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IPAs or APAs with the most grapefruit flavor

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

  1. haddon

    haddon Savant (285) Kentucky Jul 13, 2009

    +1. if you have any friends in the South, have them ship you some fresh Sweetwater IPA.
  2. KWMiles

    KWMiles Savant (380) Minnesota Oct 23, 2012

    Without reading through this whole thread, I must throw Dreadnaught into the mix. So grapefruity.
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  3. I grab
    I grab a few cases when I travel to TN. Once I get them they go pretty fast.

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  4. RangnaR

    RangnaR Savant (425) California Dec 17, 2012

    I'm kinda shocked nobody has yet to mention Widmer Bros. Shaddock IPA...
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  5. sharpski

    sharpski Champion (870) Oregon Oct 11, 2010 Beer Trader

    Georgetown Lucille and Widmer's Captain Shaddock rotator.
  6. Schwantz

    Schwantz Savant (390) Florida Dec 16, 2012

    Zombie Dust is a great example. Fresh Cigar City Jai Alai takes that up a notch.
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  7. Smuttynose Finestkind IPA for sure.
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  8. Ariz

    Ariz Aficionado (110) Alabama May 2, 2009

    ^^What he said^^
  9. ZRBE

    ZRBE Aficionado (145) Oregon Jul 24, 2012

    I don't think it's around at the moment and I can't say it was stellar, but Widmer's Shaddock IPA had actual grapefruit peel brewed into it.
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  10. grynder33

    grynder33 Savant (405) Wisconsin Jul 31, 2003

    Surly Abrasive bigtime grapefruit and in the can retains it a long time
  11. I thought Pliny was a grapefruit bomb, if you can get it that is.
  12. smuttynose, baby!
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  13. RayUF07

    RayUF07 Advocate (635) Florida Sep 22, 2012

    Cigar City Jai Alai.

    You're welcome.
  14. stayclean

    stayclean Savant (370) Wisconsin Mar 17, 2012

    Finestkind for sure. Also this thread reminded me I haven't had that since the summer and that I need to go get a 6er ASAP.
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  15. BrownAleMale

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

    So from what Im seeing the 3 that I can easily get to try are Maximus,Smuttynose Finestkind and Dreadnaught. These have all gotten multiple mentions and I can pick them all up at the same location. Thanks for the help everyone! You guys just might make a hop head out of this stout lover yet!
  16. Jeffh97

    Jeffh97 Aficionado (190) Missouri Jan 18, 2012 Beer Trader

    You think regular Jai Alai has grapefruit flavor try the Humidor Series Jai Alai it is fantastic and tastes of very strong grapefruit.
  17. CNelson013

    CNelson013 Disciple (50) Ohio Mar 14, 2012

    Deviant dales and lake erie monster. Can't go wrong with either one.
  18. Beejis60

    Beejis60 Aficionado (230) New York Aug 26, 2009

    I did not find at least half of these beers recommended to be very citrusy, especially PTE, Hopslam, and Nugget Nectar...
    Of ones I do agree are Hop Stoopid, Flower Power, Lil Sumpin Sumpin, Zombie Dust, Nelson, Sculpin, Daytime to a lower extent, I think Founders Centennial is lightly citrusy when fresh, and Alesmith IPA has a very watered-down citrus taste to me.
  19. Rimbimhoot

    Rimbimhoot Advocate (565) Illinois Sep 26, 2012 Beer Trader

    Citra ninja, Ninja vs Unicorn, zombie Dust, brickstone apa
  20. denver10

    denver10 Poobah (1,055) New Mexico Nov 17, 2010


    Also second the Odell's IPA suggestion.
  21. Why hasn't anyone said Green Flash West Coast IPA, yet?
  22. RayUF07

    RayUF07 Advocate (635) Florida Sep 22, 2012

    Actually, I disagree. I think the Cedar takes over most of the grapefruit, up front at least. Don't get me wrong, I love the Humidor Jai Alai (had 2 bombers last night), but I think the regular Jai Alai has more hints of grapefruit.

    The Peach Jai Alai Humidor Series is amazing though. I had some at the tasting room last Friday, words can't describe how good that is.
  23. Lordkrystic

    Lordkrystic Savant (275) Washington Jul 18, 2012

    I keep reading about how good Jai Alai is, but was really underwhelmed when I had it in September at Downtown Disney....wondering if that was a bad bottle or something.

