Grapefruit Jungle (GFJ)
Sun King Brewing Company

Grapefruit Jungle (GFJ)Grapefruit Jungle (GFJ)
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #95
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,015
Avg:
4.19 | pDev: 10.26%
Reviews:
79
Ratings:
409
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Sun King Brewing Company
 
Indiana, United States
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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep amber color. Smell is not overly strong in grapefruit. Taste is smooth and mellow. Very very drinkable!

Bought four cans at Corks Liquors in Columbus, Indiana on our trip to take boy's stuff.....

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a copper body with minimal head and lace ring down glass. Aroma is dry, earthy hops with faint frankness. Smooth, light body, crisp oily dirty hoppiness and grapefruit sweetness, albeit not a whole lot, on finish.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Boldly fruity but done so with hops alone, the brewers of Sun King slap this IPA with enough hops to suggest grapefruit, passionfruit, apricot and orange.

Pouring a deep and hazy amber color, the frothy GrapeFruit Jungle puts forth a bold scent of stone fruit, tropical fruit, red berries and citrus along with a stern honey and caramelized backdrop. Its that same sweetness, a honey and caramel soaked nuttiness early on the palate.

Its sweetness weakens slightly on the middle palate to allow the hops to shine. Juicy with stone fruit impressions of apricot and dates then following up with a strong citrus taste of red grapefruit and blood orange before trailing into a succulent tropical flavor of pineapple and passionfruit. Trending spicy and resinous with hop bitterness, the late palate shows a sprucy presence with hints of fruit peels hitting hard.

Medium bodied but seeming fuller because of such a bold fruit presence, it's obvious that Sun King is employing some of the juicier "hazy" techniques piled high on a classic Midwest IPA. A long and bitter aftertaste of hop derived astringency and gullet gripping resins outlasts the fruit and malt marginally in the end.

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Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Poured a slightly cloudy, golden color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of grapefruit, toasted caramel and toffee. Big grapefruit taste with toasted caramel and a sharp bitterness.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Indianapolis brewery.

It’s that barely hazed copper that usually means a good IPA, and that coupled with the creamy tawny head kicks up the anticipation.

At first I can barely make out any aroma at all, then some grapefruit and tangerine along with sweet caramel malt. It was definitely temperature affecting the aroma, as it’s expanded to be creamier and fuller.

Gritty grapefruit, not much malt sweetness, orange pith, lingering citric bitterness.

Medium-light body with medium-high carbonation. Pretty good with a dry, gritty finish, just how I like em.

This is good, but I can’t get over some of the reviews which call this magical or the best Indianan IPA. It’s good, just not magical.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A little skunky...may be the fact it was about thirty days past the "freshness" date (disappointed in my local grocer)...still very nice and much enjoyed...I like my Brew a little funky

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Photo of jkblr
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz draft poured at Gerst Haus Evansville in a shaker pint. The beer pours bright honey amber in color with off white head. The head recedes to a thin cap and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is sweet candy orange. The taste is semisweet caramel with a grapefruit and orange medium to heavy bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, adequately carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. Overall, very good. This was released several months ago and has held up ok. I remember it being more vibrant fresh.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can, "LET ME OUT BY 11/10/2018". Tall & frothy beige head leaves a ton of lacing on the glass as it slowly fades atop a deep copper colored IPA. Juicy hop aroma hinting at grapefruit & orange zest, pine, caramel, and some tropical fruit. Zesty and piney in flavor with a big grapefruity hop presence; bready caramel malt backbone helps with some residual sweetness. Resinous medium body sticks to the palate making bitterness build over time, moderate carbonation, assertive bitter finish with zest and pine lingering. Really good and definitely worth the try!

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Photo of BigGold
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had poured from pint can, bottom stamped “LET ME OUT BY 10/30/18,” into nonic pint.

GFJ, short for “Grapefruit Jungle,” is reminiscent of some of the best lower bitterness West Coast IPAs.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 16 oz. can into a Willi Becher glass, this beer pours out a perfectly clear amber/caramel color and forms two fingers worth of off white crown.

The nose brings a huge punch of grapefruit, tangerine and passion fruit. Slight caramel and crystal malt evidence in the way back.

The taste comes in and doesn’t deliver near the fruit that the nose does. It does show grapefruit and tangerine, just not to the extremity. A sweet malt background.

The mouthfeel is refreshing. It’s not too thin but it doesn’t cross over the syrupy line for me. Low bitterness. Really easy drinking.

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Photo of Grace777
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

One of my very favorite beers. If I find GFJ on draft when out, I will start looking for a ride home. Admittedly, I really enjoy the citrusy, hoppy IPAs so this one never disappoints. The taste is sweet from beginning to end and does hang around a bit. With it's relatively barrel chested abv, I will usually try to mitigate my sleeplessness by limiting my GFJ by mixing in one of many delicious macro brews that rarely crest 4%. Makes me appreciate the GFJ more and keeps me in check so that the Saturday morning little leaguers won't complain of Coach G's "sour beer breath". Kids these days. They never would have questioned Coach Buttermaker.

