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Shaddock IPA - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

Shaddock IPAShaddock IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

204 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 204
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%


Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
X-114 IPA brewed with Grapefruit peel

(Beer added by: cbarrett4 on 07-28-2010)
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kojevergas

Texas

2.8/5  rDev -28%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

21:04 WA May 01 2012. 6.2% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired as part of a six pack at a local Ralph's market a couple days ago and served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery.

Served fresh from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger head of bland white colour, no real cream, bad thickness, and below average retention. No lacing at all. Colour is a clear copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Not very appealing.

Sm: Oily somewhat piney hops. Clean malts. A mild to moderate strength aroma.

T: Piney oily hops over top clean malts. It's a bit too oily, but at least the hop bitterness isn't overwhelming as in so many IPAs. Heavy on the grapefruit, but I wouldn't call it citrusy per se. Fairly pleasant to drink but also rather simple. No real layering is present. No yeast or alcohol comes through. It's balanced and built alright. A very straightforward piney IPA. It doesn't try for much, but it's not bad.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Quite oily. Nice thickness. A bit too wet on the finish, flirting with watery. Adequately carbonated. Complements the taste in a general sense. Certainly not tailored to it.

Dr: A simple little IPA to satisfy fans of grapefruit and pine. Too oily for my tastes, but fans of the style will enjoy it. It's far from exemplary. Hides its ABV well. I wouldn't get it again, but it's fairly priced as an import. A decent offering from Widmer, but nothing unique or special.

A poor candidate for aging.

Would pair decently with spicey food or a more aggressively flavoured pasta.

Low C

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 07:26:22 | More by kojevergas
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HalfFull

California

3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 03:08:22 | More by HalfFull
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IchLiebeBier

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Golden, clear; medium frothy head, long lasting

Aroma: Slight malt and bread; overwhelmingly grapefruit; candy sugar

Taste: Malty, hoppy bite on start; quickly moves to grapefruit notes in the mid; finishes hoppy and bitter on the end; lingering hops finish it out; pretty refreshing overall, but quickly tiring

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 22:32:52 | More by IchLiebeBier
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ZAP

Minnesota

3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Golden colored...frothy white head

S-At first it is a perfumy, oily hop aroma....then spritzy citrus dimension follows...nice aroma but not hugely assertive.

T-I know they add grapefruit peel to this and that is exactly what I am tasting...a dry, grapefruit peel flavor...not particularly flavorful or interesting to me.

M-Very dry...enough malt to balance and decent enough body to this...

O-One of my least favorite of the Rotator IPA's...it's ok and drinkable but that's about it.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 04:12:51 | More by ZAP
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mikeg67

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with May 2012 date. Pours hazy orange with a long lasting, foamy, white head and lively carbonation. Body is medium and crisp. Biscuit malt, earthy hops and some fruity and citrusy notes. Finish is long and slightly grapefruity. Quite mellow and interesting brew after aging.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 13:23:11 | More by mikeg67
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jsprain1

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a nice honey color, head retention is pretty solid at one finger. A couple dribbles of lacing.
S- The aroma is really solid with big citrus and grapefruit aromas. Allegedly this is brewed with grapefruit peel so that likely provided a big boost here.
T- Initially it had a good grapefruit flavor, ever so slightly sugared. But the flavor cuts off way too soon. The finish is... dull and leaves a lot to be desired.
M- Light body, but as mentioned earlier, it doesn't leave the flavors on the tongue long enough.
O- I was surprised to see this clock in at 6.2%, because as good as the flavors are, this one doesn't have the legs throughout the whole sip. That said, it is one of the best smelling beers I've come across lately.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 04:41:54 | More by jsprain1
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elgiacomo

Georgia

3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottled May 9, 2012. Served at around 40-45F.

Pours mostly clear golden amber with a two finger white head that leaves some lacing and recedes to a small foamy cap.

Aroma starts dank, herbal and a bit musty, then I can pick up a little of the the grapefruit peel, floral hops, some bready malt. Good to very good strength.

Flavor is grapefruit, orange, citrus, some caramel and bready malt in the middle with a decent bit of sweetness, moderate bitterness on the finish with a touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily, yet a bit creamy, moderate carbonation.

Nice easy-drinking IPA. Good flavor, aroma is a bit odd with the musty notes, though.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 00:13:17 | More by elgiacomo
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a golden amber color with a one finger white head. The head has huge carbonation bubbles and fades over time to give a medium to light amount of lacing.

Smell - The aroma is on the lighter side, but is heaviest of a grapefruit citrus and earthy hop aroma. Mixed with the hop aromas are some light aromas of a biscuit nature as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a biscuit and grapefruit hop flavor with a light level of sweetness. As the taste advances some notes of a earthy nature come to the tongue. When the earthy hop comes the sweetness diminishes a bit. While the earthy hop shows up midway through, it is lost at the end as more citrus grapefruit hop come to the tongue. With these hop flavors are some tangerine citrus and caramel sweetness that come to the tongue. Overall these create a lightly bitter but sweeter citrus flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly above average side in terms of creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The creaminess accentuates the hop flavors quite well and even though they are somewhat lighter, it makes them more pronounces.

