IPAs or APAs with the most grapefruit flavor

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  1. BrownAleMale

    BrownAleMale Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2011 Wisconsin
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    After looking at reviews this seems to be a good starting point. Thanks!
  2. Dools9

    Dools9 Zealot (518) Jul 5, 2011 Massachusetts

    Drinkin that right now!
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  3. DrLasers

    DrLasers Initiate (160) Apr 18, 2011 California

    Maximus for sure. And Karl Strauss Tower Ten.
  4. Pando

    Pando Aspirant (208) Dec 5, 2011 Connecticut
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    Gandhi Bot
  5. canucklehead

    canucklehead Poo-Bah (2,464) Mar 7, 2003 British Columbia (Canada)

    I remember Bridgeport IPA having a grapefruit flavour. Also Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn
  6. Schwerzpunkt

    Schwerzpunkt Initiate (0) Oct 9, 2012

    Green Flash West Coast IPA, Flower Power, Southern Tier 2xIPA (really noticed grapefruit with this one)
  7. brikelly

    brikelly Aspirant (269) Apr 11, 2010 Massachusetts
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    Hill Farmstead Society and Solitude #5. May as well have been made with grapefruit, by grapefruit, for grapefruit. On grapefruit day. In grapefruit town. And fermented in grapefruit.

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  8. beercanman

    beercanman Initiate (0) Dec 17, 2012 Ohio

    I get grapefruit from Maximus
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  9. RBassSFHOPit2ME

    RBassSFHOPit2ME Meyvn (1,126) Mar 1, 2009 California

    I'd say pure tangerine juice and fresh cut grass....and dank 420 to boot
  10. phishphorce

    phishphorce Initiate (0) Aug 4, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Tired Hands Flavorama
    HF Citra and Double Citra
  11. RBassSFHOPit2ME

    RBassSFHOPit2ME Meyvn (1,126) Mar 1, 2009 California

    PtE = Tangerine - Pineapple, fresh cut grass and lingering 420

    Bad Boy = Much of the same, add mango

    Heady Topper - Mauna Lai juice and oranges, dank pine.

    Dreadnaught = Big Mango, Tropical juice and BIG Peaches....Marajuana in spades, etc

    ADD highly hyped IPA/DIPA HERE

    Only reason why I can relate to when descriptors of grapefruit come up is becuase IPA & DIPAs finish bitter for the most part. Am I wrong? I LOVE citrussy hops but HATE GRAPEFRUIT as a food.

    Anyone else feel the same way?

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    THANAT0PSIS Crusader (729) Aug 3, 2010 Wisconsin
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    Taste is subjective; that may as well be this site's mantra.

    To answer your question, I have gotten grapefruit in Surly Wet 2012, Deschutes Chasin' Freshies, nearly every Sierra Nevada, Founders Double Trouble, Dreadnaught, and Zombie Dust.

    I haven't gotten marijuana in very many beers, so that's my smell/palate fault, I guess?
  13. lucas1801

    lucas1801 Initiate (0) Apr 5, 2012 Massachusetts

    So you have been drinking those IPA's only for 10+years? Try beers with centennial, cascade and especially chinook.
  14. RBassSFHOPit2ME

    RBassSFHOPit2ME Meyvn (1,126) Mar 1, 2009 California

    Many others I left out. Double Sunshine beaming with oranges, mangos and Pineapples (very well balanced with the malts but no straight up grapefruit for me) Feel free to give examples...

  15. drevim

    drevim Initiate (0) Oct 12, 2012 Indiana

    I've pretty much decided to give IPAs a break, because of the grapefruit taste. I would contribute it to my palate, if my wife and dad hadn't said the exact same thing, without any prompting from me.

    They included:
    Zombie Dust (technically an APA)
    etc, etc ,etc....

    Turned down an offer for Heady Topper for fear of the grapefruit hatred.

    Glad it works for you. Wish it would for me, with all the great IPAs out there.
  16. flayedandskinned

    flayedandskinned Initiate (0) Jan 1, 2011 California
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    Try more grapefruit flesh, not just the rind.
  17. lucas1801

    lucas1801 Initiate (0) Apr 5, 2012 Massachusetts

    Finest Kind, Nugget Nectar, Resin, etc
  18. hophead247

    hophead247 Disciple (370) Jan 27, 2008 California
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    Only beer that comes to mind with a big grapefruit punch.
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  19. peteinSD

    peteinSD Initiate (0) Apr 25, 2010 California

    the reference to grapefruit is not literal (if it is you're just wrong) just like when folks write chocolate they are referring to the suggestion or approximation of the flavor rather than the actual taste (have you ever drank a beer that tasted like an actual chocolate bar? doubt it).
  20. Profchaos20

    Profchaos20 Disciple (381) Jan 19, 2012 Pennsylvania

  21. flexabull

    flexabull Poo-Bah (2,311) Mar 9, 2006 California
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    Just had a Flower Power which I though had a distinct grapefruit flavor.
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  22. TheSixthRing

    TheSixthRing Poo-Bah (2,589) Sep 24, 2008 California

    That sounds really, really cannibalistic.
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  23. vurt

    vurt Savant (942) Apr 11, 2004 Oregon
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    A couple weekends ago I tried Fresh Squeezed IPA at the Deschutes Brewpub in Portland. It had plenty of citrus aromas and a huge ruby red grapefruit flavor right up front. Really good stuff. A recent review of the beer mentions that there are plans to bottle it next year, so you might want to keep your eyes open for that one.

