Grapefruit Harvest IPA - Abita Brewing Co.
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3.95/5 rDev +13.8%
I’ve begun searching for the ideal after-mowing-the-lawn brew for the summer. I’ve enjoyed a few homebrews with fresh citrus (typically orange) zest over the years. The use of fruit bitterness to replace or augment some of the otherwise-too-hoppy-for-summer IBU count of a typical IPA appeals to me. Given Abita’s reputation and a relatively low IBU of 40 for an IPA, I figured I check this one out.
Appearance- hazy and inviting – ideal straw-colored lightness for sipping while watching a summer sunset
Aroma- grapefruit blends nicely with cascade hop character
Taste- grapefruit dominates and persists, but a bit too tart and dry for my palate. Abita uses Ruby Red grapefruit zest, but I’m not sufficiently discerning to detect whether this differs from white grapefruit.
Overall- This IPA has the right balance I’m looking for – not too hoppy and yet sufficiently refreshing, but I’d prefer something a little less tart.
Tweaks – I happened to have a growler of Great South Bay’s Blood Orange Pale Ale in the fridge, so I tried a 50/50 blend. Result: perfection! Reminiscent of the Bluebird Orange Grapefruit Juice I drank as a kid.
06-06-2014 23:09:53 | More by etoimazo
3.84/5 rDev +10.7%
Found this gem in hatteras nc. Always had a fondness for abita beers due to living in a hurricane prone area myself.
The attractive label caught my eye on this one and being a fan of abita harvest beers I had to have this one. Chilled it and had after supper and another beer. I did cleanse my palate.
Pour- slight hazy amber with a beautiful head and good retention
Smell- Great!! I instantly thought of my first home brew IPA and the usage of cascade hops. Upon reading the label it was indeed brewed with cascades. After a minute you can smell the grapefruit.
Taste- I can taste the grapefruit right up front along with the hops then the malt but mostly grapefruit.
Burp- tastes of grapefruit and cascades (pretty damn good)
Overall- Good beer, Good after supper beer. I will buy a six pack next time
05-31-2014 01:59:07 | More by vwbus7
3.38/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
05-02-2014 03:32:56 | More by Fatehunter
2.92/5 rDev -15.9%
Pours a murky amber with superb 4-finger (!) head. Lovely, frilly lace.
Aroma is nicely grapefruit, no doubt about it, through and through. Seems okay so far.
Taste is definitely heavy on the grapefruit, but sweet rather than tart, sour, or acidic. I get very little bitterness, as one would expect from (A) a grapefruit-infused beer, and (B) an IPA. There's also a vague mineral-like flavor underneath the flavoring, which detracts slightly from my tasting.
And although this is quite approachable and easy to drink, I think it lacks some essential American IPA characteristics (like a touch of bittering). Certainly not a bad beer, just something I'm not completely sold on.
04-26-2014 15:01:57 | More by secondtooth
Grapefruit Harvest IPA from Abita Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 295 ratings.