Effortless Grapefruit Session IPA by Captain Lawrence

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Beer Name: Effortless Grapefruit Session IPA

Brewer: Captain Lawrence Brewing, Elmsford, NY, USA

Date Sampled: 7th September 2016

ABV: 4.5%

Serving Type: Can

Location Sampled: Home

So beer with grapefruit? Who knew? I didn't, but it seems a lot of brewers are cottoning on to the idea that the slimmer's favourite breakfast fruit can partner well with ale.

Captain Lawrence Brewing, based on the East Coast of USA have a core range of six ales, including their 'normal' Effortless Session IPA and this, their Grapefruit infused version.

I had never heard of the brewery before spotting this beer in the can fridge at The Leopold Tavern in Southsea, but as we're in the final throws of a cracking summer how could I refuse a drink that features a sunglasses wearing hop on the packaging?!?

It pours a pleasing rich yellow with an aggressive, albeit slightly sticky, head.

As you inhale the aroma deeply the grapefruit hits you smack in the face; this is no subtle partnership. But that being said, its a very natural citrus aroma and is definitely appealing.

On tasting, the grapefruit continues and develops into something a little more 'pithy' in it's bitterness, however the malts that peek through here do help to balance the flavour somewhat.

The aftertaste is very tart, leaving your mouth refreshed and ready to go.

Overall I think Captain Lawrence have turned out something very drinkable; the grapefruit, whilst bold and unashamed, tastes very natural and they've clearly got a very good IPA to mix with it.

It's done a pretty good job of whetting my appetite for Grapefruit infused beers so I'll definitely be willing to give some more a go.

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