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Sofie Paradisi | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sofie, as you have come to know and love her, is a saison brewed with orange peel and aged in wine barrels. Keep citrus in the family, Paradisi uses grapefruit. 60% ale aged in barrels with grapefruit, 40% ale.

Added by MasterSki on 08-30-2011

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Photo of DemoniChris
4.71/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured on tap into a tulip.

A - Lovely golden yellow with hints of orange. About a fingers worth of bright white head.

S - Grapefruit, brett funkiness, mild citrus qualities and tartness. Awesome smell!

T - Extremely similar to the nose, but increased in much magnitude. Quite tart and tastes really fresh. Very complex and some the best flavors I've tasted in a saison.

M - Great carbonation and light to medium mouthfeel. Works with the style and the respective beer well.

O - Brett does awesome things to beer and this is an amazing example. Goose Island really hit the nail on the head with this beer and I hope they make an attempt to bottle it!

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Photo of mynie
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I’ve complained before about how Sofie has gone downhill—it was livelier upon its initial, limited release, with bigger nodes of brett and a grassier finish. When it got a wider release it was like a super fizzy witbier with mild brett nodes. The draft version is especially tame, because apparently I prefer my saisons to be a little musty and light-struck.

But here they add grapefruit and angel sputum and the result is just boffo. A crisp, dry, and excessively unflawed (that is, excessively bland) saison is complicated up juuust enough to make it one of the year’s best beers.

Sofie is an excellent “blank pallet” beer, like Huna or Prairie’s Noir. Only instead of having to amp it up by mixing peppers and chocolate and other sorts of unholy flavor combinations that before the advent of those Japanese “Doritos Twist” bags were unfathomable. But, jeez louise guys, do we really want to get to Doritos-level stupid with our beer flavor combinations? Doesn’t it make more sense to stop fruit and bacteria?

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Photo of nootch23
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a nice evenly gold color with little to no carbonation.

S - nice fruity smell of grapefruit with the dankness of the hops. very little wine scent to this which surprises me.

T - the grapefruit notes are front and center on this one. pretty sweet tasting saison. the wine flavor is underneath but kept underneath the fruit. Tiny bitterness lingers off to the side of the mouth but not a big presence. Very light and smooth drinking beer.

M - pretty nice mouthfeel on this one. A little dry finish but not much. The wine and fruit flavors linger, which for me is the highlight of this beer.

O - one of the most enjoyable saisons I've had. Very light to drink which makes it a perfect summer beer. I love how the wine flavor is more of a supporting character taste to this and the grapefruit is more of the headliner. A great balance to both flavors. Very smooth to drink.

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Photo of zhanson88
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Congregation Ales in Long Beach.

Appearance: Pours a light, clear straw color with light to moderate carbonation. About 1" of white head forms and has very nice retention and lacing.

Smell: Lush citrus and some florals hit immediately. Some definite brett funk as well as a bit of wine barrel show as well. The brett doesn't seem to add any sour component, just purely funk. The added citrus component to the base Sofie just about knocks this out of the park for me.

Taste: Huge juicy grapefruit and orange rind hit first. These are mostly sweet, but add a slightly bitter component as well on the back end. Some funk comes out in the middle and back end. I don't get much barrel if any. Super impressed with this beer.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Mouthfeel is light with ample carbonation, and the finish is semi dry with some brett funk flavors. Just about right. Overall, this is one of the best beers I've had in a while. Definitely a non-traditional saison, but the added citrus component really makes it drinkable and delicious. Had 3 glasses and would have had more if time allowed. Very good beer, and a nice improvement on the base beer.

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Photo of dar482
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I was happy to find this at Spitzer's in the Lower East Side, NYC.

The beer comes in a hazy yellow color.

The aroma has grapefruit and hay funk. You definitely get the Brett. There's lots of just fresh fresh grapefruit.

The flavor follows with a bitterness, a bit of wheat. The flavor of grapefruit is less like juice, but more of peel and that really bitter pith. There's also a bit of pepper spice and also that sour funk.

The finish is light and easy drinking.

This beer is a huge improvement from Sofie, which I didn't really care for. The bitterness and grapefruit pop really makes this amazing. You really do taste the actual grapefruit they put into this. My favorite saison so far.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Whole Foods in Alaexandria, VA.

The beer is light golden with a small, white cap. The aroma brings tropical fruit, floral hops, saison yeast, and more. Wine barrel and grapefruit character just shine in the flavor. Oh my. Ridiculously tasty. Juicy and refreshing, teeming with flavor. Well beyond the quality of the standard Sofie. I ordered three pints and two growlers to take home. Highly recommended.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at New Bohemia in Minneapolis, 16 July 2013.

Looks like champagne. Pours pale golden yellow, 100% clear. Thin streams of visible carbonation. One finger white head, good retention and amazing lacing. Very nice.

