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Old 09-13-2009, 09:59 PM   #1
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Default Ways to mellow a "grapefruity" IPA?

Just finished a customized version of a DFH 60min IPA clone and I think I may have dry-hopped for too long(two weeks). It's been conditioning in bottles for three weeks now, but upon opening, it tasted way too grape-fruity to me. I love hops, but my brew tastes almost more like sweet grapefruit juice than beer right now. I'm wondering if doing a late malt addition and partial boil contributed to this flavor(the clone recipe called for full boil and normal malt addition).

I've read some threads where people say this flavor can mellow with age. If that's the case, how long is "with age"? Other than combining it with another beer, can anyone recommend anything other than a bit of patience?

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Old 09-13-2009, 10:06 PM   #2
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seems to me, you already answered your own question. Patience is the answer.

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Old 09-13-2009, 10:08 PM   #3
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seems to me, you already answered your own question. Patience is the answer.

Yup, or you can pass it off as a new Bud Light beer with grapefruit instead of lime.
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It will most likely lose the intensity of the grapefruit flavor over time. Having said that, I love that flavor...but to each his own.

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It will most likely lose the intensity of the grapefruit flavor over time. Having said that, I love that flavor...but to each his own.
Yeah, me too. I was gonna say for him to ship it to me, but it didn't look like an option he would be willing to do.
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Give it time, I did an IPA with all Columubs. Extreme grape fruit when it was young. Gave it a couple weeks and it mellowed out nicely ... that or I learned to love it.

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I do love a hoppy beer but damn. Maybe I dry hopped with the wrong hops. I did have to make some hop substitutions to the recipe.

I'll give it a few more weeks. In the short time I've been homebrewing, I'm already noticing I give my beer a bit more leeway than I normally would any other beer. I want them to all taste great, BUT...

Then again, I can find the good in every beer!

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Then again, I can find the good in every beer!
Dude, good attitude to have.

But personally, I really like grapefruity IPAs.... I also like really earthy IPAs. Frak, I just love IPAs in general.

A couple weeks of aging will help but to really notice a difference I'd say you should hide your beers away and forget about them. Give it a month or two and you'll see a huge dip in grapefruitiness
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I don't think the grapefruit flavor came from dry-hopping. Dry hopping gives you aroma. What was your hop schedule?
But as was already stated, let this one age for a while then give it another try! I'm sure it will be drinkable.

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I don't think the grapefruit flavor came from dry-hopping. Dry hopping gives you aroma. What was your hop schedule?
But as was already stated, let this one age for a while then give it another try! I'm sure it will be drinkable.
I dry hopped for 26 days...definite flavor in there...

OP, why not blend it in a pitcher with a sweeter beer before serving?
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