Grapefruit Jungle (GFJ) | Sun King Brewing Company

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Grapefruit Jungle (GFJ)Grapefruit Jungle (GFJ)

Brewed by:
Sun King Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of vw73182
1.39/5  rDev -66.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

On tap, severed in 12oz tulip glass.

Appearance is an amberish red and clear, with thin white head that quickly dissipated.

Smell is pungent of rotten eggs with a very light hint of hop grassiness that comes through.

Mouth feel is very thin with lots of carbonation.

Front of tongue is not pleasing with lots of weird unpleasant tastes. Middle of the tongue is rich tinny taste that fades in moderate hop bitterness.

Overall. I went in expecting big things from all the hype but left extremely disappointed. I Wouldn't drink this one again as it was an unpleasant experience.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
2.93/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can shared by NosignsofPain in which she got in a BIF

Look: Orange in color and totally translucent. 1/2 inch head and no retention at all

Smell: Not much going on at all. Some bready notes backed up by a hint of citrus. Old batch maybe??

Taste: Ever so slight notes of citrus but no grapefruit what so ever. A bit of hop sting on the backend

Mouthfeel: Light body and medium carbonation

Overall: Not that great of a beer maybe this was a old batch

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Photo of TheBlueNote
3.47/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Got a single can from behind the counter at my local beer store. Pretty stoked when I got it since they didn't get many. Drank it as fresh as possible the day after I purchased

Appearance: One of the best things about this beer–crystal clear copper with a finger of off-white head. Dark for an IPA, but beautiful.

Aroma: This is where I was disappointed. I am used to getting smacked in the face by hops when sniffing these rare IPAs. Not so here. Subtle fruit and citrus aromas with a bit of musty grain. Not terrible, but not what I was expecting from a $4/can rare seasonal IPA called Grapefruit Jungle.

Taste: Once again, not bag, but a bit underwhelming. I found this to be very balanced instead of super hop forward. Fruity and citrusy flavors balanced nicely by malt and a gentle bitterness at the end that sticks around.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel. Good carbonation level. Wish it was a bit more dry.

Overall: Like I said, not bad, but not what I was expecting for all the hype. I am coming to the conclusion that the majority of hard-to-find seasonal releases are genius marketing, not necessarily genius brewing. I would probably go to this beer quite a bit if it was $9.00 a six-pack and was easy to find. Probably won't be going out of my way for it in the future.

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Photo of KenChuck
3.52/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look I put that dang thang in that there black coozie and set it on my tailgate and you what not. Couldn't find it. Badass jungle night time truck blending camo. Government type shit.

Ricky eat up all that White Castle and I told him that it gave him that rot like that one time crystal and Deb came over with the crave case. Well he done it and I honestly smell ass.

Taste pretty awesome. Like Abe Lincoln riding a big ole chopper with a laser shooting eagle riding side car. Ya.

Shot gunned one sipped one feel pretty good.

Overall I think you know it's cool. Ricky thought it was cool too and he's alright with me.

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Photo of biggred1
3.66/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Light copper with pale blonde highlights when backlit and a creamy khaki head that leaves blobs of lace on the glass. The aroma is the best part of this beer, and to me it's more Pineapple than Grapefruit jungle. Pure tropical fruity hops in the nose and faint sweet malt in the background. Resinous hops flavors and grapefruit citrusy notes with a lean malt backbone that falls a bit short for my liking. Lighter bodied for a bigger IPA with nice smooth carbonation. An above average brew for SK but for $18 a four pack it should be amazing, it is not.

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Photo of jkrich
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz. can. There is a number stamped on the bottom of can - 13182; perhaps the 182nd day of 2013 which would be about June. The ale has a very clean looking deep and clear golden hue with a foamy white head that dissipates leaving some intricate lacing on the glass.

Just as the name suggests, the aroma is predominantly grapefruit and citrus.

