Breakfast Beer Tasting: Brewdog Citra

After a night imbibing far too much Darkstar American Pale, the correct choice of breakfast beer is more essential than ever. Hence my parched throat and weary body eagerly awaited the hop boost that would set me up for Monday.

Brewdog Citra is part of their “IPA is dead” range. The premise is simple: you use the same malt backbone, the same strength and the same level of IBUs, but concentrate on highlighting one single hop. This one is Citra, one of the current darlings of the North American hop scene.

The basics: It’s 330ml, 7.5% and has 75 IBUs. It pours crisp and golden with good carbonation and a nice frothy head. Aroma is pungent with plenty of citrus, tropical fruit and pine.

Taste: No pretence at subtlety here. If you like Citra hope, you’ll like it. If not, move on. Medium bodied, the taste is all about grapefruit, citrus, pineapple and pine all combining for a powerful hop fix. Doesn’t drink its strength.

Finish. Surprisingly short, but a pleasing medium bitterness.

Conclusion: An excellent breakfast pick-me-up beer. Not complex, but easy drinking (for hopheads) and an interesting twist on the IPA genre. One for your mother.


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