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Ace Of Citra

Rating: 3.25

This third Brewdog’s latest single-hop series, this is a beer that follows on from their Ace Of Simcoe offering that I reviewed back in March and much like that one, I managed to sample the Citra version a mere two days after its Thursday night release a Brewdog bars in the UK. There also happens to be an Ace Of Chinook beer in the series, one that was released at some point over the summer and I actually have a bottle of that in the house, waiting to be tried soon. As for this Citra version, given how much I liked the Simcoe edition, I was looking forward to trying this one a great deal and managed to find it on-tap at Brewdog Bristol when I was visiting the city over the weekend and decided to make it my first pint in the bar.I believe this Citra offering is the penultimate in the ‘Ace Of’ series that has replaced their ‘IPA is Dead’ series this year but I wouldn’t bet against a couple more being release next year as well, especially if this one is deemed to have been a success.

Ace Of Citra

Appearance (4/5): Medium amber in colour with a semi-clear body and quite a lively look to the beer with a few bubbles rising to the surface. The head was a foamy white one that sat about half a centimetre tall in the glass and left some touches of lacing on the glass too.
Aroma (6/10): As expected, this one opens up with some citrus hops and quite a lively nose with some fresh notes and touches of fruit but it initially doesn’t seem to be too complex sadly. There was some acidity showing and a few astringent notes with surprisingly little sweetness coming through. The citrus and orange aromas were definitely what dominated from the start here, although some further background fruits did show but I was expecting a lot more from this one and certainly more variety in the early going.
Taste (6/10): Citrus and slightly subdued pine hops open things up here before some touches of grapefruit start to some through; there was a bit more going on here than there was with the nose but again it’s not as complex a taste as I’d have liked really. I got a strong bitterness and some pleasant enough grassy hops around the middle with touches of hay before some mango and orange came through towards the end. It was an easy enough beer to drink and it didn’t seem bad at any point, it’s just that I was expecting a lot better going in.
Palate (3/5): Strongly carbonated and sitting with a light-medium body, this one was quite a gassy beer in truth but it was also fairly crisp and bitter as well. The balance wasn’t particularly great here either and I struggled to detect much variety from it thanks to the citrus hops that seemed to dominate from the start.

Overall (13/20): This one was a beer that I was quite disappointed with in truth, especially considering how much I enjoyed the brewery’s Ace Of Simcoe offering which was the first in the series. This one started okay with a nice appearance and some citrus hops opening things up but things quickly faded after that with not enough variety coming through to keep me interested sadly. I would also have liked to see some sweetness coming through at point but the hops and citrus completely masked any there might have been so I doubt very much that this one would be a beer that I’d try again; thankfully it’s only a limited release.

Brewed In: Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Brewery: Brewdog
First Brewed: 2016
Type: Session IPA
Abv: 4.5%
Serving: Draught (Pint)
Purchased: Brewdog, Bristol, England
Price: £4.35

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