Brew Review – Pulp Friction by Motorworks Brewing @MotorworksBrew

If you haven’t heard of grapefruiting, I’m not going to be the person to explain it to you. I will say that it will require a relatively strong constitution if you decide to look it up online. And I really do have to apologize profusely to Motorworks Brewing in Bradenton, as I discovered this, uh, technique at the same time as I tried Pulp Friction (IPA, 6.3% ABV, 85 IBU), their gold medal winning Grapefruit IPA. I swear, it was all completely coincidental. Kismet, if you will. But the beer was recently released in cans (at least when I tried it), hot off the heels of a gold medal at the Best Florida Beer Championships. It is quite something, an absolute treasure trove for fruity IPA lovers. I’m not a big fan of IPAs, and I’m not a fan of grapefruit. Both of those things made absolutely no mind since the citrus of the beer and the big alpha punch of the hops somehow melded in such wonderful harmony that they made an IPA that was absolutely delightful. I may actually – gasp – have this again. It’s got a great aroma of massive citrus goodness, and the flavor is very reminiscent of a softly sweet grapefruit, not the overly bitter kind that seems to be a challenge to get through. The malt bill is kept light and intentionally unobtrusive, letting the citrus shine. I almost feel guilty for equating such a wonderful beer with a trend so immediately odd and weird, but it just happened to hit around the same time. Pulp Friction, however, is something I would readily seek out again. Not so much the other thing. Drink Florida Craft, Dave @floridabeerblog


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