Saturday, February 5, 2011

Citra IPA (Dead Frog)

Citra is the new superstylin' hop variety introduced in 2008. Sierra Nevada funded the research for the development of this hop. They also own most of the fields where it is grown. It is a hybrid variety consisting of 50% German Hallertauer Mittelfrüh, 25% U.S. Tettnanger and 25% East Kent Golding, German, Brewers Gold, and other unknown hops. The Torpedo is the greatest dietary source of this hop, but it has appeared in other big IPA brews. Phillips Hop Donkey contained some Citra.

Citra IPA (Dead Frog) = 6/10
Beer Advocate B-

The aromas are glorious: massive citrus, resin, a little wood, but mostly a tropical fruit salad. A great astringency with every gulp is really this brews only bad side. Other than that is it a hophead delight: mega citrus (tropical) hops, pineapple, pomelo, bready malts and maybe a little lime. Its ending is slick and leaves your tongue coated with dry resin and pomelo. A unique hop experience.

Taste +3
Aftertaste +2
Alcohol Content +1 6.5%
Value +1 (barely)
Appearance -1 (can we please see something else on your labels besides that flattened amphibian. Brandscaping can be fun when used in moderation.)

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