Smack Of Grapefruit IPA
Alaskan Brewing Co.

Smack Of Grapefruit IPASmack Of Grapefruit IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #2,399
Ranked #16,520
3.95 | pDev: 10.38%
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States
Very Good
Smack Of Grapefruit IPASmack Of Grapefruit IPA
Notes: 45 IBU
Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 46 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

2.03/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Some flavors just feel faked and artificial. This was right next to wretched. I did drink over half of it, but could go no further. There are so many better grapefruit inspired IPAs. Sculpin comes to mind.

Apr 26, 2019
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Strix from Wisconsin

3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cloudy amber, good initial head

Bready with slight citrus, and a buttery diacetyl note

Dank, earthy, and buttery. Lacking crispness, very sweet and earthy. Seems a bit off.

Suitable mouthfeel.

Perhaps this is not as fresh as it could be, but struck me as off a bit.

Mar 04, 2018
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a lightly hazed amber with a large creamy off white head.

S - Aroma is bready malts, orange peel and grapefruit.

T - The taste is caramel malts, tangerine, mango, orange peel and grapefruit with a piney hop bite in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - This is a solid IPA. The citrus is nice and prominent in the flavor with just enough hop bite, very enjoyable.

Jul 23, 2017
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arizcards from Arizona

4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bomber from TW Arrowhead 4-15-17 for $9.99. Best before 060317 but been stored in the beer fridge since purchase.

Beer poured orange with a very nice white head that has some great hang time.

Nose is a very nice combo of bready malts and grapefruit.

Taste is very well balanced between the bready malts and the grapefruit hop and fruit additions. No bitterness or astringency in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall this is a very nice beer that grew on me with each sip. Very well balanced and dangerously drinkable. Even thought the Pilot Series is a bit expensive i pretty much have loved everything the last several years. Would love to see this in a 12 oz format!

Jun 25, 2017
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smack of Grapefruit pours a copper color, with a long lasting lacing head. Aroma has lots of grapefruit, and earthy hops. Flavor, is the same, earthy backbone, some hops, a good, not overpowering, grapefruit flavor. Good body and feel. Overall, its a little more on the earthy side, with a nice blend of grapefruit.

Jun 21, 2017
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy amber body, white head. Grapefruit, shocker, fills the nose and taste, with caramel malts, hop resin, and in the taste, slight and light passion fruit, lemon, pine, and pear supporting. For a single ipa it really does provide a smack of flavor, a throwback to when grapefruit sculpin blew the beer world's collective mind. Feel has the hops, the fruitiness and malt backbone, very clean and satisfying.

Jun 07, 2017
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garymuchow from Minnesota

3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked this. It wasn't a great IPA base, but it wasn't bad. It's just the grapefruit was done so subtly and nicely. Slightly sweet, slightly tart and each take has it's own soft grapefruit experience. Looked nice with a classic amber color with a slightly off-white head with decent staying power. Moderate feel enhanced the overall experience. Aroma was a little tight with a too soft aroma and needing a little more hop presence.
I had it only a couple days short of best by date, so I wonder how it would have been fresh, but I"m thinking pretty good based upon trial.

May 28, 2017
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jdavin from Washington

2.84/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Very disappointing. Not a West coast IPA at all, like another reviewer said, more like an east coast IPA. Heavy body with sticky mouthfeel and very sweet.

S: Some grapefruit and hop aromas but really overpowered by the caramel malt aromas.

T: caramel malt, sweet, and some fruity hop flavors.

M: Sticky, heavy mouthfeel. Feels underfermented, almost like a barley wine or Dogfish Head 90 Min.

O: Not worth the $10 for a bomber and I almost dumped the rest to switch to aBale Breaker or Fremont IPA. Alaskan Freeride or Icy Bay IPA is much better than this, so I know they know how to make a dry light bodied IPA - this experiment was not what I was looking for.

May 12, 2017
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. Bomber

Pours a pretty nice clean/clear dark golden orange color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which also leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with some nice grapefruit/citrus. The taste is pretty nice hoppy, citrusy, pretty nice grapefruit. Medium body, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, a tasty brew.

Apr 02, 2017
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RyanK252 from California

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours slightly hazy golden orange amber with a frothy beige head that settles to a firm layer and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Mix of citrus and sweet tropical and stone fruit, a little rye spice, bready malt, and caramel sweetness.

T: Citrus, grapefruit, candied orange, and lemon, tropical fruit, mango and passion fruit, peach, apricot, rye spice, faint grassy notes, bready malt, and caramel sweetness.

M: Just a touch on the fuller side of medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Solid beer, but I was hoping for grapefruit, grapefruit, and more grapefruit. I think the use of Citra hops adds a bit too much of a fruity side to what they name would lead you to believe.

