Grapefruit IPA
Perrin Brewing Co.

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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #6,811
ABV:
4.7%
Score:
82
Ranked #43,780
Avg:
3.6 | pDev: 12.78%
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
308
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Perrin Brewing Co.
 
Michigan, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
82
Good
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Korbynlehr from Kentucky

3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lots of particlutae that gently floated to bottom. Almost looks like seeds or remnants. Nose is full of citrus overtones. Taste is a bit citrusy, but more than anything is the malty backbone as the can suggests. Decent beer.

Nov 10, 2018
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Red5StandingBy from Maryland

3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz can into Spiegelau IPA glass. Canned on March 22nd, 2017. Old but oh well.

L: Hazy orange, half a finger of white head, has average retention.

S: Rich grapefruit, some sweet fruit as well.

T: Tons of grapefruit to the point of some sourness. Not a lot of hoppy bitterness.

F: Light, crisp, lingering sour grapefruit.

O: Not great. Not good. Sub-par.

Nov 19, 2017
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazed amber with a sliver of cream colored head. Dissapointing head retention & lacing

Some grainyness

T: Grapefruit, a little bready dryness up front. Plenty of grapefruit & a little breadyness, plus dryness as this warms. Finishes dry & grapefruitty

MF: Light body, medium carbonation, pretty good balance

Good take on the style, but was hoping for more

Oct 21, 2017
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mactrail from Washington

3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy amberish color with plenty of white foam in the tumbler. This tastes distinctly like watery grapefruit juice. Spritzy, aromatic with citrus peel.

This can't be compared in any way to Grapefruit Sculpin, this is just a completely different kind of beer, though it has the same name. I actually don't taste any hops, though there is a pleasant bitter finish. What it is, is a very lightweight but easy to drink fruit-flavored brew. From the 12 oz can purchased at Wilbur's Beverage in Fort Collins, Colo.

Jun 10, 2017
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Raime from Greenland

4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quick review. Definitely don't get the hate. $1.79 for a single and it was well worth it. Super pithy, Lives up to its name and then some. One of the best session strength ipa brews.

May 27, 2017
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.24/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I even gave this a second try thinking it was a bad pour. No, no it wasn't. The grapefruit has taken on a prune and vinegar taste complexion. Not my favorite. Smell hints at the ruby red grapefruit juice but gets to vinegar in a hurry. The base isn't bad with the hops and malts giving the beer a decent feel, but the burning booze, vinegar and pruney grapefruit is too powerful

May 10, 2017
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JTahoe from Oregon

2.73/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

This would be much more appropriately categorized at a Pale Ale...I'd give it more consideration. As an IPA, it is a miss for me. It's not terrible, but it underwhelms with its lack of hop character. And the grapefruit is nearly undetectable.

Apr 19, 2017
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Wolvmar from Michigan

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours nice and clean with a little head. Distinct grapefruit, hoppy nose and taste. The name says it all; pretty much what you would think with a good balance of flavors. Drinks easy and would be a great IPA on a summer day.

Apr 02, 2017
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Aug 16, 2016
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hydrate from California

2.5/5  rDev -30.6%
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.

Jul 10, 2016
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Beaver13 from Colorado

3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Jun 22, 2016
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.29/5  rDev -8.6%
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

May 20, 2016
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ArrogantB from Colorado

2.11/5  rDev -41.4%
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.

May 20, 2016
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superspak from Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +5%
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.

May 08, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
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?

May 02, 2016
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ribby from Michigan

3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Apr 03, 2016
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LloydDobler from Indiana

4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Aug 22, 2015
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Aug 19, 2015
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Drank from Illinois

3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Aug 16, 2015
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jvgoor3786 from Arkansas

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours orangish-amber with a full white head and medium lacing.

The smell mostly grapefruit and some mild malts.

The taste is a lot of grapefruit with minimal hop character and a little malt to back it up. It really falls on line with most of the Perrin fruit IPAs.

The mouthfeel is medium/high carbonation with a medium body.

Overall this falls in line with all the Perrin IPAs - very fruit heavy and easy to drink, but nothing that will really stand out. Although, I really enjoy all their fruit beers.

Jun 28, 2015
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elNopalero from California

3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Jun 27, 2015
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deakin from Michigan

2.88/5  rDev -20%
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.

Mar 29, 2015
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Jun 08, 2014
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StoutHunter from Michigan

3.6/5  rDev 0%
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.

May 18, 2014
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SerialTicker from Michigan

3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

May 17, 2014
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Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 308 ratings