Grapefruit Jungle (GFJ)
Sun King Brewing Company

Grapefruit Jungle (GFJ)Grapefruit Jungle (GFJ)
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Sun King Brewing Company
Indiana, United States
IPA - American
Ranked #233
Ranked #4,097
4.16 | pDev: 10.34%
Sep 11, 2021
May 23, 2010
Grapefruit Jungle (GFJ)Grapefruit Jungle (GFJ)
Notes: GFJ American IPA crafted with a unique blend of hops to provide the tropical aroma and flavors of grapefruit, passionfruit, tangerine, and apricot. No grapefruits were harmed in the creation of this beer.

IBU: 77
Malts: Two-row, Caraaroma, Rye
Hops: Warrior, Simcoe, Amarillo, Centennial
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3.68 by BigIronH from Michigan on Sep 11, 2021
4.24 by 12ozfan from Illinois on Jul 18, 2021
4.13 by Nunya from Ohio on Jul 10, 2021
4.09 by TLA from Pennsylvania on Apr 29, 2021
3.99 by HabaJohnTheReal1 from Illinois on Mar 20, 2021
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4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by bd709nc from Indiana

A very fruit forward ipa. The citrus flavors hit your palate right away.

Jan 11, 2021
3.53 by Allurex from Kansas on Dec 09, 2020
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4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Reef from South Carolina

16 oz. can dated 10/9/20

Lightly hazed amber. One finger fine beige head. Full cap and lacing.

Strong grapefruit aroma.
Grapefruit, pine, light apricot, pineapple flavors.

Medium bodied, dry finish, lingering hop bitterness.
Really pushes the grapefruit hop button. Good IPA.

Nov 08, 2020
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4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by hoptheology from South Dakota

Hey all.
16 oz can, dated best by 12/8/20, into Boulevard Smokestack snifter.

Holy toledo this beer is dark for an IPA! It's straight brown caramel color, with a tall creamy head of 2 fingers that recedes slowly and leaves gloppy lace up the sides of the glass.

Aroma is really fresh and fruity. Lots of grapefruit and guava! Super citric, tons of orange/lemon/more grapefruit. Perhaps a touch of passionfruit? Maybe? Nice. Behind that is a really wonderful hit of caramel malt that balances this thing out.

Flavor - WOW. Tons of fresh pithy grapefruit and the most awesome crisp caramel malt in an IPA I think I've ever tasted. Resins really build on the palate. It's just a flavor bomb. And a fresh one. Damn.

Feel is crisp and acidic with lots of resins that build but they only flirt with being too invasive/sticky. Nearly no detectable alcohol and has a resiny finish.

Overall, best IPA I've had in probably 6 months. This is why I go on beer trips. An absolutely exquisite beer. Highly recommended.

Price paid : $12.99 / 4 pack
Would buy again : With pleasure.

Oct 20, 2020
4.25 by hockeypuck from Maine on Oct 10, 2020
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4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by DannyBoy15347 from Missouri

Look - Beautiful clear amber pour, soft 2 finger foam head with good retention.
Smell - fruity as advertised
Taste - fruity paired with the Rye. Linger is perfect, and really feels like an outstanding classic example of the style.
Feel- Again feels perfect to me. There's a bit of a bite that hangs around from the bitterness, pale malt, rye combo; but I think its appropriate.
This is an awesome classic American IPA!

Oct 06, 2020
4.22 by dt_gbpackersfan from Missouri on Oct 04, 2020
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4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by superspak from North Carolina

16 ounce can into pint glass, best before 9/30/2020. Pours fairly hazy deep golden/orange/amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy cream colored head with awesome retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas and flavors of big red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, mango, honeydew melon, berry, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, peppercorn, pine, spicy rye, toasted biscuit, light caramel, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, mango, honeydew melon, berry, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, peppercorn, pine, spicy rye, toasted biscuit, light caramel, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and bready/rye malts; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering resins. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and sticky/resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 7.7%, or lingering hop burn after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic classic tasting Midwest style IPA. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and bready/rye malts; very smooth and easy to drink with th modestly bitter/resinous/drying finish; not overly aggressive. Fantastic Simcoe, Amarillo, Centennial profile. Very juicy, vibrant, dank, and earthy hops; with a nice sized bready rye malt backbone. Minimal residual sweetness with lingering resin dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and spot on Midwest style IPA. Loved this one a lot! Very similar to Jai Alai.

Aug 31, 2020
3.3 by tbuckdaboss from Washington on Aug 03, 2020
4.06 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania on Jul 28, 2020
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4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by arizcards from North Carolina

Picked up a single from the Craft Beer Hop Stop cooler 3-25-20 for $3.49. XPO 6-10-20, consumed on 6-20-20 but cold stored since purchase.

Beer poured a hazy orange with a huge white head that has some great hang time.

Nose is very nice, citrus forward with a good dose of stone fruit.

Taste is a good size malt base that is infused with a generous dose of grapefruit. Finishes with a a super dry apricot hop; 7/10 on my bitterness scale/

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, smooth yet refreshing.

Overall the flavor profile is kind of unique with the drying apricot hopping i am picking up. Not my favorite but it was fun to try this brew from a reputable Midwest brewer. Hope to see more SKBC in the future in AZ!

