The Hook Grapefruit Session IPA

New Hampshire
United States
The Hook Grapefruit Session IPA by Starr Hill Brewery
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
80
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
30 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20
Description 

The tart freshness of grapefruit perfectly complements this full-flavored beer’s bright citrus hop character, while its sessionable body brings you back for more.

Profile

ABV: 
4.9%
IBUs: 
38
Served at: 
50 - 55°
Hops: 
Apollo, Centennial, Citra, Mosaic & Falconer’s Flight
Malts: 
2-Row, Crystal, Honey Malt & Golden Oats
Judges Review 
Josh Weikert's picture
Judges Rating:
80
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
30 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

The Hook Grapefruit Session IPA by Starr Hill Brewery (BJCP Category 21B: Specialty IPA) shows promise, but seems to be showing some fragility in its flavor as oxidation takes a bit of a toll.

The beer pours brilliantly clear and surprisingly dark (light amber) for a session IPA, with very little off-white head.  The aroma carries a strong whiff of grapefruit (as we might expect) and a bit of low caramel and spicy hops aroma.  Unfortunately, it also conveys a moderate musty, stale oxidative character.  The flavor is dilute, but still pleasant, with moderate toast and medium bittering, but very little (bordering on none) hops flavor carrying it into a dry finish.  The body is light with moderate carbonation; the brewery describes this as "sessionable body," and they're not wrong, but with the flat/absent flavors it just seems watered down.  

There's a distinct lack of hops character here, and I think it's a fair assessment to say that a fresher sample would probably have fared better.  This score aside, I'll still look for it on tap to see if it stands up better, because the bones seem solid!

Brewery Introduction

In the mid-90’s, Master Brewer Mark Thompson returned to his native Virginia from Portland, OR, having learned two things: First, that the craft of artisanal brewing was one part science and one part art; and second, that making delicious beer was a lot cooler than anything he had ever done as a... Read More

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