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IPAs or APAs with the most grapefruit flavor

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by BrownAleMale, Dec 16, 2012.

  1. BrownAleMale

    BrownAleMale ¡Bad Trader! (655) Wisconsin Dec 14, 2011 ¡Bad Trader! Beer Trader

    After looking at reviews this seems to be a good starting point. Thanks!
  2. Drinkin that right now!
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  3. Maximus for sure. And Karl Strauss Tower Ten.
  4. Pando

    Pando Savant (485) Connecticut Dec 5, 2011 Beer Trader

    Gandhi Bot
  5. I remember Bridgeport IPA having a grapefruit flavour. Also Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn
  6. Schwerzpunkt

    Schwerzpunkt Aficionado (135) Oct 9, 2012

    Green Flash West Coast IPA, Flower Power, Southern Tier 2xIPA (really noticed grapefruit with this one)
  7. brikelly

    brikelly Savant (480) Massachusetts Apr 11, 2010 Beer Trader

    Hill Farmstead Society and Solitude #5. May as well have been made with grapefruit, by grapefruit, for grapefruit. On grapefruit day. In grapefruit town. And fermented in grapefruit.

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  8. beercanman

    beercanman Savant (485) Ohio Dec 17, 2012

    I get grapefruit from Maximus
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  9. I'd say pure tangerine juice and fresh cut grass....and dank 420 to boot
  10. Tired Hands Flavorama
    HF Citra and Double Citra
  11. PtE = Tangerine - Pineapple, fresh cut grass and lingering 420

    Bad Boy = Much of the same, add mango

    Heady Topper - Mauna Lai juice and oranges, dank pine.

    Dreadnaught = Big Mango, Tropical juice and BIG Peaches....Marajuana in spades, etc

    ADD highly hyped IPA/DIPA HERE

    Only reason why I can relate to when descriptors of grapefruit come up is becuase IPA & DIPAs finish bitter for the most part. Am I wrong? I LOVE citrussy hops but HATE GRAPEFRUIT as a food.

    Anyone else feel the same way?

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    THANAT0PSIS Advocate (610) Wisconsin Aug 3, 2010 Beer Trader

    Taste is subjective; that may as well be this site's mantra.

    To answer your question, I have gotten grapefruit in Surly Wet 2012, Deschutes Chasin' Freshies, nearly every Sierra Nevada, Founders Double Trouble, Dreadnaught, and Zombie Dust.

    I haven't gotten marijuana in very many beers, so that's my smell/palate fault, I guess?
  13. So you have been drinking those IPA's only for 10+years? Try beers with centennial, cascade and especially chinook.
  14. Many others I left out. Double Sunshine beaming with oranges, mangos and Pineapples (very well balanced with the malts but no straight up grapefruit for me) Feel free to give examples...

  15. drevim

    drevim Aficionado (190) Indiana Oct 12, 2012

    I've pretty much decided to give IPAs a break, because of the grapefruit taste. I would contribute it to my palate, if my wife and dad hadn't said the exact same thing, without any prompting from me.

    They included:
    Zombie Dust (technically an APA)
    etc, etc ,etc....

    Turned down an offer for Heady Topper for fear of the grapefruit hatred.

    Glad it works for you. Wish it would for me, with all the great IPAs out there.
  16. flayedandskinned

    flayedandskinned Advocate (515) California Jan 1, 2011 Beer Trader

    Try more grapefruit flesh, not just the rind.
  17. Finest Kind, Nugget Nectar, Resin, etc
  18. hophead247

    hophead247 Advocate (510) California Jan 27, 2008 Beer Trader


    Only beer that comes to mind with a big grapefruit punch.
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  19. peteinSD

    peteinSD Savant (255) California Apr 25, 2010

    the reference to grapefruit is not literal (if it is you're just wrong) just like when folks write chocolate they are referring to the suggestion or approximation of the flavor rather than the actual taste (have you ever drank a beer that tasted like an actual chocolate bar? doubt it).
  20. flexabull

    flexabull Champion (820) California Mar 9, 2006 Beer Trader

    Just had a Flower Power which I though had a distinct grapefruit flavor.
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  21. That sounds really, really cannibalistic.
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  22. vurt

    vurt Advocate (715) Oregon Apr 11, 2004 Beer Trader

    A couple weekends ago I tried Fresh Squeezed IPA at the Deschutes Brewpub in Portland. It had plenty of citrus aromas and a huge ruby red grapefruit flavor right up front. Really good stuff. A recent review of the beer mentions that there are plans to bottle it next year, so you might want to keep your eyes open for that one.