Mar 22, 2017
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buschbeer from Ohio

4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1 PINT 6 FL OZ bottle
Served in a tulip glass

This beer pours a brilliant amber color with burnt orange highlights. It is topped with two inches of off white head that leaves some nice lacing.

It has a citrus aroma including grapefruit, but the grapefruit doesn't really stand out as I expected.

The taste is citrus and once again the grapefruit really doesn't stand out any more than other IPA's that I have had that have not added grapefruit.

Medium mouthfeel

This is a well made IPA. I like it. I just don't feel that the added grapefruit really makes it stand out, but as IPA's go, this is a good one.

Mar 06, 2017
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Copper with no clarity, 1/2 a finger of head, and some nice lace left on top of the brew

S - Grapefruit, citrus, oranges, acidic. Nice and hoppy. Smells delicious

T - Like the smell, it's an assault on the citrus senses. Grapefruit dominates. Very tasty!

F - Well carbonated, medium body

O - An awesome grapefruit IPA. Definitely worth picking up

Feb 12, 2017
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superspak from Ohio

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 6/3/2017. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, apricot, mango, melon, passion fruit, lemon/orange peel, light pine, wheat, rye, bread, light caramel, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops, grapefruit, and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, apricot, mango, melon, passion fruit, lemon/orange peel, light pine, wheat, rye, bread, light caramel, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine/grassy/citrus peel bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, apricot, mango, melon, passion fruit, lemon/orange peel, light pine, wheat, rye, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical hops, grapefruit, and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy/sticky, and slightly resin/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 7.2%. Overall this is a great fruited IPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical hops, grapefruit, and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mellow bitterness. Great juicy grapefruit and hop complexity; balanced malt backbone with minimal lingering sweetness. A really enjoyable offering.

Feb 11, 2017
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

he pour reveals a golden-hued amber beer with a finger+ of very slightly off-white head. The aromas, primarily citrus from the Citra/Cascade/Centennial hop combo combined with the grapefruit addition, is surprisingly muted, but the taste is not - loads of citrus flavors, with grapefruit leading the flavor parade.

Significantly more astringent than other grapefruit IPA's I've tried, the rye malt addition elevates this a couple of notches, giving it a sharper bite than I usually associate with an IPA with fruit additions. I'm glad I purchased a 2nd bomber of this, because I really like it.

Feb 05, 2017
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Impetuous from Montana

3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quite beautiful colour - yellow copper. Not orange. Aggressive pour yields moderate head which disappears leaving light film and little to no lacing.

Flavor is very unified, possibly due to the low carbonation it's not waves of flavor but rather a lightly evolving flavor - citrus then hops then malt then a slightly acidic fruitiness.

Quite good!

Jan 20, 2017
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hreb from Washington

3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle best by 053117. Served in a can glass. Beer is very hazy and medium orange in color. Moderate white head. Fruity aroma of yellow grapefruit juice. Flavor: yep, this is a grapefruit IPA. Decidedly moderate in hoppiness and citrus peel, combining to yield a slightly more bitter than average brew (by single AIPA standards), but with a much more fleeting experience on the palate. Strikingly clean in the finish -- bonus points for that. Very drinkable at 7.2% ABV.

Not as good as Sculpin (or a few other IPAs-with-grapefruit-added), but solid, and above expectations for Alaska IMO.

Jan 20, 2017
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best by ? The date got ..okay. I see May 2017.

It is a hazy orange with a finger of foam. Lacing is good.

Grapefruit and orange citrus with some sweet malt in the smell.

Same in the taste. Close to being balanced and so drinkable. The caramel malt grows as the session goes on but never overtakes the delicious hop profile.

Medium is where I put the body and carbonation.

Kinda out of the blue when I saw it on a shelf. I am so glad that I grabbed one.

Jan 18, 2017
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unclekeith from Alaska

4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fresh Bomber into a snifter

L: slight haze, golden hue, 1-finger ivory head
A: grapefruit, citrus, hop
T: more citrus, nice lingering bitterness, slightly sweet
M: full bodied, no alcohol burn
O: a very solid take on a west coast IPA. One of alaskan's best hoppy beers

Jan 01, 2017
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Joosboyd from Alaska

4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Growler poured into a tulip.
L: Cloudy golden in color wth a hint of ruby coming though. White, lacy head that quickly faded.
S: Big hit of citrus smell.
T: Again hit wth citrus and a slight resinous after taste.
F: Good body. Leaves a slight sticky feeling behind.
O: A very good IPA. I would have liked a bit more resinous flavor. Would buy again.

Dec 17, 2015
Smack Of Grapefruit IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 46 ratings