Samuel Adams Rebel Grapefruit IPA
What the brewers say
“Brewed with real grapefruit for a big punch of citrus that amplifies the tropical fruit and citrus notes of one of the Sam Adams brewers’ favorite West Coast hops, Mosaic.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Citrus, grapefruit rind, and orange water, both from the fruit and the hops. Earthy and coniferous forest notes, with herbal and floral notes that support, with a slight honeysuckle character as it warms. It’s very fruity, with a graham cracker and biscuit malt sweetness underneath.”
Flavor: “The citrus flavor is fresh and lively, with flavors from the juice, pith, and peel of the grapefruit. Biscuit malt sweetness is obvious, and the complexity brings out the juiciness of the citrus. The hops are piney and dank, with the bitterness keeping it from being too sweet and juicy. Just a hint of the perfume that was present on the nose, and a bit of burn in the aftertaste that lingers with it.”
Overall: “The grapefruit flavors are like a shot of Ruby Red being dropped into an IPA, and it’s delicious. The flavors and aromas are pronounced and lively.”
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