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Grapefruit Harvest IPA - Abita Brewing Co.

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Grapefruit Harvest IPAGrapefruit Harvest IPA

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438 Ratings
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Ratings: 438
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.63%
Wants: 11
Gots: 79 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 4/29/14.

Pours a hazy light orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grapefruit, grapefruit juice, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, grapefruit, and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a grapefruit presence that is slightly better in the aroma.

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of GRG1313
3.27/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma light sweet grapefruit, honey, & malt, faint citrus zest.Taste mild grapefruit, tangerine, & citrus peel, light pine, grass.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.49/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of jaydoc
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Best By: 05/05/14.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, deep yellow body with an inch of dissipating, white foam. Only a few, lone dots of lace.

Smell: Citrus-scented hops combined with the Ruby Red additions, atop pilsener malts, a little pale, and thin, crustless breadiness.

Taste: Slimly bready blend of pale, pils malts with already from the get-go a strong kick of grapefruit flavoring. Citrusy hops accented by the Ruby Red additive. Juicy and fruity as the sweetness slowly recedes as you head into the crispish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A restrained India Pale Ale dosed with some rousing grapefruit fruitiness. I liked it more than I had anticipated.

Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.02/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 2/23/2014 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains grapefruit and other citrus fruits, floral hops and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong and tart grapefruit flavor. Then a strong hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is on the thin side for the style. The after-taste is tart and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent lighter IPA to pound for a while.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.16/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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3.52/5  rDev 0%
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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3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Part of mixed sixer.

Pours an effervescent honey/apricot with a thumb+ of fast falling pearl colored head. Above average head retention

S: Pink Grapefruit & nothing else

T: Follows the nose, dryness, pears& white pepper up front. More grapefruit as this warms, dryness & more grapefruit. Some grassy notes mix in with more grapefruit in the finish, very crisp, with some honey malt & leafy hops & some lemon zest

MF: Medium bodied, lively carbonation, seems a bit sticky, balanced pretty well

Super easy to drink, I would buy this again, if I ever get off of meds that prohibit me from consuming grapefruit. The IPA component seems to be obscured by the fruit for the most part or I would've rated this higher

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of jwc215
3.69/5  rDev +4.8%
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!

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3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
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)

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1.75/5  rDev -50.3%

Photo of Gavage
3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Grapefruit Harvest IPA from Abita Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 438 ratings.