Evil Twin Citra Sunshine Slacker

Reviewed by on August 7, 2015 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Evil Twin Brewing

  • Origin: Brooklyn, NY, US

  • Rated On: August 7, 2015

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 4.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American IPA

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Brooklyn, New York, by way of Denmark’s Evil Twin Brewing has created this summertime offering, y’know, for those who slack off in the sunshine, and further prefer the confines of the Citra hop varietal.

This 16oz, self-described non-denominational ‘pint’ can pours a hazy, pale golden straw, um, ‘colour’, with three fingers of puffy, shiny, and somewhat rocky off-white head, which leaves some bleeding sudsy lace around the glass as it quickly subsides.

It smells of stale cat urine, crackery pale malt, sharp underripe orange and white grapefruit pith, a wee stoney flintiness, and further leafy, weedy, and herbal hop bitters. The taste is grainy, gritty pale malt, a lessened uric acid acridity, peppy, if duly muddled fruity citrus notes, a suggestion of more exotic tropicals, and more leafy, earthy, weedy, and floral hoppiness.  The bubbles are fairly active in their perky and penetrating frothiness, the body a generous medium weight for the purported sub-style, and plainly smooth, the hops more aromatic than interfering, it would appear. It finishes off-dry, just, as the varied character of the Citra hop continues to refuse to be denied.

Not sure why the ‘other’ twin decided to choose this particular hop to glom onto another one of these relatively weakened American IPA wannabes. Easy to drink, sure, and extra points for the tall-boy cans, but overall, I’m really getting tired of understated and underwhelming IPAs, which is all this next new failure of the craft beer cause really amounts to.

Brady White



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