Shaddock IPA | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Shaddock IPAShaddock IPA

Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
X-114 IPA brewed with Grapefruit peel

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Photo of Provalov
4.59/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden light-brown, poured into a Widmer 16oz. glass with two finger head that dissipates slowly. Significant lacing. Note: The last glass poured from the growler 24 hours later still had significant head -- nice retention.

S: Widmer got this so right. The combination of Citra hops and grapefruit peel works a special magic. Big grapefruit nose. Clean, fresh-sliced aroma, some pine, other citrus.

T: Classic APA boldness. A slap of hop flavor from the start that stays as a backbone. Very strong, juicy grapefruit rind bitterness. Malt is present, maybe caramelly, but is overcome by satisfying resinous hoppy flavor.

M: Moderate oily hop feel. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol.

I could drink this one all summer. It's one I hope Widmer doesn't leave behind, but instead gives a recurring role.

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Photo of rjlemmon
4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This tied for my favorite beer at GABF last night. I can't comment much on appearance based on the sampler cup, but the combination of Citra hops and grapefruit peel was amazing. The aroma was unmistakably Citra, but there was a nice amount of grapefruit in the flavor. I would have never thought of using them together but it worked perfectly. Definitely not a standard IPA but excellent nonetheless.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my slim goblet... Nice white head... decent lacing... The brew is clear golden.

Nose shows bunches of citrus and just hints of pale malt.

Good bitterness.... very balanced and drinkable IPA... tons of citrus notes and still never too bitter... light pale malt just carries the hops forever.. very fresh and very approachable....

Body and carbonation are pretty much spot-on. Dry and nicely hopped... Digging it for sure... I hope Widmer makes this a new always available brew.


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Photo of dfillius
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass
A: Aggressive pour yields 1 finger of tight, just off-white head with good to great retention. Crystal clear brass colored liquid. Nearly perfect.
S: Man Candy - candied pineapple, hint of grapefruit, mango, passion fruit. Slight ginger maybe. Slight boozy ester underneath knocks it down from perfection.
T: Tart and bitter grapefruit peel right up front. Some faint biscuit in the open as well. Slight ester with faint cardboard afterwards in the middle. Very bitter; a bit more balance would be nice. Later sips become balanced. Grapefruit rind is still the dominant flavor. Slight lime is present maybe.
M: Strong bite up front, but it fades into the background later on. Creamy even after a while.
O: Quite enjoyable. I'd order another and buy 6. I'm glad the balance increases with time. Isn't necessarily better than X-114, but it's damn good!

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 7/4/12
*From notes

-- Shared a sixer with my Pops on the 4th --

A: Clean 14k gold. I'd prefer this to be unfiltered, but I digress. A good pour yields a 1.25 finger white head with decent lacing. Moderate retention. Not getting a big collar, but I'll live.

S: Wow. This is absolutely out of bounds. The grapefruit peel and citra hops jump out of the bottle the moment the top comes off. I pop the cap and BAM! It hits my nose like a Mac truck. Juicy. Sweet. Amazing.

T: The flavor profile isn't far behind. Lots of bone dry grapefruit from top to bottom. Then the citra hits. And they marry beautifully. Unlike Widmer's Citra Summer, this is very generous with the Citra hops. A bit bready on the back, more doughy then baked. Let this one warm a bit for all of the deliciousness to show itself, including some orange zest and crazy floral hop oil.

M: Not dense but decent. As with the appearance, I really wish this was unfiltered. It would add more to the body and complexity. As it is, it's alright.

O: I seriously can't believe how much I like this. Widmer's Shaddock IPA is crazy tasty. I'm not kidding. For you Citra beer geeks out there, you need to seek this out as soon as you humanly can. The grapefruit and Citra hops are the match made in beer geek heaven. I've stayed away from the CBA's beers too long. This one proves I need to venture into their collective portfolio more intently. Massive, big thumbs up.

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Photo of eporter66
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served in a pint glass - 12oz bottle

I came to the party a little late on this one, I've enjoyed Widmer Bros Rotator series, but somehow missed this release. I got my first 6-pack in November and found another on the shelves in late december....oh well

A - Golden color, with 1 finger head and decent lacing

S - It hits you with the citrusy smell of grapefruit right off the pour. My mouth started to water before I could get the glass to my mouth.

