The latest in Abita Brewing’s Harvest series hit shelves today. According to the label:
Abita Grapefruit Harvest IPA is a brilliant golden IPA with a subtle zest of grapefruit flavor and aroma that enhances the strong hop character. This bright, snappy brew is made with real Louisiana Ruby-Red grapefruits, pale, pilsner and caramel malts and cascade hops.
What do I think about it? It does pour a brilliant golden color. The cascade hops are evident on the nose, with some grapefruit aroma. The initial taste is a bit of hoppiness, then it hits you: tons of grapefruit. If this is “a subtle zest of grapefruit,” I’d hate to see what they consider a big dose of grapefruit. It really overpowers the hoppiness that defines an IPA. I’m not saying this is a bad beer. It’s actually very refreshing and easy to drink. It’s just got too much grapefruit for my hophead tastes. If they’d dial back the fruit and up the dry hopping, this would be a real winner.
Abita Grapefruit Harvest IPA is a good effort. I’m much more of a hop-centric person, and they get lost in this beer. So I would like to see the hops featured more than the grapefruit. But if this gets people to try an IPA, then it’s probably a good thing.
This one earns 3 bottle caps out of 5 from me.