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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From:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
 
Ohio, United States
Style:
Imperial IPA
Ranked #2,228
ABV:
8%
Score:
86
Ranked #18,946
Avg:
3.83 | pDev: 8.62%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
13
Status:
Active
Rated:
Aug 06, 2022
Added:
May 26, 2022
Wants:
  0
Gots:
  2
SCORE
86
Very Good
Ruby's Revenge: Imperial Grapefruit IPARuby's Revenge: Imperial Grapefruit IPA
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Rated: 3.67 by Danzifer from Ohio

Aug 06, 2022
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Reviewed by Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
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 -15.9%
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 +2.3%
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 -16.4%
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
 
Rated: 3.74 by Zanico from Ohio

Jul 29, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by PittBeerGirl from Ohio

Jul 27, 2022
 
Rated: 4.03 by DougT from Ohio

Jul 23, 2022
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Rated by pathman from Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
07/21/22 draft @ Winking Lizard Macedonia
Jul 22, 2022
 
Rated: 4.12 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Jul 15, 2022
 
Rated: 3.64 by socon67 from New York

Jul 14, 2022
 
Rated: 3.86 by Giggy from Michigan

Jul 05, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by avisong from Virginia

Jul 04, 2022
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Reviewed by ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a bright gold with a decent head that fades to a ring, minimal lacing. It has the aroma of an IPA, citrus mostly, that should be expected from a brew that puts "Grapefruit " prominently in the name, however it's barely noticeable. That being said, I enjoyed this more than I expected, because it's not to "fruity". Its not Chillwave, but I'd buy it again.
Jul 03, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by BuxMontBeerLover from Pennsylvania

Jul 01, 2022
 
Rated: 4.04 by mpolewan from Ohio

Jun 30, 2022
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Reviewed by damndirtyape from Ohio

3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
16oz can, served in a Duvel tulip. Date stamp 32202BL. 08/17/22C (which I assume is the best-by-date).

Appearance: Amber-gold color, with a thick off-white head with lots of strands of persistent lacing. Translucent - does let light through, but there is notable haze to this beer.

Smell: Citrus, sweet, classic citra hops, but the grapefruit aroma is not really showing up here.

Taste: Tastes a lot like it smells, with some piney hops thrown in. It tastes a bit like an old-school west coast IPA with pine and citrus notes. The grapefruit shows up with a long lingering finish, and it's tart and bit mouth-puckering at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation and good thickness, but VERY sticky on the teeth with that aggressive mouthfeel you get with grapefruit juice really tugging on your palate.

Overall / Drinkability: I had a hard time finishing this beer - good thing I had it with some food, although it clashed. Because it has quite a bit of Grapefruit in it, the IIPA gets lots under it all, and the grapefruit overwhelms. In the end, this is an unbalanced beer. I think the concept is good, but the grapefruit needs to be dialed back a bit.
Jun 25, 2022
 
Rated: 3.68 by Lelampp from Ohio

Jun 23, 2022
 
Rated: 3.78 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey

Jun 20, 2022
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Reviewed by KT3418 from Colorado

3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Great Lakes is lowkey getting too big for their britches when it comes to IPA's. Idc about how real your grapefruit is, it barely shows up on the palate so this essentially is a sweeter Chillwave. It isn't that this is bad, it's absolutely not, it's f*cking boring though.

Once this hits the shelf I need to try it again though.

UPDATE: it hit the shelf. And just like Tidal Fury it expires in a month. So that being, said Superior Distribution is at fault for bad experiences. Obviously I have to go to the brewery every single time which I know the actual Great Lakes people would prefer anyways. This beer is out for months at the brewery before it hits a lot of store shelves. Go to Great Lakes don't buy from a store.
I will say the feel on this one is great.
May 26, 2022
Ruby's Revenge: Imperial Grapefruit IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 20 ratings