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Re: Grapefruit IPA recipe?
« Reply #30 on: January 03, 2014, 01:10:26 PM »
maybe its just my senses, but i think the citra hop is all grapefruit. i recently used it in a belgium wit and at the end of a pale ale. its distinctly grapefruit to me. in fact i just had a bottle of thirsty dog's citra dog IPA...whooee is it grapefruit city.

I wish I got grapefruit from Citra.  Maybe then I'd like it.

i'm with you Denny - I get almost all passionfruit tropicall-iness and some fake tangerine like notes from it.  I read worthog's comments and thought how funny it is our different perceptions of ingredients can be.
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Re: Grapefruit IPA recipe?
« Reply #31 on: January 03, 2014, 01:16:33 PM »

maybe its just my senses, but i think the citra hop is all grapefruit. i recently used it in a belgium wit and at the end of a pale ale. its distinctly grapefruit to me. in fact i just had a bottle of thirsty dog's citra dog IPA...whooee is it grapefruit city.

I wish I got grapefruit from Citra.  Maybe then I'd like it.

i'm with you Denny - I get almost all passionfruit tropicall-iness and some fake tangerine like notes from it.  I read worthog's comments and thought how funny it is our different perceptions of ingredients can be.
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Re: Grapefruit IPA recipe?
« Reply #32 on: January 03, 2014, 01:16:58 PM »
I get strong orange and tropical aromas from Citra more than anything.  There is definitely some variance in how people perceive hops (or any aromas, really). I love Simcoe hops but my wife wants to gag when she smells it. She perceives the cattiness as a lot more strong than I do.
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Re: Grapefruit IPA recipe?
« Reply #33 on: January 03, 2014, 01:34:19 PM »
I get strong orange and tropical aromas from Citra more than anything.  There is definitely some variance in how people perceive hops (or any aromas, really). I love Simcoe hops but my wife wants to gag when she smells it. She perceives the cattiness as a lot more strong than I do.

I get straight-up mango from Citra. I like it a lot, but I almost always pair it with a more citrus/grapefruity hop otherwise it's a bit monotone tropical fruit to me.

I agree with the perception comment. I've never gotten "catty" from a hop before. While it could be that I'm just not sensitive to that component, I'm not too sure since I do pick that up in the nose from the litter box :)  I do pick up a distinct black currant aroma from certain hops, and I think that's where the perception part comes in. I have a black currant bush, and I am quite familiar with their distinct aroma. If I wasn't, I could certainly see where the "Cat pee" descriptor may be the closest thing.
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Re: Grapefruit IPA recipe?
« Reply #34 on: January 03, 2014, 05:20:52 PM »
I have to agree with Worthog.  Thirsty Dog's Citra Dog was like biting into a fresh grapefruit.  While I like most of the Great Lake's offerings, their Commodore Perry was like biting into a rotten grapefruit, at least for me.  I haven't had one of those since the Perry went into their full time lineup.  And I wasn't the only one to think that.  Several of the guys I worked with at the time felt the same way.

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Re: Grapefruit IPA recipe?
« Reply #35 on: January 03, 2014, 06:52:01 PM »
I have to agree with Worthog.  Thirsty Dog's Citra Dog was like biting into a fresh grapefruit.  While I like most of the Great Lake's offerings, their Commodore Perry was like biting into a rotten grapefruit, at least for me.  I haven't had one of those since the Perry went into their full time lineup.  And I wasn't the only one to think that.  Several of the guys I worked with at the time felt the same way.

I've yet to try this thirsty dog brew, but Commodore Perry is one of the go to easily accessible IPAs.
I believe it's hopped with Simcoe, Willamette, and Cascade. I won't say it's my favorite IPA, but it's certainly a staple in my beer fridge.
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Re: Grapefruit IPA recipe?
« Reply #36 on: January 04, 2014, 12:18:55 AM »
For a successive number of batches the bittering hop was columbus and the flavor and aroma was cascade. Forty ish bu's

Tasted exactly like ruby red grapefruit.
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Re: Grapefruit IPA recipe?
« Reply #37 on: January 04, 2014, 08:24:35 AM »
I say it again since no one listened to me. Fresh grapefruit - probably in secondary. Not sure, but if you have ever had Citrus Ninja - http://westbrookbrewing.com/beers/all/collaborations/citrus-ninja-exchange/ - you will see how well hops and grapefruit pair. You may try contacting the brewery and see if they add the grapefruit to secondary or what.