Smell is funky and crisp. Like Sofie with a citrus twist - fantastic. Earthy, pure, and a nearly perfect funkified saison, balanced so well by that citrusy swizzle.

Taste is clean, grainy, mildly funky. Drifting to bitter but gentle grapefruit bite. Doesn't bring the variety, balance, or awesomeness that the smell does, but it's pretty darn good.

Feel is clean, light, with prickly carbonation. Lasting and fading in just the right way, a slow roll down the ramp.

This beer is an amazing combo of funk and crisp. Full of flavor, varied and complementary. Outstanding, and right up there with, and just surpassing, but different from, regular Sofie.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap, served in a pint glass.

A- Pours a hazy yellow color, topped with an inch of white head, very good retention, some lacing.

S- Really awesome grapefruit aroma, not in a bitter way, just pure, amazing fruit juice. Also some yeasty, black peppery saison aromas, along with oak, grape, and vanilla. This smells really, really good.

T- Follows the aroma with the regular Sofie flavors, yeast, a bit of pepper, towards the finish the grapefruit takes over, and again is juicy, vibrant and delicious. There's also a great vanilla flavor that complements everything here perfectly. Also some subtle oak and white grape flavors.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth and dry.

O- This is a delicious beer and a great idea that was executed perfectly. The grapefruit and vanilla flavors work wonders with Sofie. Damn tasty stuff.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From 05/15/13 notes. had 2-8 oz. pours of this on tap at Pony Bar on the UES in NYC because I liked it so much.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent bright yellow-golden color with one inch of bright white head and moderate to high carbonation. Looks like a nice saison.

s - Smells of sour grapefruits, white wine, citrus, sour fruits, oak, orange, brett, lemon, floral hops, some pine hops, and light vanilla and earthy notes. Amazing nose; just a ton of fresh citrus, white wine, and sour fruits to it. I loved this nose.

t - Tastes of grapefruit, citrus, sour lemon, oak, white wine, vanilla, floral hops, earthy notes, oranges, and light pepper. Very nice taste; not quite as sour or citrusy as the nose, but really nice still.

m - Medium bodied saison and low carbonation. Very easy to drink and smooth; could drink a ton of this one.

o - Overall I think Sofie is a pretty good beer, but Sofie Paradisi is a great one. I absolutely loved the nose on this one; one of the best smelling saison's I've had, and while the taste fell off a tiny bit, it was still quite good, and it's very easy to drink. I'm really hoping they make this one more often because I would buy it all the time.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at GI Belgian Beer Fest. Served in a taster pint glass. I'm under the impression that special Sofie variants are 100% barrel-aged.

A - Looks like Sofie. White foam settles to a thin ring and some haze, but minimal lace. Hazy, almost neon, yellow body.

S - Huge grapefruit aroma, with notes of lemons, white wine, a touch of oak, and even more grapefruits. It's like super-awesome grapefruit juice with a bit of oak-aged saison blended in.

T - Taste has a bit more beer character to it, but again it's mostly grapefruit. Doesn't quite pop as much as the aroma, but still highly enjoyable. There's some oak, citrus, stone fruit malts, peppery yeast, and white wine in the periphery.

M - Pleasant carbonation, medium body, and a slightly tannic and sticky finish.

D - Superb stuff - I would go out of my way to have this one again, as it's a fantastic beer. I really liked the test batches for Sofie and this gets back to that vein of experimentation. I had at least three pours of this one, and it was my pick for best in show.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The is a very good interpretation of the style. Served on tap at a local fundraiser, the beer was served in a plastic cup. In appearance, it was a golden orange color with a modest bubbly head. As one might expect for the style, the carbonation was rather aggressive. This smelled like a summer beer as it had a nice summer citrus-like aroma. The initial impression was the sour nature of this saison. One detects peach skin, orange rind, and dry barnyard funk. The dry aftertaste is where the aftertaste leaves you. It is a nice refreshing finish on an easy drinker. The carbonation brushes the sweetness away fairly quickly, but this is to be expected for the style. I had this twice at the event, and would definitely do it again.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pint at WF Alexandria.

Pours a clear golden orange color with a thin foamy white head that fades to a thin collar, no lace. Aroma of grapefruit juice, grapefruit rind, white wine, oak barrel, light pepper spice. Medium thick body, well carbonated, slightly bitter fruity finish with a dry neutral oak woodiness. Flavor is a well integrated blend of pithy grapefruit juice, red flesh and membrane with typical spicy Sofie Belgian yeast and white wine. I still don't like Sofie, but this was pretty great. But so are grapefruits and wine.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

32oz growler, courtesy of jmarce, poured into a 668 tulip. Thanks Jason!

A: Clear deep gold body under a towering head of fine white froth. Good retention and lace. Lovely.

