Beer Review: WIDMER BROTHERS ROTATOR IPA SERIES – SHADDOCK IPA

Beer Review: WIDMER BROTHERS ROTATOR IPA SERIES – SHADDOCK IPA

Publisher: Widmer Brothers Brewing
Genre: IPA
Print Length: 12 oz. bottle
ISBN: N/A

Widmer Brothers Brewing adds a twist to the traditional IPA with their Rotator IPA Series, featuring the Shaddock IPA. Infused with dried grapefruit peel, this brew aims to embody the essence of grapefruit alongside classic IPA characteristics.

Appearance

The Shaddock IPA pours a clear amber gold with a distinct off-white head, reminiscent of a pine stripe.

Aroma

Aromas of grapefruit oil dominate, accompanied by hints of tropical fruit and a subtle sweetness.

Taste

On the palate, expect bold earthy hops, complemented by pale malt and a notable grapefruit bitterness. The finish is dry and lingering, with a lasting earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel

With a medium body and robust carbonation, the Shaddock IPA offers an astringent mouthfeel that might not suit everyone’s taste.

Critique

While the Shaddock IPA showcases a commendable attempt to marry hops with grapefruit, the intensity of the astringency might deter some from reaching for a second bottle. The beer’s malt base is solid, but the overpowering bitterness could be more balanced.