Citizen Hijacked IPA

Reviewed by on February 9, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Citizen Brewing Company

  • Origin: Calgary, AB, CA

  • Rated On: February 9, 2018

  • Best Before: canned January 12, 2018

  • ABV: 7.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American IPA

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Yeah, you better believe that this one is mine, because I freaking paid for it! No indication or explanation on the label as to what this offering’s name actually means.

This 473ml can pours a slightly hazy, medium copper amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some decent layered frilly lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, a bit of hard water flintiness, laid-back domestic citrus rind, and some leafy, weedy, and floral green hop bitters. The taste is grainy and crackery cereal malt, orange and white grapefruit peel, a damp minerality, and more peppy leafy, herbal, and gently perfumed floral verdant hoppiness.  The carbonation is fairly low-key in its innocuous frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and generally smooth, as the hops appear to be of the benevolent sort, here.  It finishes off-dry, the base malt and fruity bitterness in a tight lingering embrace.

Overall – this comes across as a pleasantly rendered version of the style, with a nice blend of fruit and forest floor detritus hoppy essences.  Add in the barely detectable 7 points of that ol’ wowee sauce quotient, and I must declare my flavour nodes duly hijacked!

Brady White

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