Overall - Not too bad. It is somewhat sweeter overall but not too much so to take away from the hop flavors.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 01:05:54 | More by Darkmagus82
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

So, thanks to Wikipedia, I discovered that shaddock refers to grapefruit. And Soviet missiles. Fair enough. This stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger or so of off-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit peel, decidedly sweet caramel, and a touch of pine resin. The taste focuses on the pine and the grapefruit (particularly the peel here), with the caramel fading a bit, though still sticking around with a diminished sweetness. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a solid IPA, nothing too major or anything, but one that's generally enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 23:09:09 | More by TMoney2591
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a bright medium orange gold color, nice thick head, very clear and crisp looking.

S - Earthy, grassy, light pine, and grapefruit over top of some grainy maltiness. The grapefruit nose is pungent

T - Biscuity, grainy, herbally, sweet earthy malt for most of the sip until the very end where the piney grapefruit comes on like a freight train. The hops in this beer hit your palette quite hard (and this bottle is already over a month old). The malt and hops balance each other until the very end.

M - Thick medium body, gentle carbonation, leaves a coating of citric bittersweet in the mouth.

O - I wasn't digging the smell at all in the beginning because it initially smelled like cat piss. My senses finally kicked in and it reminded me of similar nuances I got from a homebrew using all citra. The bitterness is big and it got better as it warmed up; but be forewarned, it's a total grapefruit smack down.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 22:12:52 | More by jzeilinger
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sharp caramel-dipped citrus flavors give this grapefruit zested ale all the balance and complexity it needs to complement the simplified hop bill.

Shaddock pours a bright light copper-orange hue with brilliant clarity. Intertwining carbonation builds a head of medium froth, off-white foam, and sparse specs of lace provide mixed signals to the eye: great in color but slight on foam

Hop-balanced to the nose that citrusy aromas are balanced with caramel, tropical fruit, light grasses, and an oddly compelling vegetal scent makes for a varying citrusy-sweet nose.

Rounded, yet focused on hop character- the IPA is hoppy but not one dimensionally bitter. The rich taste of ruby red grapefruit juice, tangerines, freshly muddled grasses and herbs, and a fresh green taste of tobacco flavor contribute waves of flavors, one after the other. The citra hop sings with smooth bitterness, mild catty undertones and a slightly resinous taste that reminds me how close the hop plant is related to the cannabis plant.

Medium-light bodied and cleanly dry, the mouthfeel brings about an early texture of creamy carbonation until the bubbles recede. The slight lingering sweetness allows for a deep transition into bitterness, dryness, and crispness than is expected from IPAs. As carbonation subsides late, the beer's semi-dry, alcohol warmth, and medium crispness takes hold but without relinquishing full control of malty sweetness.

The addition of grapefruit peel to the kettle complements the citra hops with more dedication to the sharp citrusy bitterness and shifts the balance a bit more toward hop flavor than the X114. This is a bold risk and I think it pays off.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 03:05:28 | More by BEERchitect
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cbarrett4

Oregon

3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2010 22:22:25 | More by cbarrett4
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 22:55:21 | More by tone77
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N3rdM3t4l

Oregon

3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown bomber into standard pint. Served chilled.

A: perfectly clear pale gold. About a finger of white head that fell to a very thin cap of tiny bubbles and a rather thick ring around the glass.

S: Woodsy slightly citrusy hops. Smells like an IPA. Not getting much of the grapefruit, only a small hint.

T: Opens clean with grapefruit and pale malt, proceeds into a solid malt body, and finishes with a big hit of hops. The citrus flavor from the hops starts and then it becomes bitter to finish. The flavor doesn't linger very long but when it is there it is good. Much better balance than the Spiced (the only other rotator T have had.)

M: Light for an IPA, I usually expect a slightly heavier beer with a bit more oilyness from the huge amount of hops. This is a god warm weather beer because it isn't too heavy.

O: All in all quite a good brew. I wish it had a bit more Grapefruit flavor but what is there complements the citra hops well. The combo of slightly fruity and lighter body makes this a great warm weather beer. Very happy with this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 06:43:54 | More by N3rdM3t4l
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 00:45:07 | More by deadonhisfeet
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siege06nd

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic pint...

A. Pours a mostly clear goldenrod with a half finger of crisp, eggshell white head that sticks around for the long haul. Lacing is also very nice...juicy, gobby, and thick.

S. Candied citrus, some grapefruit, orange rind, and tangerine. Also some mild caramel malt. The problem is that the nose is very subdued, I really have to bury my nose into the glass to detect these aromas, and even then they are somewhat faint. Improves as it warms, but still rather weak for an IPA.

T. Follows the nose pretty closely. A lot of candied orange, light caramel malt, mango, and then some bitter grapefruit zest. Finish is fairly bitter and mildly astringent. Like the nose, the flavor profile is subdued. Not sure if it needs more malt backbone or if the hops are a little too "one-note," but it restrains the beer. That said, I like the hop profile on this, lots of those tropical citrus notes.