T - Nice upfront grapefruit, a little malt in the middle and some hop bite at the end. I loved reading about the brewing and the use of the grapefruit peels in the process. I was already a fan of the X-114, so throwing a little grapefruit in the mix only upped the level of enjoyment for me.

M - Good mouthfeel, I like the carbonation as well.

O - This is a favorite IPA for me. I hope it comes back again, not sure where the company is going with this rotator series, if they will continue to experiment, or keep putting out the same. I really hope Shaddock makes a return, one of my favorite IPA's I've had in awhile.

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Photo of Kendo
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is clear, golden-tangerine in color with a small white head on top. Lots of fine-bubbled carbonation rising - all the way to the bottom of the glass. Some splotchy lace on the way down.

S: Grapefruit & grapefruit pith over a faintly sweet malt foundation.

T: A touch of bready malt underneath, but then it's all about the citrus and grapefruit. Finishes with a grapefruity, lemony bitterness that lingers on the palate.

M: Pretty creamy; those fine bubbles of carbonation soften the feel. Call it light-to-medium in heft.

O: Very good stuff. I know it seems like "cheating" to add grapefruit peels to get that citrusy, grapefruity taste (instead of just relying on the hops), but I don't care - it works.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a glowing light orange color. Body is completely transparent. Head is perfect. An inch high and off white. The head never shies off. Good lacing too.

S-Uber-ripe citrus flesh hops. Clementines, oranges and grapefruits. Light grassiness. The citrus/grass hop combo makes me immediately think 'Citra Hop!'. Doesn't smell like it will be overly bitter. Just a ton of citrus rind and citrus flesh. Light cracker malt.

T-Zesty and ripe clementines. All the citrus really envelopes the palate then a light mixture of grass and spice tickles the senses. Blatantly Citra hops. Just so ripe and juicy and alive. Malt is sweetened soft white bread. Great session IPA.

M-Very light and very, very sessionable. Carbonation is mellow and soothing. Finishes with some needed bitterness and dryness but neither are very intense.

O/D-I think Widmer makes some underrated hoppy brews. I really enjoyed their X-114 IPA and I enjoy this even more. The grapefruit peel addition was a big time advancement for this brew. Widmer is very legit.

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Photo of tdm168
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Sawmill Tap Room on 8/15/12.

A - bright orange with a soft, white head that has good retention

S - huge grapefruit aromas, very faint malt

T - grapefruit, light malt, very faint pine

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, smooth

This is a solid, very drinkable beer, but it's simple and one-dimensional. The grapefruit-citrus notes are all that this has to offer. It wasn't bad, but in the end I wouldn't want more than one.

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Photo of CHickman
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy light orange gold color with a huge 2 finger foamy white head that was full of bubbles and looked like a cloud, fading very slowly and leaving very good foamy lacing clinging to the sides.

Smells like a grapefruit was just squirted in your face, with a very potent citrus aroma which had lemon zest, orange peel, citrus hops, tangerine, tea leaf, grains, light spices and grass; the citrus and grapefruit burst out of the glass, and there’s just enough grains to keep it in check. Never had the X-114 IPA, but this beer smells great if you like grapefruit – the experiment paid off in the nose.

Tastes like grapefruit, and man is it bitter just like grapefruit juice; the flavor has a mix like the nose of citrus hops, lemon zest, orange peel, tangerine, tea leaf, grains, coriander, pepper, biscuit and grass; the citrus and grapefruit flavors are so strong that everything else just works to try to contain them, but this beer has a Hulk-a-mania attack on your taste-buds with the grapefruit bitterness just sizzling my tongue, and then thankfully calming down a little bit to allow the grains and spices to add a little relief. The grapefruit flavor borders on being too much, but it worked really well for me since the concept of this beer was to alter an IPA with grapefruit peels – this beer is not for everyone, but it was tasty and refreshing and brings a great bitter kick that completely hides the ABV. Extra points for altering another beer and making it work with such an extreme measure.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with a light body, mild carbonation and a very bitter finish that almost ends dry. The flavor burst of citrus and grapefruit up front trails off enough to make this a beer more than just a new twist on an existing beer, but something you want to grab on a hot summer day. Overall it was very interesting and very tasty. A definite recommendation.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes (7/4/12). 12 oz. bottle poured into wine glass.

A - Vibrant orange in color without much head or lacing.

