Fernie Brewing's The Real Peel Grapefruit IPA

Today I'm checking out The Reel Peel Grapefruit IPA by the folks over at Fernie Brewing out of Fernie, BC. I've reviewed a few of Fernie's beers out of their popular Bucket List IPA Series already.. for the most part the IPA series has been fairly decent, nothing overwhelming but still decent at least.

Oh crap.. apparently this IPA is pretty old but I recently bought it at an LC.. so I might as well still try to review it as I already put my time into it already!

Appearance: The Real Peel starts out very foamy as soon as the cap comes off, it gives off a lightly cloudy orangey appearance, good amount of carbonation and thick amount of off-white head that slowly diminishes to one finger's worth of head. A liberal amount of foam sticks to the side of the glass as the beer gradually goes down.

Aroma: Grapefruit seems to be the main aspect of the beer as I get a liberal dose of grapefruit. I get a bit of a light sour note in there - lemon and a very gritty yet sweet graininess that takes me back to all the brewery tours I've had over the years. Light perfumy.

Taste: Grainy to start off, followed by notes of grapefruit and grapefruit peels. There's a mild bitterness to it mostly diminishes a second or two after it hits the palate. Hint of lemon and caramel. Not overpowering, very easy to drink and only leaves a trace bitter aftertaste at the end.

Overall Thoughts: While I generally want more of a hop bite to it, the grapefruit comes out decently in this beer, as does the lemon and barley. Easy to drink.. in fact a bit too easy to drink. I probably won't buy this again unless if I forgot I had this in a few years time, it's decent but there's just too many IPAs out there for me to try right now.

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