Grapefruit Harvest IPA | Abita Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States
abita.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by Mikecap on 11-29-2013

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Ratings:
571
Reviews:
111
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
15.04%
 
 
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 4/29/14.

Pours a hazy light orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grapefruit, grapefruit juice, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, grapefruit, and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a grapefruit presence that is slightly better in the aroma.

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3.27/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

i see what this is trying to do, and i dont mind it. not to compete with a grapefruit sculpin or anything, but to bridge the gap. its a compromise beer. you know, fruit beer for the lady, ipa for me, it works well enough for both of us, although i dont see much ipa here aside from the letters on the label. it looks nice though, smells even better, and is one of the more refreshing takes on the fruited ipa. the grapefruit is authentic in it, and even better, not sweet at all. its ruby red all the way through, and the light acid it brings keeps the beer light and dry. the hops are really scaled way back below normal ipa levels, but i see this more as in introductory beer to those who may be afraid of ipa. its also one of those macro craft things, a radical improvement on the flavored beers of shocktop, more beer than juice like those shandys are, and pretty comfortable drinking this all year round. not my favorite by any stretch, but i think it fills a niche role, and caters to a lot of folks on the fringe of becoming craft enthusiasts, and for that reason i like it pretty well.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Trailing the success of Strawberry Harvest, The southern brewers of Abita ventures into other prominent fruit crops of the region- grapefruit!

Its bright goldenrod sheen is cast with a mild "dry-hopped" type of haze that scatters light like a tiny beery prism. What ensues above is a frothy white cap that shaddows over the ale with a cottony visual texture with the staying power to last the session and lace the glass with each sip.

Its aromas are all grapefruit- but mostly of the hop character that IPA lovers have come to expect. Except there's a red grapefruit scent, strikingly of fruit juices that are equipped with pulp, pith, skin and leaf. Lurking just behind is the thin biscuit and grain scent- offering just enough graham cracker and caramel to support the citrus flavor of hops and of fruit

Its grain sweetness is softly of caramel, dried barley and the husk character of whole grain muffins. But once the hops grow into the middle, the sweetness is left at bay and the lupulin grapefruit flavor springs to life, towering over more obvious flavor of actual grapefruit additions. Its difference lies in the sharp and tangy bitterness of pink grapefruit, not relying on the imagination to pull like character from the hops.

Effortless in its drinkability, the beer's medium-light body trends lighter as the carbonation pulls from the malt and its trailing sweetness dissolves off the tongue. Ushering in a quick and refreshing dryness, the hops are lightly resinous and astringent, softly acidic, as it offers up a mineral-type crispness to allow the beer to finish quick, with only lingering grapefruit bitterness.

Though the actual grapefruit presence is well tasted and acknowledged, the ale lacks the intrigue of some similar fruit beers; probably because the likeness of hop-type grapefruit flavor and actual grapefruits that seems to take some of the fun out of it from a tasting perspective. However, as a light IPA, the ale is comfortable and charming.

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3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

02.02.15: Very brief impressions. Full review to follow.

It's grapefruit-y in an unnatural way; clearly the "natural" flavours included heavy artificial grapefruit extract/puree...and yet it's not a bad beer by any means. The hop bitterness isn't too pronounced and it evokes grapefruit more than most IPAs do (albeit artificially).

Still, it's simple, shallow, and mundane.

Drinkable, and I expected worse, but still mediocre.

C (2.88)

***
03.04.15:

BOTTLE: Best by: 04/19/15. Brown glass. 12 fl oz. Standard label art. Branded red pry-off cap. Purchased locally here in Austin, TX.

Served cold into a pilsner glass. Reviewed live as an IPA. It also calls itself a "flavored ale" "brewed with natural flavors" - red flag. Expectations are average given my previous experience with the brew as well as the brewery behind it.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 4 fingers wide. Off-white colour. Smooth consistency. Could be softer, fuller, and creamier. Retention is good - ~6-8 minutes. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Slightly cloudy yellow of average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated (if not overly so). Not a stellar IPA appearance, but generally appealing, sure.

