ABV: 5.5 IBU: 85
Ghostfish Brewing Company Grapefruit IPA
What the brewers say
“Brewed with grapefruit peel and a mysterious new hops code named ‘Experimental Grapefruit,’ this IPA is a serious citrus bomb. Lively and bright, bracingly bitter, and eminently refreshing.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “An initial blast of catty, dank hops that subsides to a more balanced citrus character, both from hops and the grapefruit. A touch of caramel malt sweetness adds to the citrus and the juicy character. Floral and fruity esters of cherry and peach add depth.”
Flavor: “The grapefruit pithiness ushers in a healthy dose of dank, piney, resinous, tart hops. The grapefruit flavor is mostly rind, but a bit of juice. Biscuit maltiness on the back end and some caramel malt sweetness lend a fullness to the body and round it out. Floral esters and the hops bitterness linger through the aftertaste.”
Overall: “An aggressive pale ale that uses the grapefruit to accentuate the citrus and dank flavors already present from the hops used. A bit more malt would help to balance the sticky resinous mouthfeel that lingers on the tongue. But for the grapefruit lover, this beer is for you.”
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