Grapefruit Harvest IPA - Abita Brewing Co.
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District of Columbia
2.34/5 rDev -32.6%
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.
12-18-2013 22:19:43 | More by Prince_Casual
3.19/5 rDev -8.1%
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.
12-09-2013 02:25:23 | More by Mikecap
3.54/5 rDev +2%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a hand glass.
A: Golden hue. Pours a 1 finger, bubbly, white head. Persistently rising effervescence. Settles quickly but not completely. Persistent yet spotty lacing.
S: Light hop, and plenty of grapefruit.
T: Standard IPA character... hops are prominent. Accentuated with hints of sweet and lightly bitter grapefruit.
M: Light and crisp, with a bit of syrupy feel.
D: Light and sessionable, yet enough for a flavorful experience.
Atmosphere is pretty strong. Nice bubbly head, and persistent lacing. Nose is light and hoppy with prominently available grapefruit. Light hoppy character, but accentuated with just the right amount of sweet and lightly bitter grapefruit. Well-balanced, and neither component overpowers the other. Overall, this is a good quaff.
12-07-2013 23:19:06 | More by bmwats
3.76/5 rDev +8.4%
Had on-tap at Avenue Pub New Orleans. Served in a cask glass.
A- Pours a clean light amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains nicely before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.
S- Sugary grapefruit aroma with the hops balancing things out with some grassy quality.
T- Big grapefruit in the front that's still sweet but more mild than in the aroma. The hops also aren't quite as present and present only a light bitterness. Kind of a weak aftertaste since there isn't much of a malt backbone. Easy to drink.
M- Thin, almost watery. Medium carbonation and a light body.
O- I was glad that the fruitiness wasn't over the top like in Stone's Grapefruit Slam but this one needed more body and malt to round things out. Still, very drinkable and goes well with food but not something I would continually revisit.
12-07-2013 19:24:28 | More by Immortale25
3.5/5 rDev +0.9%
12oz bottle poured into goblet, best by 4/24/2014
A-Golden amber, medium head fades with some lacing
S-Ruby red grapefruit, some bready malt
T-Follows the smell, grapefruit zest, hoppy bitterness, very little sweetness, leaves lingering grapefruit peel bitterness
M-relatively thin, medium/heavy carbonation
O-Drinks more like a pale ale than an IPA, quite refreshing. Grapefruit flavors are present but not overwhelming. I feel like it would be better with a bit more malty sweetness to balance the grapefruit zest if one were to consider this an IPA.
12-06-2013 03:14:10 | More by AnchorDrops
Grapefruit Harvest IPA from Abita Brewing Co.
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