Ruby's Revenge Imperial Grapefruit IPA
Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Ruby's Revenge Imperial Grapefruit IPARuby's Revenge Imperial Grapefruit IPA
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Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States
Imperial IPA
Ranked #2,080
Ranked #17,392
3.87 | pDev: 7.24%
Sep 24, 2023
May 26, 2022
Fiercely fresh ruby red grapefruit tangles with tantalizing citrusy hop aromas to cultivate this biting Imperial IPA.

Hops: Cascade, Centennial
Malts: 2-Row Base Malt, Caramel 10
Specials: Grapefruit Puree, Citrus Peel, Ginger
IBU: 75
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Reviewed by cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours red orange with a small white head. Smells of citrus, especially grapefruit. Tastes of citrus hops with a bit of grapefruit. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.
Sep 24, 2023
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Reviewed by TurboMon_911 from New Jersey

3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured a semi-lucid burnt orange color into a pint glass with tons of visible carbonation and a creamy white head that dissipates quickly but leave an ample amount of fine lacing behind. Aroma of oranges and grapefruit with slight hint of passion fruit present. Citrus flavors up front with constant bitterness throughout and nice clean tart finish. Light to medium bodied with very little malt presence. Not very complex, but easy to drink and quite refreshing. Nice job guys!
Sep 22, 2023
Rated: 3.98 by cabsandking from Ohio

Sep 08, 2023
Rated: 4.04 by Pathologic

Aug 07, 2023
Rated: 3.65 by CoasterGuy from Pennsylvania

Aug 01, 2023
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Reviewed by Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
7/15/23, Apothecary Tap House in Morgantown

Beautiful copper color, foamy head that dissipated quickly leaving a beautiful lacing.

Very fruity, juicy sweet in aroma. I can get the grapefruit, but the aroma is more orange. Bright citrus and a slight sour finish off the nose.

Bright carbonation hits the tongue immediately, but settles quickly without foaming up the mouth. Very tart, bitter and sour grapefruit flavors abound with a slight toasted cracker finish. But the bitterness that remains in the mouth is wild! It's a nice, drinkable offering.
Jul 15, 2023
Rated: 4.17 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

Jun 30, 2023
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Reviewed by DDiFran from Ohio

3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 16 oz can into an imperial pint glass.
L: pale copper. Had a nice head but it very quickly disappeared
S: strong grapefruit
T: also a lot of grapefruit with just enough hops to keep it fresh
F: crisp
O: solid. Thought there was just enough grapefruit over hops to make it very tasty
Jun 18, 2023
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Reviewed by Peach63 from New York

4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Light amber with a 1" cream-colored head, which lasts. Moderate lacing.

Aroma is floral, grapefruit, pine.

Taste is very grapefruity, pine, light toffee, resinous.

Medium body, lively carbonation. Dry, resinous finish.

If you like grapefruit, you'll love this.
Nov 20, 2022
Rated: 3.84 by prototypic from Ohio

Oct 22, 2022
Rated: 3.98 by ummswimmin from New Jersey

Oct 15, 2022
Rated: 3.77 by Blogjackets from Ohio

Sep 17, 2022
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Copper penny colored with a fingernail of off white around the rim and covering nearly all of the top. The aroma is of citrus and grapefruit. I’m tasting citrus quickly transitioning into lightly bitter and tart grapefruit. The mouth is dry and sticky.
Sep 11, 2022
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Reviewed by izraelc from New York

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a hazy pink orange. Medium foam. Light grapefruit aroma. Sweet ruby red grapefruit body. Mild bitter finish. Not too sweet. Very good grapefruit flavor. One of the better ones I've had.
Aug 21, 2022
Rated: 3.67 by Danzifer from Ohio

Aug 06, 2022
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Reviewed by Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a pale yellow with ruby highlights and an off white head.

Floral hops, ruby red grapefruit, and earthy grain malt.

Ruby red grapefruit more bitter than sweet with a touch of Amarillo hops and dry earthy, whole grain malt.
Aug 02, 2022
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Reviewed by brownsfan1226 from Ohio

3.22/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25
Overall, I was rather disappointed by this IPA, which continues GLBC's trend of seemingly tweaking the same base IPA with various additives.

L: Caramel Red, fits with the beer's namesake.
S: Nothing particularly stood out in terms of the aroma beyond some mild citrus notes.
T: Again, this just tasted like a malty GLBC IPA. No real grapefruit flavor stood out. I found it to be more piney than anything, with an occasional caramel note. I honestly had trouble finishing this one, because it had nothing that particularly warranted my attention.
Feel: Maybe it was just the tap system at the bar I was at, but I was surprised how flat, yet thick the overall mouth feel was on this beer.

Overall, I wasn't a particular fan of this iteration of GLBC IPA. It was neither as hop expressive as Lake Erie Monster, nor as dynamically flavored as Chillwave or Nosferatu.
Aug 02, 2022
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Reviewed by cjeep from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I like this outfit and I like this beer. I don’t understand some of the reviews.
L: drinking from the can and it’s a crazy can. Evoking little shop of horrors or some thing. Except it’s a grapefruit.
S: I get the grapefruit smell. Little bit of sweetness in the nose.
T: I get plenty of grapefruit flavor. Get that slight bitterness of the pith. The taste may not be the strongest point. A bit one dimensional. But still tasty.
F: smooth and rich
Oh: not my favorite from this group but definitely worthy.
Aug 02, 2022
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Ruby’s Revenge from Great Lakes Brewing. Purchased at Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA, 27/07/22 for $ 3.00 (Including tax), $ 0.188/oz. In reefer at store, stored at 37 degrees at home. Reviewed 29/07/22. Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
Stamped on bottom of can “08/26/22”. Served at 45.6 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King Snifter. Final temperature 53.7 degrees.
Appearance – 3.75.
First pour – Straw (SRM 3), slight haze.
Body – Pale Gold (SRM 4), opaque. When rear-lite, translucent gold with suspension of near-microscopic particles.
Head – Average (Maximum 3.2 cm, aggressive center pour), white, creamy with good retention, receding to a three to six mm crown fed by effervescence, and a rocky partial cap. A couple islands of lacing remain as the head contracts.
Lacing – Fair. Irregular jagged band of tiny to small bubbles. See also above.
Aroma – 3– A bit of tropical fruit and hops. No particular aroma of grapefruit. No malt, no yeast.
Flavor – 3.25 – Follows the nose. A bit tropical fruity with some hop bitterness. Again, no grapefruit, at least no Ruby Reds. Weak malt, no yeast. No ethanol (8 % ABV as marked on label) aroma or taste. Moderate gastric warming. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl. Ends slightly bitter.
Palate – 3 – Medium, watery, soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 3.25 Disappointing. I LOVE Ruby Reds and eat a tonne of them every season – this beer is distinctly lacking their distinct flavor and aroma. Other than destroying my grapefruit expectations, I would have rated this Impy IPA higher.
Jul 29, 2022
Ruby's Revenge Imperial Grapefruit IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 35 ratings