Oh, how I love grapefruit!
I am a fan of grapefruit juice in the mornings and have been known to occasionally mix juice and vodka for an evening cocktail. A few months ago, I ran across a beer that had grapefruit on the label. Grapefruit and beer?!? That’s a thing? Well, apparently it is because when I set out on a mission to find as many as I could, I was surprised by the amount of beers I found. What I found were mainly American craft beers and only one import. I also found that American breweries like to mix all kinds of things in their beer; coffee, chocolate, pears, peach, watermelon pineapple, and habanero to name a few. Habanero? Yes, habanero. In the end, I settled on these 8 different brews. Remember, I am not under any circumstances a beer connoisseur nor do I frequent the beer review websites. I have never written a beer review before so you will not find any details about IBU’s (malt/bitterness ratios), which I am still not certain about.
Brewery: Ballast Point Brewing Company, Bend, Oregon
Alcohol (ABV): 6.40%
Advertising details from the brewery: Our Grapefruit Sculpin is the latest take on our signature IPA. Some may say there are few ways to improve Sculpin’s unique flavor, but the tart freshness of grapefruit perfectly complements our IPA’s citrusy hop character. Grapefruit’s a winter fruit, but this easy-drinking ale tastes like summer.
Pour details: Pours beautifully with a foamy head. Golden honey in color.
Aroma and Taste: This is the beer that had me on a mission to taste all grapefruit beer. I have tasted it on tap, in a bottle, and in a can. On tap is BY FAR the best, not that the others are bad but the grapefruit definitely comes out on tap. This particular tasting was out of the bottle. It has a wonderful hop nose and when tasted, the hops is light and subtle. The grapefruit lingers nicely on the tongue.
Where can I get this? Available year round. Found in many stores, I found mine at my Total Wine.
**Side Note: I must have great taste because this is the most expensive, almost twice as much as the others.
Juiced Grapefruit Double IPA
Brewery: Out of Bounds Brewing Company, Placer County (Rocklin, CA)
Style: Double IPA
Alcohol (ABV): 8.00%
Advertising details from the brewery: We use natural grapefruit flavors in this decadent West Coast IPA, lending intense aromas of fresh grapefruits and the mild lingering subtle bitterness of natural grapefruit. Refreshing, yet rich with big West Coast hoppiness, this 8.0% ABV grapefruit IPA appeals to all masses and brings a new level of quality to the infused West Coast IPA style. Enjoy fresh!
Pour details: Golden orange with a thin head.
Aroma and Taste: Orange with a touch of pine. Really, the only reason I could figure out pine is because my favorite essential oil blend is Grapefruit and White Pine. I told you, this is from a chick’s point of view. This beer is easy drinking and refreshing. Very citrusy, but not overpowering. Grapefruit lingers in after taste.
Where can I get this?: I found this while vacationing in Lake Tahoe, about 2 hours from the brewery. You can find mostly California and Nevada but it is coming soon to Pittsburgh, Texas, and Arizona (YAY!).
Hefeweizen Grapefruit Bier
Brewery: Schöfferhofer, Germany
Style: Grapefruit Hefeweizen
Alcohol (ABV):2.5 %
Advertising details from the brewery: we’re the world’s first Hefeweizen (wheat beer) grapefruit beer. Best served cold, it’s the perfect casual brew to cool you off during the summer, but it can be enjoyed all year round any time of the day. It’s a true 50/50 blend of total refreshment made from 50% Schofferhofer Hefeweizen blended with 50% carbonated juice of 100% natural ingredients.
Pour details: Very pale orange, reminded me of Fanta.
Aroma and Taste: Very fruity. Not my favorite as a beer. I am not sure how this even classifies as beer, maybe because they threw in a splash with some grapefruit concentrate. With that said, the recipe on the website for French Ruby sounds fantastic and I may try it when the weather gets hot.
Where can I get this? Widely available. I found this one at our local Total Wine but you can find out where to find one near you on the website.
Brewery: Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams), Boston, Massachussetts
Style: American IPA
Alcohol (ABV): 6.3%
Advertising details from the brewery: Rebel Grapefruit is 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.
Pour details: Golden Honey in color with a thin head.
Aroma and Taste: Very smooth. Tastes of hops and orange citrus with grapefruit lingering in the after taste.
Where can I get this? Available year-round, nationwide. Found in many stores, I found mine at my local Safeway.
Fresh Squeezed IPA
Brewery: Deschutes Brewery, Bend, Oregon
Alcohol (ABV): 6.40%
Advertising details from the brewery: This mouthwateringly delicious IPA gets its flavor from a heavy helping of Citra and Mosaic hops. Don’t worry, no fruit was harmed in the making of this beer.
Pour details: Pours clear amber with a thin head.
Aroma and Taste: This was one of my favorites. It has a nice mellow hoppy (is that a word) taste with mellow citrus notes. Very smooth with a dry finish. Great with food and alone.
Where can I get this? Available year round. Found in many stores, I found mine at my local Safeway.
Shock Top Ruby Fresh
Brewery: Anheuser-Busch, St. Louis, Missouri
Style: Fruit Beer
Alcohol (ABV): 5.20%
Advertising details from the brewery: Slightly tart, subtly sweet, majorly refreshing. This Belgian-style ale balances the delicious sweetness and tartness of the perfect grapefruit for when you’re craving something a little more.
Pour details: Pours bright yellow, with very little head.
Aroma and Taste: No….just no. It starts with a citrusy nose and is very fruity. It has a strong mixture of citrus and coriander, and not in a good way. I couldn’t even finish this one.
Where can I get this? Available February- April. I found mine at my local Total Wine.
Shiner Ruby Redbird
Brewery: Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner, Texas
Style: Fruit Beer/lager
Alcohol (ABV): 4.01%
Advertising details from the brewery: Popping the top on this brew is like slicing into a ripe Texas ruby red grapefruit. A bold kick of ginger combines with the citrus for a tart refreshing lager that’s perfect anytime of year.
Pour details: Very bubbly light head, darker golden honey in color.
Aroma and Taste: A very light beer with malty and ginger notes in aroma. A touch sweet with ginger taste, very little grapefruit. Not my favorite. I like ginger in my Muleys, but not in my beer.
Where can I get this? Available year round. I found mine at my local Total Wine.
Pilot Series: Smack of Grapefruit IPA
Brewery: Alaskan Brewing Co. / Juneau Alaska
Style: American IPA
Alcohol (ABV): 7.2 %
Advertising details from the brewery: A unique grapefruit IPA that has just enough bitterness to smack your taste buds with bright, dry tartness.
Pour details: Pours a beautiful orangish amber with a foamy head.
Aroma and Taste: Nose has a nice blend of subtle hops and citrus. This is a great IPA but doesn’t really have all that much grapefruit. I believe, more of the citrus comes out than anything. A touch more grapefruit and this could have been a real winner.
Where can I get this? Limited Edition. I found mine at my local Total Wine.
In the end, I would purchase the Grapefruit Sculpin, the Juiced Grapefruit, the Rebel Grapefruit and the Fresh Squeezed IPA again. They were all medium bodied, subtle hops with a nice blend of citrusy/grapefruit flavor. All fabulous choices served ice cold on a hot summer’s day. I hope you enjoyed this review and find one that suits your palettes.