    CORKSCREWFISH Savant (325) Illinois Apr 22, 2011

    The question must be asked......have you ever actually eaten a grapefruit?
    If so, then I find your disability,to be very odd. On the other hand, you seem to have been blessed with other exraordinary taste abilities,including the ability to taste mauna lai juice in your beer!
  24. franklinn

    franklinn Savant (460) Vermont May 29, 2012

    You say you don't like grapefruit, I think it's just your mind associating the flavors that you enjoy in the beer to flavors you know you enjoy. Really, you've listed a lot of other citrus notes you've tasted, just not grapefruit. I love grapefruit, and to me personally, heady topper has HUGE grapefruit notes. As does Dreadnaught. I think you just taste them as other fruits, because you like the way the beer tastes and your mind (and palate) knows the flavors you enjoy.
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  25. HarrySTruman

    HarrySTruman Savant (265) Michigan May 16, 2012

    I've never tasted onion/green onion, but there's a whole thread about beers I've had dozens of times that I should have been tasting onions in. I'm not worried about it.
  26. rfbenavi80

    rfbenavi80 Savant (380) Missouri Mar 15, 2010

    that's 3 words. :cool:

    Somebody said Hoptimum earlier. Have to agree with that one, also have to agree with PTE being pure grapefruit juice, but to me it also has a ton of sweetness behind all that grapefruit.
  27. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio Advocate (635) Minnesota Feb 15, 2005

    I'm the same way, I get more grapefruit rind/oil on the nose than the palate. I taste plenty of other citrus fruits in IPAs but not that one, and I have had my fair share of IPAs and DIPAs. Grapefruits don't actually taste the way most people think they do, they are pretty acidic and bitter, much more so than the juicy hop flavors of most modern American IPAs.
  28. wsucoug96

    wsucoug96 Savant (300) Washington May 18, 2010 Beer Trader

    One batch of Hair of the Dog Blue Dot DIPA a couple of years ago had a finish that tasted like I had just eaten a piece of grapefruit. And I do mean that literally. I love grapefruit, so I loved the beer as well. Subsequent batches have not had that punch.
  29. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio Advocate (635) Minnesota Feb 15, 2005

    I agree, hops have kind of a Rorschach effect to them, they taste and smell different to everyone and reflect things you like or are familiar with.
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  30. Why are you tasting mango in your beers and weed instead of hops? Never have I tasted a mango IPA, and as you said it...EVER. Stop smoking. Kills cilia.
  31. A fresh, draught Lagunitas IPA is heavily grapefruit.
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  32. jsteele7777

    jsteele7777 Disciple (50) Indiana Jan 18, 2012

    Schlafly's Tasmamian IPA is the most grapefruit flavor I've ever gotten.
  33. I smoked weed for over ten years and I've still never ONCE tasted weed in any beer of mine. I get grapefruit all the time. Palettes, man, crazy things.
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  34. Everyone has their own unique set of taste receptors. You may not be able to taste/smell what people call grapefruit in beer. I get the onion/garlic in some beers. I get pine and tropical fruit in some beers, and my wife gets cat pee.
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  35. fredmugs

    fredmugs Poobah (1,270) Indiana Aug 11, 2012 Beer Trader

    My note detecting skills is pretty poor but the Good Life Descender IPA I had recently definitely had a grapefruit vibe going on.
  36. Porkhustle

    Porkhustle Initiate (0) Dec 6, 2012

    Grapefruit is the easiest flavor to identify in IPAs because its not a "reminds me of" or a "brings to minds sort of a ....", but rather its grapefruit, in your face waving a Tropicana flag.

    When I had my first DIPA, Hop Wallop, I thought the beer was bad because it tasted exactly like grapefruit
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  37. Daktah

    Daktah Savant (320) Illinois Apr 13, 2011

    Caldera, Sculpin, Maharaja, Zombie Dust, Smuttynose IPA, Hop Wallop, Sweetwater.

    Fill in something from a Plains state or Texas and you should have varying degrees of grapefruit wherever you go.
  38. jstilwell

    jstilwell Savant (410) Massachusetts Oct 21, 2008 Beer Trader

  39. KevinMc79

    KevinMc79 Savant (310) Illinois Oct 29, 2008 Beer Trader

    Union Jack, Odells IPA and Red Chair are my faves