M. Crisp, refreshing, light-medium bodied.

O. Surprisingly good IPA here from a brewery I've never really paid much attention to for one reason or another. Hits some nice, clean citrus notes and the grapefruit peel provides a pleasing, if slightly thin, bitterness to the finish. Slightly drying and a 6.2% ABV may hold this one back from being a summer sessioner, but in a sea of pretenders, Widmers Shaddock IPA stands out. Thanks, Rhett, for the recommendation.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 17:56:40 | More by siege06nd
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled June 05 so not old but not quite off the bottling line fresh either. Bright orange yellow, so-so head, scant lace. Smells like grapefruit (surprise) and hops, citrus. Taste is grapefruit, hops, a hint of malt to hold it together. Very, very easy drinking IPA and I thought it would be good since I liked the X-114 IPA. Overall, I'd buy this again. Not the hoppiest IPA but hoppy enough.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 03:41:03 | More by ArrogantB
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barczar

Kentucky

3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliantly clear deep golden color with a solid one inch cream head that dissipates quickly into a pool of foam.

Grapefruit, resin, fresh cut grass, and a bit of dank basement complement a slightly sweet, subtle caramel malt aroma.

Flavor is somewhat bitter throughout, lacking malt sweetness. Grapefruit underlies the profile, fairly tart, carrying into a fairly bitter, piney finish. Notes of resin are fairly subtle in the background. Notes if lemon emerge as it warms.

Body is moderate, with fairly high carbonation. There's a bit of astringency at the finish. It leaves the palate clean.

Overall, somewhat lacking in flavor complexity, compared to the aroma. It's a bit of a one trick pony, with grapefruit taking center stage.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 05:09:26 | More by barczar
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 22:26:15 | More by bsp77
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bump8628

Oklahoma

3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to Widmer for trying some new stuff lately. Though not fantastic, I would say Shaddock is a success. The tartness from the grapefruit peel blends nicely with the modest citric hop profile - grapefruit manages to shine just a bit brighter. Clean malt and yeast profile, save for a soft candy sugar sweetness. Almost drinks like a shandy with a craft beer slant - nice for summer drinking.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 16:51:53 | More by bump8628
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jimmah120

Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle labeled july, consumed december

when held up to the light it's a golden yellow with an amber hue. smell is light crisp lemon, grass, grain, sweet malt, alcohol, honey. taste is more sweet malt, with the lemon grass hops there as well.

decent easy to drink ipa. would like to have a fresher bottle sometime.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 23:07:20 | More by jimmah120
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billab914

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my Harpoon IPA glass. It poured golden amber in color with a thin, sticky head barely covering the top of the beer. Nice retention and lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a juicy hoppiness to it. I get a lot of the grapefruit rind to it, but I'm also getting a bit of lemon and peach flavors to it. Some pale malts provide a nice base. Pretty nice aroma, the hops and grapefruit peels work together pretty well.

The taste mixes a juicy, tropical, peachy hoppiness with the bitter, dry, grapefruit peels. It gives it a pretty nice range of citrus flavors. The dry bitterness lingers well into the finish. Some biscuity pale malts are noticeable in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall, it was a pretty enjoyable beer. Both the juicy hoppiness and bitter citrus rind were pretty good in it. Everything came together nicely as well. Easy drinking but also very flavorful beer overall. One of the better Widmer experiments I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 00:58:22 | More by billab914
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harrymel

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice yellow ale with a loose white foam that falls in a minute or two. Smells like grapefruit with some resin, but mostly grapefruit. Really a nice nose to me with the amount of fruit here. Flavor is bitter and, again, carries a profound amount of bittersweet grapefruit meat flavor. There are some bitter, grassy tones, but mostly the grapefruit is there with a hint of bitterness underneath and a slightly alcoholic temperature. Medium bodied with moderately hi carb and a forgetable finish. Nice beer, had two pints.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2012 06:57:31 | More by harrymel
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JMad

Texas

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an English pint glass...

The color is a light golden color with a frothy white head with loose bubbles. The aroma is lots of tropical fruit with a hint of grapefruit, it's very sweet with a slight malty background. The taste is nice and smooth with plenty of hops, lots of grapefruit peel and a fruity background with a bitter finish, slightly metallic. It's smooth and silky with moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Solid IPA, could have had more grapefruit flavor though.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 23:13:38 | More by JMad
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Mosstrooper

California

3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy golden color with a slight orange tint with a small white head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind a ring of lace.

Smell: Tropical fruits, grapefruit and a bit of pine with just a hint of orange and biscuit.

Taste: Begins with citric flavors and rounded, earthy bitterness. Rounds out to biscuit and finishes with a strong piney bitterness that also has citrus peel notes.

Mouthfeel: Lighter in body with sharp carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: A pretty good IPA overall, but it just seems as though something is missing- I can't quite put my finger on it. Definitely worthy and drinkable, though.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 02:45:49 | More by Mosstrooper
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Shaddock IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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