S - Big citrus hops, dank grapefruit. Some cracker malts. One of the biggest citrus aromas I have smelled outside the notorious IPA's (Sculpin, Heady Topper, etc.).

T - Taste follows the nose, dominated by tart citrus. The finish is bitter, but refreshing. Very little malt flavor and a great hop presence.

M - Good carbonation with a light-medium body that drys, but refreshes the palate on each sip.

O - I was very impressed by this beer. Fantastic citrus and hops make for a perfect summertime session beer. This is probably the best of the series I have had and I would recommend it, especially for the price.

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Photo of Beerlover
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this is a great example of an ipa thats a little different or off the beaten path from a normal ipa. appearence is lacking but thats ok cuz i dont drink beers bucz they "look good" the aroma is similar to a normal ipa but with ad slightly sweet mild woodsy smell... they taste again is just a little deeper than a normal ipa with a pleasant but thick citrus undertone (probably from the peels). i regret not trying the first 5 from the widmer rotater series now that i've found this one to be so good. thanks for the 2 bottles blake ;)!

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Photo of RJLarse
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought a six pack of Shaddock IPA in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a bright gold color, clear, lightly carbonated with a fluffy white head.

Smell is a light pine and citrus aroma

Taste is a malt presence up front, a sweet bread flavor, and a light citrus flavor on the finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, with a dry mildly bitter aftertaste.

Overall a very drinkable IPA. The l;able says it is the X-114 IPA brewed with grape fruit peels. I liked the X-114 and this is as good.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium sized white head sits above a rich yellow golden colored beer.

Citrus fruits like grapefruits dominate a pretty nice hops aroma.

A dry citrus hops with light pine taste, with a very light grassy note.

A citrus filled dry to bitter dry aftertaste on this medium bodied IPA.

A decent drink, I could drink a bunch of these, but I also think I would have to mix it up with a glass of ice water or two.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a brandy snifter. Bottled 12 May 2012.

A: A fluffy finger of loose head is relatively short-lived. Clear, thin amber.

S: Pine resin and grapefruit peel. Not unexpected, but very pleasant.

T: Deliciously bitter hops have excellent depth of flavour. Floral and spicy initially, there is a smooth fruitiness, followed by a long, citrus-peel-bitter finish. Delicious.

O: A really nice IPA, much better than expected. Recommended. Would drink again.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped 08:37NH-JUN2012. Sampled on December 8, 2012 so I don't know if the June 2012 date is a bottling date or an expiration date.

The pour is pale copper to orange with the slightest haze and a fuzzy white head.

The aroma is pleasantly hopped with floral notes galore and a slight pale malt or bready ester.

The body is pleasingly medium with a creamy feel on my tongue.

The taste is very much like the aroma with a decent dose of floral hops through and through and a lingering, but modest bitterness at the end. This is a well done American IPA.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-oz. bottle into a pint glass at my house on Sept. 20, 2012 (purchased at Vons in Mission Gorge (San Diego, Calif.) for a 6-pack price of $8.99 (I think) (with card) on Sept. 19, 2012)). About a finger of head. Honey golden with white head. Average-to-below retention all-around.

Smelled a gigantic whiff of grapefruit citrus hops. Also some lemon and floral notes. A bit bitter, but it all comes together nice.

Tasted close to the nose, but didn’t have the same impact as the nose. Got that grapefruit taste in the front, which gave way to a huge bitter aftertaste. Could almost taste the grapefruit seeds. Got a slight taste of floral hops as well.

Light body. Thin texture. Average-to-above average carbonation. Long, bitter finish.

A pretty good beer overall. I enjoyed it, but I don’t know how I’ll enjoy the other five.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$2.99 bomber? Yes please...Widmer, you've trapped me again. Poured into a New Belgium Globe.

A: Truly beautiful darker gold with a lovely, large white head that retains and leaves great lacing; truly impressive.

S: Grapefruit...go figure...touch of citrus and tropical fruitiness, tea leaf, citrus pith and rind.

T: Taste follows the nose, dominant grapefruit character with suggestions of tropical fruit, orange, and grapefruit rind...modest hints of pine...nice pulling bitter finish...

MF: Good body for an IPA, bitter light mouthfeel with medium to low carbonation.

O: This is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the crappy Reno Blues & Brews festival. Aside from Lagunitas offerings and this beer, it was an underwhelming festival.

