SweetWater Brewing jumped on the fruited IPA train back in the summer with Goin’ Coastal IPA back in the summer. That pineapple infused tropical IPA was a success, so now the brewery is releasing another rendition, Squeeze Box IPA with grapefruit. SweetWater was again kind enough to send me a couple of sample cans of this beer, so let’s dive in and see what I think.
Here’s what SweetWater says about Squeeze Box:
Slice open citrus heaven with this grapefruit laced IPA. Bright and crisp with five tropical hop additions and dosed with a shot of grapefruit, it’s a refreshing new squeeze.
Slice one open!
Availability–12oz cans, 6-packs 12oz bottles, Winter Variety Pack can and bottle, 15.5 Gallon 1/2Bbl kegs (US Sankey), 5 gallon torpedo kegs
Grains – 2-Row, Munich, Wheat, 70/80, Midnight Wheat
Hops – Chinook, Cascade, Columbus, Simcoe, Goldings, Centennial
Specs – ABV: 6.1% IBU’s: 45
Squeeze Box pours a light orange color and has nice clarity to it. The slightly off white head sticks around for a bit. The aroma wasn’t nearly as grapefruit forward as I anticipated it to be. There were some slight citrus notes to it, but overall, it was pretty tame. The first sip also seemed restrained. Some of the grapefruit IPAs I’ve had have been pretty intense. This one swings the other way. Had I tasted this one blind, I never would have guessed it was a grapefruit infused IPA.
Where I really had an issue with this beer was on the finish. It was actually kind of off putting. Perhaps that’s where the grapefruit came in, but honestly, it had some light Band-Aid flavor to the finish. I thought I was imagining things, so I gave this beer another try a couple days later on a clean palate, and got the same thing. Maybe it’s grapefruit bitterness coming through on the finish, but to me, it was Band-Aid. That’s not my jam.
I hate to pile on, but this beer wasn’t very enjoyable for me. Usually I can count on SweetWater to produce a solid beer, but this one was a swing and a miss.
As always, don’t take my word for it though. Give it a try yourself and let me know what you think.
As always, thanks to Tucker at SweetWater for the samples. I wish I enjoyed this beer as much as I did Goin’ Coastal IPA or especially the Hash Session IPA, but it just wasn’t to be for me.