Fruitbasket IPA
Champion Brewing Company

Fruitbasket IPAFruitbasket IPA
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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #473
ABV:
8%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,881
Avg:
4.19 | pDev: 8.83%
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
174
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Champion Brewing Company
 
Virginia, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
93
Outstanding
Fruitbasket IPAFruitbasket IPA
Notes: An 8% Mosaic Single-Hop IPA made with blood oranges and grapefruit.

Available January each year.
Reviews: 49 | Ratings: 174 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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schoolboy from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

They seem to have changed what they call this to "... Double IPA." They could have left it at IPA and the little extra ABV would be a bonus. My sample is a little old, but I don't think too much is lost - maybe just the hops edge.

It pours dirty golden and mostly translucent - not cloudy! The aroma is a moderate hoppy smell, with a little something extra in there. The taste is about what I expected based on the can remarks and the age of the sample. It is bitter from hops and the juices added, and better than many I have tried that added citrus fruit. The fruit is strong in the taste but not overbearing (some of them are just ruined by it). It works. The finish is a bit dirty - the sour kicks in a little too much for me. Overall, though, it is a success, and maybe next time I can get a fresh one.

Recommended. Better than most IPA's with blood orange.

Nov 06, 2020
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stevoj from Idaho

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can from Tavour. Dark golden pour with one finger creamy head. Aroma is citrus, agave and caramel. Taste charges in with a big bitter bite, citrus peel and tequila. Quite a mixture. Finishes quick, lingering burn.

Jan 08, 2020
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MattDecker from Texas

4.69/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Amber honey color, small head, doesn't foam up much at all
Smell: juice, hops, little bit of pine, citrus
Taste: tastes like how fresh hops smell, juice, citrus, fresh pine, only a little bitter at the end which compliments the juiciness. THIS is what I want in a dipa or neipa!!!
Feel: light medium body,
Overall: I could chug this stuff, but then I also don't want to waste a drop and truly enjoy it! A juicy juicy beer that highlights all the hop flavors but nearly none of the bitterness which is what I personally love!!

Jun 12, 2019
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captaincoffee from Virginia

4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very clear brass with a smaller head that went pretty quick. Nose is mostly citrus as you'd expect, maybe a little stone fruit and pine. Didn't pop like I was hoping,but still pretty good. Taste shines brighter. A lot like fresh Grapefruit Sculpin actually. Pithy grapefruit but not as bitter as I was expecting. Not as "big" as you'd think for 8%...maybe the juice thins it out. Overall very good.

Mar 20, 2019
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EMH73 from New York

4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden color with a half inch white head, lots of fine lively carbonation and some blotchy lacing. Smells of citrus and pine. Tastes of grapefruit, orange, orange pith, pine and a bit of malt on the finish. Light bodied for the style, moderate carbonation and bitterness, dry finish.

Feb 27, 2019
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jngrizzaffi from Texas

3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dated 11/2017. Pours a clear golden amber color with a small foamy head that quickly dissipates. Lacing is mild. Has a more dank aroma. Not sure if that is due to age or not. Slight citrus and piney resin. Malty grapefruit taste with mild piney resin and some dankness to it. Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Not a bad beer but would want to try it more fresh.

Mar 06, 2018
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flagmantho from Washington

4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz can into a dimpled mug. Canned 12/21/2017.

Appearance: rich orange hue with a little haze, a strong effervescence, and a couple chunky floaties. Head is a finger of frothy ivory foam. I could do without the floaties, but otherwise it's beautiful.

Smell: sweet, fruity, and citrusy; sort of reminiscent of fruit stripe gum. This beer is definitely as-advertised.

Taste: almost jam-like fruitiness, along with lots of sweetness and a pretty solid bitterness (though maybe on the light side of bitter for a double IPA). The fruitiness doesn't scream "blood orange" at me, but it's quite delightful.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a good carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: I like this beer quite a lot. I don't know if I could quaff a ton of it, given its size, but a 12oz serving is quite delightful.

Mar 01, 2018
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gopens44 from Virginia

4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks nice enough, would have liked a bit more out of a forced head, but I guess the half inch of fizzy off white will suffice. Fast moving, slippery almost non-existent lacing sulks back down to a crystal clear golden yellow beer.

Nose popped pretty well from the start with grapefruit, hints of tangerine and a bit of orange. Taste is identical, as the bitter is supplied by the grapefruit and orange zestiness. Not to be shooshed aside is a nice malt backbone of maybe a shy caramel. Just enough to offer depth and balance, but nowhere near overwhelming. Finishes dry with maybe a hint of astringent sweetness.

This beer is well rated amongst Virginia beer, and was always near the top before the Veil/Aslin/Brothers takeover of the top. Deservedly so, as it's well stocked in complexity and balance while being very drinkable.

May 11, 2017
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snaotheus from Washington

3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2017-02-28
12oz can served in a tulip. Dated 12/23/2016. Given to me by @mr-jj.

