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SPF 50/50

October, 2016

SPF 50/50

Judges Rating: 
90
Aroma: 
21 / 24
Appearance: 
5 / 6
Flavor: 
37 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Grapefruit and IPA seem to be hanging out together everywhere nowadays.  This sample is a 50/50 mix between India Pale Ale and grapefruit juice.   The juice addition contributed a zesty aroma, supported by minor grass and floral notes which were hop-derived. As expected, it poured with only a medium amount of clarity, a murky orange, with a quickly falling white head.  Upon tasting, there was a substantial firmness to the grapefruit component with only minor amount hop bitterness or flavor discernable.  On the bright side, it seemed like there was enough hop bitterness in the brew so that the grapefruit didn’t approach cloying.  There was a fair amount of dryness in the finish, similar to what could be expected by an IPA, which lent a light and refreshing nature.  A good summer drinker, but the IPA character seemed quite muted.

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