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Shaddock IPA - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Shaddock IPAShaddock IPA

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66 Reviews
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Reviews: 66
Hads: 217
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%
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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Photo of zander4dawin
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of Kendo
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is clear, golden-tangerine in color with a small white head on top. Lots of fine-bubbled carbonation rising - all the way to the bottom of the glass. Some splotchy lace on the way down.

S: Grapefruit & grapefruit pith over a faintly sweet malt foundation.

T: A touch of bready malt underneath, but then it's all about the citrus and grapefruit. Finishes with a grapefruity, lemony bitterness that lingers on the palate.

M: Pretty creamy; those fine bubbles of carbonation soften the feel. Call it light-to-medium in heft.

O: Very good stuff. I know it seems like "cheating" to add grapefruit peels to get that citrusy, grapefruity taste (instead of just relying on the hops), but I don't care - it works.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$2.99 bomber? Yes please...Widmer, you've trapped me again. Poured into a New Belgium Globe.

A: Truly beautiful darker gold with a lovely, large white head that retains and leaves great lacing; truly impressive.

S: Grapefruit...go figure...touch of citrus and tropical fruitiness, tea leaf, citrus pith and rind.

T: Taste follows the nose, dominant grapefruit character with suggestions of tropical fruit, orange, and grapefruit rind...modest hints of pine...nice pulling bitter finish...

MF: Good body for an IPA, bitter light mouthfeel with medium to low carbonation.

O: This is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-oz. bottle into a pint glass at my house on Sept. 20, 2012 (purchased at Vons in Mission Gorge (San Diego, Calif.) for a 6-pack price of $8.99 (I think) (with card) on Sept. 19, 2012)). About a finger of head. Honey golden with white head. Average-to-below retention all-around.

Smelled a gigantic whiff of grapefruit citrus hops. Also some lemon and floral notes. A bit bitter, but it all comes together nice.

Tasted close to the nose, but didn’t have the same impact as the nose. Got that grapefruit taste in the front, which gave way to a huge bitter aftertaste. Could almost taste the grapefruit seeds. Got a slight taste of floral hops as well.

Light body. Thin texture. Average-to-above average carbonation. Long, bitter finish.

A pretty good beer overall. I enjoyed it, but I don’t know how I’ll enjoy the other five.

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Photo of mudbug
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of beerpadawan
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear light copper with half-finger of head that sticks as solid covering after several minutes and sips. It forms some lace.

As expected from the description, the aroma is juicy and big. Definitely grapefruit, but it is certainly not one-note. There are tropical fruit smells such as mango, and another review mentioned peach and I definitely get that on the nose and in the flavor.

The flavor matches the aroma mostly; there is a citrus tang and bitterness from the peels. The hop bitterness is just below where I would like it for a straight ~6% American IPA. It finishes very smooth and to that end reminds me more of a cleaner, lighter pale ale. The hoppiness and fruit aromas and flavors end the comparison there.

It's a refreshing beer and one that I would like to drink again.

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Photo of billab914
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a brandy snifter. Bottled 12 May 2012.

A: A fluffy finger of loose head is relatively short-lived. Clear, thin amber.

S: Pine resin and grapefruit peel. Not unexpected, but very pleasant.

T: Deliciously bitter hops have excellent depth of flavour. Floral and spicy initially, there is a smooth fruitiness, followed by a long, citrus-peel-bitter finish. Delicious.

O: A really nice IPA, much better than expected. Recommended. Would drink again.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.62/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of Bockrules
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a slightly hazy copper with a hint of orange. A few bubbles rise lazily to the two-finger, rocky white head. Head stays intact all the way down the glass. Leaves behind several large splotches of lacing.

S - Strong grapefruit zest of on a biscuity background.

T - Light grapefruit on caramel malt upfront. The body is dominated by slightly bitter grapefruit zest which obscures most of the hop notes. Caramel malt remains to balance out the sourness. Somehow, even more grapefruit (and thankfully some hops as well) manages to come through as the beer passes over the back of the tongue, and the finish is almost identical to having just drunken a glass of grapefruit juice save for a tiny semblance of fruity hops and caramel malt.

M - Smack dab in the middle of medium bodied with enough carbonation to lend to some creaminess and a moderate amount of chewyness. Works fine with this beer.

The X-114 IPA brewed with grapefruit peels is right on the mark for how this latest experimental IPA from Widmer brothers tastes. My quibble with the former is that it was too fruity, and this is even more so except with grapefruit as opposed to apricot. Still it does everything well enough to more than warrant it's $6.50-a-six price tag here in Socorro. Good niche beer after a long summer day working, extra half point as there is no 3.75 option for flavor.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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.


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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of JMad
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
4.12/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of CHickman
4.12/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.19/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a glowing light orange color. Body is completely transparent. Head is perfect. An inch high and off white. The head never shies off. Good lacing too.

S-Uber-ripe citrus flesh hops. Clementines, oranges and grapefruits. Light grassiness. The citrus/grass hop combo makes me immediately think 'Citra Hop!'. Doesn't smell like it will be overly bitter. Just a ton of citrus rind and citrus flesh. Light cracker malt.

T-Zesty and ripe clementines. All the citrus really envelopes the palate then a light mixture of grass and spice tickles the senses. Blatantly Citra hops. Just so ripe and juicy and alive. Malt is sweetened soft white bread. Great session IPA.

M-Very light and very, very sessionable. Carbonation is mellow and soothing. Finishes with some needed bitterness and dryness but neither are very intense.

O/D-I think Widmer makes some underrated hoppy brews. I really enjoyed their X-114 IPA and I enjoy this even more. The grapefruit peel addition was a big time advancement for this brew. Widmer is very legit.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Shaddock IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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