Effortless Grapefruit
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
New York, United States
American IPA
Ranked #1,878
Ranked #15,290
3.92 | pDev: 8.16%
Jun 04, 2021
Mar 04, 2016
Very Good
Effortless GrapefruitEffortless Grapefruit
Notes: The only thing “effortless” about this beer is how it drinks. Domestic and imported malts take a backseat to the loads of American grown hops that are dumped into the kettle. Dry-hopped for mouthwatering aroma with Mosaic and Palisade hops, and infused with natural grapefruit flavor to add to the refreshment. Enjoy an Effortless drinking experience with our Grapefruit Session IPA.
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Reviewed by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
From the tap, It's a light golden amber colored beer that is more opaque than you'd suspect it to be. The head is modest and enduring. The aroma is also modest, maybe just a little malt or hops can be discerned behind a noticeable, but not pungent grapefruit presence. With more glass lacing than expected, the taste is subdued, albeit in good balance. Grapefruit is only part of taste experience and it comes through tastefully. Hops and malt can also be detected, again in much moderation. The hop-grapefruit connection makes for a pleasantly dry and mildly bitter overall taste and finish. This is a session beer and most will probably want more than one, once they get started. If you're looking for bold anything, look elsewhere.
Jun 04, 2021
Rated: 3.99 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Nov 15, 2020
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Reviewed by scootny from New York

3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A very citrus season IPA. Decent looks with a nice thin-ish head. Touch of haze.

Heavy grapefruit juice.

Flavor puts forth lots of juice, Moderate hops and light sweet malt.

Crisp feel with mildly effervescent carbonation.

Nice easy drinking. A bit monotone but enjoyable.
Oct 26, 2020
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Reviewed by dkoehler42 from New York

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
I purchased this on a whim during the recent heatwave. Many IPAs use cascade hops, so grapefruit shouldn't be a reach. It pours nicely with a good white head, and it smells pleasantly of citrus. I do taste the grapefruit, but I still get a lot of the piney hop notes. With all of the advertising on the grapefruit session beer, I was hoping for a little bit less of the piney notes. It's certainly not heavy and I'm glad that I tried it, but I think I'll move on after this six-pack is done.
Jul 20, 2020
Rated: 4.09 by matuka123 from Finland

Jun 25, 2020
Rated: 3.85 by edthehead from New York

Sep 26, 2019
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Reviewed by CTHomer from Connecticut

3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
A: slight haze; bronze in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a splotchy cap; nice lacing;

S: white grapefruit;

T: up front, it's balanced between white grapefruit and a nice malt backbone; from the middle through the finish, it's grapefruit juice; moderate grapefruit rind bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: OK, but I wouldn't buy again;
Aug 07, 2019
Rated: 3.81 by Satsuma from Florida

Jul 28, 2019
Rated: 3.96 by Jason_cs from Florida

Jul 27, 2019
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Reviewed by izraelc from New York

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours light. Good grapefruit aroma. A big grapefruit taste up front the slowly mellows to a mild hoppy bitter finish. Well balanced. The best grapefruit IPA I've had so far. It would be effortless to drink a 12 pack of these.
Jul 07, 2019
Rated: 3.93 by Dourrieu from Florida

Jun 24, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by trocketsauced from New York

Jun 16, 2019
Rated: 3.88 by M4CDO from Massachusetts

Jun 01, 2019
Rated: 3.95 by Eychung from New York

May 21, 2019
Rated: 3.92 by RBorsato from Virginia

Mar 15, 2019
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Reviewed by dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Illegibly datted can into pint glass. Pours a deep amber with a small but persistent off-white head. Initial imression is - surprise! - grapefruit, with a bit of bitterness up front. Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium; carbonation is just right. Finsh is bitter grapefruit.
Lots of flavor for a session IPA, but it's all the SAME flavor. Kind of one-dimensional, but maybe that's what they were looking for.
Feb 26, 2019
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Reviewed by Precisiondigital from Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Tastes like you are sipping on grapefruit with a tint of hoppy. It's not bad for a fruity Ipa but I am not a big fan of grape fruit in the first place. Either way, I think you have to give them a thumbs up for pulling it off.
Look: cloudy
Smell: like grapefruit juice
Taste: grapefruit and bitter hops
Feel: tangy
Overall: I'm not a fan of grapefruit in first place.
Mike Overzat
Precision Digital Media.
Feb 10, 2019
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Rated by DonnieHops from New York

3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Solid session, with grapefruit galore but a little less nuanced and hearty than say Founders.... I might get again...
Jan 30, 2019
Rated: 3.62 by Diura from New York

Dec 23, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by bigred89 from Maryland

Nov 07, 2018
Rated: 3.15 by eddiefl from New York

Oct 22, 2018
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Reviewed by Beejay from Virginia

3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A: A hazy orange amber in color with a small light head.