S: Luscious grapefruit, lemon, banana, and vanilla. Some grassiness in the background. Awesome.

T: Fruity up front, with big citrus and banana. Spicier midway through, and richly oaky toward the end. Vanilla on the aftertaste, along with some dry earthiness. Delicious.

M: Spritzy, frothy, and a little thinner than would be ideal.

O; A few of the people I shared this growler with found the heavy banana distracting, but I enjoyed every bit of the fruitiness. The sweet fruit balanced with the vanilla oak made for a decadent, dessert-like experience that was really enjoyable - although not much like a Saison. Definitely worth checking out if you get the chance.


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Photo of Damian
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a snifter at Foundry On Elm, Somerville, MA
Served in a snifter
Big thanks to T.J. from Goose Island for treating me to a glass of this.

The beer poured a slightly hazed, orange-tinged straw yellow. A short-lived, thin white film topped the liquid. No lacing whatsoever.

Lots going on in the aroma. Crisp, fruity and sweet with a hint of lemony tartness. Strong Belgian yeastiness. Slightly wheaty. Ruby red grapefruit was noticeable. Subtle white wine notes came through from the barrel aging.

The flavor profile was similar to the nose except that it contained hardly any grapefruit. Pale malts anchored the beer. Good dose of Belgian yeastiness. Fruity and sweet for the style. Peppery. Lots of tart, wheaty notes. Hints of dry white wine came through on the back end and in the crisp, bone dry finish. There was a slight glassy hop presence as well.

The mouthfeel was outstanding. Super slick, creamy and smooth with an ultra fine and plush effervescence. The liquid turned into a silky, tongue blanketing froth when it hit my palate.

Goose Island's Sofie Paradisi is an even more punchy and flavorful rendition of their already solid Sofie saison. I am glad I had the opportunity to try this on-tap.

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Photo of brentk56
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with an inch of foam capping the amber colored liquid; decent lacing action

Smell: A little closed though I can pick up some oaky wine and grapefruit elements as well as the Brett

Taste: The tart flavors prevail, up front, with the grapefruit, lemon and the Brett; in the middle, the vinous oaky and vanilla elements add complexity with the Brett returning in the finish to dry out the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Creamy and crisp, with a light to medium body and moderate carbonation

Overall: A really supurb beer; Goose Island at its best

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Photo of jrenihan
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer is cloudy, very pale gold. Smallish white head, gone fast.

Lots of light fruit in the nose, tropical. Lemon, grapefruit, passionfruit. Brett with a bit of cherry. Nice.

Taste is really good. The brett seems more pronounced than the regular version to me, giving a tart funkiness. Light fruit flavours, mainly grapefruit. Finish is quite dry. The grapefruit really lends a different dimension to an already great beer. Yum!

Light bodied, moderately carbonated, very refreshing. Brett results in a slight astringency.

Overall. terrific! Really glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of mahak213
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a growler pour filled this afternoon-

Appearance- Bright, golden yellow, completely clear, with a thin white head that fizzled away very quickly, not leaving any lace or rings around the edges of the glass.

Smell- Sweet grapefruit and fruity yeast dominate, with maybe just a touch of vinous character.

Taste- Very similar to the nose, huge grapefruit and citrus, a slight lemon tang, big fruity yeast esters. Slightly earthy to balance out the huge fruit presence.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and carbonation, incredibly easy to drink

Overall- Very happy I came across this. Of course Sofie is good, but Paradisi is just on the next level.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a perfect beer for the summer, the grapefruit added to the mix really comes though in a refreshing and delicious way! Thanks to Darrell durwoodx for sharing this growler.

The beer is mostly clear in the body with a golden adjunct lager sort of golden color with a ring of bubbly head and some lacing.

The smell opens up with tons of fresh citrus rind, it reminds me a lot of a summery craft cocktail with maybe some absinthe and a fresh orange or grapefruit rind cut into it. Slight funk with a touch of sweetness, little bit of vanilla as well, very nice.

The taste follows suit and adds in some easy straw malt and more of a strong taffy sweet yeast note. Nice citrus, twist of vanilla bean, touch of pepper and butter from the funk and the white wine barrel. The white wine carries over into the taste and feel very well it is very sophisticated.

Nice feel, good carbonation decent body overall, drinks real easy. Overall a really nice and elegant composed beer from goose island, another winner from GI.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Review #700!!!

poured into tulip glass by the staff at olympic tavern.

11oz pour for $7

Appearance: straw yellow bodied beer that is both hazy and almost looks like is has a faint glow to it. Thin cap of white head that quickly drops to no head. Not much lace to speak of.

Smell: Grapefruit rind, wet hay, lemon peel, white grapes, a hint of brett and earthiness. The nose seems fairly subdued.

