Grapefruit IPA | Perrin Brewery

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Grapefruit IPAGrapefruit IPA

Brewed by:
Perrin Brewery
Michigan, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gold and lightly hazy in complexion. There's a fingernail of tan on top. I smell a muddled citrus aroma. I taste overripe grapefruit and in general it is overly sweet. The mouth is light and a touch watery.

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Photo of hydrate
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

If you gave it to me, I would drink it. But I wouldn't buy it again. I have to contrast this with Grapefruit Sculpin from Ballast Point, which is probably my favorite grapefruit IPA. This one is bitter but without the juicy flavor of grapefruit. It also has no hoppiness at all. It tastes more like a lager or maybe even pilsner with added bitterness.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.36/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can. Pours very hazy orange yellow with a big fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is wheat malts and grapefruit.

The flavor is wheat malts and sweet grapefruit juice with a slight bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, lots of grapefruit but not much hops. Just enough bitterness to counter the sweetness.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.29/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Can dated 03/22/16 at 35 degrees (Hotel reefer temp) into a hand washed and dried BV snifter
Aroma – faintly of citrus, doesn’t last
Head – small (<two cm, aggressive pour), off white, soapy, diminishing to a soapy one to three mm irregular ring
Lacing - none
Body – medium yellow, opaque, looks very much like grapefruit juice
Flavor – a little grapefruit, almost sweet; no malt, no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, sift carbonation

Definitely tastes better at the lower temperature but still no grapefruity enough for me. Just another IPA. I’ll finish this six pack and then no more.

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.25, Flavor 3.25, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.25

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.11/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.75

12oz can, $1.99. Hazy orange, small film of a head, some lacing on the glass. Aroma is awful, reminds me of walking into a hair salon for old ladies , smells like a cheap perm. The flavor is pretty bad too. I've had several grapefruit IPA's lately and this one is bad. It doesn't have much real grapefruit flavor to speak of, some mild bitterness. This is going right down the drain.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 2/24/2016. Pours hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/tropical/pine hops, grapefruit juice, and moderate pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind/grassy bitterness and light fruit tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, lemon/orange rind, pine, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/pine hops, grapefruit juice, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance; with light hop/grapefruit astringency lingering after the finish. Good amount of dryness from hop/grapefruit bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, and sticky/resinous mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is a very good fruited IPA style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/pine hops, grapefruit juice, and moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink; despite having some lingering flavor astringency. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

this is probably the most exciting of the limited beers perrin has opened the colorado market with. i wanted a little more variety from them, but its the basics across the board. this is right on trend right now, a low hopped citrus driven ipa. the grapefruit is pretty robust in this and pretty authentic, which i like a lot, but as an ipa, im left searching for the hops a bit, as they are well behind the grapefruit in both flavor and bitterness. the pour is fine from the tap, less head than id like to see, but good clarity considering the fruit. as much fleshy flavor is there is rindy bitterness, which i think is tough to do from a technical standpoint, and is the only thing that makes this distinct. more bitter than it needs to be later on though, and a little shy on the bubbles for the mouthfeel, but this is well executed beer, if a little less hoppy than it might be. safe seems to be the route these guys are choosing to get started with in colorado, which may render them irrelevant before their cooler beers make it down. sound like oskar blues or what?

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Photo of ribby
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From can.

Grapefruit is a natural for an IPA, thanks to the overlap in citrus and bitter flavors. The trick is how to keep the combined bitterness from becoming undrinkable from too much bitterness. The Perrin succeeds at that task. In my opinion, it succeeds by lowering the hop intensity; at least, the grapefruit flavor is quite forward. I think it would be more honest to label this a Grapefruit PA. They are marketing this as a summer beer (target Oberon I suppose) and at 5% it is a good fit.

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.02/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at stray dog.

As close as it gets to tasting like real grapefruit juice. This actually surprised me in that way. The nose was a lot of bitter citrus peel but had no idea all that natural grapefruit flavor was waiting for me.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent option. Between a standard IPA and this grapefruit on tap, I'd take this one. More tart, sour grapefruit than sweet, very close to a pure grapefruit juice flavor than some of the other grapefruit ales coming out these days. Probably not going to seek this one out, but sure as hell going to have it when it's available.

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Photo of Drank
3.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I really like the look of the beer - golden and unfiltered - almost milky. Taste and nose are citrus and bitter. One dimensional but a dimension I like.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sounds like this is all the rage for some reason. I prefer Grapefruit Sculpin, personally, so my tastes might just be biased. Found this pithy, more pith than peel or pulp, with an insanely dry finish.

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Photo of deakin
2.88/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

By far one of the most overrated beers in Michigan. I hear people rave about this all the time, and still can't get over how unnatural the grapefruit flavor is. In addition, there's almost no body or substance to the beer; it just tastes like alcoholic grapefruit concentrate with a ton of sugar stirred in.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Hopcat in East Lansing.

A - Pours a cloudy orange with a thin white head. Very light lacing.

S - Big aroma of grapefruit with some light pale malts.

T - Follows the aroma with a big grapefruit presence. The grapefruit is present from the first sip. Grapefriet pulp and peel are present throughout with a small amount of biscuity malt to balance the flavor out.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very crisp mouthfeel.

