Shaddock IPA - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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3.6/5 rDev -7.5%
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.
08-31-2012 03:05:28 | More by BEERchitect
3.9/5 rDev +0.3%
Pours a clear golden orange with a white head. Tons of grapefruit aroma to this. Nice and citric, some tangerine, a hint of orange peel, and some pine. Floral and pine notes are well represented as well. Minimal malt character. The flavor is heavy on the citric quality of the grapefruit. Moderate bitterness with minimal malt flavor and sweetness. Light floral hop character followed by pine and a touch of grass.
08-16-2012 07:13:45 | More by womencantsail
4/5 rDev +2.8%
Little head on a clear golden body. Excellent lacing. Earthy and fruity hop aroma and some breads and grain. Pine and floral hops with subtle citrus tartness on a pale malt base. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Not too bad. Widmer beers are growing on me.
08-23-2012 22:08:36 | More by kylehay2004
3.98/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
09-19-2012 19:38:20 | More by oberon
3.5/5 rDev -10%
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.
11-14-2012 23:09:09 | More by TMoney2591
3.9/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
11-24-2012 02:18:26 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.93/5 rDev +1%
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.
08-03-2012 02:12:06 | More by Jason
3.93/5 rDev +1%
Mellow, fruity, and tart hoppy beer in the lighter style. Attractive amber color in the Affligem chalice. Decent head and plenty of carbonation. Usual well-made Widmer product. Aroma of citrus and biscuits.
Not as bitter as you would expect with the citrus peel bonus. Fairly rich with a pleasant malt flavor. The grapefruit is truly distinct. It has that touch of sweetness with the tart that is so likeable in fresh grapefruit. While fairly sharp, it's not overly acidic. The tap version seems to be more bitter and more hoppy.
Totally drinkable beer with a unique flavor. I think it should be categorized as a Fruit Beer. Not hoppy enough to satisfy the hop fiend, and the grapefruit flavor is so prominent. But I think it's plenty hoppy and plenty bitter for my taste. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Olive Tree in Ocean Beach.
06-24-2012 06:01:12 | More by mactrail
3.83/5 rDev -1.5%
12 oz. bottle,
A: Pours a light orange/amber with a medium white head, some solid lace.
S: Grassy, very green and weedy, dandelion greens, some pink grapefruit.
T: Lemon and citrus, definite grapefruit notes. A floral IPA, the citrus peel is heavy and is marked difference from what I'm expect from the nose. Solid malt character as well.
M: Medium-bodied, soft frothy carbonation though it can be crisp at times, fairly mild aftertaste for the style.
O: A well made IPA, I like the idea of actually adding grapefruit to the beer instead of just relying on hops. Good price, the IPA fan should pick this up.
10-16-2012 07:05:34 | More by Halcyondays
2.8/5 rDev -28%
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.
05-21-2012 07:26:22 | More by kojevergas
3.95/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
07-29-2012 18:36:24 | More by Billolick
3.83/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
08-19-2012 01:40:27 | More by Zorro
3.98/5 rDev +2.3%
Sampled the other day in PDX (thanks Harry!).
The beer pours a peachy gold color with fairly good head retention and decent lacing. The nose is attractive, showcasing considerable grapefruit bitterness (natch), a hint of pine and light tangerine. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this West Coast all the way style IPA, and I thought there was just enough sweet orange citrus and grapefruit flavor to counter and balance the nice hoppy bitterness in this beer. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with a fairly long, refreshingly bitter finish. There's a hint of skunky weed in this beer as well, which is an added bonus in my mind. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and drinkability is quite good.
Nice, solid, easy to appreciate IPA from Widmer.
08-03-2012 14:25:50 | More by John_M
4.05/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
08-08-2012 22:48:08 | More by LXIXME
4.1/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
08-15-2012 23:38:31 | More by tdm168
4/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
09-25-2012 18:51:15 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.73/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
09-07-2012 00:58:22 | More by billab914
4.35/5 rDev +11.8%
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.
05-31-2012 05:28:25 | More by JohnGalt1
3.83/5 rDev -1.5%
A decent enough IPA from Widmer Brothers, on tap at Top Hops, NYC. Lightly hazed golden colored body with a small, slowly settling white head and nice enough lace. Aroma is highly citrusy; lots of grapefruit, peel, juice, and pith, citra hops give a slightly catty twist to the nose. Some pine and gently sweet grainy malt.
Taste is all about the grapefruit; it’s pretty vivid, juicy, and moderately bitter. The pith and peel flavors linger in the mouth after the swallow. Muted sweetness and grainy malt character, drying finish. Again a touch of pine mixed in under all the citrus. Not super complex or nuanced but the addition of the grapefruit makes the hops pop a bit and give this a vivid and fresh flavor that’s pretty appealing.
Medium to slightly light bodied; solid carbonation; just a little bit of creaminess in the feel. Goes down nice and easy. A tasty and drinkable IPA for grapefruit fans. Not a world-beater by a pleasant surprise nonetheless.
07-19-2012 03:54:42 | More by tobelerone
Shaddock IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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