Unbottling – Citralush

Citralush - Epic Brewing - Unbottling

Epic Brewing recently got in on the trend of launching a new series of hazy, New England-style IPAs. This style of beer has migrated west and been popping up all over lately. At this site, we’ve reviewed and written about the science behind this trend, and even chatted about it in reviews of what was once the quintessential style for IPAs. It’s gotten in our collective heads. As with every new trend, there are those that fight back against it. Some of those differing opinions can be valid. Y’all remember the kerfuffle over black IPAs (aka Cascadian dark ales)? It’s kind of the same thing dealing with the semantics of what is and isn’t an India pale ale.

I’m not here to do some fiery take on the style, I’ve enjoyed quite a bunch… except, are they really hazy? Do a Google image search for “hazy” (or Bing it if you’re some kind of deviant). You’ll get pictures of foggy landscapes of cities and forests where you can still see things slightly obscured by a cloud of something. These “hazy” IPAs are so dense and thick you can’t see anything on the other side of the glass. Now, I realize this is not a hill I want to die on, but hear me out. I’m going to spitball some alternative descriptors: opaque IPA, milkshake IPA, fruit smoothie IPA, park puddle IPA, OJ and cream IPA, pulpy IPA, dirty dishwater IPA, Metamucil IPA, egg cocktail IPA, and… whatever, I know these are dumb. Enjoy what you enjoy.

Citralush: The Basics

Citralush: The Details

At first glance, I thought this was a new beer from Evil Twin Brewery. Any one else see that?  Anywho, this goldish amber beer pours a nice, white thick headCitralush - Epic Brewing - Unbottling that mellows out after a couple of minutes. When held up directly to a light, the cloudy beer gets a radiant tangerine color. The nose, while not potent, conjures up thoughts of what I imagine it’s like to be on a Caribbean island enjoying fruity cocktails (the kind with a slice of pineapple impaled on the edge of the glass). The Citra and Mosaic hops give the beer a tropical fruit juice characteristic. There’s a mixture of pineapple, mango, papaya, and citrus with a little grassiness hiding in there.

The taste follows suit. It’s even more subdued than the nose, which was kind of a letdown. I thought Citralush was going to have more of that fruity juiciness that this style is known for, and especially with the hops that were used. There are notes of grapefruit rind and orange that stand out among the tropical fruit notes. The beer has a sweetness to it with a touch of dankness at the end. New England-style IPAs are known for having a mild bitterness or none at all. Citralush has a tinge of resinous, earthy bitterness that hangs around a little while. Considering the opaqueness of the beer I found its body to be a little thinner compared to other examples I’ve had. There is smoothness to this light-medium bodied beer as there is a subtle amount of carbonation.

Overall

Citralush isn’t likely the greatest example of this style. While it wasn’t what I was fully hoping for, it is an enjoyable beer. The aroma and taste are pleasant enough but aren’t going to wow anyone. Fair warning, it’s quite possible to knock back a few cans in one sitting. The ABV is very well hidden, and it’ll probably sneak up you before you even know it.

Epic Brewing plans on releasing a new batch of beer from this series every 2-3 months. Each new batch will be part of a rotating recipe. This rotating release has me interested to see what the brewery has in store.

On a side note, If I were into rum I could see ordering a New England-style IPA and a shot of rum being a thing. Instead of the usual pint and shot of whiskey. The juicy tropical fruit notes would go well with the sweet spirit. Or maybe do something like a Sake Bomb? That could be my legacy.

 

Adam M. Bruns

About Adam M. Bruns

Adam M. Bruns is an award-winning filmmaker (it was a short about a puppet who wants to get a sex change) with an MFA in Motion Pictures and Television from the Academy of Art in San Francisco. Besides craft beer, his hobbies include film, TV, comic books, writing, drawing, cooking, and feeling the constant, crushing sense of disappointment from watching his favorite sports teams (the Buffalo Bills, the Baltimore Orioles, and Syracuse University Basketball). Some have called him a modern-day Renaissance Man…ok, that was just his mother.

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