O - This is what it says a grapefruit IPA. The grapefruit dominates most of the flavor profile. A very refreshing IPA.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I got a can of Perrins Grapefruit IPA a couple days ago for $1,89 at The Lager. I've had this beer many time, but no that it's being canned I thought I would try i again, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a 12oz can into a imperial pint glass.

A- The can looks nice, it's got a nice design to it and it's just a little eye catching. It poured a hazy orange and gold color that took on more of an orange color when held to the light with a finger and a half worth of bubbly off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with a nice citrus and grapefruit like aroma being the first to show up and that goes into some some doughy yeast flavors that lead into the malts which are a little more noticeable than I remember and it imparts a grainy and pale malt like aroma. Towards the ends comes a little bit of a hoppy aroma. This beer has a pretty nice aroma and it's fairly balanced.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but not as balanced and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the grapefruit and citrus flavors being the first to show up with the grapefruit sticking out the most in this beer and it imparts a nice and natural grapefruit flavors. Up next comes the doughy yeast and malts which are a good amount lighter than they were in the aroma. Towards the end comes the hops which impart a little bit of generic hop flavor with a lower amount of medium bitterness with a nice grapefruit like aftertaste. This is a nice tasting beer, but I wish it was more balanced like it was in the aroma.

M- Smooth, a little crisp, a little refreshing, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a nice example when it comes to the style, but when it comes down it to it I felt like this beer was much more grapefruit like than IPA like when it came to the taste and I thought that held it back a little. This beer had nice drinkability, I could drink a couple of them on a hot day, but it might start to wear on me after more than that. What I like the most about this beer is the aroma, it's pretty nice and it has good balance. What I like the least about this beer is the balance in the taste, it was just a little too dominated by the grapefruit. I would buy this beer again when in the mood for a grapefruit beer and I would recommend it as that too. All in all I like this beer, but I don't live it and I think if that balance in the taste was worked on a little more it would be a pretty good beer. Nice job guys.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bit of this (not a pint) on-tap at Hermann's in Plymouth, Michigan. I've heard some good things about Perrin, but hadn't tried them yet.

Appearance: A really nice hazy orange sort of color. There's a really tiny head on it, and very little lacing on the glass.

Smell: Honestly I thought it smelled like Oberon at first whiff. It has a wheaty orange aroma that Oberon has, but then there's grapefruit and malt. I wouldn't ever guess this was supposed to be an IPA based on the aroma.

Taste/feel: ...I wouldn't guess this was an IPA after tasting it either. First of all, I didn't know this beer was 4.7% when I was drinking it... I would have assumed 6. The taste on this one is alright, but again, IPA? This drinks like a pale ale. There's good drinkability here with a pleasant grapefruit flavor and some biscuity sort of malt. There is a bitterness to this beer, but not enough to make it an IPA, in my mind.

I liked it, but they need a name change here, because calling this an IPA is definitely misleading. Grapefruit "IPA" has a pleasant flavor and has good "sessionability", but this isn't a sort of session IPA like Stone's or Founders or the like... this beer seems like it sort of caters to the adjunct lager drinking crowd -- not that that's necessarily a bad thing.

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Photo of BellsFan
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Is this a grapefruit or a beer? I realize is got grapefruit in the name but holy cow. I think they must have added grapefruit juice to the beer after fermentation. That would explain the extreme cloudyness in the pour. I'm glad I tried it but not again.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.29/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This brew was served from the tap at HopCat in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It arrived in a generic nonic, showing a pinkish amber colored beer. It held a one finger head of white foam, showing quick retention into a silky film across the top of the liquid, and streaky, patterned lacing around the glass. A thick haze throughout eliminated clarity, but no sediment was noted. Carbonation appeared to be light. The aroma was simple, giving big citric grapefruity hops, pale malts, light wheatiness, manure grassiness, lemon sorbet sweetness, and general grapefruit juiciness and seed. Our first impression was that the flavoring was both tart and sweet simultaneously, but the overarching sweet juiciness of it all but erased the base body of hoppiness. As we sipped, straight grapefruit juice and flesh, independent of any hoppiness started things off. To mix was salty and lightly toasted pale malts, tart citric rind, and tangerine sweetness. Coming to a peak was white sugar sweetness, more grapefruity flesh, foamy plastics, white bready malts, aluminum, and soured walnut oiliness. The end came with citric and grassy hop bite, soured orange rind zest, chalky dryness of wheat and pale malts, and lemon juiciness. The aftertaste breathed of souring orange and tangerine flesh and rind, echoes of those citric and grassy hop shadows, sweeter nectary hops, gravel, and sugar sweet grapefruit juice. The body was light to medium, and the carbonation was high, with big foaminess on the sip. Pop, puck, froth, cream, and smack were all nice, with a good finishing on the back. While the mouth was left coated, wet, and mildly puckered, there was no overt oiliness or astringency. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank decently.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its fresh fruitiness, and how refreshing it was. The former, unfortunately, was something we had issue with. In the most simplistic terms, this tasted like a milder, softly hopped pale ale simply mixed with grapefruity juice in a 25/75 blend. The juiciness was just a bit overpowering, taking away from the base IPA flavoring. That said, it drinks relatively well, with otherwise good flavoring. While the aroma remained fresh, zesty, and hoppy, the taste came much closer to the likes of a shandy.

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Grapefruit IPA from Perrin Brewery
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