Grapefruit Harvest IPA - Abita Brewing Co.
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3.29/5 rDev -5.7%
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
Serving type: on-tap
12-29-2013 06:25:23 | More by TrappistJohnMD
3.64/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
Serving type: bottle
12-25-2013 20:50:19 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.48/5 rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Poured from its 12 oz. bottle, this beer is golden in color with a slight haze. The nose includes scents of grapefruit and other citrus, plus some bready notes and citrus hops. Foam looks nice at first, but falls apart in due time, leaving a thin white coating and only a small amount of lacing.
With the taste, this beer has an obvious grapefruit edge and added citrus flavor thanks to the cascade hops. Flavors of bread and pale malt round out the taste and the flavor is sweeter overall compared to other IPA. The taste isn’t as complex as other examples of the style, but there is enough going on here to keep it interesting.
Abita has produced a drinkable IPA with this offering. I was a little skeptical at first, but the taste won me over quickly. It is less bitter than other IPA and the grapefruit component, while obvious, is not overdone. The body is on the thin side, but this is still a drinkable brew that many will find to their liking.
Serving type: bottle
12-22-2013 02:53:31 | More by BryanCarey
District of Columbia
2.34/5 rDev -33%
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.
Serving type: bottle
12-18-2013 22:19:43 | More by Prince_Casual
Grapefruit Harvest IPA from Abita Brewing Co.
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