Tuesday, June 5

Beer Review: Widmer Bros. Brewing Rorator Series #5 Shaddock IPA

"Oregon- American India Pale Ale (IPA)- 6.2% ABV. A Widmer Rotator IPA Series offering. Brewed with dried grapefruit peels imparting big citrus aroma and flavor. 52 IBUs deliver significant yet smooth bitterness amidst a pleasant rind flavor and caramel malt sweetness."

This is their X-114 IPA brewed with grapefruit  peels.

Appearance: (4.0)
- Pours a nice clear copper amber with a fluffy white head. The two fingers of head stick around a bit, and settle with thick lace in the glass, and a thin spotty blanket over the brew. Clean and nice looking.

Smell: (4.0)
- Nice earthy and herbal hop with a citrus punch to the nose. Light grapefruit from what must be both the fruit, and the hop. A nice sweet grainy malt is present. Seems rather spicy and earthy as well. Good hop highlights with this one.

Taste: (4.0)
- Very balanced and tasty brew. The hop bitterness melds well with the lightly sweet caramel and biscuity malt. Pine, grass, and earthy hops are up front, and yet finish with a nice citrus and spicy flare. There is a slight grapefruit taste, but not very much. It's hard to tell the difference between it, and the hops. Perhaps I could use even a little more grapefruit.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Overall this is a light to medium bodied brew, very well carbonated and easy to drink. It is just a touch cloying and dry from the hop bitterness, and leaves the mouth watering for more. A refreshing summertime number.

Overall: (4.0)
- Solid brew, and great for a sunny summer afternoon. It drinks well, has wonderful hop flavors, and is very well balanced. I just wish there was a little more grapefruit kick to it. From what I remember at the Oregon Brewers Festival a couple years back, it indeed had more grapefruit then.

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
(BeerAdvocate.com Rating Scale)


  1. Tasted the Shaddock tonight. Probably the best Rotator since X-114. It could use just a bit more backbone, but it's pretty good. Good summer drinker. They still haven't improved on Broken Halo, imo.

  2. Good points. Broken Halo was a great beer, but for me very thick and filling. I can drink a little more of this one, and I too agree it is one of the best in the series so far.