Pours clear golden with a biggish head and lots of lazy carbonation. Nice looking beer. Seems to be fading at a moderate pace, leaving nice lacing. After pouring the last of the beer in the glass, I have some really ugly floaters (black sticks -- never seen that before) -- but I'll ignore that for now, since it was really pretty when I left a little bit in the bottom of the can. Smell is very nice -- tropical and citrus fruit juiciness all over the place, so it's aptly named.

Taste is juicy, but not overly sweet. Also somewhat mild, and with a moderate to strong bitterness. Interesting that it's almost juicy and almost crisp.

Mouthfeel is light and surprisingly dry. Overall, good beer. Never heard of this brewery before. Not a bad first impression.

Mar 01, 2017
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argock from Virginia

3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz can into a clear glass tulip. 12/21/16 on bottom of can.

A: Hazy light amber with 1/2-1 finger off-white head with average retention and scant lacing.

S: Hop notes include melon up front followed by pine, grapefruit, lime, and orange citrus, with some more nondescript tropical tones. Not much from the malt or yeast perspective in the aroma.

T: Flavor is in line intensity-wise with the aroma with quite a bit of lemon-lime and grapefruit citrus, some guava tropical character, pine, and softer melon flavors in the finish along with a nice slightly toasty malt note in the finish. Alcohol is very well hidden and there are no yeast components that I can pick out given the intense hoppiness. Bitterness is medium.

M: The feel of this beer is its best quality - slick and ultra-drinkable without being watery. Body is light-medium with relatively high carbonation for the style.

O: I liked Fruitbasket although I like quite a few other readily available DIPAs quite a bit more.

Feb 19, 2017
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hophugger from Virginia

3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful light golden-yellow color with lots of frothy head. Tons of citrus on the nose, especially pineapple and a touch of grapefruit. Tast is decent with the citrus coming forward but overall, a touch muddled and bland. Mouth feel is nice and this is a good fruity IPA>

Feb 07, 2017
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stephenjmoore from Maryland

3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pale Amber body with a thin, sticky white head. Aroma is citrus, orange, hints of toast. Flavor is a balance of fruity hops, citrus zest and toasty malt. Feel is crisp, medium bodied, sticky with medium carbonation. Pretty decent beer overall.

Feb 04, 2017
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer is very clear and a nice gold color with a light white head that leaves a good amount of lacing behind. The aroma is full of citrus with some floral hops and sweet malt. The taste is lightly sweet with a nice bitter bite at the end. The middle has a light sweetness with orange and a good amount of pith that adds to the bitterness.

Jan 25, 2017
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Riff from Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear copper color with about a finger of white head that dissipated quickly. Smells of fruits, grapefruit, mango, and pineapple. Taste is sweet, good malt backbone that doesn't dominate but compliments a hoppy bitterness. Grapefruit and pine flavors dominate, with a citrus finish. Feel is about what you'd expect of a DIPA. Overall it's a good DIPA, nice balance of flavors, a little more bitter than other DIPAs, which I like.

Jan 25, 2017
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goingbrokeonbeer from South Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden color with an eighth inch head. Smell for me is grapefruit up front with a little orange juice thrown in. Taste follows with a medium feel and a slight bitter finish.

Jan 22, 2017
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teromous from Virginia

3.01/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From the bottom of the can: "12/23/2016"

Appearance: Perfectly transparent body with a nice light gold color. The head is thick and white with a dish soap appearance. The large head does not last for long as it gracefully recedes down leaving no lacing.

Aroma: There is a bit of a catty aroma and some alcohol.

Taste: A lot of alcohol comes through. There is a woody flavor and a bit of a grapefruit pulp flavor that is light. There is some malt sweetness to the beer in the middle.

Mouthfeel: A bit tangy and it has a good bitterness. Medium body and a raspy finish.

Overall: The beer floats around what you would expect for an average IPA but what was disappointing was that the can states that it is "brewed with orange juice, grapefruit juice, & citrus zest." I've had IPAs that weren't brewed with all of this that smell and taste a lot fruitier. Based on this I really wouldn't recommend it.

Jan 22, 2017
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TripleSun from Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Ruby-ish colored that poured moderate head
S - Pine, pineapple, caramel malt, and kind of a sweet, berry smell
T - much like the nose but grapefruit is very prevalent here
F - Full-bodied DIPA

Jan 09, 2017
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TheSixthRing from California

4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned date of 02/04/16

Appearance - Pours hazy and golden amber in color with an off-white, finger width head. Fair retention, then gives way to a thin, broken layer of surface suds. Lacing is mostly spotty with a few broken lines left on the glass.

Smell - Fruity and juicy, as the name implies. Orange and red grapefruit with hints of pineapple and mango. Faint, caramel undertone.

