Shaddock IPA - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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3.7/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
06-26-2012 16:51:53 | More by bump8628
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
3.28/5 rDev -15.7%
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.
06-23-2012 04:12:51 | More by ZAP
3.98/5 rDev +2.3%
Poured chilled in flared glass.
A: clear orange color; slight head, drops down easily; good carbonation; rich, complex flavor
S: spices yield to bubblegum and sweet malt aroma; persists nicely
T: very strong grapefruit with secondary bubblegum flavor; strong bitterness, not very sweet; good complexity and firm spicing
Not bad IPA; a bit dry
06-22-2012 03:11:43 | More by Arithmeticus
3.45/5 rDev -11.3%
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.
06-21-2012 04:41:54 | More by jsprain1
4/5 rDev +2.8%
Pours a clean light orange with a white head. Smells of grapefruit zest and piney and citrus hops. Flavor is well balanced between hops, grapefruit and middling malt body. A dry finish. Balance is key here with grapefruit rind apparent, but not overwhelming. I'm really enjoying my fourth encounter with this rotating IPA.
06-17-2012 05:22:15 | More by olmatty
3.55/5 rDev -8.7%
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.
06-14-2012 22:12:52 | More by jzeilinger
4/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
06-14-2012 07:22:29 | More by TheSixthRing
3.83/5 rDev -1.5%
12oz : tulip snifter
Clear golden orange with a medium, short-lived white head.
Pine notes upfront, complimentary citric notes.
Lots of pine in the taste, some citric.
Medium body, prickly, medium carbonation.
A well done IPA. Prominent, tasty pine hop notes.
06-13-2012 09:34:35 | More by vkv822
4.08/5 rDev +4.9%
I bought a six pack of Shaddock IPA in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.
Pours a bright gold color, clear, lightly carbonated with a fluffy white head.
Smell is a light pine and citrus aroma
Taste is a malt presence up front, a sweet bread flavor, and a light citrus flavor on the finish.
Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, with a dry mildly bitter aftertaste.
Overall a very drinkable IPA. The l;able says it is the X-114 IPA brewed with grape fruit peels. I liked the X-114 and this is as good.
06-11-2012 01:18:21 | More by RJLarse
3.95/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
06-09-2012 11:38:07 | More by secondtooth
4/5 rDev +2.8%
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
06-05-2012 21:43:13 | More by Docer
4.58/5 rDev +17.7%
A: Golden light-brown, poured into a Widmer 16oz. glass with two finger head that dissipates slowly. Significant lacing. Note: The last glass poured from the growler 24 hours later still had significant head -- nice retention.
S: Widmer got this so right. The combination of Citra hops and grapefruit peel works a special magic. Big grapefruit nose. Clean, fresh-sliced aroma, some pine, other citrus.
T: Classic APA boldness. A slap of hop flavor from the start that stays as a backbone. Very strong, juicy grapefruit rind bitterness. Malt is present, maybe caramelly, but is overcome by satisfying resinous hoppy flavor.
M: Moderate oily hop feel. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol.
I could drink this one all summer. It's one I hope Widmer doesn't leave behind, but instead gives a recurring role.
06-01-2012 05:52:46 | More by Provalov
Shaddock IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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