AROMA: Grapefruit is evoked, definitely. It's not the artificial grapefruit extract character I was expecting. The citrusy aromatics are quite appealing, and aren't accompanied by any extreme bitterness or even grapefruit's signature bite. Aside from the grapefruit, I just get a plain pale malt sweetness. It suggests a simple beer, but a pleasant one. I'm optimistic.

Aromatic intensity is moderate.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

TASTE: Artificial grapefruit is indeed present, but little authentic grapefruit is. Still, there're traces of grapefruit pith, and what little genuine grapefruit flavour I pick up on I like. This is clearly a casualty of its so-called "natural" flavour. There's some generic pale malt sweetness, but it's not needed as there's very little hop bitterness, and no grapefruit bite. I get none of the Cascade hop character mentioned on the label. Slight zest rounds out a rather simple IPA build which lacks both depth of flavour and subtlety in execution. There's no intricacy here at all, and it's rather plain.

Average duration and intensity of flavour. I don't dislike this per se, but it leaves much to be desired.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, overcarbonated, medium-bodied, and moderately thick, with average heft and weight on the palate. Suits the taste generally well without elevating the beer or accentuating specific notes. Middling execution.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

OVERALL: Certainly drinkable, but also rather forgettable. It's a nice effort from Abita at this price point and for how widely distributed it is, but ultimately it's a plain pedestrian IPA which won't impress the discerning drinker. I'm glad to see it on the market and hope it finds its audience, but I won't be buying it again and wouldn't recommend it to friends or trade partners. Still, you could do worse, and I'd be happy to reach for this at a party over the usual suspects. It'll scratch your IPA itch if you're keen on grapefruit-forward examples of the style, but don't expect this to be Louisiana's answer to Grapefruit Sculpin.

C+ (3.1)

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3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 4/29/2014. Pours moderately hazy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, grapefruit peel, tangerine, orange zest, citrus rind, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, light bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with nice authentic grapefruit and bright hop notes with moderate malt presence; and good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, grapefruit peel, tangerine, orange zest, citrus rind, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, citrus peel, floral, grass, light pine, light bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice authentic grapefruit and hop flavors with moderate malt sweetness; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, and fairly crisp/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice fruit IPA. All around good balance of grapefruit, hop, and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle.
Excellent fruity aroma. Suggests a taste that is sweeter than reality.
Lightly hazy amber body with a large white head.
Some sweetness up front, then moderatly tart and moderately bitter. Plenty of grapefruit and more vaguely citrus fruit. Gentle for style. Earthy component strengthens in the aftertaste.

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3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 2/23/2014 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains grapefruit and other citrus fruits, floral hops and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong and tart grapefruit flavor. Then a strong hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is on the thin side for the style. The after-taste is tart and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent lighter IPA to pound for a while.

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3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma light sweet grapefruit, honey, & malt, faint citrus zest.Taste mild grapefruit, tangerine, & citrus peel, light pine, grass.

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3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Part of mixed sixer.

Pours an effervescent honey/apricot with a thumb+ of fast falling pearl colored head. Above average head retention

S: Pink Grapefruit & nothing else

T: Follows the nose, dryness, pears& white pepper up front. More grapefruit as this warms, dryness & more grapefruit. Some grassy notes mix in with more grapefruit in the finish, very crisp, with some honey malt & leafy hops & some lemon zest

MF: Medium bodied, lively carbonation, seems a bit sticky, balanced pretty well

Super easy to drink, I would buy this again, if I ever get off of meds that prohibit me from consuming grapefruit. The IPA component seems to be obscured by the fruit for the most part or I would've rated this higher

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Grapefruit Harvest IPA from Abita Brewing Co.
3.59 out of 5 based on 571 ratings.
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