    CORKSCREWFISH Initiate (0) Apr 22, 2011 Illinois

    The question must be asked......have you ever actually eaten a grapefruit?
    If so, then I find your disability,to be very odd. On the other hand, you seem to have been blessed with other exraordinary taste abilities,including the ability to taste mauna lai juice in your beer!
  25. franklinn

    franklinn Initiate (0) May 29, 2012 Vermont

    You say you don't like grapefruit, I think it's just your mind associating the flavors that you enjoy in the beer to flavors you know you enjoy. Really, you've listed a lot of other citrus notes you've tasted, just not grapefruit. I love grapefruit, and to me personally, heady topper has HUGE grapefruit notes. As does Dreadnaught. I think you just taste them as other fruits, because you like the way the beer tastes and your mind (and palate) knows the flavors you enjoy.
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  26. HarrySTruman

    HarrySTruman Initiate (0) May 16, 2012 Michigan

    I've never tasted onion/green onion, but there's a whole thread about beers I've had dozens of times that I should have been tasting onions in. I'm not worried about it.
  27. rfbenavi80

    rfbenavi80 Initiate (0) Mar 15, 2010 Missouri

    that's 3 words. :sunglasses:

    Somebody said Hoptimum earlier. Have to agree with that one, also have to agree with PTE being pure grapefruit juice, but to me it also has a ton of sweetness behind all that grapefruit.
  28. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio Initiate (0) Feb 15, 2005 Minnesota

    I'm the same way, I get more grapefruit rind/oil on the nose than the palate. I taste plenty of other citrus fruits in IPAs but not that one, and I have had my fair share of IPAs and DIPAs. Grapefruits don't actually taste the way most people think they do, they are pretty acidic and bitter, much more so than the juicy hop flavors of most modern American IPAs.
  29. wsucoug96

    wsucoug96 Aspirant (204) May 18, 2010 Washington
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    One batch of Hair of the Dog Blue Dot DIPA a couple of years ago had a finish that tasted like I had just eaten a piece of grapefruit. And I do mean that literally. I love grapefruit, so I loved the beer as well. Subsequent batches have not had that punch.
  30. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio Initiate (0) Feb 15, 2005 Minnesota

    I agree, hops have kind of a Rorschach effect to them, they taste and smell different to everyone and reflect things you like or are familiar with.
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  31. RobertColianni

    RobertColianni Zealot (527) Nov 4, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Why are you tasting mango in your beers and weed instead of hops? Never have I tasted a mango IPA, and as you said it...EVER. Stop smoking. Kills cilia.
  32. RobertColianni

    RobertColianni Zealot (527) Nov 4, 2008 Pennsylvania

    A fresh, draught Lagunitas IPA is heavily grapefruit.
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  33. jsteele7777

    jsteele7777 Initiate (0) Jan 18, 2012 Indiana

    Schlafly's Tasmamian IPA is the most grapefruit flavor I've ever gotten.
  34. luisc123

    luisc123 Initiate (173) Oct 20, 2011 California

    I smoked weed for over ten years and I've still never ONCE tasted weed in any beer of mine. I get grapefruit all the time. Palettes, man, crazy things.
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  35. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,346) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    Everyone has their own unique set of taste receptors. You may not be able to taste/smell what people call grapefruit in beer. I get the onion/garlic in some beers. I get pine and tropical fruit in some beers, and my wife gets cat pee.
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  36. fredmugs

    fredmugs Poo-Bah (1,547) Aug 11, 2012 Indiana
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    My note detecting skills is pretty poor but the Good Life Descender IPA I had recently definitely had a grapefruit vibe going on.
  37. Porkhustle

    Porkhustle Initiate (0) Dec 6, 2012

    Grapefruit is the easiest flavor to identify in IPAs because its not a "reminds me of" or a "brings to minds sort of a ....", but rather its grapefruit, in your face waving a Tropicana flag.

    When I had my first DIPA, Hop Wallop, I thought the beer was bad because it tasted exactly like grapefruit
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  38. Daktah

    Daktah Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2011 Illinois

    Caldera, Sculpin, Maharaja, Zombie Dust, Smuttynose IPA, Hop Wallop, Sweetwater.

    Fill in something from a Plains state or Texas and you should have varying degrees of grapefruit wherever you go.
  39. jstilwell

    jstilwell Disciple (334) Oct 21, 2008 Massachusetts
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  40. KevinMc79

    KevinMc79 Initiate (171) Oct 29, 2008 Illinois
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    Union Jack, Odells IPA and Red Chair are my faves
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