Thursday, May 26, 2016

Citradelic Tangerine IPA

Beer Review #118

I seem to be reviewing a lot of Colorado beers recently, however you have to go all the way back to October 2014 (review #13) to find my only prior review of a beer from New Belgium Brewing (who also have a location in North Carolina). With the temperature in the 80's and storm clouds building its a great day for an IPA. But its always a great day for an IPA, isn't it? This afternoon I'm checking out a couple bottles of the company's Citradelic Tangerine IPA.

Tune in and hop out with New Belgium Citradelic. Set adrift on a kaleidoscopic wave of hoppiness brought to you by a mystical marriage of Citra hops and tangerine peel, which elevates each sip onto a plane of pure tropical, fruity pleasure. Citradelic’s namesake hop and fruit combine to jam with visions of additional hops like citrusy Mandarina Bavaria, tropical Azzaca, and fruity Galaxy for a colorful explosion that’s grounded by just a touch of malty sweetness. Bored by the status quo? Expand your palate with a pour of Citradelic. Launching January 2016.- Source

Citradelic pours golden with a couple fingers (the ones you're girlfriend likes) of soapy white foam and good lacing on the glass for such a light bodied beer.

The beer's best asset is its fruity, tropical aroma. There is tangerine peel in the recipe, but this is the kind of tropical edge that many great IPA's achieve through hops alone, so I would say that the presence of the tangerine peel is negligible.

While science now tells us that our taste receptors are spread throughout the mouth with no one area being set aside for a particular flavor-type, pretty much everything happening in this beer, in terms of flavor, happens up front. This is a tropical and citrus heavy IPA, with just a hint of pine and freshly cut grass. Semi-dry, with minimal mouthwatering, lip-smacking dryness on the back end.

Weighing it at 6.0%ABV with just 50IBU's, Citradelic Tangerine IPA is a smooth, mild "entry level" India Pale Ale with a tropical slant that should entice young craft beer explorers, without offending seasoned connoisseurs with the blandness of a typical macro. Take a six pack of this to a summer party and slip them in the cooler among your friend's Corona and Bud Light Lime.

Musical Pairing: CAFO by Animals as Leaders

Twin Tiers Beer Trail:
-Twin Tiers Craft Beer Club (Sayre)
I-86 Beer Trail
The Jolly Farmer, Waverly (Waverly)
Bluestone Brewing Company (Sayre)
- Diversion Brewing Co. (Chemung)
The Grille at the Train Station (Sayre)
River Rat Brew Trail (Central Pa)

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