Shaddock IPA - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Shaddock IPAShaddock IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

216 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 216
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 7
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cbarrett4 on 07-28-2010

X-114 IPA brewed with Grapefruit peel
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Reviews by zander4dawin:
Photo of zander4dawin
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a pleasant fruity nose on it and taste quite refreshing a smooth. Real easy drinking. I'd pretty much call it a hoppy witte beer the bitterness is very subtle. The taste notes are orange and grapefruit with a nice juiciness to it. Id really recommend it as a drinkable summer session beer with an easy drinking nature.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on August 12 2012. Poured into a nonic a dull light to medium golden with a thinner white head atop.The grapefruit rind comes through in the nose along with tropical fruitiness from the hops,not much malt except for a little dryer crispness.The grapefruit again plays a large on the palate with some stone fruit and a tinge of sweet alcohol,the malt base is somewhat dry and crisp.A solid offering here,it makes since to put grapefruit rind in an American IPA,it enhances the hop flavors.

Photo of Jason
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Clear pale amber golden hue, two fingers of froth

SMELL: Freshly macerated grapefruit, stodgy floral note, green peppercorn, white tea, nutty grain

TASTE: Slightly smooth, creamy, medium bodied, semi-pungent, bitter, very juicy, clean graininess, grapefruit rind, hint of alcohol, grassy, citrus pith and peel, dry pulling finish

Getting a little extreme here with the addition of grapefruit peels, good use of the fruit from start to finish. Very refreshing, perfect for the summer.

Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Jun 20 12 on the front label, bottling date?
Pours clear lighter almond amber. The head is light tan loose and lasting. Leaves respectable thicker lacing.

Grapefruit and hop resins on the nose. Moderatly pungent.

The grapefruit theme continues onto the palate providing bright citric flavors and biting dryness. Nice IPA especially if you are like me and love a grapefruit forward attitude in your AIPAs.

Photo of bsp77
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Rich gold with thin white cap and minor lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit, pine and spice from the hops. Just a touch of toasted malt. Sweet, spicy and a little tart.

Taste: Doesn't seem as hoppy as the aroma, as the toasted malts are more apparent. Grapefruit is also fairly apparent as expected, but not quite as fresh or tart as expected. Light pine and spiciness. Somewhat bitter.

Feel: Creamy and dry but a trifle thin. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: Decent IPA, but the taste is simply not quite as rich as I hoped for. Nice IPA on a hot day.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the crappy Reno Blues & Brews festival. Aside from Lagunitas offerings and this beer, it was an underwhelming festival.

Pours a copper color, 1" white head, decent lace on the plastic cup they give you. Nice aroma of grapefruit and hops.

Taste, mmm, the grapefruit is there, but soft, like pink grapefruit with a tiny bit of sugar to take the bitter sting away. Still plenty of bitterness. Just like the X-114 otherwise.

I had this a month or so later, and man, it was a shell of its former self. Its a bummer so many places have old ass Widmer ipa's on the shelf, because they are really good when fresh. For instance, its the end of September right now. My local Safeway has Spiced IPA from Widmer in its cooler, born on date, Jan 7, 2012. Ugh.

Photo of LXIXME
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium sized white head sits above a rich yellow golden colored beer.

Citrus fruits like grapefruits dominate a pretty nice hops aroma.

A dry citrus hops with light pine taste, with a very light grassy note.

A citrus filled dry to bitter dry aftertaste on this medium bodied IPA.

A decent drink, I could drink a bunch of these, but I also think I would have to mix it up with a glass of ice water or two.

Photo of mudbug
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the freshness dated 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass produces an extremely clear amber body with a thin cap of foam, lively carbonation creates trails of small bubbles rising, there is some lacing too, pretty nice.
Aroma is grapefruit forward (no surprise there) some floral hop presence along with a slight wet grass.
Taste is all about the grapefruit here bitter/clean with very little malt sweetness, reminds me of a vodka greyhound with only half the vodka.Refreshing nonetheless and enjoyable, slight biscuit on the end.
Simple, yet just right to quench a thirst.

Photo of TheSixthRing
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a semi-hazy golden color with a good finger's worth of head, average retention, and resulting lace that's thin but sticky.

Smell - A nice grapefruit aroma. Sweet. Ruby-reddish.

Taste - Predominately grapefruit. A solid bready malt character gives this a steady backbone, but doesn't detract from what this beer is about, which is all grapefruit.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Carbonation lends to a nice bit on the lips and tongue. Goes down fairly smooth.

Overall - Yes! There it is, Widmer Rotator series! Finally! Loads better than it's Rotator counterparts. O'Ryely and Spiced IPA were horrendous. The X-114 was average. This one delivers. I was hesitant to try another in the Rotator series... now I've only got one to go, the Falconer, and I shall do so without the fear that was instilled within me by the O'Ryely and Spiced IPA.

Photo of tdm168
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Sawmill Tap Room on 8/15/12.