Taste: Juicy grapefruits and lots of them. Lemon zest and white wine. Brett, oak, and white grapes hanging around in the background. Wet hay and wheat malt. Hint of white pepper and slightly fruity yeast. Finishes with more juicy grapefruit. Fantastic!

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with carbonation levels that sit at the lower end of moderate. The beer is so effortlessly drinkable; drinks like its 4% abv. It feels soft, delicate and juicy on the palate. Clean and refreshing beer. great hot day beer choice.

Overall: Goose Island really did a fantastic job of capturing the grapefruit flavor profile of this beer. It really tasted exactly like fresh ruby red grapefruit flesh. I really enjoy Sofie and Sofie Paradisi is even better! Really impressed by this beer. Wow! I had 2 pours of this beer it was rediculiously enjoyable.

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Photo of fdig23
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Railroad Street, Linfield, PA

Appearance: Vibrant golden orange with a tiny pure-white head.

Nose: Sweet sugared-coated fresh grapefruits, a lemony tartness, and sharp pine-like floral note are rounded out with a good bit of creamy vanilla oak. Very nice.

Taste: Grapefruit, several ways. There's a slight sourness like eating a spoonful of fresh grapefruit, but predominately a sticky sweet grapefruit water ice flavor present with a healthy serving of vanilla. Light toasty oak rounds out the finish.

Mouthfeel: Nice and creamy, if a bit heavy.

Overall: Really original and delicious beer here. Haven't tasted anything even close to being similar.

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Photo of corby112
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Draft at The Blue Monkey Tavern in Merchantville, NJ.

Pours a cloudy, pale golden yellow color with banana-like hues and a one finger, frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Good retention with steaks of soapy lace left behind.  Visible carbonation bubbling up as well.

Musty farmhouse aroma with earthy oak, zesty spice, banana bread, citrus rind and vinous light fruit.  Subtle dry oak/toothpick complimenting the earthy saison character.  Nice peppery spice presence with some coriander and clove in there.  Vinous light fruit notes with light grape and white raisin.  Sweet citrus pith with lemon peel/juice and grapefruit.  Was expecting more grapefruit in the nose but I'm pickin up more funk, wine and lemon.  

On the lower end of medium body with soft carbonation that's perfect for the style.  Mouthfeel is very nice and the flavors are complex yet nicely balanced.  Peppery spice up front with musty brett/farmhouse funk and a very strong citrus presence that lingers over the bread/yeast, light fruit and dry oak into a sweet, slightly dry finish.  Grapefruit is much stronger than in the nose and nicely compliments the vinous barrel and lighter fruits.  Nice white white presence with light grape and golden raisin but the barrel/oak is very faint.   Complex and very flavorful yet it's light and easy to drink.  ABV is invisible.  A lot of really nice flavors bouncing off of each other.  Each sip reveals something different and everything blend together very well.  The grapefruit juice/rind is a really nice addition to an already great beer.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


Acquired via trade
Thanks, mwgroove23!

Cloudy golden. Creamy, large, near-white head. Fairly sticky.

Sweet and juicy grapefruit aroma with some mild grass and yeast. The aroma comes together nicely.

Nice combination of grapefruit and mild funk, earth, and grass. Nice.

Medium bodied, creamy carbonation.

Very tasty.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a shaker pint.

Pale lemon and a nice crystal cloudy character body. Real nice slow rising carbonation wih a creamy two finger head presented. The head falls slowly and leaves a nice collar. I wish this was in a tulip.

Nose is pretty much closed. Theres some soft estery yeasty like sticky quality but not much else.

Palate though opens and provides a wonderful experience. Juicy and farmhouse fruity with a lush malt character. Quenching mild soft sour in the mid palate with a wonderful juicy fruit finish. Perfect balance of pepper brett and sweet soft melon and tropical fruit hints. Zesty citrus oils mix with the pepper like brett finish. Mouthfeel is super juicy and rich, soft carbonation, killer fruit (whatever it is, ok grapefruit) character. It feels like I am biting right into its flesh, wonderful fleshy grapefruit.

Overall this is a great take on regular Sofie. This is a total killer summer beer.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap into stemmed wine glass at Mekong in Richmond Virginia. Golden hay color with very little head. Great citrus grapefruit and brett/funky aromas with a bit of grass or hay. Awesome citrus and peppery spice saison flavor...slightly funky. Huge white wine vineous finish. White wine meets grapefruit meets funky saison. Awesome. Really easy to drink and just a great brew all around.

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Photo of mjm47
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Consumed from a 16 oz plastic cup at Pitchfork. Perfect. Beating the heat on a 90 degree day with rock and roll in the background. A little sweet but it has a nice crisp finish. Can't really taste the grapefruit all that much, but thoroughly enjoyable on a hot day.

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