Jun 20, 2020
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4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by LiquidAmber from Washington

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy, medium to dark coppery amber with a three finger, off-white head with great retention and thick lacing; looks nice. Aroma of biscuit malt, citrus hops, grapefruit, lemon, light orange and stone fruit. Flavor is biscuit and mildly caramel malt, citrus hops, grapefruit, orange, tangerine, pine needles and a hint of light stone fruit. Medium bodied with light to moderate creaminess. A great, malty IPA that tastes like a more robustly hopped English IPA with a distinct biscuit character to the malt, but a little caramel too. Hop bill delivers the grapefruit it promises, as well as other citrus and mixed fruit and a touch of pine to give it some West Coast character. Kind of an old fashioned malt base, but one I miss and rarely find in the Northwest. Fine amount of almost resinous hop bitterness in the finish. I picked this up because it was a new brewery to me, and glad I did; very enjoyable.

Jun 09, 2020
3.5 by CMC73 from Oregon on Jun 07, 2020
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3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by dsa7783 from New Jersey

Single 16 ounce can copped from Total Wine and More in Union. Pours a golden, lucid hue with moderate frothing. Assertive aroma replete with notes of citrus and lemon. Not bad.

Jun 05, 2020
3 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania on May 22, 2020
4.04 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee on May 10, 2020
4 by BEER88 from Washington on Apr 30, 2020
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3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

16oz can (exp date 06/10/20) poured into 14oz teku. Poured a clean, clear coppery-amber color with an inch-and-a-half of just off-white head that had great retention and very good lacing.

In the nose, there was a solid, but slightly sweet, malt foundation, with citrusy hops on top.

Fairly similar on the tongue; solid malt, bright hops, citrus bite.

The body was solidly on the fuller side of medium, clean, and had a dry finish.

Drinkability was very good, i could see having this in m y regular rotation if local to me.

Overall, a very nice take on a "traditional" American IPA. Worth your time if you see it.

Apr 26, 2020
3.54 by CisPiece88 from Nebraska on Apr 25, 2020
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3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

$ 4.00 (Including tax)/16 oz can ($ 0.250/oz). Purchased 4/13/20 at Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA. Reviewed 4/22/20
“EXP 05/06/19” stamped on bottom. In reefer at store. Stored at home at 42 degrees and served at 45 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.5.
First pour – Deep gold (SRM 6), very slight haze.
Body – Deep gold (SRM 6), hazy. When held to direct light, same with slight effervescence.
Head – Average (Maximum 2.5 cm, aggressive center pour), off white, high density, rapidly diminishing to a four to five mm crown and a thin partial cap.
Lacing – Fair. Narrow rows of tiny bubbles, connected by medium columns.
Aroma – 3 – Too faint to detect, no malt, no hops, no yeastiness, absolutely no grapefruit.
Flavor – 4 – Begins moderately bitter with a malty and resinous taste. Again, no grapefruit. Ends resinous and malty. Is that some apricot riding with the malt? Could be. No alcohol (7.5 % ABV NOT marked on the label) taste or aroma. No diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3.5 – Medium, approaching syrupy, moderate carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 4. Despite the lack of the advertised grapefruit (my favorite citrus fruit!), this is still a very good IPA. The label is interesting but lacks any solid information to justify the price point.

Apr 22, 2020
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Antg8989 from New Jersey

Aroma is tropical fruit - papaya, passionfruit, and sure, grapefruit. Taste is similar, but some more resin here. Feel is a little less carbonated than most and a tad bit waxy. Overall, an IPA you won't be disappointed with.

Apr 05, 2020
4.05 by Justinprintz from New Jersey on Mar 31, 2020
4.28 by RDW from Nebraska on Mar 28, 2020
3.78 by TheHopsman from Nebraska on Mar 28, 2020
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4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by ZAP from Minnesota

Nice west coast style IPA. Love the grungy aroma....pine...ganja...tobacco resin.

Flavor is similar with an added grapefruit/tangerine impression while back with a toffeeish like malt.

Drinks clean with nothing grungy that regard.

Medium bodied...has some bitterness but not jagged or sharp. Reminds me of an IPA circa 2005. Miss these. Will buy more of this for sure.

Mar 21, 2020
4 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts on Mar 08, 2020
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4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

Amber brown in color massive head full inch makes for great lace. Much more malty than I expected reminded me a bit of nugget nectar in a way. Sweet honey hops with a mild but of nutty nuance. Really like the favor smooth caramel soaked hops with a bit of bittering hops and a smooth sweet almost nutty finish. Body is nice abv shines a bit but mostly great. Pretty tasty IPA I would get it again!

Mar 08, 2020
4.23 by cstasek from Indiana on Nov 10, 2019
3.01 by TTripp725 from Pennsylvania on Oct 13, 2019
3.84 by jt_thomas18 from Tennessee on Oct 09, 2019
3.75 by Mleblanc25 from Massachusetts on Sep 29, 2019
3.83 by mdaschaf from Indiana on Sep 27, 2019
4.25 by paulish from New York on Sep 23, 2019
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4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

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.....

Sep 15, 2019
4.1 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois on Sep 11, 2019
Grapefruit Jungle (GFJ) from Sun King Brewing Company
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