KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From notes. First reviewed 6/21/2011. Served on tap at Northdown in a pint glass.
The pint glass is full of a slightly hazy, full colored brew. Tangerine, gold, and orange colors all make their presence known. A smooth white cap glosses the top of the beer, preserving the aromatic qualities of the Citra hop.
Sweet pale malt and a full dose of citrus - sweet juicy pineapple, lots of grapefruit, and some mango hoppiness. Fairly simple, yet a wonderful nose. Slightly pungent on the back end.
The light malt sweetness up front is pleasant and sets the stage for the hops to come through. Juicy pineapple, grapefruit, and mango emerge from the huge burst of tropical and citrus flavors. The great flavor makes me hardly notice the bitterness. The finish is fairly clean, with some residual bitterness.
This has a very balanced mouthfeel - light enough to be dangerously drinkable, but with enough body to give the hops a platform to operate. Smooth, creamy, and medium carbonated.
Citra is simply a fantastic hop, and there is not a brewery out there I trust to make a great hoppy beer with a fantastic mouthfeel. Right now I feel very fortunate that I am able to drink this on tap.
From notes. Reviewed 11/8/2011 on cask. Gravity pour out of a fresh cask at Fountainhead in a pint glass.
Zombie Dust arrives in a pint glass with a beautiful cask pour; a lightly hazy, mostly clear golden tangerine color with a rocky off-white rocky froth casually resting on top, an obvious reminder of the serving type.
The aroma is a little bit muted compared to the bottle or tap versions, but it is still full of hoppy goodness. The pale malts give a soft sweet and bready back, with aromatic mango, pineapple, and grapefruit hops shining through.
Somehow, the flavor is even better than the regular tap version. Softly sweet bread and light grains cannot contain a sweet, juicy hop explosion that builds, peaks, and finishes without a single wasted IBU. The mango, pineapple, and papaya flavors work well with the sweetness, with a flash of tart and bitter grapefruit kick near the end. The most amazing thing is just how smooth this flavor is.
The carbonation is obviously on the very light side, there is just enough to excite the taste buds. A hop bitterness leaves a bit of hop residue behind my lips, and the overall sensation is creamy and smooth.
As a hophead, I love any version of this beer. It is even better on cask, and I am slowly realizing I might be a cask IPA fanatic.
mixmasterob (1045) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 4, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bright golden pour with a small white head. Left some spotty lace. Aroma was in classic FFF fashion, juicy citrus jumped out of the glass. Dry hopped to the gills, smelled fantastic. Flavors were also filled with citrus fruits, lightly bitter with a grapefruitiness that lingered. Very drinkable, this thing dripped with hop oils. I really enjoy well done single hopped IPAs, really lets you know what to expect from a hop. This was well done.
jaymobrown (1833) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can’t believe I haven’t rated this yet. Yep, it’s a good beer. Typical 3F: hoppy with some malt balancing out. Surprisingly easy to drink a six or more of this in a night. Smooth, a bit bubbly, clear. Worth picking up.
mabel (8537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[4263-20120120] 12floz bottle. Sweaty orange flesh hops aroma has a touch of tangerine and grapefruit. Slightly hazy, light orange brown body with a long-lasting creamy off-white head with a bit of lacing. Bitter lemon-tangerine-grapefruit hops flavour has a nice sweaty citrus base. Medium body is pretty bitter. Tasty, can stave off dead bodies, good. (8-/4/7/4/16) 3.9
(w/ jerc, JoeMcPhee, Radek Kliber)
Overheard: "Needs more dead."
duaneh (100) - - MAR 1, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Color is light straw and hazy. The head is poured with about a quarter inch of white foam. The aroma is full of spicy hops with a dash of citrus. The taste has honeydew and cucumber, with a nice bitter piney finish. The mouthfeel is light with some nice crisp carbonation.
tmongoose (2157) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
on draft the aroma of citrus hops is prevelant in this beer. well balanced. for a single hopped beer this is very good. a golden color with a minimal head. the flavor is ver good. but the hops dissapate very quickly on the tongue. could drink more but this is good.
O5Harley (7) - New Hampshire, USA - FEB 25, 2012 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled on: ?? (No bottle dating WTF)
Graciously given to me by Rochefort10nh, thanks man..
The appearance shows a nearly clear deep golden color with a frothy white head. Loads of lacing cling to the glass and tight rows of bubbles flow freely to the top.
Aroma is wonderful and full of citra hops followed by caramel malt and faint biscuit. Smells like a tropical buffett.
The taste is full of pineapple, grapefruit, lemon peel and a hint of caramel. Full of citra flavor but balanced nicely with sweetness. Very tastey, I could drink this all day.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a soft carbonation feel. Starts out smooth and creamy but in the end the true feel of bitter/dryness takes charge and begins it’s assault on the tastebuds.
Overall an excellant example of the style and one I’m happy to review. My first experience with this beer was with Heady topper and Abner so my tastebuds were fried and didn’t give it a fair shake. If you like citra hops, than this ones for you. Definitely one of my favorite APA’s to date. Nice job!
Marheb (4610) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 25, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2013 Massive contribution du citra dans cette bière. Tangerine, pamplemousse, ananas avec un bon support malté non caramélisé. Bonne amertume en entré de bouche derrière une buvabilité effrayante. Autre tour de force de 3F.
oneforyes (1) - - FEB 24, 2012 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Delicious. Im not a fan of hopped beers but this is just perfect. It’s quite refreshing.
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 23, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Acquired in a via Hombrepalo, cheers!
Pour is hazy, somewhere between amber and golden. Good carbonation, but the head goes away pretty fast.
Smell is hoppy, good citrus flavors. Maybe a bit bready.
Taste is almost limey, good hop presence but not overpowering in the least bit. Great balance. Bit of bread.
Crisp, dry finish. Smooth and refreshing. Almost a bit smokey. Lingering aftertaste is great.
Very well done, and I’m very glad I got to try this.