Is there grapefruit in two hearted IPA?

Answered by Randall Whitlock

The Two Hearted is a classic American style IPA that showcases the Centennial hop varietal from the Pacific Northwest. As an expert sommelier and brewer, I can confidently say that the grapefruit notes in this are not actual grapefruit fruit, but rather the result of the hop selection and process.

When are used in brewing beer, they contribute a wide range of flavors and aromas. The Centennial hop, in particular, is known for its citrusy characteristics, with grapefruit being one of the prominent notes. The hop cones are harvested, dried, and processed to extract the oils and resins that contain these flavors.

During the brewing process, the Centennial hops are added at multiple stages to maximize the hop flavor and aroma. Massive additions in the kettle, which is the vessel where the wort (unfermented beer) is boiled, allow the hop oils to infuse into the beer, releasing their characteristic grapefruit and pine resin aromas.

But it doesn't stop there. The brewers at Two Hearted IPA also add more Centennial hops in the fermenter. This is called dry hopping and it further enhances the hop aroma of the beer. The addition of hops during fermentation allows for a more intense and vibrant hop character to develop, giving the beer that unmistakable grapefruit aroma.

I personally have had the pleasure of enjoying a pint of Two Hearted IPA on multiple occasions. Each time, I am greeted with a burst of citrusy hop aroma, with grapefruit being one of the standout notes. The beer has a bright and refreshing taste, with a pleasant bitterness that balances the citrus flavors.

It's important to note that the grapefruit flavor in the beer is not the same as eating an actual grapefruit. The hop-derived grapefruit notes are more of a representation or suggestion of the fruit, rather than a direct replication. It's a unique characteristic that adds complexity and interest to the beer.

While there is no actual grapefruit used in the brewing of Two Hearted IPA, the beer does exhibit distinct grapefruit aromas and flavors thanks to the Centennial hops. The hop selection, brewing process, and careful additions of hops create a beer that is bursting with citrusy goodness, with grapefruit being a prominent element. So, if you're a fan of grapefruit or enjoy hop-forward IPAs, Two Hearted IPA is definitely worth a try.