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Pulp Friction Grapefruit IPA

July, 2017
Judges Rating: 
24 / 24
6 / 6
35 / 40
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

This beer is being evaluated as a Fruit Beer (BJCP category 29A) with India Pale Ale as the base style. Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice is dominant in the aroma in a delightful way. The grapefruit pulp character is accented well by a hop profile that has grapefruit notes but a touch of pine sap as well. The aroma awakens memories of old-time stick candy setting up the palate for a sweet grapefruit explosion. The appearance is an attractive hazy golden with a study white head. The flavor aligns with the aroma adding a dynamic hop bitterness that detracts slightly from the hop and grapefruit flavors. Overall, the balance of grapefruit is a bit heavy but fits nicely within the style. The mouthfeel is almost a bit sticky from a combination of hop resin, grapefruit, and malt sweetness. This beer comes across as exceptionally fresh and should be sought out by the hop heads that can’t get enough juicy grapefruit presence in their IPAs.