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Grapefruit Harvest IPA - Abita Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 91
Hads: 488
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 5.25%
Wants: 17
Gots: 104 | FT: 0
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Abita Brewing Co. visit their website
Louisiana, United States

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 1Bonehed
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
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 !!! (1,407 characters)

Photo of TequilaTom
1.89/5  rDev -47.8%
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. (261 characters)

Photo of TX-Badger
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (168 characters)

Photo of Beerma
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
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! (172 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (724 characters)

Photo of donspublic
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
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 (269 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (223 characters)

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (344 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (1,093 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.8/5  rDev +5%
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; (403 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (321 characters)

Photo of ryho
3.91/5  rDev +8%
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. (709 characters)

Photo of btheluvdoctor
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (230 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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..... (234 characters)

Photo of IPAGeorge
3.44/5  rDev -5%
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. (665 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.24/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (409 characters)

Photo of JLaw55
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Probably would not seek out but would possibly purchase again. (295 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (821 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: orange in color with a 1" head that slowly falls to a thick surface covering.

Smell: caramel and grapefruit are what is picked up by the nose.

Taste: caramel, big grapefruit, some orange, pear, and a moderate bitterness are the main flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish. Refreshing.

Overall: an IPA that is citrus focused and is nicely refreshing. (393 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazed golden with a thin white head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of juicy grapefruit - blends well with the citric hops. Plenty of grapefruit aroma.

The ruby red grapefruit enhances the grape-fruity hops, as described on the label. A malty/grainy sweet backbone ties it together and adds a refreshing balance in the bitter-leaning finish.

On the lighter end of the IPA spectrum but fits the general character of the beer well. Very refreshing and smooth. Very easy-drinking.

The grapefruit is done well here! (523 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
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 (745 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

02.02.15: Very brief impressions. Full review to follow.

It's grapefruit-y in an unnatural way; clearly the "natural" flavours included heavy artificial grapefruit extract/puree...and yet it's not a bad beer by any means. The hop bitterness isn't too pronounced and it evokes grapefruit more than most IPAs do (albeit artificially).

Still, it's simple, shallow, and mundane.

Drinkable, and I expected worse, but still mediocre.

C (2.88)

***
03.04.15:

BOTTLE: Best by: 04/19/15. Brown glass. 12 fl oz. Standard label art. Branded red pry-off cap. Purchased locally here in Austin, TX.

Served cold into a pilsner glass. Reviewed live as an IPA. It also calls itself a "flavored ale" "brewed with natural flavors" - red flag. Expectations are average given my previous experience with the brew as well as the brewery behind it.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 4 fingers wide. Off-white colour. Smooth consistency. Could be softer, fuller, and creamier. Retention is good - ~6-8 minutes. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Slightly cloudy yellow of average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated (if not overly so). Not a stellar IPA appearance, but generally appealing, sure.

AROMA: Grapefruit is evoked, definitely. It's not the artificial grapefruit extract character I was expecting. The citrusy aromatics are quite appealing, and aren't accompanied by any extreme bitterness or even grapefruit's signature bite. Aside from the grapefruit, I just get a plain pale malt sweetness. It suggests a simple beer, but a pleasant one. I'm optimistic.

Aromatic intensity is moderate.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

TASTE: Artificial grapefruit is indeed present, but little authentic grapefruit is. Still, there're traces of grapefruit pith, and what little genuine grapefruit flavour I pick up on I like. This is clearly a casualty of its so-called "natural" flavour. There's some generic pale malt sweetness, but it's not needed as there's very little hop bitterness, and no grapefruit bite. I get none of the Cascade hop character mentioned on the label. Slight zest rounds out a rather simple IPA build which lacks both depth of flavour and subtlety in execution. There's no intricacy here at all, and it's rather plain.

Average duration and intensity of flavour. I don't dislike this per se, but it leaves much to be desired.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, overcarbonated, medium-bodied, and moderately thick, with average heft and weight on the palate. Suits the taste generally well without elevating the beer or accentuating specific notes. Middling execution.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

OVERALL: Certainly drinkable, but also rather forgettable. It's a nice effort from Abita at this price point and for how widely distributed it is, but ultimately it's a plain pedestrian IPA which won't impress the discerning drinker. I'm glad to see it on the market and hope it finds its audience, but I won't be buying it again and wouldn't recommend it to friends or trade partners. Still, you could do worse, and I'd be happy to reach for this at a party over the usual suspects. It'll scratch your IPA itch if you're keen on grapefruit-forward examples of the style, but don't expect this to be Louisiana's answer to Grapefruit Sculpin.

C+ (3.1) (3,382 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Best by April 13th 2015.

A golden and slightly hazy and cloudy body, with a matching amount of very nice fine rising carbonation. A good bleach white and big four finger head caps it all off with good staying power, big swiss cheese bubbles and retention in the mix. A pretty solid looking IPA.

Aroma is as advertised. Lots of fleshy and fruit grapefruit notes, but more of a fruit sense than hop sense. Smells like grapefruit juice, but not much else to say going on, hard to even think there is a beer behind this somewhere, but real enjoyable, not overly sweet, zesty, oily, even juicy. Very solid.

Palate sort of turns the table. Juiced fruit grapefruit but without any hop character. Malt character is also non existent and I am struggling to say anything else here besides fruit juice. Slightly watery but not too much in feel, but manages to coat some of those oily characters on the finish, perhaps hinting at a taste or sense of hop presence.

Overall this comes off as a fruit flavored pale ale more than anything, but as an IPA it really seems to lack or hide it's character. Decent fruit beer though. (1,177 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Vintage Estate in Ohio.

A - Head is just a 1/4 inch that settles rather quick. Beer has a ton of sediment telling me this beer is old well beyond fall status.
S - Really strong grapefruit and citrus notes. Slight malts and sweet smelling.
T - Very light hops, malt and grapefruit if anything it's past its prime. Still kind of refreshing.
M - Light to medium easy to drink despite the yeast chunks.

Overall I would have this again it's a very good take on an IPA but they could use different fruit if they wanted to. (536 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of grapefruit. Taste is grapefruit, light hops, a bit of malts, smooth and tasty. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer. (235 characters)

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Grapefruit Harvest IPA from Abita Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.