A - bright orange with a soft, white head that has good retention

S - huge grapefruit aromas, very faint malt

T - grapefruit, light malt, very faint pine

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, smooth

This is a solid, very drinkable beer, but it's simple and one-dimensional. The grapefruit-citrus notes are all that this has to offer. It wasn't bad, but in the end I wouldn't want more than one.

Photo of secondtooth
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brewed with grapefruit peels, this IPA pours a clean light amber, with a pleasant 2-finger head and neat loopy lace on the glass.

The nose? I get, not surprisingly, bitter grapefruit, and the taste is quite similar. It's dry, but even with the grapefruit infusion and the hops, Widmer have balanced this well with malts. I enjoyed this one.

Photo of HalfFull
3.19/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden with a light apparent carbonation. A forced pour does yield a decent cap but it is short lived and light in nature. Light carbonation deters a bit through the pint.

Clean citrus hop aroma though not getting much of the grapefruit other than through the foam which unfortunately doesn't stick around too well. Pure citrus though with no real resinous aspect to the aroma and flavor. Offers a light bitterness and very pale malt body and seems a slight bit spicier on the finish and aroma than the X-114.

Overall an easy drinking summer IPA.

Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grapefruit, hops. Taste is hoppy, some bitterness, a bit of grapefruit, kind of mild. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a very drinkable and pretty good beer.

Photo of puboflyons
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped 08:37NH-JUN2012. Sampled on December 8, 2012 so I don't know if the June 2012 date is a bottling date or an expiration date.

The pour is pale copper to orange with the slightest haze and a fuzzy white head.

The aroma is pleasantly hopped with floral notes galore and a slight pale malt or bready ester.

The body is pleasingly medium with a creamy feel on my tongue.

The taste is very much like the aroma with a decent dose of floral hops through and through and a lingering, but modest bitterness at the end. This is a well done American IPA.

Photo of Docer
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: (4.0)

- Pours a nice clear copper amber with a fluffy white head. The two fingers of head stick around a bit, and settle with thick lace in the glass, and a thin spotty blanket over the brew. Clean and nice looking.

Smell: (4.0)

- Nice earthy and herbal hop with a citrus punch to the nose. Light grapefruit from what must be both the fruit, and the hop. A nice sweet grainy malt is present. Seems rather spicy and earthy as well. Good hop highlights with this one.

Taste: (4.0)

- Very balanced and tasty brew. The hop bitterness melds well with the lightly sweet caramel and biscuity malt. Pine, grass, and earthy hops are up front, and yet finish with a nice citrus and spicy flare. There is a slight grapefruit taste, but not very much. It's hard to tell the difference between it, and the hops. Perhaps I could use even a little more grapefruit.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)

- Overall this is a light to medium bodied brew, very well carbonated and easy to drink. It is just a touch cloying and dry from the hop bitterness, and leaves the mouth watering for more. A refreshing summertime number.

Overall: (4.0)

- Solid brew, and great for a sunny summer afternoon. It drinks well, has wonderful hop flavors, and is very well balanced. I just wish there was a little more grapefruit kick to it. From what I remember at the Oregon Brewers Festival a couple years back, it indeed had more grapefruit then.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my slim goblet... Nice white head... decent lacing... The brew is clear golden.

Nose shows bunches of citrus and just hints of pale malt.

Good bitterness.... very balanced and drinkable IPA... tons of citrus notes and still never too bitter... light pale malt just carries the hops forever.. very fresh and very approachable....

Body and carbonation are pretty much spot-on. Dry and nicely hopped... Digging it for sure... I hope Widmer makes this a new always available brew.

3.5/4/4.5/4.5/4.5

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Widmer Brothers Shaddock IPA has a medium, off-white head and a mostly clear, sediment-ridden, slightly bubbly, orange-golden appearance, with some fairly thick lacing left behind. The aroma is strongly of grapefruit, even from a distance. Taste is of bitter, grapefruit peel and a bit of barley malt. The bitterness seems to be coming from the added fruit, not the hops. Mouthfeel is medium, and Widmer Brothers Shaddock IPA finishes tart, tangy, mostly dry, and fruity. Overall, it’s good.

RJT

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. The pour is clear light amber with a thin head. The nose is faint, but heavenly and definitely gives you the citra hops. Sweet orange, peach, pineapple, and lemon notes come through.

Nice slick mouthfeel and a medium body. The taste is a bit on the sweet side with malt and hops combining to give a medicinal apricot and marmalade flavor on the front of the palate. At mid-palate, where you expect to get a nice blast of bittering hops, you get very little. The hops just kind of fizzle out on the palate and lead to a slightly dry finish with a bit of grapefruit.

I just love citra hops. When I saw this was being released, I couldn't wait to try it. Thankfully, I was able to secure a single so I could give it a try without having to commit to an entire 6-pack. While I did enjoy it, I probably wouldn't buy it again. Citra hops notwithstanding, it just doesn't hold a candle to some IPAs that are easily found year-around.

Photo of rjlemmon
4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This tied for my favorite beer at GABF last night. I can't comment much on appearance based on the sampler cup, but the combination of Citra hops and grapefruit peel was amazing. The aroma was unmistakably Citra, but there was a nice amount of grapefruit in the flavor. I would have never thought of using them together but it worked perfectly. Definitely not a standard IPA but excellent nonetheless.

