Mikkeller’s Citra single hop IPA

I was pretty excited about this beer, yet another from Mikkeller’s single hop IPA series, which I think it brilliant and wonderful.

Maybe not 100 percent wonderful, though. I was not too crazy about this beer as others. It’s got an 86 on Beer Advocate.

On the pour, the smell of the beer came off like dirty cat liter. Now, I am a very forgiving person when it comes to hops and generally like them all, but this wasn’t a very good sign. I know people often associate the smell of Simcoe hops to cat liter, but I love Simcoe, which to me smells greatly of pine and earth tones. The cat liter smell wasn’t like I just stuck my head in a liter box, but it’s definitely a unique smell that people will find from time-to-time. It’s all subjective, really, but I’ve never experienced a hop that was offensive like this. To me, at least.

Once I was able to get past the liter smell, the beer had a very hidden aspect of pine and just a light sweetness. Also a little of grapefruit.

Unfortunately, the flavor profile wasn’t nearly as exciting. It was pretty simple, actually. The beer was bitter with a bland taste. Nothing really stood out, even after it warmed. Maybe a little grassy/earth tone, but nothing distinctive.

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