    Maharaja wins my grapefruit award.
  24. RayUF07

    RayUF07 Advocate (635) Florida Sep 22, 2012

    Perhaps it was an older bottle, it's definitely a beer MUCH better fresh. Then again, to each his own I suppose.
  25. AlphaRanger

    AlphaRanger Disciple (55) Dec 11, 2012

    Was the first one to come to my mind upon seeing this thread title.
  26. PatrickBeebe

    PatrickBeebe Savant (425) Florida Sep 27, 2012 Beer Trader

    Bells 2 hearted definateley. Especially when its fresh
  27. Lordkrystic

    Lordkrystic Savant (275) Washington Jul 18, 2012

    Yeah, it wasn't even on the beer menu I was looking at. I just asked if there was anywhere around that would have a Jai Alai beer because I had never tried them. He was like, oh, we have some in back I think. Had to be old. They had Maduro Brown also, but I went to Two Hearted and was pretty pleased I did.
  28. aljordan

    aljordan Aficionado (155) Indiana May 2, 2006

    I've had a good chuck of all of these, and Sun King's Grapefruit Jungle is by far the one with the most grapefruit. The last batches were lacking, but the batch 2 years ago was the most grapefruit I've even had in a beer. The recent "subpar" batches were also huge on grapefruit, but not as much as 2 years back.
  29. Jeffh97

    Jeffh97 Aficionado (190) Missouri Jan 18, 2012 Beer Trader

    To each his own I think the cedar makes the grapefruit taste stand out.
  30. nc41

    nc41 Champion (855) North Carolina Sep 25, 2008 Beer Trader

    Zombie Dust, you can smell the grapefruit, Flower Power, Pliny, Double Jack only if really fresh, Kern Citra, Head Hunter, all easily come to mind. If it has Citra or Jade hops it's definitely going to be a grapefruit bomb.

    I love HT, but it's not a grapefruit bomb, wonder what kinda hops he uses, I've never seen it mentioned in the 1000 posts on HT.
  31. Treb0R

    Treb0R Savant (330) Oregon Dec 12, 2012

    Heavy on the grapefruit... some more than others:

    North Coast Red Seal
    Smuttynose Finest Kind
    Smuttynose Big A
    Flying Fish Exit 16 Wild Rice
    Founders Double Trouble
    Three Floyds Arctic Panzer Wolf
    Ithaca Flower Power
    Kern Just Outstanding
    Firestone Walker Double Jack
    Ninkasi Tricerahops
    Victory Hop Wallop
    Stone Ruination
    Maine Beer Co. Mo
    Blue Point Pale Ale

    I find the most grapefruit notes in the drier examples that also have a good deal of floral notes. A lot of "Wet Hop / Harvest APAs/IPAs" also feature a good deal of grapefruit. Decent use of Amarillo, Cascade, or Centennial certainly helps; so any single hopped version of these should be quite grapefruity as long as they are also dry and crisp.
  32. JDizzle

    JDizzle Savant (455) Indiana Aug 24, 2010

    Sunking Grapefruit Jungle
  33. Kadonny

    Kadonny Advocate (705) Pennsylvania Sep 5, 2007 Beer Trader

    The two most prominent grapefruit forward beers are Smutty Finest Kind (slam dunk the winner) and Surly Furious. There are a bunch of other beers with grapefruit like Weyebacher Double Simcoe, Victory Headwaters and others, but the first two I mentioned are for me the most prominent grapefruit flavored. Finest Kind is off the hook Grapefruit.
  34. My votes: RR's Blind Pig, Troeg's Nugget Nectar, and CC Jai Alai.
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  35. KevSal

    KevSal Advocate (710) California Oct 17, 2010 Beer Trader

    you have the greatest avatar
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  36. Ford

    Ford Advocate (570) Texas Sep 8, 2012 Beer Trader

    Schmaltz Hop Mana... lots of grapefruit deliciousness.

  37. Smutty big a ipa, has more...thanks god these are back, had one tonight.

    Heavy seas loose cannon is one that comes to mind.

    But as others have said S&S #5 is prob the most youll get.
  38. KevSal

    KevSal Advocate (710) California Oct 17, 2010 Beer Trader

    I'm having a zombie dust right now, it's slapping me in the face with grape fruit
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  39. ECalebrews449

    ECalebrews449 Savant (425) Nebraska Dec 23, 2012 Beer Trader

    Love the Zombie Dust!
  40. HopsintheSack

    HopsintheSack Advocate (685) California Apr 17, 2012 Beer Trader

    Fresh Port Brewing Mongo IPA, but its been awhile since I have seen fresh bottles.