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Grapefruit Harvest IPA - Abita Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 91
Hads: 488
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.43%
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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Photo of OhioRay
2.67/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a clear golden color. Half a finger of a frothy milky looking head which slowly fades to just a thin layer. Good amount of lacing.

S - Fruity hop aromas. Grapefruit (obviously), orange, lime. Very light hop aromas, really.

T - Up front it tastes like grapefruit juice which transfers into some other citrus hop flavors. Orange and lemon. Bitter finish which goes from hop bitterness to, once again, the aftertaste of grapefruit juice. Not really a fan.

M - Good carbonation. Light bodied.

O - Smells pretty good and looks good. I wasn't really a fan of the grapefruit juice flavor. All in all, glad I got this as part of a pick six. (649 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (1,978 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: red-gold in color, 1/3 inch head, hazy, low carbonation

Smell: citrus hops, toasted malt, and grapefruit

Taste: citrus hops, toasted malt, and grapefruit

Mouthfeel: light bodied, medium carbonation, sweet start with a slightly bitter end

Overall: Surprised by how much I enjoyed this one. The grapefruit is present, but really only asserts its presence at the end. I do not think this is as good as strwberry or pecan harvest, but is a lot better than satsuma. I would pick this up again. (506 characters)

Photo of Ego
3.09/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

eyes...
fluffy white head that sits around 2 fingers on a normal pour, clean with a slighty orange hue, active carbonation leap frogging itself to race to the top, super sticky stucco lacing, good head retention, a really nice looking mug o' suds

nose...
nice grapefruit (real tones not the type from say amarillo hops - which I love but they are different), some herbal hop notes, pretty straight forward but enjoyable

taste etc...
grapefruit seltzer ? the grapefruit flavor is a bit front forward (I know that may be the point - obviously), it is distracting to me, there is some bitterness in the back end, and even some syrupy malt, the carbonation is a bit more subtle than I would like but is not terrible

verdict?
I can't see any reason to buy this brew again. It isn't terrible but it certainly is not worth a try. (825 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
3.01/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden tan, yellow with a nice 1 inch white, foamy head. Lots of lacing.

Smell - A little grapefruit but really, hardly any aroma.

Taste - Mild grapefruit kick, much like a lambic in flavor. Some lemon and a little orange. A little honey and a minor malt backbone. Really about all this has to offer.

Mouthfeel - Light grapefruit and some honey coats the tongue. Palate gets grapefruit, honey, lemon and a little malt. Aftertaste is very weak grapefruit and watery.

Overall - Very simple, light and basic. This would be a fine summer beer, or for someone starting out with ipa's. Very simplistic and super easy to drink. It is what it is. (679 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
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 (715 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
2.89/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one is just alright. Nothing special there. For the price much better IPA's are available and not long after I drank this one I got a terrible headache. Coincidence maybe, but this only rarely happens. I have enjoyed Abita's other beers on several occasions and this one isn't a bad beer its just nothing overwhelming either.

Color: Straw yellow

Smell: Some Grapefruit, but not as much as you would think.

Taste: Once again some grapefruit, but not as much as I would have expected. It does taste like an IPA, but not an overly strong grapefruit component, considering its whats being touted by Abita on this one.

Overall: Nothing spectacular, but solid. (665 characters)

Photo of Tafyob41
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass. Pours a hazy gold with a white head where the most of the grapefruit smell lingers once that is gone the beer really smells like the rind of a grapefruit. It's very easy to drink and not overly hoppy. Quite bitter and the grapefruit taste is right upfront. This won't be the best IPA you ever had, but it's worth trying. I would love one of these on a hot summer day

It is not overly carbonated. (436 characters)

Photo of a0lbudman
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Hazy gold color that had a white head that lingered and left a good lacing. The look of the beer looks like it would glow in the dark.
S-sweet grapefruit aroma that is almost like sugar
T-I got the same sweet grapefruit taste at first, then I got a hop bitter aftertaste with the grapefruit moving to the background
M- medium body and high carbonation
O-I enjoyed this beer and the name is fitting, because the grapefruit is the main character (445 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (755 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A thick, brilliant white head covers this beer. It has a hazy gold color, and leaves decent lace. The smell is fruity...some pungent grapefruit scents, along with citric hop scents. There is little malt in the aroma...it's centered very much on the malt. The taste is moderately bitter, with a resiny, orange-peel flavor. The finish is long and hoppy. An interesting and enjoyable, hoppy brew. (393 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with best by date 06/02/2014 printed on the bottleneck. My first beer from Abita Brewing Co., acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. Expectations are moderate.

