Citizen Hijacked IPA
Reviewed by Brady White on February 9, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide
- 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 !
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!