Taste - Follows the nose. Juicy orange, red grapefruit and mild pineapple acidity hit the tongue first. Lightly spicy. Malts sit beneath, but add enough caramel, grain and toasted malt to keep the brew balanced. Citrusy finish, with lingering notes of juicy red grapefruit and orange.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Slick, quaffable texture. Goes down quite nicely before a semi-dry finish.

Overall - Pretty tasty. One I'd definitely love to try again. Hint, hint Mr Pitts. :p

May 15, 2016
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Pencible from Virginia

4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.25

A: This poured a hazy gold with a little white head.
S: It smelled like pineapple and grapefruit, with some mango and citrus zest.
T: It tasted like grapefruit and pineapple and unripe apricot, with some citrus zest and sweet honey malt. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a delicious IPA. Not the boldest scent or taste, but great tropical character and well balanced. The body was a little weak, but the finish was smooth with well hidden alcohol. So it was really easy to drink. Perfect summer brew.

May 07, 2016
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a teku
Canned 2-3-16

A- pours a clear deep golden-amber color with a small foamy white head that reduces to a think film, eventually disappearing completely

S- earthy & herbal hops up front with some red berry fruitiness, followed by citrus peel and grapefruit. Underlying sweet malt and a hint of booze

T- Spicy and fruity earthy & herbal hop flavors up front with some citrus pith and a hint of mint leaf. Mid-palate is sweet and slightly bready with more earthy notes. The finish brings a citrus zest bitterness with a linger of orange & herbal hops

M- medium-heavy body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that finishes creamy

O- the citrus addition works well with the mosaic hop, only downside is it's a bit too sweet on the malty side

Apr 16, 2016
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Brewchaser from North Carolina

4.73/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is one phenominal citrusy imperial ipa, hits all the right notes on taste and a really good hop background. I do not detect 8% in this, wonderful brew!

Apr 11, 2016
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oberon from North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a small tulip glass a clear brass color with nearly a full one finger slight off white head atop that leaves a clean glass it settles quickly.Grapefruit and tangerine aromas,some of the blood orange rounds it out,not alot of bitterness just alot of good fruitiness.The palate is cleaner than expected no sharp bitterness just good well rounded citrus goodness,mild alcohol sweetness and biscuit malts underneath.Dare I say easy going at 8%...maybe,it's just really good.

Apr 05, 2016
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delta490 from Virginia

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

Pours out slightly cloudy amber with a big head that burns off quickly, leaving just a smudge of foam. The aroma floral, fruity, and a little resinous. The taste is much the same. It's very good, but I was hoping for a little more based on the aroma. The body is lighter in weight but not watery and surprisingly light and easy drinking for a double IPA. There is persistent but light carbonation.

Mar 25, 2016
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Jay_P22 from Virginia

4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A local seasonal beer that sold out quick. I was lucky to score a few 4 packs.

Pours a clear amber color with a nice head. Leaves a nice lacing. Love the darker colored IPAs.

Smells like a fruit bomb. Citrus slap to the face. Love the nose.

Tastes like a fruit basket, but love the hoppy bitterness that accompanies it. It's complex and strong for a can the identifies as a OJ type ipa.

Feels crisp and clean.

Overall I love this beer. One of my favorite local Virginia beers and worthy of the hype it's getting. Wish it wasn't seasonal. Nice looking can and cool name. The IPA is a fruit bomb, but has plenty of hops and is complex enough for the experienced geeks. Love it.

Mar 19, 2016
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear copper color. The head is a finger high and off-white in shade. Retention is quite good, and the frothy texture leaves behind nice webs of lacing on the glass.

This one definitely smells fruity as hell. The first aromatic qualities hint to pure grapefruit juice. There's a beer in here, I think...oh, there it is! Slight hints of caramel malts and Mosaic dankness show up nicely. It still smells quite nice regardless.

It tastes much better in my mind. It starts off much like a textbook west coast IPA with notes of grass, pine, and caramel. After the midpoint, blood orange notes show up very nicely, serving to balance the base IPA, and an additional surge of caramel malt to finish it off. Unlike what the nose suggested, it's not fruit juice with a splash of beer - it's clearly the other way around. I'd even suggest this beer's balance is its trump card. Not particularly deep, this one, but damn tasty.

A fairly big-feeling beer, lacking the utter effortlessness of the best DIPAs. But maybe that's a good thing? It has a nicely substantial body, helping to quash some of the opening bitterness. One problem: it's got too much carbonation running rampant. Then again, it could have been syrupy if not for that, so I'll pick my fights accordingly.

I didn't have much hope for this, since I find Champion's Missile IPA rather crummy. Words can't describe how much better I think this one is. The fruit integration is extremely deft in particular, and the base IPA isn't exactly half-bad itself. I'll gladly return to this one in the future - good work, Champion.

3.77/5: Strikes a great medium between fruit juice and beer

Mar 05, 2016
Fruitbasket IPA from Champion Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 174 ratings