Poured into a miniature Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale snifter.

A - Pours a nice bright hazed golden orange. Some sediment and carbonation visible. Just under two fingers of foamy off-white head. Some nice clarity to the beer when held to the light. Very nice.

S - The smell of grapefruit hits me immediately upon unprying the cap. Very authentic and juicy red grapefruit juice and very little else. A bit of earthy / grassy / piney hop qualities do show themselves, but the grapefruit soda smell is dominant. A hint of honeyed malt.

T - This is actually very interesting, but there is something not quite right about it. Lots of authentic juicy grapefruit pulp bitterness going on. Earthy piney hoppiness present underneath with some dry bready malts.

M - Feel is dry, bready, and bitter. Sticky pine resin / grapefruit / hop bitterness on the palate. Medium bodied with good carbonation, if maybe just a tad high.

Overall, I quite enjoyed it. A little rough around the edges, but it is a nice drinking grapefruit IPA. The grapefruit does come through more so in the aroma than the taste, but it is still distinct. An enjoyable beer from Abita, and I look forward to more.

Abita Grapefruit Harvest IPA ---3.5/5 (1,410 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Semi cloudy orange, one finger head that doesn't last.

S- Grapefruit, good deal of it. But it doesn't quite smell like grapefruit should. Pine and dirt as well.

T-Starts with nice grapefruit character, then some pine and dirt. Tad bit of malt, slight bitterness.

M-Lighter to medium in body, not much carbonation.

O-I love grapefruit, so it makes up for many potential flaws in the beer. One of the better Abita brews, but still not great. (445 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

tap

Pours a slightly hazy gold with a white film for a head.

Aroma is of light citrus hops with some lemon and honey.

Flavor is of sweet grapefruit and other citrus flavors with light piney hops, moderately bitter.

Medium body with a slight tingle of carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

An enjoyable lighter IPA which goes down easy. The grapefruit is a nice touch and makes it interesting. (398 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (1,616 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
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. (329 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (589 characters)

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, golden colored with a nice white head that lingers leaving some lacing, slight haze

S: very much grapefruit with a little fruity hops, slightly sweet

T: taste is of ruby red grapefruit up front, noticeable but not powerful, fades to a bitter hop flavor of grapefruit peel, hop flavor is one dimensional, finish has more red grapefruit flavor

M: lighter to medium body, good carbonation

O: I really like the flavor of this beer. The grapefruit is there but not overpowering. It would have been better though with more layers of hop flavors. (592 characters)

Photo of watermelon
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass Best by date is 4/29/14

A: Golden body with a 2 finger white head. Medium lacing and low retention.

S: Huge grapefruit scents as can be expected. Some citrus hops as well floral scents.

T: Follows the nose. along with some bitterness.

M: Juicy beer light body, no alcohol burn. This would make a kick ass summer session IPA.

O: This beer is a prime example of truth in advertising. everything about it is like eating a grapefruit. It sucks that this is limited. Im going to try to hunt some down before its all gone. If you see this pick it up. (591 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.34/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Hazy amber peach color. Head is white and recedes to a wispy film. Foamy lines of world map lacing.

Aroma: Grapefruit juice and citrus rinds.

Taste: Subtle malt body, citrus rind, and grapefruit finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: A very one-dimensional IPA but they got the grapefruit part perfect as it doesn't overpower anything. There's not a lot else to ponder in the taste profile, however. But probably one of Abita's better brews to me. (497 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass.