Of course the dominant flavor is grapefruit flavored hops with a sustained bitterness on the palate. This is definitely an American IPA style hop bomb. There is a faint nod to some malt in the aftertaste, but the smooth burn of hops is always present. On my palate, the hop profile is just a little one-dimensional. I was looking forward to the nuances of tangerine and apricot stated on the can, but I can detect very little of these flavors.

The body was light to medium with smooth but bitter mouth feel. The grapefruit bitterness lingers pleasantly on the palate.

Very good American IPA, especially after it warms a little in the glass. As other reviewers have stated, it is pricy but worth seeking out. I only wish the hop profile was more diverse.

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Photo of ChrisinRI
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
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 tone77
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to the legendary woodychandler for the hook up. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a burnt orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is alive with grapefruit and hops. Taste is very hoppy, grapefruit, considerable bitterness throughout. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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Photo of Treebs
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

64 oz growler served in a wine glass taster. Thanks to mishuggah for the share.

A: Pours a solid orange color with a thin white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring. Some splotchy lace left down the glass.

S: Some dirty berry and some solid grapefruit flesh on the nose with a mild dried grass note and cracker malts.

T: Large grapefruit upfront, mostly fleshy, with just a touch of bitter pith. Sweet bready malts with some dirty, earthy hops on the finish.

M: Clean and light bodied with a medium carbonation level.

O: Definitely lives up to the name with the grapefruit, but I was still slightly disappointed in this one. It's pretty hyped and I think it fell a little flat in complexity.

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Photo of mcallister
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A quick to fade pillowy head tops a clear copper/orange liquid. No lace.

Wonderful citrus aromas with what would you know, grapefruit leading the way. Tangerines, lemon rind, A biscuit malt with force underlying all the fruity goodness.

Much more neutral in the mouth. Carmel, toffee and breast malts hold the earthy, grassy, not nearly as distrust hops at bay. Good bitterness but hops seem lost in the malt. A hint of burnt sugar on the finish, lemon, orange meringue, and just light grapefruit. Good acidity with a medium bodied Southfield.

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Photo of seeswo
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cam just brought me some cans of this. Thanks man.
Pours a caramel brown with a nice cap of white heat. The nose is very light malt and the slightest suggestion of grapefruit hops. Could use an upgrade in this department, though the mild whiff is nice. Taste is a good blend of balancing malt flavor and a nice touch, building flavor of grapefruit, which leads to a nice, bitter finish. Each sip doesn't bring substantial grapefruit, but it seems to build and leave that flavor with you. Mouthfeel is nice to me, medium carbonation, medium mouthfeel. This is all fine, but the whole beer is pretty subtle and maybe a bit underwhelming. $4.50 a can though, I don't know about that. Recently had a lot of Zombie Dust and White Rajah. Both are cheaper and better. That said, I do really like this beer and would drink it more. It kind of grows on you. Giving a bump because it is kind of unique because the presentation of grapefruit is fun.

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Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice copper color with very little head. Strong citrus smell. You can smell the grapefruit and finishes with a nice malt flavor. Hits the tongue lightly before the malts kick in and then the citrus and hops finish. Very fun IPA. Light easy finish, so I can drink many.

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Photo of Etan
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint can into a snifter.

A. Pours out reddish-orange with small white head.

S. Juicy grapefruit, light pine, caramel, sourdough, blood orange, light breadiness.

T. Grassy bitterness, tangerine and grapefruit, a bit of sweet malt.

M. Light-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O. A nice grapefruity IPA.

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Photo of dmgeng
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Got it because it was extremely recommended from my buddy who's been home-brewing for years.

A - Nice orange color. Extremely clear with coarse white head with minimal lacing.

S - Strong hop fragrance with grapefruit hop smell. Not extremely strong but still noticeable.

T - Great flavor with a bold hop character and nice malt backbone to round it out. There is some pine, floral, and herbal hints but dominated by (as the name suggests) grapefruit. Nice bitterness for an IPA and is throughout the taste not just the finish. Crisp malt with some bread character and some light caramel on the back of hops.