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Re: Grapefruit IPA recipe?
« Reply #38 on: January 04, 2014, 08:54:53 AM »
I say it again since no one listened to me. Fresh grapefruit - probably in secondary. Not sure, but if you have ever had Citrus Ninja - http://westbrookbrewing.com/beers/all/collaborations/citrus-ninja-exchange/ - you will see how well hops and grapefruit pair. You may try contacting the brewery and see if they add the grapefruit to secondary or what.

It is a very good beer.
Shorts had grapefruit in their Hopstache IPA. It worked for me.
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Re: Grapefruit IPA recipe?
« Reply #39 on: January 04, 2014, 08:57:13 AM »
I say it again since no one listened to me. Fresh grapefruit - probably in secondary. Not sure, but if you have ever had Citrus Ninja - http://westbrookbrewing.com/beers/all/collaborations/citrus-ninja-exchange/ - you will see how well hops and grapefruit pair. You may try contacting the brewery and see if they add the grapefruit to secondary or what.

It is a very good beer.

It says "brewed" so I take that to mean in the kettle?
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Re: Grapefruit IPA recipe?
« Reply #40 on: January 04, 2014, 09:50:02 AM »
I say it again since no one listened to me. Fresh grapefruit - probably in secondary. Not sure, but if you have ever had Citrus Ninja - http://westbrookbrewing.com/beers/all/collaborations/citrus-ninja-exchange/ - you will see how well hops and grapefruit pair. You may try contacting the brewery and see if they add the grapefruit to secondary or what.

It is a very good beer.

It says "brewed" so I take that to mean in the kettle?

I doubt it. Tastes very fresh to me. Has to be post fermentation. Least that's how I'd do it. And leave out the Citra for sure! ;)
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Re: Grapefruit IPA recipe?
« Reply #41 on: January 04, 2014, 06:22:07 PM »

I say it again since no one listened to me. Fresh grapefruit - probably in secondary. Not sure, but if you have ever had Citrus Ninja - http://westbrookbrewing.com/beers/all/collaborations/citrus-ninja-exchange/ - you will see how well hops and grapefruit pair. You may try contacting the brewery and see if they add the grapefruit to secondary or what.

It is a very good beer.

It says "brewed" so I take that to mean in the kettle?

I doubt it. Tastes very fresh to me. Has to be post fermentation. Least that's how I'd do it. And leave out the Citra for sure! ;)

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Re: Grapefruit IPA recipe?
« Reply #42 on: January 04, 2014, 08:26:00 PM »
I don't really hate citra just think it is more mango than grapefruit. That doesn't men my taste aligns with everyone's but on a commercial level if I brewed a beer with citra I do believe a majority of people would get mango, not grapefruit.
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Grapefruit IPA recipe?
« Reply #43 on: January 05, 2014, 03:17:59 PM »
I don't really hate citra just think it is more mango than grapefruit. That doesn't men my taste aligns with everyone's but on a commercial level if I brewed a beer with citra I do believe a majority of people would get mango, not grapefruit.

I hear ya. I like keeping an open mind, so I just poured another glass of my pale ale with citra, and I certainly smell mango, tangerine, passion fruit. It's just the bitterness that pushes the grapefruit in the end as I swallow the beer.

Side note- I asked 6 friends what fruit they taste in my pale ale, and 5 of them said grapefruit....1 said tangerine.

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Re: Grapefruit IPA recipe?
« Reply #44 on: January 05, 2014, 04:31:24 PM »
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Hey Jim, how much grapefruit did you put in that IPA you gave me?

None, that flavor comes from the hops.

Oh, wow, they must not use any hops in Coors light.

No, no they don't.