Monday, June 9, 2014

Pipeworks Brewing Company - Citra

Oh, hello there! It's been a while! In a brief and normally unfamiliar flash of reason, I decided it was in my best interest to take a short break from the blog whilst studying for a CPA Exam. Now that the exam is over, though, it's time to get back to business. And we're starting things off with a good one... Pipeworks' Citra (AKA- Citra Ninja)!

Citra is part of Pipeworks' ever-growing series of IPAs showcasing single hop varieties. I've noticed a lot of breweries doing this recently, but Pipeworks' series has been generating far more hype than most, especially with the Citra addition to the series. Coincidentally, Citra happens to be my favorite hop. Let's check this bad boy out. At #110, Citra.

Citra pours a dark caramel color with a fluffy one-finger cream-colored head that shows awesome retention before settling down on the surface. The smell doesn't disappoint, with mango, pineapple and guava leaping from the glass as soon as the beer is poured. A big blanket of pine and some spicy malt aromas lurk in the background.

The taste opens with a wallop of sticky pine resin, coupled with some nice pineapple and mango notes. The pine is intense, but the tropical flavors to well to tame it. The middle shows some caramel before a lasting finish of more pine resin. The mouthfeel is medium with near perfect carbonation. This beer showcases Citra hops very, very well. This is definitely a keeper.

Final Grade: A

Top 250 Beers Tasted: 132

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