S: Sweet grapefruit candy and citrus.

T: Tons of grapefruit flavor with some citrus zest as well. Not as sweet as the smell would have you believe.

M: Medium light in body with fairly aggressive carbonation, somewhat dry finish.

O: Overall fairly tasty.
Oct 17, 2018
Rated: 3.8 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Oct 14, 2018
Rated: 4.47 by socon67 from New York

Oct 14, 2018
Rated: 3.99 by Heeenrik from Finland

Oct 02, 2018
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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
I tried this at the brewery. It poured a hazy yellow with white head that is not leaving much lace. The scent had grapefruit flare. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with grapefruit presence. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a good beer.
Sep 28, 2018
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Rated by ordybill from Georgia

3.27/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass.
Sep 15, 2018
Rated: 3.58 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Sep 02, 2018
Rated: 3.85 by robebo44 from Virginia

Aug 26, 2018
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Reviewed by Reef from South Carolina

4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Canned 5/23/18, purchased as a supermarket single in August 2018.
Clear, copper-golden hue. Reluctant few mm of head wasting away to spotty lacing, centered continent on the surface.
Prominent grapefruit contending with pale malt aromas. Inviting nose that compensates for lackluster look. Drink from the can, I guess.
Well done grapefruit flavor dominating but not obliterating the malt. A little peppery note, other citrus flavors popping on the back of the tongue.
Pleasantly bitter, consistent if not luxurious carbonation. Dry finish.
Session ale mission accomplished!
Aug 26, 2018
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
I wish that I had gotten this one out of the rotation & into the reefer about a week ago when it was hotter than Hades. The CANQuest (tm) does not have timeliness as one of its hallmarks or I would have drank this on a sweltering, humid Summer's day. Oh well.

From the CAN: "Lay back and enjoy an effortless drinking experience"; "Grapefruit Session IPA"; "Tropical refreshment all year long".

No time like the present for a Crack & Glug, I like to say. Once acCANplished, I sat back as two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head formed, slowly falling away to wisps, leaving nice lacing in its wake. Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7). Nose smelled like Ocean Spray Pink Grapefruit Drink, hence "India Pale Ale brewed with Natural Grapefruit Flavors". It was not made with real grapefruit, but with added flavorings. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was bitter, slightly tart, evocative of grapefruit, but imprecise and where I might have chalked it up to an overuse of Citra hops, it had a slight chalkiness that may or may not have been from a saturation of hops, but then what would be the point of the grapefruit flavoring? Hmm. Needless to say, I am going to be Effortless in dunning this one! Finish was dry, bitter, but still chalky. I have had much better AIPAs & even some better Session AIPAs, although the style does not exist. I was very unimpressed by this one, but who knows, YMMV.
Aug 15, 2018
Rated: 3.93 by sisterofba from Maryland

Jul 15, 2018
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Reviewed by ravger from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Not the heavy hop assault that I've come to expect from IPAs. The grapefruit taste was dominant, although not over the top per many fruit-based beers that I've had. It was smooth and went down easy as you'd expect from a lower alcohol session brew.
Jul 14, 2018
Rated: 3.93 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Jul 12, 2018
Rated: 3.73 by dsshuck from Delaware

Jul 08, 2018
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Reviewed by Lucular from Maryland

4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
One of the better session IPAs I've had. Lots of natural-tasting grapefruit flavor with a decent malt backbone. Very refreshing and would be great straight from the can on a beach.
Jun 28, 2018
Rated: 4 by BallsDeep from Florida

May 27, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by bdiiorio from Connecticut

May 07, 2018
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Reviewed by KTCamm from New Jersey

3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
2/16/18...pours semi clear gold, very low foam. Pulpy grapefruit nose, very strong, slightly malty too. Heavy fruit forward taste that trickles down into a residual bitter. Smooth w/ the wave of fruit. Effortless describes it well/
Apr 08, 2018
Rated: 3.25 by aztraz from Sweden

Apr 03, 2018
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