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Dark Star Hophead Citra

Brewed by Dark Star
Style: American Pale Ale
Horsham, England


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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.81/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   EST. CALORIES: 114   ABV: 3.8%
Cask; Special - March 2011.
The Brewers’ love affair with zesty aromatic hops continues with this alternative version of Hophead using Citra as the single hop variety for bittering and aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
faber (17) - Rome, ITALY - APR 12, 2012
Bevuta rigorosamente a pompa presso la brasserie 4:20, al naso tutto il floreale del luppolo citra, in bocca leggera, beverina gusto di scorza di limone e buccia di arancia con note di biscotto. Non stufa ma è troppo watery. Ps una pinta finisce in 3 nanosecondi....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (24430) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 8, 2011
Cask@Akkurat, Stockholm. Golden colour with a small fluffy white head. Aroma is a bunch of zest, some fruits, floral notes as well as some grassyness. Flavour is floral and grassy hops with some mild malty and fruity notes as well. Pleasantly balanced and very nice. Long zesty aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
esox (1226) - Oulu, FINLAND - MAR 30, 2011
Cask. Only slightly hazy, pale golden colour. Normal cask head. Very fresh aroma, lots of lemon zest, orange and some resins. Fresh and dry maltiness, a hint of cookies. Some yeast esters. Bitter flavor, lingering resiny finish. Smooth texture, light but not watery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjs (6064) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 30, 2011
(Cask at Angleterre, Helsinki, 20110328) The beer poured pale golden and clear. Its head was white and long lasting. Aroma was very citric, fruity and mildly piny. Palate was quite light bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were fruitiness, hops, citricness, mildly pine and medium bitterness. Aftertaste was citric and bitter. Really tasty and refreshing beer and a really good example that good flavours and scents don’t require high ABV. I wish this to become a regular in Dark Star beer selection.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RexTalionis (3422) - FINLAND - MAR 30, 2011
Cask at Angleterre, Helsinki. Poured pale golden in colour with a white head. Citrus, grassy and fruity aroma. Flavour similar with a nice sweet fruity and slightly malty taste too. Ending was nice fruity citrus with a light grassy bitterness twist. Very crisp and refreshing on the whole. Leaves a nice albeit fast dimishing lacing on the glass. Fruity citrusbomb!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JK54B (1539) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 28, 2011
Cask Real Ale 0.25L glass. Nice slightly lemoney nose of Citra hops. Pale white head. Clear quite pale golden colour. Fresh lemoney hoppy taste of Citra hops. Hoppy bite at the end. Longlasting hoppiness. Good one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ndon (857) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2011
Cask at The Rake. Finally got around to trying this after hearing so much about it, and it didn’t disappoint! Pours a hazy gold, with a medium pure white head. Huge piney hop, followed by a big lemon and lime hit, light toffee and a hint of madarin in the aroma. Taste was piney, grassy, lemon, lime, with a smooth bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (10620) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAR 24, 2011
Half, cask in fine condition at Euston Tap. Hazy, golden body, good amount of lacework. Floral hoppy aroma. Inviting hoppy taste, potpourri of citric fruits. Dry ending. Well balanced and well bodied considering the low abv (London, 19.03.2011).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnRMurdoch (4190) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 24, 2011
Cask @ The Rake, London. Pale golden yellow colour with a good head. Very strong hoppy aroma. Strong hop & citrus fruits flavour. Very smooth with bitter aftertaste. A very interesting golden ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (15601) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 21, 2011
Clear golden color, small white head. Dominant Citra-hop aroma: strong grapefruit. Light body. Flavor has over a bit sweet pale malt base nice grapefruity Citra-hop flavor. Lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Citra is one of hops which works pretty ok as a single hop in a beer. This one is nice too.

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