Pith N' Peel | Greenport Harbor Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Greenport Harbor Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Citrus IPA

Pith n' Peel began back in early 2011 as a Project Hoppiness experiment. It’s bold plan was to forgo any bittering hops and attempt to approximate hop characteristics with the pith and flesh of citrus fruit. One taste and mad scientist laughter will ensue. Spring seasonal Citrus IPA close to a session IPA.

Added by dragonWhale on 06-25-2011

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Ratings: 59 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by sidetracked:
Photo of sidetracked
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Rattle 'N' Hum, NY--although it was listed as CitraHop IPA which I can find any reference to anywhere.

Pours a clear pale gold with an off-white, dense head. Some lacing.

Aroma of bitter citrus peel and resiny hops.

Upfront taste is a moderate bitterness of citrus, grapefruit peel, and lemon. Little grassiness too. Light, bready malt middle. Bitter finish of citrus peel, lemon, and light hop resin. Lingering grapefruit bitterness.

Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Slightly creamy.

Pretty good. A solid beer, but nothing over the top. Nice bitterness, but kind of a typical IPA.


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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled at Yorkotwn Bev. Yorktown, NY

Pours near clear lighter almond amber, typical light tan head, that starts puffy and lite, then goes to a teeny bubble film, collar and respectable amounts of fine webs of high lacing.

On the nose I get some tropical fruit as well as some light sweet maltyness.

Others have mentioned the obvious problem with calling a beer "citrus IPA" - people expect to experience some citrus flavor...This is a tasty and enjoyable IPA, but where is the dang citrus? There is some mild grapefruit lingering in a mellow fashion way in the rear, but I'm definatly not getting my fix of citric hoppyness.

Malt yes, a moderate, balancing hop note yes, but citrus?...ahh what are ya gonna do. Decent enough brew, but nothing to get overly excited about.

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Photo of virinow
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mocktm
4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of Kristienhare
2.59/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Although the smell of this beer was amazing, it definitely didn't taste as good as it smelled. I loved the overpowering citrus/orange aroma it gave but my taste buds were not ready for the intense bitterness of the beer. The beer did have a sweet after taste but for me the bitterness was just too overpowering.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Bieniek30
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of Gmann
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a short dense head, some soapy bubbles. Decent lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of citrus. Grapefruit and lemon. Not super strong but it's inviting and bright.

The taste is of grapefruit and lemon. Grapefruit rind provides bitterness. Noticeable soapy flavor. The malt is very light.

The feel is light and well carbonated. Bitter on the palate and quite dry.

Tastes much better poured into a glass. A summery IPA. A bit too dry.

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Photo of Damico
4.32/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The IPA pours almost clear amber with a small white head out of the growler, thanks Josh. The aroma is fruit with some spices, mostly citrus notes though. The flavors of citrus also dominate on a light body perfect for summer drinking. The end is tons of citrus zesty a bit dry but excellent on the palate.

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Photo of PaleAleWalt
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Rattle ‘n Hum, New York, NY

A: The beer is clear light yellowish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge and a bit of lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of citrus and tropical fruits in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of tropical fruits and citrus along with a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an easy drinking IPA that’s not too strong or overly bitter but still has a good amount of hop flavors.

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Photo of kylemckinnis
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of JonAdams
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of plaid75
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CHickman
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasting notes from 7/9/11 - on tap at the Lark; pours clear gold in color with a creamy off white head that fades slowly, leaving decent spotty lacing; an OK looking beer.

Smells of sweet malt, citrus hops, orange peel, light toasted grains, caramel and some herbs and floral hops; a malty smelling IPA, much more malty than I expected it to smell.

Tastes like it smells, with sweet malt, citrus hops, orange peel, grapefruit, light toasted grains, caramel, herbs, floral hops, team leafs, yeast or wheat, and some wet bread or cardboard; this seemed more like an English Pale Ale than an American IPA. If this was a Citrus IPA attempt, then it failed, but it's a good pale ale.

Mouthfeel is creamy and slick, with a medium body, medium carbonation and a slightly bitter finish. Good drinkability, too bad this wasn't a true IPA.

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of kkazemi
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbrauneis
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Rattle N Hum in New York, NY

A: Pours a clear pale golden yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall white head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Light aromas of pale and caramel malts along with stronger notes of tropical and citrus hops.

T: Starts with a light malt body of pale and caramel hops. On top of the malt body there is a very large hop flavor presence but without any associated bitterness - there are notes of both tropical and citrus hops.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: This beer has a really nice amount of hop flavors without any of the associated bitterness that you often get... Easy to drink, enjoyable, and just about sessionable (any stronger in ABV and it would not be sessionable in my opinion).

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Photo of JackScott
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JRod1969
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of eddiefl
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dar482
3.24/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer comes in pale gold color, crystal clear.

The aroma offers sweet candied citrus, pineapple dish candy, grainy sweetness.

The flavor follows with medium plus bitterness upfront, soapy and piney throughout. This is complemented by bitter grapefruit peel, pith, a biscuity sweetness, as the beer finishes with more dry pithy bitterness.

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Pith N' Peel from Greenport Harbor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 59 ratings