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New Beer Alert: Citra

This year we will be brewing a series of single hopped one offs. These beers will all consist of the same malt grist, yeast and will be the same ABV, with the only difference being the use of one hop variety in each. All will be pale and 4%. This shines a spotlight on the hop and the different distinctive flavours each gives, which can easily become difficult to gauge where 2 or more hops are used.

Next up is one of the original big hitters, Citra. It was released to the brewing world in 2008. Now one of the most coveted high-impact aroma hops in the US, particularly among craft brewers, it boasts a complex lineage that includes the likes of Hallertau Mittelfrüh (father), Tettnanger (US), Brewer’s Gold and East Kent Golding.

Citra, as the name implies, has a strong citrusy profile. This is largely credited to its very high myrcene content. It has an extraordinary flavor profile of grapefruit, lime and tropical fruits but despite its high alphas, brewers often warn against its use for bittering, which is why we’ve used it purely for aroma to avoid that and preserve the juicy flavours.

If you’re interested in stocking some of this beauty, or want to know where it’s going to be served, get in touch