Grape Ape IPA | Smog City Brewing

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Smog City Brewing
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by wethorseblanket on 09-21-2013

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 65
Photo of MonkeyBread
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Combination of IPA and white grapes. Apparently the iterations change the hops and types of grapes each batch. Nice hazy straw look to this beer and a gorgeous bouquet of grape skins, melon, orange and Chardonnay. This is a unique one that works really well.

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Photo of yung_peli
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery...
A: Slightly cloudy pale gold, 2 finger white head, poor retention.
AR: Grape, slight grassy/garlic note, hops.
T: Follows nose, slight lingering bitterness, musty earthiness on the finish.
M: Medium carbonation, medium body.
Enjoyable. Would love to see the grape translate to the taste a little more.

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Photo of andrewned68
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Bread and Barley in Covina. If you're looking for a good IPA that's not a hop bomb, this is a good choice. It's not overpowered by grape but it is present and is an interesting change to the usual grapefruit/citrus flavor IPAs.
A: poured into an English pub glass a slightly hazy golden color with 1 inch head that dissipates quickly.
N: funky ipa hop smell with a hint of sweet grapes
T: hops up front, sweet citrus, and a grape finish
M: good crisp carbonation cleans the palate and prepares you for the next sip
O: a very drinkable IPA that is an interesting departure from the usual hop-centric west coast IPAs that are so prevalent. Grape flavor could be more pronounced but I imagine it's is tough to brew with grapes.
*No gorilla extract.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and grape flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but the grape presence is fairly subtle in my opinion.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap @ the source. New release. New IPA (not gorilla based) with Topaz and Simcoe hops and 500 pounds of muscat flame grapes hand-pressed on-site.

A: Pours clear yellow with a half-inch thick white head which a few spots of lace.

N: Citrus (grapefruit, tangerine) with some vinous influence, tropicals (passion fruit and mango), extravagantly floral.

T: Follow the nose with some pine and fruitiness from the grapes. A bit of spice and lychee tropicals and citrus.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Fruity citrus and mildly vinous finish with some sticky pine resin on the end.

O: Interesting experimental and they really nailed it. A grapy IPA hybrid with the hops forward and mild vinous balance. Well done.

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Grape Ape IPA from Smog City Brewing
4.07 out of 5 based on 65 ratings.
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