Big Rock Citradelic IPA

Reviewed by on April 15, 2016 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Big Rock Brewery

  • Origin: Calgary, AB, CA

  • Rated On: April 15, 2016

  • Best Before: November 5, 2016

  • ABV: 6.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: American IPA

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Citradelic is a single hopped (with Citra, duh) IPA, first made in Big Rock’s Vancouver operation, but now being produced in six-packs for TOTAL CANADIAN DOMINATION, er, cross-country distribution.

This 330ml bottle pours a hazy, dark bruised peach amber colour, with one flabby finger of puffy, weakly foamy, and somewhat bubbly ecru head, which leaves some fat EKG band lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of testy lemon, orange, and white grapefruit citrus oil and flesh, grainy and not so sweet caramel malt, and further leafy, herbal, and wet grassy hop bitters. The taste is sharp mandarin orange and red grapefruit citrus peel, more unctuous lime and lemon, a bewildered-seeming bready and lightly biscuity caramel malt, subtle pine and green grass adjoining bitters, maybe a suggestion of flinty chalk, and just a soupcon of metallic alcohol ‘warming’.  The bubbles are fairly supportive in their frothy and occasionally fizzy meanderings, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, but for a niggling citrus and pine hop intransigence (looks at label to verify brewing concern). It finishes off-dry, the fruitiness of the hops taking away from the malt what the bitterness already hasn’t.

Well holy moly, Big Rock has arrived, and it only took opening a left-coast satellite brewery, apparently letting them brew whatever the hell they wanted, and then skimming some of the good stuff for the head office to re-package and re-sell. Or maybe they just decided – damn the corporate torpedoes, Jim, add a butt-ton more hops! And so it was done.

Brady White



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