Photo of cbarrett4
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted from tap at Oregon Brewers' Festival.

Clear golden hue, not hazy, good level of head. Smells better than it tastes. Lots of fresh hops and citrus. A bit over the top with hops, pretty much all you can taste. Finishes a little too rough and tannic. Overall a good beer but not a stand out compared to other local IPAs.

Photo of Zorro
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear light amber colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smell is unique a mountain of grapefruit. Mild wood and a little sweetness and a fairly noticeable scent of lemon.

Starts out neutral with a strong taste of grapefruit. Medium level of bitterness and a strong grapefruit flavor. Some wood and tea flavors. I like it. Tastes like a drier version of Lagunitas Sucks Double IPA.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is far more tasty than I expected. Good citrus flavor with no harshness. Tasty.

Photo of CHickman
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy light orange gold color with a huge 2 finger foamy white head that was full of bubbles and looked like a cloud, fading very slowly and leaving very good foamy lacing clinging to the sides.

Smells like a grapefruit was just squirted in your face, with a very potent citrus aroma which had lemon zest, orange peel, citrus hops, tangerine, tea leaf, grains, light spices and grass; the citrus and grapefruit burst out of the glass, and there’s just enough grains to keep it in check. Never had the X-114 IPA, but this beer smells great if you like grapefruit – the experiment paid off in the nose.

Tastes like grapefruit, and man is it bitter just like grapefruit juice; the flavor has a mix like the nose of citrus hops, lemon zest, orange peel, tangerine, tea leaf, grains, coriander, pepper, biscuit and grass; the citrus and grapefruit flavors are so strong that everything else just works to try to contain them, but this beer has a Hulk-a-mania attack on your taste-buds with the grapefruit bitterness just sizzling my tongue, and then thankfully calming down a little bit to allow the grains and spices to add a little relief. The grapefruit flavor borders on being too much, but it worked really well for me since the concept of this beer was to alter an IPA with grapefruit peels – this beer is not for everyone, but it was tasty and refreshing and brings a great bitter kick that completely hides the ABV. Extra points for altering another beer and making it work with such an extreme measure.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with a light body, mild carbonation and a very bitter finish that almost ends dry. The flavor burst of citrus and grapefruit up front trails off enough to make this a beer more than just a new twist on an existing beer, but something you want to grab on a hot summer day. Overall it was very interesting and very tasty. A definite recommendation.

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 7/4/12
*From notes

-- Shared a sixer with my Pops on the 4th --

A: Clean 14k gold. I'd prefer this to be unfiltered, but I digress. A good pour yields a 1.25 finger white head with decent lacing. Moderate retention. Not getting a big collar, but I'll live.

S: Wow. This is absolutely out of bounds. The grapefruit peel and citra hops jump out of the bottle the moment the top comes off. I pop the cap and BAM! It hits my nose like a Mac truck. Juicy. Sweet. Amazing.

T: The flavor profile isn't far behind. Lots of bone dry grapefruit from top to bottom. Then the citra hits. And they marry beautifully. Unlike Widmer's Citra Summer, this is very generous with the Citra hops. A bit bready on the back, more doughy then baked. Let this one warm a bit for all of the deliciousness to show itself, including some orange zest and crazy floral hop oil.

M: Not dense but decent. As with the appearance, I really wish this was unfiltered. It would add more to the body and complexity. As it is, it's alright.

O: I seriously can't believe how much I like this. Widmer's Shaddock IPA is crazy tasty. I'm not kidding. For you Citra beer geeks out there, you need to seek this out as soon as you humanly can. The grapefruit and Citra hops are the match made in beer geek heaven. I've stayed away from the CBA's beers too long. This one proves I need to venture into their collective portfolio more intently. Massive, big thumbs up.

Photo of eporter66
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served in a pint glass - 12oz bottle

I came to the party a little late on this one, I've enjoyed Widmer Bros Rotator series, but somehow missed this release. I got my first 6-pack in November and found another on the shelves in late december....oh well

A - Golden color, with 1 finger head and decent lacing

S - It hits you with the citrusy smell of grapefruit right off the pour. My mouth started to water before I could get the glass to my mouth.

T - Nice upfront grapefruit, a little malt in the middle and some hop bite at the end. I loved reading about the brewing and the use of the grapefruit peels in the process. I was already a fan of the X-114, so throwing a little grapefruit in the mix only upped the level of enjoyment for me.

M - Good mouthfeel, I like the carbonation as well.

O - This is a favorite IPA for me. I hope it comes back again, not sure where the company is going with this rotator series, if they will continue to experiment, or keep putting out the same. I really hope Shaddock makes a return, one of my favorite IPA's I've had in awhile.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a very thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains very fruity citrus, piney hops and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with a strong grapefruit-led citrus sweetness that is quickly followed by a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness. The hops presence is on the thin side for the style but brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid beer to drink for a while but there are others in the style I would choose first.

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Shaddock IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 216 ratings.