Grapefruit Harvest IPA | Abita Brewing Co.

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Grapefruit Harvest IPAGrapefruit Harvest IPA

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Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States

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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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of BryanCarey
3.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from its 12 oz. bottle, this beer is golden in color with a slight haze. The nose includes scents of grapefruit and other citrus, plus some bready notes and citrus hops. Foam looks nice at first, but falls apart in due time, leaving a thin white coating and only a small amount of lacing.

With the taste, this beer has an obvious grapefruit edge and added citrus flavor thanks to the cascade hops. Flavors of bread and pale malt round out the taste and the flavor is sweeter overall compared to other IPA. The taste isn’t as complex as other examples of the style, but there is enough going on here to keep it interesting.

Abita has produced a drinkable IPA with this offering. I was a little skeptical at first, but the taste won me over quickly. It is less bitter than other IPA and the grapefruit component, while obvious, is not overdone. The body is on the thin side, but this is still a drinkable brew that many will find to their liking.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of Prince_Casual
2.38/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a Stone IRS snifter. Have not had any other beers today before sampling.

A: Little head recedes to nothing, not a speck of lacing. Very translucent, looks like a pils.

S: It's got a lot of pilsner like maltiness: baked breads, rice, etc. Minor grapefruit, but very contrived, and totally misses out on the "freshly made tropical fruit salad" that IS my vision of an AIPA.

T: There's just nothing powerful about the taste of this, at all. I really don't get any fruits (hop or additive based) at all. All I can really pick out is some toasted crackers, finishes with a really minor white part of the grapefruit rind, but it's a stretch. Not bitter enough at all.

M: I'll call the mouthfeel the best part of this beer: light, crispy, drying, somewhat refreshing. Unfortunately, that's not really what I expect for the style.

O: I personally didn't enjoy this, really, at all. While a good AIPA says "grapefruit" nowhere on the label and delivers tons, this was precisely the opposite. I'll just finish with:

"Green Flash fans": only try this if you want a reminder of why you love what you love.
"Abita fan looking to branch out": this isn't a good representation of an IPA in my opinion at all. I know this is a brewery people from LA love dearly, so continue to support local beer, but try some other examples before you write off IPA.

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Mikecap
3.21/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Golden amber with a short whitish head that fades to a splotchy lace on the sides of my glass.

Smell: Definite citrus and grapefruit with a mild but present hop aroma, some grass and earth. Not screaming IPA or hops to me.

Taste: Get a load of juicy grapefruit up front but some hops come through as it warms. Drinks more like a fruit beer than an IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with decent carbonation and a crisp finish. Would be quite refreshing on a hot day.

Overall: Eh, not great but it's worth a shot. I hoped for a slightly better offering but this is decent and refreshing.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of bmwats
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a hand glass.

A: Golden hue. Pours a 1 finger, bubbly, white head. Persistently rising effervescence. Settles quickly but not completely. Persistent yet spotty lacing.

S: Light hop, and plenty of grapefruit.

T: Standard IPA character... hops are prominent. Accentuated with hints of sweet and lightly bitter grapefruit.

M: Light and crisp, with a bit of syrupy feel.

D: Light and sessionable, yet enough for a flavorful experience.

Atmosphere is pretty strong. Nice bubbly head, and persistent lacing. Nose is light and hoppy with prominently available grapefruit. Light hoppy character, but accentuated with just the right amount of sweet and lightly bitter grapefruit. Well-balanced, and neither component overpowers the other. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on-tap at Avenue Pub New Orleans. Served in a cask glass.

A- Pours a clean light amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains nicely before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Sugary grapefruit aroma with the hops balancing things out with some grassy quality.

T- Big grapefruit in the front that's still sweet but more mild than in the aroma. The hops also aren't quite as present and present only a light bitterness. Kind of a weak aftertaste since there isn't much of a malt backbone. Easy to drink.

M- Thin, almost watery. Medium carbonation and a light body.

O- I was glad that the fruitiness wasn't over the top like in Stone's Grapefruit Slam but this one needed more body and malt to round things out. Still, very drinkable and goes well with food but not something I would continually revisit.

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3.6/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into goblet, best by 4/24/2014

A-Golden amber, medium head fades with some lacing

S-Ruby red grapefruit, some bready malt

T-Follows the smell, grapefruit zest, hoppy bitterness, very little sweetness, leaves lingering grapefruit peel bitterness

M-relatively thin, medium/heavy carbonation

O-Drinks more like a pale ale than an IPA, quite refreshing. Grapefruit flavors are present but not overwhelming. I feel like it would be better with a bit more malty sweetness to balance the grapefruit zest if one were to consider this an IPA.

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4/5  rDev +13%

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Grapefruit Harvest IPA from Abita Brewing Co.
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