Grapefruit Harvest IPA - Abita Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 91
Hads: 486
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 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 WKrieger
2.25/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Never been one to go the IPA route but thought I would try this because of the grapefruit. While it turned out to be lighter and more pleasant than expected it was still far too bitter for my yet unrefined palate. I'm hoping to get there someday though so that I can appreciate the world of IPAs that so many others seem to so thoroughly enjoy. (344 characters)

Photo of Prince_Casual
2.38/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a Stone IRS snifter. Have not had any other beers today before sampling.

A: Little head recedes to nothing, not a speck of lacing. Very translucent, looks like a pils.

S: It's got a lot of pilsner like maltiness: baked breads, rice, etc. Minor grapefruit, but very contrived, and totally misses out on the "freshly made tropical fruit salad" that IS my vision of an AIPA.

T: There's just nothing powerful about the taste of this, at all. I really don't get any fruits (hop or additive based) at all. All I can really pick out is some toasted crackers, finishes with a really minor white part of the grapefruit rind, but it's a stretch. Not bitter enough at all.

M: I'll call the mouthfeel the best part of this beer: light, crispy, drying, somewhat refreshing. Unfortunately, that's not really what I expect for the style.

O: I personally didn't enjoy this, really, at all. While a good AIPA says "grapefruit" nowhere on the label and delivers tons, this was precisely the opposite. I'll just finish with:

"Green Flash fans": only try this if you want a reminder of why you love what you love.
"Abita fan looking to branch out": this isn't a good representation of an IPA in my opinion at all. I know this is a brewery people from LA love dearly, so continue to support local beer, but try some other examples before you write off IPA. (1,368 characters)

Photo of OhioRay
2.67/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a clear golden color. Half a finger of a frothy milky looking head which slowly fades to just a thin layer. Good amount of lacing.

S - Fruity hop aromas. Grapefruit (obviously), orange, lime. Very light hop aromas, really.

T - Up front it tastes like grapefruit juice which transfers into some other citrus hop flavors. Orange and lemon. Bitter finish which goes from hop bitterness to, once again, the aftertaste of grapefruit juice. Not really a fan.

M - Good carbonation. Light bodied.

O - Smells pretty good and looks good. I wasn't really a fan of the grapefruit juice flavor. All in all, glad I got this as part of a pick six. (649 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
2.89/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one is just alright. Nothing special there. For the price much better IPA's are available and not long after I drank this one I got a terrible headache. Coincidence maybe, but this only rarely happens. I have enjoyed Abita's other beers on several occasions and this one isn't a bad beer its just nothing overwhelming either.

Color: Straw yellow

Smell: Some Grapefruit, but not as much as you would think.

Taste: Once again some grapefruit, but not as much as I would have expected. It does taste like an IPA, but not an overly strong grapefruit component, considering its whats being touted by Abita on this one.

Overall: Nothing spectacular, but solid. (665 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
3.01/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden tan, yellow with a nice 1 inch white, foamy head. Lots of lacing.

Smell - A little grapefruit but really, hardly any aroma.

Taste - Mild grapefruit kick, much like a lambic in flavor. Some lemon and a little orange. A little honey and a minor malt backbone. Really about all this has to offer.

Mouthfeel - Light grapefruit and some honey coats the tongue. Palate gets grapefruit, honey, lemon and a little malt. Aftertaste is very weak grapefruit and watery.

Overall - Very simple, light and basic. This would be a fine summer beer, or for someone starting out with ipa's. Very simplistic and super easy to drink. It is what it is. (679 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.02/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I thoroughly enjoyed Abita's root beer last night, so I figured I'd grab another bottle from bayou country. This stuff pours a clear amber-brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises mild grass, pine resin, rube red grapefruit peel, and an off-putting bit of cabbage. The taste focuses on the grapefruit (I know, contain your shock), with some light caramel, grass, mild pine, and orange zest bits floating around in the background ether. Thankfully, that odd cabbage bit is gone, but the grass and grapefruit occasionally clash, making up for any positive ground gained. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, it delivers what it promises, but it's not all that great-tasting, what with the clash of hops and grapefruit. (835 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.04/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A-Pours a hazy golden orange color. Thin, white foamy cap. Light lacing.

S-Artificial grapefruit comes to me first; a tangy, man made grapefruit. Hops are discernible from the previous aroma. More citrus and some grass. A very cookie cutter malt.

T-Flavor has a bunch of that fake grapefruit here as well. Behind it is a pretty softly built IPA. Bready malt and a hop character that is mostly citrus with some very light pine.

M-Feel is rather light and bubbly. A lingering stickiness.

O/D-Not a fan, the grapefruit seems fake to me. Shame on me for not trusting my gut with this one.s (590 characters)

Photo of Ego
3.09/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

eyes...
fluffy white head that sits around 2 fingers on a normal pour, clean with a slighty orange hue, active carbonation leap frogging itself to race to the top, super sticky stucco lacing, good head retention, a really nice looking mug o' suds

nose...
nice grapefruit (real tones not the type from say amarillo hops - which I love but they are different), some herbal hop notes, pretty straight forward but enjoyable

taste etc...
grapefruit seltzer ? the grapefruit flavor is a bit front forward (I know that may be the point - obviously), it is distracting to me, there is some bitterness in the back end, and even some syrupy malt, the carbonation is a bit more subtle than I would like but is not terrible

verdict?
I can't see any reason to buy this brew again. It isn't terrible but it certainly is not worth a try. (825 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 RblWthACoz
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Definitely smells like real grapefruit. And it certainly tastes like grapefruit. Which isn't entirely a good thing. Too much grapefruit and not enough hops and overall ipa character. To me the fruit should act as an accent and not so much the main focal point. This is basically a grapefruit beer. No real ipa character going on. (329 characters)

Photo of Mikecap
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Golden amber with a short whitish head that fades to a splotchy lace on the sides of my glass.

