Schlafly Beer Grapefruit IPA
What the brewers say
“We mix the wort with grapefruit puree and let the sugar ferment out, leaving the tropical aromas. American Chinook, Cascade, and Citra hops lend their citrus and floral attributes, and American ale yeast brings a layered fullness.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Subtle aromas, with hints of citrus, grapefruit, orange, and lemon with slightly pithy notes. Blueberry and cherry notes and a tiny bit of dank herbal and floral hops. Bready caramel malt.”
Flavor: “Bergamot, tangerine, and herbal notes up front, with some grapefruit pith and hops. Moderate esters bring in notes of cherry and blueberry, which play nicely with the citrus, the lemongrass, and bitterness of the hops. Light simple malt bill adds a supportive caramel-malt character. It’s well-balanced and not too aggressively bitter, if a bit too pithy. Dry finish, very clean.”
Overall: “For an IPA, the aroma is pretty understated. The fruit and hops blend nicely, but neither stands out. The malts are simple, balanced, pleasant, and dry. The bitterness is firm, but the citrus pith competes, making it too pithy to be pleasant. It’s more bitter than fruity, yet it’s drinkable on a summer day.”
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