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Photo of Nickholland
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pulls off the tightrope act that makes an incredible IPA. Big hop flavors and complexity with just enough malt back to make you want more. The best beer made by an Indianapolis based brewery hands down, and that's a feat considering the amount of competition. Well done Sun King, wish this was available all year. Of course it probably helps that I'm drinking a beer that was canned 5 days ago.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a tallboy into a snifter, the beer is a slightly hazed, copper-caramel coloring with a low profile, bubbly, off-white head. Aromas of passion fruit, kiwi, mango, orange, and grapefruit all hit the nose, with some subtle caramel and floral hops notes a little deeper in. Flavors are fruity and rich forward, heavy on the tropical fruit notes, with a solid layer of passion fruit, melon, and grapefruit. Slick and tangy caramel backbone, with roasted overtones, and a dank, resinous, hoppy character providing some solid bitterness. Oily slick and full bodied, with a fruity sweet and richly bitter aftertaste. The finish is dank and bitter, slick and smooth, with a solid linger. Good IPA.

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Photo of barczar
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is grapefruit and resin laden, with a strong, sweet caramel malt backbone.

Flavor reveals a sweet caramel malt backbone countered by earthy, resiny bitterness and a grapefruit juice/pith character that adds depth.

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- nice deep dark orange, 1 finger head that quickly drops to a film. Aroma- has a slight dusty smell, grapefruit, some sappiness,floral, lemon. Taste- bitter. Bitter from the hops and the grapefruit. Piney. Orange flavors. Kind of a cider note as well. A lingering bitterness after its swallowed. Overall- this is better tasting the warmer it gets. Started at 45 degrees. And the warmer it got the better.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fun can art as always. I'm inclined to like it before I even crack it open. Good clarity, orange red hue, couple fingers of head that fades quickly. Minimal lacing. Resin and grapefruit pith, sort of grassy. Fruit peel bitterness. Moderate malt presence to hold it together.

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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz tallboy can, sample from the brewery.

Loving the artwork on this can. Two fingers of head to start, clear amber hue. Soft hop resin nose with tropical fruit and grassy undertones. Lots of layers of hoppiness unfold with each sip, soft bready malt and hints of caramel within. Bitterness is there but it is rounded. Sure, there is balance for this hefty IPA. Damn good drinking.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can. Drank most of this one from the can and then poured the rest into a shaker pint glass.

Pours a lighter copper body, half finger white head, not much retention or lacing. Smells of citrus, grapefruit, a bit of zest, mild malt background, a bit of grass, primarily citrus. Flavour is similarly citrusy and grapefruit-forward; it fits the name. A minimal malt background provides a bit of caramel sweetness to balance things out. Nice and easy on the palate, though it is reasonably bitter with grapefruit skin. Mouthfeel is medium-thinner bodied, good carbonation, moderately bitter citrus and grapefruit finish. Overall, a tasty IPA with a nice citrus bite to it. It's solid and tasty.

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Photo of ChrisinRI
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Wasn't the biggest fan of this--grapefruit presence on the nose moreso than on the tongue. A fine beer, if a bit boozy. Nice look. Undated cans, which I never understand.

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Photo of JMUbrewz
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice take on a bitter, grapefruity IPA. It has a nice backbone to stand up to the bitterness. I enjoyed it, but at roughly the same price, I'll take Grapefruit Sculpin all day over this.

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Photo of harrisonpainter
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this brew fresh at the Sun King Fishers Tap House. I went in for the first sip thinking the citrus would be too much , but instead found GFJ to be nicely balanced and very refreshing.

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Photo of GoNoles
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had it out of the can. I think my expectations were a bit high on this one. This beer gets a ton of hype, but for me personally it was a let down. It smelled more citrus than it tasted. Just didn't do much for me, nothing special, and taste seemed to linger too long. If it were cheaper I could possibly see myself buying it again (possibly), but not a chance at the current price point.

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Photo of 4thFloyd
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A dark golden color which was pretty clear. A mild citrus aroma. Grapefruit, citrus, and tropical fruits in the flavor followed by a medium amount of pine bitterness. Good smoothness, but bitterness and thin mouth feel distracts a little allowing the flavors to separate.

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Photo of Ri0
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured 16oz can into snifter.

A - Burnt orange and amber with a large 3 finger off white head. Excellent retention that fades into a frothy cap. Thick splotches of lacing on the glass.

S - Pleasant notes of citrus and floral hops. Grapefruit peel and some tangerine with sweet caramel notes.

T - This really does have a nice grapefruit flavor. It is not intense bitter grapefruit, but a sweeter ripe grapefruit. Other citrus hops dance around the palate before giving way to some sweet caramel malts. Finish is more delicious grapefruit flavor. Pretty straight forward, but very tasty.

M - Medium feel with good carbonation. Somewhat sticky with a bit of bitterness on the finish.

O - This lives up to its name and is a flavorful grapefruit IPA. Worth buying if you see it.

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Photo of BWED
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can poured into nonic pint.

A- Copper in color, with a light tan head. Retention is okay.

S- Definitely citrus notes, grapefruit, and pineapple. Strong malt background, sweetness.

T- Citrus and toasted malt flavors are well balanced. Grapefruit dryness, and a sweet malt.

M- Carbonation is a little snappy. Dry finish, but pleasant after a well balanced body.

O- Very well balanced. This is easily my favorite from Sun King so far.

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Grapefruit Jungle (GFJ) from Sun King Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 409 ratings