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Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States | website

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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110
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567
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3.59
pDev:
34.26%
 
 
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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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Photo of HamdenHector
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: hazy; deep yellow in color; 1 finger off white head that receded to a thin collar; OK lacing;

S: fresh grapefruit;

T: sweet grapefruit up front; from mid-palate on, it's fresh grapefruit with a bit of grapefruit rind bitterness along side; light to moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: Abita captured the aroma and flavor of fresh grapefruit; nicely done;

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Photo of chinchill
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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Photo of ryho
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Edit: the brewery mailed me a new six pack, and asked me to send the remaining beers back for them to look at in the lab. The new ones are nothing like the old ones, so I've changed the rating.

Bottle says best by 05/03/15

Look: Terrible, when I finished pouring, it looked like a snow globe because of all the sediment floating in it. The other bottles have a 1/4 inch of crap at the bottom, and I don't see anything about this being bottle conditioned. This must have been a bad batch. The lacing is spot on though.
Smell: So much grapefruit, and I love grapefruit. A little hop smell, but nothing else distinguishable.
Flavor: Not that exciting. I can taste the grapefruit, but the IPA flavor is distant.

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Photo of btheluvdoctor
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A hint of pink grapefruit in the aroma but nothing in the taste. It tastes like a normal IPA minus the extra hops. I guess they didn't want this to taste like a fruit beer. Personally I would have liked the extra grapefruit taste.

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Photo of hophugger
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

nice golden color. Head is average and lacing ok. Aroma is of fresh grapefruit, I like it !!!. Taste is also nice, with fresh grapefruit with a back of semi-bitter hops. Nicely balanced, a simple beer, and I think it is very good.....

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Photo of IPAGeorge
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured forma bottle into a pint

A. A golden color quite hazy and a bit of sediment. Small white head the disappears quickly.

S. Slight aroma or grapefruit and pine. Oddly I get a little yeast smell like a belgian.

T. More grapefruit coming through here. But would still like a lil more. Not much hop character. Slight pine. Grassy aftertatste. Light.

M. Light body. Light carbonation. Finishes mostly clean.

O. Was hoping for more. Not a very exciting beer. Not terrible. Prob be good for seafood cooking. Or even drinking with a white fish. Nothing special though. Wouldn't go out of my way to buy. Wouldn't turn it down if offered to me.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Golden to amber in color with some haziness. You can see some minuscule sediment within the body. There's a fingernail of bright white around the rim and covering the majority of the top. Light Brussels lacing. Muted citrus hop aroma is rather acidic. The flavor is very strong with grapefruit and perhaps some copper like malt towards the back of the palate. The mouth is heavily carbonated and acidic.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I really expected so much more. While it was still good, it did not live up to the expectations I had. Not much grapefruit flavor, or a ton of hops for that matter. It was very drinkable, but I really wanted more grapefruit punch.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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Photo of tillmac62
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BBD 4/19/15. Pours a clear light amber. Outstanding head volume and retention, World Class lacing.

Outstanding nose of sweet pink grapefruit, with notes of mango, over biscuit.

Medium bodied with a bit of oily texture. Slightly above normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a nice burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is very good, but a bit disappointing based on the outstanding aroma. It is reasonably intense, complex and wonderfully balanced. The grapefruit is presented in a laid back fashion and never dominates. It begins with sweet grapefruit coupled with a tropical hop flavor over a balancing biscuit sweetness. The middle is a subtle bitterness of rind and hops. The finish is a slow fade of the previous flavors culminating in a very slight pucker of grapefruit rind.

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

Appearance: orange in color with a 1" head that slowly falls to a thick surface covering.

Smell: caramel and grapefruit are what is picked up by the nose.

Taste: caramel, big grapefruit, some orange, pear, and a moderate bitterness are the main flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish. Refreshing.

Overall: an IPA that is citrus focused and is nicely refreshing.

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Photo of jwc215
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazed golden with a thin white head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of juicy grapefruit - blends well with the citric hops. Plenty of grapefruit aroma.

The ruby red grapefruit enhances the grape-fruity hops, as described on the label. A malty/grainy sweet backbone ties it together and adds a refreshing balance in the bitter-leaning finish.

On the lighter end of the IPA spectrum but fits the general character of the beer well. Very refreshing and smooth. Very easy-drinking.

The grapefruit is done well here!