A: brassy golden color with brilliant clarity. Persistent pillowy white head. Lacing is very sticky and clumpy.

S: Freshly zested grapefruit is the dominant aroma, with underlying scents of fragrant line needles and lightly toasted and crackery malts.

T: Bitter ruby red grapefruit juice is the dominant flavor throughout. Piney hops ride up to meet it, but then fall away as a grainy and toasty malt base pokes through briefly. Bitter grapefruit finish.

M: Medium body. Perhaps a touch watery. Moderate carbonation scrubs a little, but really doesn't do much to help.

O: More grapefruit than IPA, when it should probably be the other way around. It feels a little too simple. Drinkable but forgettable. (758 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Expected some haze given this is a fruit beer, but it has good clarity, holds a bright white head of foam.

Smell: Grapefruit. Nice, just as it should be. Overpowers most other beer flavors, but it smells great!

Taste: Again, grapefruit, juicy, bit of peel, the base beer is pretty bland, not a lot of hop punch but a lot of bitterness from the grapefruit makes it a good package.

Mouthfeel: Light body, good carbonation level didn't go fizzy. A little more heft here would have helped, again, a light base beer.

Overall: Very happy I got the 6 pack, will be enjoying. (583 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle, Best Before dating of 05/26/14.

Pours lightly hazed and dull looking golden. Larger eggshell head, that staying nicely, before collapsing to a thick froth along with some slippery low sheeting and larger bubble strands of lacing.

Pure grapefruit nose.

More grapefruit on the palate, citric and hoppy from start to finish. Hops privide a nice snap of flavor, making this one tasty, zesty and flavorful. In general the Abita brews tend to do nothing for me, but this one is better then the others. If you like grapefruit juice, grapefruit pith and grapefruit notes in your IPA, you likely will be a fan of this one. (639 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Abita - 4th beer reviewed. Again 4th place in its class. Every time I try Abita I taste lime and corn chips, some unique flavor from cajun gulf that makes me feel I should be eatin Cajun or Mexican.

Not only am I off Abita, I am off fruit flavored IPAs. This one feels authentic, but since hops can impart such lovely, lively dreamy rind flavors to a brew, why add Grapefruit juice?

Neg Abita, Neg Fruit Flavored IPAs (and most beers other than pumpkin).
Happily will trade this one away.

Tasted vs Dales Pale Ale as a contrast.

Best By: 05/05/14.

Appearance: Pours a hazed, pale yellow body with an thin finger of dissipating, white foam. No real lacing, especially after a 30 minute span. Flattish.

Smell: Pleasant citrus-scented hops combined with real grapefruit juice, there's a pilsner like light bready backdrop too.

Taste: Under toasted generic english muffin spread with marmalade?
Doughy, bready blend of pale, light malts with grapefruit slightly ahead of Citrusy hops. It's not bad tasting, if it were not thin and flattish. Good finish as with all Abita beers.

Mouthfeel: thin and flattish. Light, low carbonation (and it could be the grapefruit, like lemon, after an initial fizz flattens the brew?)

O: Definite pass, altho fresh, good finish, could be good with Cajun/spicy/indian/thai/mexican - not a hamburger / steak / fish steak/ cheese / or even oyster beer. Maybe some gulf shrimp and crawdaddies.

Overall: A restrained India Pale Ale dosed with some rousing grapefruit fruitiness. I liked it more than I had anticipated. (1,584 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Light orange amber with a thin cap of white. A little too glaze-y to lace.

Bright ruby red grapefruit nose with a great natural fruitiness, pared down a little by citrusy hops and a featured pilsner malt. Simple. Very fruity.

Intensified red grapefruit flavor, matched up with grapefruit-y hops. Touch of caramel malt lends a little more sweetness to the pale base. Hints of kiwi and pith. Very juicy. Hoppy, at a pale ale clip. Taken over by the fruit.

Light body with medium carbonation. A little one-dimensional.

Good beer. I need more hops in my IPA, however. (575 characters)

Grapefruit Harvest IPA from Abita Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.