Saturday, October 15th 2011
Grapefruit Jungle IPA
(Sun King Brewing Company)
Grapefruit Jungle IPA is the third special release beer from Sun King that is packaged in their very versatile multi-style can. The first IPA released from the brewery, this was made available just recently and only for sale at the Sun King Brewery. Big thanks to our can-loving hero Woody Chandler for sharing.
From the Sun King site:
"With two pound of hops in each barrel Grapefruit Jungle is a hop lover's dream. It's named for the rich grapefruit characteristics of the three hops used to create it."
Here we go...
Pour - streaming out of the can GFJ fills the glass with a brilliant orangish golden color topped with a good inch of fluffy white foam. Nice carbonation, clean and clear. Great looking beer!
Aroma - tons of citrus, resiny, piney goodness. Lots of great hop aroma bursting forth from this IPA. Smells like a fresh halved pink grapefruits, oranges and lemons. Some slight sweetness in the aroma as well.
Taste - wow! My tongue has been awoken by an onslaught of big hop flavors and plenty of bitterness. Lots of tropical fruits like passionfruit and mango combine with pink grapefruit and sweet blood oranges. The piney, bitterness that comes into play at the end of each sip is masochistically delicious. So many great flavors in this beer and its well-balanced too!
Overall - excellent IPA! I can't possibly say enough good things about this beer. The hop profile and the flavors it imparts are just outstanding. Lots of big tropical fruit and citrus flavors with a solid malt backbone (yet, certainly hop forward) make this a real joy to drink. I only wish I had more of them! I feel lucky to have had the chance to give this one a try. I would encourage the folks at Sun King to order 100,000 Grapefruit Jungle IPA cans and put this one into year round production.
Note - Grapefruit Jungle IPA was until recently only available on draught. Sun King released these special cans at the brewery on Friday, September 30th at a price of $17.50 per four pack.
Posted by Russ
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