M - Nice mouth-feel with light carbonation. Mostly crisp finish with hops on the back-end.

Overall, a very good IPA. Great flavor, lighter body, and shinning appearance for an IPA. A nice hoppy IPA for those that want all the hop flavor of a DIPA but with a crisper and less malty beer. I probably won't pay another $4.50 for carryout canned beer, but still a very tasty IPA. It's a limited release so you've got to get lucky to get a taste.

Glass- Imperial Nonic from a 16oz can.

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Photo of GoNoles
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
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 NoYouDidnt
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
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 AshleyMiller
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to jmarsh123 for sending this one to me. poured into my hill farmstead glass.

a-pours a nice reddish amber with a large two-finger head with mega bubbles, large, dissipates quickly

s-this one's nice. smells sweet with some nice citrus hop aroma to it. spot on

t-this lives up to it's name. a jungle of hoppy goodness. definitely pick up the grapefruit in there. a great hop bite that doesn't linger any longer than it should and still allows me to taste the malt backbone.

m-medium body with good carbonation. not many bubbles surfacing, but a solid mouth nevertheless

o-i like it. a simple, but well done ipa

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Photo of BWED
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
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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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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 AgentZero
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ethan for bringing this growler to our UFC 134 viewing.

A - Hazy orange beer with some gold in it. Head didn't stick around for long, left some moderate stick on the sides.

S - Actually does smell like grapefruit, although not overly bitter or sour. Citrus has a nice sweet, note to it. Sweet sugar malt backbone. Some ecent resin bitterness on the end.

T - Good amount of grapefruit that is nicely sweetened with the sugar malt backbone. I'm not a huge grapefruit fan but this manages to keep the flavor and not get too "grapefruity". Some bitterness on the end.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O - Slight alcohol bite on the end makes it seem a little bit bigger than the ABV, but this is still pretty easy to get down. Pretty good beer, although as I'm not a fan of the grapefruity beers. It's solid enough though that I'd gladly drink it again if offered.

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Photo of DonFrap
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

thanks to ptrc for leaving this can after a tasting yesterday. poured from can into alchemist stemless glass. Kinda dark for an IPA, nice copper color. Smells a little like grapefruit, but not overpoweringly so. There's more malt than i was expecting in the taste, but, surprisingly, it's a good thing here. it balances out the bittering hops quite well. Great mouthfeel, and no heat whatsoever. This beer came pretty hyped, and it may be a little past its prime, but it's definitely a good, citrusy IPA. Only knock would be it might need more citrus, to live up to the name. Would love to try super fresh.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
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 thagr81us
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to my boy aasher for sending me this one after the second release due to losing the first one in another shipment. Thanks Al! Shared this one with my doppelganger, funkydelic, and beeruser. Served from growler into a Bell's stemmed tulip. Poured yellow-orange with a two finger off-white head that subsided to half a finger slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, grapefruit, grapefruit hop, citrus, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, grapefruit, citrus, grapefruit hop, and citrus hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. As stated by the name, this one was pretty grapefruit dominant. This is usually a great thing, but this one was a little too much grapefruit to be able to pick out other subtlties in the brew. Definitely still a nice beer that any fan of the American IPA should get their hands on at least once!

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
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 robwestcott
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

grabbed a growler at sun king on friday and poured a deep amber to a dogfish head signature glass a day later. the brew poured with a finger and a half off-white head that left nice lacing after each sip.

strong earthy hops in the nose that lasts through the first few sips. sun king lists the brew as a west coast-style I.P.A with rich grapefruit characteristics from the three hops used to create it.

they're certainly on the mark, without question, i'm tasting grapefruit and citrus throughout. slightly bitter, but the bitterness fades a bit as the beer disappears from the glass.

very nice ipa and quite drinkable for 7.5abv and 77ibu.

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Grapefruit Jungle (GFJ) from Sun King Brewing Company
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