Single Hop Citra – De Molen (Bodegraven, Netherlands)

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  • My Rating: B

Single Hop Citra – De Molen, 4.8% ABV – 330ml., (Bodegraven, Netherlands)

some info about the Citra varietal from wiki:

“Citra Brand is a registered trademark used with HBC 394 cv special aroma hop variety developed by the Hop Breeding Company (a joint venture between John I. Haas, Inc. and Select Botanicals Group, LLC). It was released in 2007. Citra Brand hops have fairly high alpha acids and total oil contents with a low percentage of cohumulone content. Citra Brand hops imparts interesting citrus and tropical fruit characters to beer.”

  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • Taste: funk/sourness -> grapefruit/tangy malts -> soft grapefruit bitterhops/mild funk finish.
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek Liquor Store
  • How much: $5 (after 10% off) – 330ml., July 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Once again it’s their bare-bones basic label with basic font. It’s extremely plain and boring, but at the same time instantly recognizable. What matters most is what’s inside the bottle, right? Pours cloudy marmalade orange with a large, kinda-lasting foamy head with some sticky lacing and retention, lots of scattered, varied-speed streams.

Nose: a mix of barnyard funk, passion fruit & grapefruit. (6/10)-aromatic strength.

Attack: incoming SOFT hops + sour citrus

Mid-palate: (4/10)-sweetness, (MAIN) fruity grapefruit/pomelo, tangy malts, (6/10)-sourness/acidity

Finish: very soft grapefruity (2/10)-bitter hops, residual sourness/minor funk/light dry finish.

Summary: Not as sharp nor bitter as other IPAs, this one is quite easy to sip and finish.