Smell: Definite citrus and grapefruit with a mild but present hop aroma, some grass and earth. Not screaming IPA or hops to me.

Taste: Get a load of juicy grapefruit up front but some hops come through as it warms. Drinks more like a fruit beer than an IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with decent carbonation and a crisp finish. Would be quite refreshing on a hot day.

Overall: Eh, not great but it's worth a shot. I hoped for a slightly better offering but this is decent and refreshing. (597 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 RonaldTheriot
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Abita Grapefruit Harvest has a thick, soapy, off-white head, a somewhat hazy, yellow-golden appearance, some bubble streams, and good lacing left behind. The aroma is very fruiting, which becomes even more pronounced as the beer warms. White bread is also picked up. The taste is pretty much grapefruit, bitterness, tap water, and white bread. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Abita Grapefruit Harvest finishes mostly dry, drinkable, and mellow. I like it, even though it's not a style for me.

RJT (500 characters)

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.29/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had this with a flight of beers. Pours golden with off-white head that lingers well in taster glass.

Smell is malts and grapefruit.

Taste is malty with lots of almost artificial grapefruit that lingers well. Bitterness is subdued.

Mouthfeel is light bodied. Good carbonation.

Overall this just seemed like a fake IPA to me. Lots of citrus but not hoppy citrus. My wife kept describing this as a gateway beer to IPAs (420 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.34/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Hazy amber peach color. Head is white and recedes to a wispy film. Foamy lines of world map lacing.

Aroma: Grapefruit juice and citrus rinds.

Taste: Subtle malt body, citrus rind, and grapefruit finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: A very one-dimensional IPA but they got the grapefruit part perfect as it doesn't overpower anything. There's not a lot else to ponder in the taste profile, however. But probably one of Abita's better brews to me. (497 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 Tafyob41
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass. Pours a hazy gold with a white head where the most of the grapefruit smell lingers once that is gone the beer really smells like the rind of a grapefruit. It's very easy to drink and not overly hoppy. Quite bitter and the grapefruit taste is right upfront. This won't be the best IPA you ever had, but it's worth trying. I would love one of these on a hot summer day

It is not overly carbonated. (436 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Abita - 4th beer reviewed. Again 4th place in its class. Every time I try Abita I taste lime and corn chips, some unique flavor from cajun gulf that makes me feel I should be eatin Cajun or Mexican.

Not only am I off Abita, I am off fruit flavored IPAs. This one feels authentic, but since hops can impart such lovely, lively dreamy rind flavors to a brew, why add Grapefruit juice?

Neg Abita, Neg Fruit Flavored IPAs (and most beers other than pumpkin).
Happily will trade this one away.

Tasted vs Dales Pale Ale as a contrast.

Best By: 05/05/14.

Appearance: Pours a hazed, pale yellow body with an thin finger of dissipating, white foam. No real lacing, especially after a 30 minute span. Flattish.

Smell: Pleasant citrus-scented hops combined with real grapefruit juice, there's a pilsner like light bready backdrop too.

Taste: Under toasted generic english muffin spread with marmalade?
Doughy, bready blend of pale, light malts with grapefruit slightly ahead of Citrusy hops. It's not bad tasting, if it were not thin and flattish. Good finish as with all Abita beers.

Mouthfeel: thin and flattish. Light, low carbonation (and it could be the grapefruit, like lemon, after an initial fizz flattens the brew?)

O: Definite pass, altho fresh, good finish, could be good with Cajun/spicy/indian/thai/mexican - not a hamburger / steak / fish steak/ cheese / or even oyster beer. Maybe some gulf shrimp and crawdaddies.

Overall: A restrained India Pale Ale dosed with some rousing grapefruit fruitiness. I liked it more than I had anticipated. (1,584 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a thin head on a cloudy straw colored body.
The aroma is faint grapefruit.
The taste has a strong grapefruit bitter start which mellows out to sweet and malt balance in the middle to finish.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
The lack of smell was a letdown but the grapefruit (from real grapefruit) flavor was nice. (335 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.39/5  rDev -6.4%

Pours a pale yellow with an off white, very fizzy head. The smell is all grapefruit and acid. The taste was heavy on the grapefruit, but the flavors of the hops and grapefruit together were actually very well paired and mingled with one another nicely. Didn't think I would like this one at all and it came to be a pretty refreshing brew. (339 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 Omnium
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Clear yellow with a finger of white foamy head, little spots of lacing.
S - Lots of grapefruit juice, I mean lots, very floral and bready malt.
T - Grapefruit juice, a little grass, floral notes, bready, tart, but all kinda lame
M - Fades fast, light a little bready.
O - Its ok, definitely lots of grapefruit, but its lackluster. (358 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 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)

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Grapefruit Harvest IPA from Abita Brewing Co.
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