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

A: hazy medium gold with bits of sediment in suspension; a coupla fingers of fluffy had and clumps of lace down the glass

S: flowery grapefruits and fresh meadow grains - fairly mild and citric with pith and rind

T: just as the nose would lead you to believe, a clean, fresh malt base with an ample serving of grapefruit action - nothing over-the-top, but you can appreciate the grapefruit infusion atop the hops and malts

M: super-easy drinking, light and smooth, slight tingle and fuzziness, mild bitterness gives way to bright citric impressions

O: for what they were shooting for - freshly harvested and grapefruity - a hit - sure, give it a try if you like grapefruit action in beer - drinks fast and clean, refreshing and very pleasant

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Photo of kojevergas
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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Photo of smakawhat
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Best by April 13th 2015.

A golden and slightly hazy and cloudy body, with a matching amount of very nice fine rising carbonation. A good bleach white and big four finger head caps it all off with good staying power, big swiss cheese bubbles and retention in the mix. A pretty solid looking IPA.

Aroma is as advertised. Lots of fleshy and fruit grapefruit notes, but more of a fruit sense than hop sense. Smells like grapefruit juice, but not much else to say going on, hard to even think there is a beer behind this somewhere, but real enjoyable, not overly sweet, zesty, oily, even juicy. Very solid.

Palate sort of turns the table. Juiced fruit grapefruit but without any hop character. Malt character is also non existent and I am struggling to say anything else here besides fruit juice. Slightly watery but not too much in feel, but manages to coat some of those oily characters on the finish, perhaps hinting at a taste or sense of hop presence.

Overall this comes off as a fruit flavored pale ale more than anything, but as an IPA it really seems to lack or hide it's character. Decent fruit beer though.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Vintage Estate in Ohio.

A - Head is just a 1/4 inch that settles rather quick. Beer has a ton of sediment telling me this beer is old well beyond fall status.
S - Really strong grapefruit and citrus notes. Slight malts and sweet smelling.
T - Very light hops, malt and grapefruit if anything it's past its prime. Still kind of refreshing.
M - Light to medium easy to drink despite the yeast chunks.

Overall I would have this again it's a very good take on an IPA but they could use different fruit if they wanted to.

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Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of grapefruit. Taste is grapefruit, light hops, a bit of malts, smooth and tasty. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of BierGirl2
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I can see why reviews are mixed. Quite bitter but bc it's very grapefruity with some hop on top. Love it. Was great with salty oysters; brought out the sweetness of the grapefruit.

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Photo of williamtheconquerorworm
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Definitely more beer than grapefruit, unlike Schofferhofer and others out there. Typically robust IPA flavor with just a whiff of citrus. An OK IPA for fans but those expecting something more shandy-like will probably be overwhelmed and disappointed.

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Photo of WKrieger
2.25/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Never been one to go the IPA route but thought I would try this because of the grapefruit. While it turned out to be lighter and more pleasant than expected it was still far too bitter for my yet unrefined palate. I'm hoping to get there someday though so that I can appreciate the world of IPAs that so many others seem to so thoroughly enjoy.

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Photo of tripp888
4.61/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As I am a Grapefruit everything addict I love this beer. Great Grapefruit smell when you pour into a glass. First sip you can taste and smell some grapefruit and the aftertaste really comes through. Not the best Grapefruit IPA but up there and a decent price.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Fresh grapefruit zest in the nose. The taste like the aroma features some of that distinct grapefruit bitterness with very little sweetness. Overall, worth a try especially if you are a fan of grapefruit.

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Photo of Ryanm1
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What a novel concept for a beer. Take a natural beer ingredient taste (hops) and market it as an additive. Can't tell whether it's the casade hops or the actual grapefruit additive making its prescense known in the taste. Clear golden filtered color, has some happiness poking through with a clean finish. Descent fruit ipa beer especially if you are partial to the grapefruit.

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Photo of Ike_Potter
3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

hazy golden color; one finger head. Definite grapefruit aroma. Right off the bat it hits you with the grapefruit and refreshing citrus. Seems lighter than a lot of IPAs or at least somewhat more mild in hoppy bitterness. The finish is good but shorter than a lot of IPAs I've had. Pretty good overall, but make no mistake it is a GRAPEFRUIT IPA and it doesn't let you forget that.

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Photo of Bezy901
5/5  rDev +39.3%

This is hands down my favorite brew by Abita. Bright, floral, and obviously a ton of citrus are present. Pleasing aroma on pour. While it's labeled an IPA the normally hoppiness is muted by the other flavors but this is by no means a bad thing as it drastically improves the drinkability. I hate that this is only a winter seasonal beer because I would love to have this available in the summer.

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Grapefruit Harvest IPA from Abita Brewing Co.
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