Sunday, May 21, 2017

Cigar City Brewing Guayabera Citra Pale Ale

It seem that the Citra hops are quite popular these days and probably continue to be as popular. Citra hops impart flavor of citrus fruits such as lemon, grapefruit, orange, tangerine, and mandarin to beers such as IPAs, and Pale Ales. It seems that every brewer has at least one or two beer brewed with Citra Hops. One Example is Cigar City Brewing Guayabera Citra Pale Ale, 5.5% ABV. Located in Tampa Florida. Now I think you may be asking to yourself what is a Guayabera, well it is a traditional four-pocket button up linen shirt worn across Latin America. Guayabera Citra Pale Ale pours a hazy yellowish color with a two finger white head that has some retention with some minimal lacing clinging to the sides of the glass. The aroma is huge grapefruit with faint orange earthy grass and pine notes. Guayabera Citra Pale Ale has a big bitter aroma. Taste is big on the Citra; there is a big citrus grapefruit and orange up front with a little lime in the middle of the mouth with a big bitterness on the back of the mouth that is dry with bitter grapefruit. Too much bitterness and grapefruit flavor in this beer. The mouth feel is full with a big bitter grapefruit finish and an earthy bitter grapefruit after taste. This was not a great beer it’s a C-. Just too bitter in the end and with the grapefruit it has more bitterness to it. I like Citra hops, but I think too much is used in Guayabera Citra Pale Ale. It wasn’t so bad that I couldn’t finish it; it wasn’t something that was easy to drink. I don’t recommend Cigar City Brewing Guayabera Citra Pale Ale. This one is overly bitter! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!   

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