Grapefruit Jungle (GFJ)
Sun King Brewing Company

Grapefruit Jungle (GFJ)Grapefruit Jungle (GFJ)
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #107
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,312
Avg:
4.18 | pDev: 10.29%
Reviews:
90
Ratings:
434
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Sun King Brewing Company
 
Indiana, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
93
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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
Reviews: 90 | Ratings: 434 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
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DannyBoy15347 from Missouri

4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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superspak from Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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arizcards from Arizona

4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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
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beertunes from Kiribati

3.43/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$ 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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Antg8989 from New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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ZAP from Minnesota

4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
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.....

Sep 15, 2019
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Aug 15, 2019
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Aug 09, 2019
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zeff80 from Missouri

4/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Jul 26, 2019
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brewerburgundy from California

3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Jul 26, 2019
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Weisenbeer from Ohio

4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
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

Dec 16, 2018
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jkblr from Indiana

4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Oct 30, 2018
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barnzy78 from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
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!

Oct 21, 2018
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BigGold from Mississippi

4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Sep 05, 2018
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.14/5  rDev -1%
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.

Jan 28, 2018
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Grace777 from Indiana

4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Dec 26, 2017
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Nickholland from Missouri

4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Jun 28, 2017
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Aug 01, 2016
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barczar from Kentucky

4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Jul 17, 2016
Grapefruit Jungle (GFJ) from Sun King Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 434 ratings