Grapefruit Harvest IPA - Abita Brewing Co.

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Grapefruit Harvest IPAGrapefruit Harvest IPA

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485 Ratings
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Ratings: 485
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.34%
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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Ratings: 485 | Reviews: 116
Photo of frankwoj
4.57/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Citrus IPA. Delicious beer

Photo of MattM
4.5/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't even like grapefruit that much, but the flavor works excellently in an IPA. Refreshing, and not too heavy.

Photo of tillmac62
3.81/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of clager
4.42/5  rDev +25.6%
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.

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.

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!

Photo of Malone47
4.5/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great citrus ipa good look

Photo of Greywulfken
3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
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

Photo of Coffdaddy
2.03/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

One of the worst craft beers I've ever had. Bitter to the point where it was undrinkable. Avoid!

Photo of kojevergas
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)

Photo of Hopmeplease
4.45/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this unique brew, sample at a beefest.

Photo of gonzo000
2.94/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hard to find a flavor. Hard to find a beer in here. Lacking taste. Would not revisit.

Photo of smakawhat
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of BeerLoverCRM
2.68/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very bitter beer not tasty

Photo of DrDemento456
3.64/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of Jypirate
4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A surprisingly good fruity ipa. Close to the strawberry which I prefer in summer, this was good

Photo of BierGirl2
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I can see why reviews are mixed. Quite bitter but bc it's very grapefruity with some hop on top. Love it. Was great with salty oysters; brought out the sweetness of the grapefruit.

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 Abitacamz
4.94/5  rDev +40.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Has to be one of my favorite IPAs.

Photo of MattR2014
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was good. Had off tap. Trade and or buy again

Photo of BlackhammerOhio
2.59/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Flavored IPA from Abita Brewing

Photo of williamtheconquerorworm
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Definitely more beer than grapefruit, unlike Schofferhofer and others out there. Typically robust IPA flavor with just a whiff of citrus. An OK IPA for fans but those expecting something more shandy-like will probably be overwhelmed and disappointed.

Photo of WKrieger
2.25/5  rDev -36.1%
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.

Photo of BerkshireGuerrilla
4.37/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Refreshing and balanced with a burst of hop; The grapefruit flavor Is just enough.

Grapefruit Harvest IPA from Abita Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 485 ratings.