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Brewdog Citra – IPA is Dead

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  • Brewery: Brewdog
  • Country: Scotland
  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • ABV: 7.5%
  • Size: 330 ml
  • Bought from: Germany, 10.99€ for 4-pack
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    This is the second part of my four-part review of the Brewdog IPA is Dead series, which (surprise, surprise) consists of 4 different single hop India Pale Ales. They are all brewed with the same malt base, to the same ABV, and to 75 IBU. Next up is the Citra, which is a new American hop, first used commercially in Sierra Nevada’s Torpedo. Alpha Acid % is usually around 10-12, and the hop is known for its very fruity aroma and flavour. Other hops used in the series are: Bramling X, Nelson Sauvin, and Sorachi Ace.


    Brewdog Citra
    The beers in the series all have a similar appearance, that is a golden-amber color, slightly hazy, with a minimal white head, leaving some traces of lacing along the glass.
    This one has a much stronger hop aroma, featuring mango, grapefruit and some resiny tones. Slight hints of caramel and malt also detectable.
    The flavour is initially sweet and caramelly, and these are joined by fruity flavours with likes of mango, peach, pineapple, lemon and grapefruit. The aftertaste is slightly bitter, but definitely more subtle than the Bramling X version. This one has a more 'American' taste than the Bramling X, but the Citra flavours seem a bit out of place in this one.
    The beer is quite smooth, with a medium body and carbonation level, and just a slightly oily texture. The beer is easy to drink, and quite well balanced, and this one has a more pleasant bitterness than the Bramling X.
    This is also a good beer, and you can definitely taste the difference between this and the Bramling X. Citra has become a trend hop these days, and more and more single hop beers with Citra are produced all the time. I've reviewed several of them (including the Oakham Citra, Stadin Panimo Citra Pale Ale, and Beer Hunter's Mufloni Citra), and they all have tropical fruits and citrus in common. A negative side of the hop is that beers hopped with Citra sometimes have hints of cat urine smell, but this one doesn't have any problem with that. I liked this one just a slight bit more than the Bramling X, and I'm really looking forward to the next two of the series!

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