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North Island Grapefruit IPA

North Island Grapefruit IPA
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Brewed by North Island Beer
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Ebetsu-shi, Hokkaido, Japan
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.4/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
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2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gyllenbock (4563) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2013
On tap at Ant n Bee, August 2013. Hazy orange with a small white head. A bit sour and really bitter with grape and citrus. Quite on the extreme side and not that balanced.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
john_henry (100) - - AUG 19, 2013
Pours an unnecessarily cloudy orange, with head that soon dissipates, (A lot of sediment in the bottle). Smells good, very citrusy hop notes with a little sweetness. The hops almost try to overpower any other taste, which may be a good thing in this occasion. Very bitter, but not too much for the style. Finishes far too dry in my opinion. Overall, Id perhaps try this again, maybe if I saw it on tap, but certainly wouldnt hunt it out.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
biirusaikou (614) - - AUG 15, 2013
Big grapefruit aroma. Citrus flavor, bitter grapefruit, clean finish. A bit heavy but nice grapefruit IPA experience.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonno (2290) - JAPAN - AUG 16, 2012
Almost a completely different beast from the regular IPA. Soft sour gummy work nose with a hint of ragged hops. Cloudy unfiltered pour. Big fruity grapefruit pith and bracing rind bitterness. Soft water and decent body to hold the hops up. Enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shoulderbroken (1991) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 28, 2012
Tap at Craftheads. Very cloudy/hazy orange colour not much head. What can I say, its full on grapefruit. Could probably tell that from the name. Real fruitiness rather than just a suggestion, like juice. Very bitter and nicely thirst quenching. Good for a hot day. Low carbonation, and almost has a real ale type feel about it. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (3146) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 15, 2010
Veery cloudy amber orange color. Moderately pungent grapefruity nose. Despite the look, the beer is solidly balanced, with an excellent malty backbone, but damn this is once of the most bitter citrusy beers Ive ever had. Puckering. Fruit is well integrated. Bone dry. The more I drink the more I groove on this. Grapefruit lovers rejoice. I also dont think I will get sick for a long time. Interesting stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (6334) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 25, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2012 Draught at Craft Beer Base. Extremely refreshing summertime IPA, and the grapefruit blends wonderfully with the big, bitter citrus hops. Much nicer than the first time, more integrated and refined.

2009 Rating: 7/3/7/3/15: Pale Copper color with lace. Aroma of grapefruit and citrus hops, honey. Bitter-sour flavor combination is original and interesting. Nice malt underneath. Fruity, with lots of grapefruit, though not so sweet. Well done; just a bit strange.


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