From A Can
3.5/5.0 Cold (Remember a 2.0/5.0 is a good beer on this scale. For the schleps on UnTapped probably a ~4.2)
3.0/5.0 Room Temp
Sir Citra-Ness is not shy about how it is hoppy. Starts out with the floral and spicy flavors from hops and moves onto the bitter from the hops. Almost like cloves are spicy, not spicy like chilies.
I also want to clarify that these are full flavors, not “notes,” that are throughout each sip carrying your taste buds on a complex journey that changes slightly sip to sip (more on the changes later).
What’s more impressive is that the lads at Wibby manage these full flavors from the hops without dragging in the woody parts into the beer or committing the American Brewers sin of “Hops Abuse.”
What’s more, the bitterness affects the mouthfeel of the beer. It creates a perceived roughness on the tongue, that I really enjoy, that usually requires heavy carbonation. And because it’s not heavily carbonated Sir Citra-ness lacks the harshness on the rest of the mouth.
Now back to that evolving flavor profile I mentioned. This entire paragraph regards what the flavors are doing from the middle of the sip to how this IPL lingers.
Drinking this beer is a 30-second journey every sip. Then at the end, there’s this elusive little bit in how this beer finishes. It doesn’t taste like cantaloupe, but it reminds me of how my mouth feels after eating a single piece of cantaloupe. I’m going to apologize because I lack the vocabulary to describe this whisper at the end more succinctly.
Beer Review Scale:
0/5 Not fit for man nor beast
0.5/5 Have I wronged you somehow that you would offer this to me?
1/5 Not enjoyable
2/5 Drinkable (The base line. Where one does not cringe upon tasting it)
3/5 A decent beverage.
4/5 A very good beverage that I am willing to spend my money to drink.
4.5/5 Sweet nectar