I would think this stellar, but it takes a back seat to that glorious ale.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

i see what this is trying to do, and i dont mind it. not to compete with a grapefruit sculpin or anything, but to bridge the gap. its a compromise beer. you know, fruit beer for the lady, ipa for me, it works well enough for both of us, although i dont see much ipa here aside from the letters on the label. it looks nice though, smells even better, and is one of the more refreshing takes on the fruited ipa. the grapefruit is authentic in it, and even better, not sweet at all. its ruby red all the way through, and the light acid it brings keeps the beer light and dry. the hops are really scaled way back below normal ipa levels, but i see this more as in introductory beer to those who may be afraid of ipa. its also one of those macro craft things, a radical improvement on the flavored beers of shocktop, more beer than juice like those shandys are, and pretty comfortable drinking this all year round. not my favorite by any stretch, but i think it fills a niche role, and caters to a lot of folks on the fringe of becoming craft enthusiasts, and for that reason i like it pretty well.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: hazy; deep yellow in color; 1 finger off white head that receded to a thin collar; OK lacing;

S: fresh grapefruit;

T: sweet grapefruit up front; from mid-palate on, it's fresh grapefruit with a bit of grapefruit rind bitterness along side; light to moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: Abita captured the aroma and flavor of fresh grapefruit; nicely done;

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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 ryho
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Edit: the brewery mailed me a new six pack, and asked me to send the remaining beers back for them to look at in the lab. The new ones are nothing like the old ones, so I've changed the rating.

Bottle says best by 05/03/15

Look: Terrible, when I finished pouring, it looked like a snow globe because of all the sediment floating in it. The other bottles have a 1/4 inch of crap at the bottom, and I don't see anything about this being bottle conditioned. This must have been a bad batch. The lacing is spot on though.
Smell: So much grapefruit, and I love grapefruit. A little hop smell, but nothing else distinguishable.
Flavor: Not that exciting. I can taste the grapefruit, but the IPA flavor is distant.

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Photo of btheluvdoctor
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A hint of pink grapefruit in the aroma but nothing in the taste. It tastes like a normal IPA minus the extra hops. I guess they didn't want this to taste like a fruit beer. Personally I would have liked the extra grapefruit taste.

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Photo of hophugger
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

nice golden color. Head is average and lacing ok. Aroma is of fresh grapefruit, I like it !!!. Taste is also nice, with fresh grapefruit with a back of semi-bitter hops. Nicely balanced, a simple beer, and I think it is very good.....

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Photo of IPAGeorge
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured forma bottle into a pint

A. A golden color quite hazy and a bit of sediment. Small white head the disappears quickly.

S. Slight aroma or grapefruit and pine. Oddly I get a little yeast smell like a belgian.

T. More grapefruit coming through here. But would still like a lil more. Not much hop character. Slight pine. Grassy aftertatste. Light.

M. Light body. Light carbonation. Finishes mostly clean.

O. Was hoping for more. Not a very exciting beer. Not terrible. Prob be good for seafood cooking. Or even drinking with a white fish. Nothing special though. Wouldn't go out of my way to buy. Wouldn't turn it down if offered to me.

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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 JLaw55
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I really expected so much more. While it was still good, it did not live up to the expectations I had. Not much grapefruit flavor, or a ton of hops for that matter. It was very drinkable, but I really wanted more grapefruit punch.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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Photo of tillmac62
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BBD 4/19/15. Pours a clear light amber. Outstanding head volume and retention, World Class lacing.

Outstanding nose of sweet pink grapefruit, with notes of mango, over biscuit.

Medium bodied with a bit of oily texture. Slightly above normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a nice burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is very good, but a bit disappointing based on the outstanding aroma. It is reasonably intense, complex and wonderfully balanced. The grapefruit is presented in a laid back fashion and never dominates. It begins with sweet grapefruit coupled with a tropical hop flavor over a balancing biscuit sweetness. The middle is a subtle bitterness of rind and hops. The finish is a slow fade of the previous flavors culminating in a very slight pucker of grapefruit rind.

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Grapefruit Harvest IPA from Abita Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.