hivemind (919) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 11, 2017 Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Figured a pumpkin and yam beer over the T’day weekend would be appropriate. Poured a medium brown, slight head faded fast. Aroma was lightly nutty and vaguely spicy. Flavor matched. It really came across as a sort of uninspired brown ale, with a finish that was spiced, but sort of a vague muddle that only came off as being bitter as opposed to anything interesting. Perhaps it fell off some over time, but I can’t help but think that this was an interesting experiment that was ultimately a miss.
Pretty damn sure I’m the only idiot to let this age 6+ years (and will be the last ever to rate this beer) so giving some benefit-of-doubt, though there isn’t a whole lot of doubt to begin with. As expected, this became quite tinny and acidic with age, but the acetic progression is always pretty welcome here. Good floral veggie notes and enough groundwater to keep it from becoming a Macy’s penny fountain c.1956. I honestly don’t think I did any disservice at all in moving this with me through four apartments in 6 years. JPDIPSO (6262) - Wauwatosa, USA - NOV 30, 2016
Brown color, with some umber when held to the light. Taller, stable beige head. Sweet toasted malts, some squash, and a hint of zest. Soft feel with a light zip in the back of the throat. Flavors of mild rye and licorice. Hints of spice fade in and out (nutmeg/mace). Dries out in the finish and linger. Flavorful without a ton of alcohol, a nice change of pace. Thanks! 9/11
Joel (114) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 5, 2015
I’m not sure what to expect with this one. It pours dark brown with a tan head. Its aroma is almost savory… with pumpkin and spices, but somewhat dank and unappetizing. However, the taste surprises with an initially sweet taste of caramel and maple followed by spicy notes, slightly lemon, and a very mild bitter finish. It tastes like a brown ale with additional ingredients that all contribute positively to the beer without overpowering. Is that lemon verbena? Birch bark as a bittering agent? Yams? I can’t really tell, but it certainly is a unique blend of well-balanced flavors that is easy to drink and is successful. The pumpkin is subtle, as it should be, and you don’t find any nutmeg or cinnamon in this one. The name of this beer translates to “The heavenly pumpkin of Citracado,” but this is no pumpkin pie tasting beer. slowrunner77 (12581) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
"if i don’t think of this as a pumpkin beer (listed first on the bottle) i can really dig it. this was the first of two unique beers i had tonight. color of a brown ale, body somewhere between brown and porter. very smooth, and supports the flavor well. starting colder, the lemon was front and center and at first could be mistaken for citrusy hops. at a cool temp, this beer was at it’s best, as the yams and herbal flavor and aroma really blended well with the lemon. warmer, the lemon fades, and the fenugreek takes center stage. interesting beer. misleading, though, as pumpkin is the one thing you don’t really taste or smell. too bad too, Elysian does pumpkin best."
Narnad (1521) - Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2014
Amber/red in color with a good creamy tan head that hangs around. Nose has the smell of fresh cut weeds with a touch of maple syrup. Flavor has the maple syrup and birch bark come in early with a bitter weedy taste at the finish. Body is light with a low amount of carbonation. All the spice in the beer makes it feel a bit on the thin side. Overall just a "meh" beer in my opinion. Interesting to see what the beer would taste like using these ingredients but a brew I could of missed and thought nothing of it.
zoucrew102 (2048) - - MAY 31, 2014
Bottle, from 2011. Bottle says to drink fresh but what the hell. Strong ginger and spice aroma with notes of pumpkin and yam. Pours dark caramel colored with a thin off white head and some lacing. Taste is interesting to say the least. Starts with pumpkin and yam flavors. Finishes a bit dry with the spice flavors and with a touch of citrus acidic bite at the very end. Unique and not too bad, but I'm not sure I'd drink another. davey101 (751) - Connecticut, USA - APR 18, 2014
12 oz bottle into a snifter. From October 2011. Pours a dark red that lets a little light through. Massive foam up from pouring. Takes a while to settle into a thin cap of khaki head. Nose is spiced yams. Herbal and smokey with some chocolate, maple and caramel. It smells exactly like Thanksgiving. Taste is similar, smokey caramel malts with squash and spices. Prickly aftertaste of maple candied ham and some lemon grass. This is really delicious and a perfect fall beer. A little thin on the feel but I’m surprised how well this held up given the ingredient list. No jumbled or awkward aftertaste, in fact it finishes quite clean. Just a damn good pumpkin beer. rumproasts (5546) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 7, 2014
bottle. Hazy golden with one finger head. Light body with funky yeast and interesting herbal spicing. I wouldn’t want to drink a ton of this, but this is a very unique, tasty beer.
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - FEB 9, 2014
I'm a sucker for a pumpkin ale. This one isn't bad. Malty up front. Pumpkin notes at the end. Lingering spice. Good.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone GarrettB (1635) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 9, 2014
June 16th, 2012 - When I first started drinking beer, I quickly learned that Dogfish Head was a kind of pioneering laboratory, brimming and bubbling with creative, often undrinkable beers. That scientific curiosity and clumsy searching in the dark for new flavors has spread like so many other good ideas. Stone’s way of navigating the palatable unknowns of beer is to team up with other brewers (it seems) and crank something out that lets each company get some of its creative barley juices flowing. The La Citrueille (redundant, I know) is one of these, and comes across as one of these brews that makes me wonder if the old ales and beers enjoyed by imbibers far back into history tastes like what I’m sampling now. The color is innocuous enough, with a dark chocolate brown glow that lets enough light pass through. Distinct puffs of herbs, with aloe and lime and the scents of unripe fruit - like opening a plastic tub filled with newly packed CSA veggies. A little Clorox is on the nose though too, and that’s definitely a problem. The flavor is somewhat similar, though overemphasizes the presence of wintergreen and mint, with a little big of anise, and the light palate of a porter to let those gentler tastes shine through. These are strange and confusing flavors, but new and interesting, and I suspect that’s the whole purpose of this beer and it’s ilk.