Saturday, September 5, 2015

Lompoc Brewing Pamplemousse Citrus IPA

Beer Name: Pamplemousse Citrus IPA
Brewery: Lompoc Brewing (Portland, OR)
ABV: 5.8%
How sold: 22 oz. bottles
Where bought: Fred Meyer (Vancouver, WA)
Price: $4.99

Date Purchased: August 10, 2015Date Opened/Drank: August 11, 2015
When brewed? Year-round beer
IBUs: 70

Where distributed: Lompoc Brewing ships to the Portland Metro area (and perhaps some surrounding cities) for now. Check to see if Lompoc ships to your area!

What's on the Website: "This deep golden, medium bodied citrus IPA offers up refreshment that will satisfy all your senses. Four hop varieties along with real grapefruit juice to build a solid hop bitterness highlighted by citrus notes, both on the tongue and in the nose."

What's on the Bottle: "The first brew in our new IPA Series is a shining example of a traditional Northwest IPA with the head and aroma of grapefruit and fresh citrus. Since 1996, Lompoc Brewing has striven to deliver to drinkers the finest in craft ales and lagers."

Appearance (5%): Pours clear orange-golden into a pint glass. Some carbonation. Virtually no suds on the surface after slowly pouring at an angle. If poured more aggressively, I get a slightly off-white temporary head with a sudsy surface. 4.25/5

Smell (25%): Refreshing citrus-grapefruit. Given my prior reviews on grapefruit beers, it is not surprising that I am a huge fan. 4.75/5

Taste (40%): Extremely clean grapefruit flavor. The alcohol tries to push its way through but the grapefruit keeps it in check. A faint lingering bitterness on the aftertaste. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-light body. Extremely refreshing; ideal summer beer. Slight carbonation on the tongue. The initial sips left a slightly dry tongue. 4/5

Overall (20%): An excellent IPA. Always nice to support a local IPA option that uses grapefruit in a significant fashion. At 5.8%, it won't knock you off your feet like others might. I would love to kick back with a six-pack of this. An affordable option, as I can find a 22 oz. for about $5. I still prefer the Citrus Mistress option, in all honesty, but this is still a solid choice. 4.25/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.351/5

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