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IPA Week – Day Six

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I think Boneyard Brewing might need to tinker with their labelling a smidge

As you can see from the picture there are two labels. The main label is generic and the same across the range, with the label across the cap being the one that denotes what style the beer is.
That main generic label also includes an ingredient list – ‘‘water, malt, hops, yeast’’. Which caused me some confusion when I was drinking this beer.

‘‘Okay’’ I thought, ‘‘it’s called Grapefruit IPA, but the label doesn’t list grapefruit as an ingredient – just the four staples. So that must mean there’s no actual grapefruit in the beer. What a bummer.’’
It was a bummer because I was intrigued to see what a grapefruit IPA tasted like. Sort of made sense to use it as an ingredient given that a number of flavour descriptors for IPAs refer to grapefruit.

By chance I looked at the print on the strap that runs across the cap – and found the reference that the beer did include grapefruit. Which means a drinker has to look in two different places to find the ingredients – assuming they know they should look past the ingredient list on the generic label.

You ask me, it makes way, way, way more sense to put the ingredients on the neck label. After all, that’s the one that is distinct to each beer. Would stop people like me from getting all confused.
Anyway, so what’s the beer like. Well, there’s definitely some grapefruit there – not a lot because a little goes a long way in terms of grapefruity bitterness. It pours a cloudy light amber colour and there’s definite tartness on the tongue.

Curiously, it seemed to me that all the bitterness and tartness of this IPA came from the grapefruit. I couldn’t pick any hop flavours here – unless all the hops used taste like grapefruit anyway. As an exercise in doing something a little different I liked it. But I’m not sure I’d be rushing to drink it again.

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