Pours a copper color, 1" white head, decent lace on the plastic cup they give you. Nice aroma of grapefruit and hops.

Taste, mmm, the grapefruit is there, but soft, like pink grapefruit with a tiny bit of sugar to take the bitter sting away. Still plenty of bitterness. Just like the X-114 otherwise.

I had this a month or so later, and man, it was a shell of its former self. Its a bummer so many places have old ass Widmer ipa's on the shelf, because they are really good when fresh. For instance, its the end of September right now. My local Safeway has Spiced IPA from Widmer in its cooler, born on date, Jan 7, 2012. Ugh.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a semi-hazy golden color with a good finger's worth of head, average retention, and resulting lace that's thin but sticky.

Smell - A nice grapefruit aroma. Sweet. Ruby-reddish.

Taste - Predominately grapefruit. A solid bready malt character gives this a steady backbone, but doesn't detract from what this beer is about, which is all grapefruit.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Carbonation lends to a nice bit on the lips and tongue. Goes down fairly smooth.

Overall - Yes! There it is, Widmer Rotator series! Finally! Loads better than it's Rotator counterparts. O'Ryely and Spiced IPA were horrendous. The X-114 was average. This one delivers. I was hesitant to try another in the Rotator series... now I've only got one to go, the Falconer, and I shall do so without the fear that was instilled within me by the O'Ryely and Spiced IPA.

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Photo of Docer
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: (4.0)

- Pours a nice clear copper amber with a fluffy white head. The two fingers of head stick around a bit, and settle with thick lace in the glass, and a thin spotty blanket over the brew. Clean and nice looking.

Smell: (4.0)

- Nice earthy and herbal hop with a citrus punch to the nose. Light grapefruit from what must be both the fruit, and the hop. A nice sweet grainy malt is present. Seems rather spicy and earthy as well. Good hop highlights with this one.

Taste: (4.0)

- Very balanced and tasty brew. The hop bitterness melds well with the lightly sweet caramel and biscuity malt. Pine, grass, and earthy hops are up front, and yet finish with a nice citrus and spicy flare. There is a slight grapefruit taste, but not very much. It's hard to tell the difference between it, and the hops. Perhaps I could use even a little more grapefruit.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)

- Overall this is a light to medium bodied brew, very well carbonated and easy to drink. It is just a touch cloying and dry from the hop bitterness, and leaves the mouth watering for more. A refreshing summertime number.

Overall: (4.0)

- Solid brew, and great for a sunny summer afternoon. It drinks well, has wonderful hop flavors, and is very well balanced. I just wish there was a little more grapefruit kick to it. From what I remember at the Oregon Brewers Festival a couple years back, it indeed had more grapefruit then.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Little head on a clear golden body. Excellent lacing. Earthy and fruity hop aroma and some breads and grain. Pine and floral hops with subtle citrus tartness on a pale malt base. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Not too bad. Widmer beers are growing on me.

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Photo of olmatty
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean light orange with a white head. Smells of grapefruit zest and piney and citrus hops. Flavor is well balanced between hops, grapefruit and middling malt body. A dry finish. Balance is key here with grapefruit rind apparent, but not overwhelming. I'm really enjoying my fourth encounter with this rotating IPA.

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Photo of oberon
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on August 12 2012. Poured into a nonic a dull light to medium golden with a thinner white head atop.The grapefruit rind comes through in the nose along with tropical fruitiness from the hops,not much malt except for a little dryer crispness.The grapefruit again plays a large on the palate with some stone fruit and a tinge of sweet alcohol,the malt base is somewhat dry and crisp.A solid offering here,it makes since to put grapefruit rind in an American IPA,it enhances the hop flavors.

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Photo of John_M
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled the other day in PDX (thanks Harry!).

The beer pours a peachy gold color with fairly good head retention and decent lacing. The nose is attractive, showcasing considerable grapefruit bitterness (natch), a hint of pine and light tangerine. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this West Coast all the way style IPA, and I thought there was just enough sweet orange citrus and grapefruit flavor to counter and balance the nice hoppy bitterness in this beer. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with a fairly long, refreshingly bitter finish. There's a hint of skunky weed in this beer as well, which is an added bonus in my mind. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and drinkability is quite good.

Nice, solid, easy to appreciate IPA from Widmer.

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