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Beer Here Kama Citra

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  • Brewery: Beer Here (Brewed at Søgaards Bryghus)
  • Country: Denmark
  • Style: American Brown Ale
  • ABV: 7.0 %
  • Size: 500 ml
  • Bought from: Barley Wine, Copenhagen
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It’s been some time since I’ve last posted a review, so thought I’d try to drink through some of the beers left from my shopping spree in Copenhagen in August. Today I decided to try Beer Here’s Kama Citra, an American Brown Ale which has been hopped with Citra. I brewed a really hoppy Brown Ale in April that turned out really nice, so I think the combination of hoppiness and a malty and slightly roasted body work well. Citra has been one of the trendiest hop varieties the last couple of years, and in general I like Citra, though I’m getting a little tired of its massive fruitiness. Hopefully it works well in this beer. Kama Citra has been brewed with pale ale, chocolate and crystal malts, and hopped only with Citra. Let’s see how it does!

Beer Here Kama Citra
Appearancewww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.com
The beer pours with a murky dark brown color, and when held against the light you notice some ruby red tones. Almost no head is formed, even though the pour was quite vigorous. The beer has a slightly oily texture as well, so I guess this is quite hoppy.
Smellwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.com
The aroma is interesting and I find it really nice. At first a citrusy hoppiness was dominating the aroma, but as you close in on the glass aromas of coffee and chocolate enter the nose. Behind all this there are some tones of caramel and tropical fruits hiding as well. The aroma makes me think of a Black IPA or a hoppy Porter. I like it!
Tastewww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.com
The flavor begins with a toasty and nutty maltiness, featuring lots of roasted coffee and slight ash-like tones as well. The hoppiness from the aroma is much more subdued in the flavor, with slight citrusy and fruity hop tones joining the malt. Can't really recognize any typical Citra tones, as the hoppiness is more in the general American citrus-hop direction (think Cascade or Centennial). The flavor ends quite dry and with a moderate bitter finish. No flavors dominate, so in that way one can say that the beer is quite balanced, but feel there is a bit too much roastiness and that the beer is a little lacking in the caramel department. Nothing spectacular in the flavor.
Mouthfeelwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.com
The beer has a medium body and medium-low carbonation level. The beer feels a little watery, but it is quite easy to drink, if not for the slightly biting and astringent finish. As mentioned earlier, I think this would benefit from a little caramelly sweetness.
Overallwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.com
Overall an okay beer, that failed to impress me. The flavor was a bit too bland and roasty, and when combined with the slightly biting finish and watery mouthfeel, you get a strange brew. The aroma promised a lot, but the rest of the brew didn't really hold up. The Citra hops could have been more present as well. Still an interesting brew, though to be honest I liked my own Brown Ale more. Plus points for the interesting label.

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