Citronium - Element Brewing Company

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13 Ratings
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Ratings: 13
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Element Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
We have taken a double IPA and blasted it with three different citrus flavors. We add citra hops to the boil, followed by kaffir lime leaves. Then right before bottling we mix in grapefruit oil.

(Beer added by: Archemedies on 10-03-2013)
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Reviews by jlindros:
Photo of jlindros
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to, I think Pete for this one.

Light fizzy head, pale orange blond color.

Nose nice fruit and citrus, melon, grapefruit, light Clementine, light line leaf like, light bready yeasty with some esters, hint apple. Nice floral hop characters.

Taste has a weird bitterness, like lime rind and leafy bitter tannin, light grainy bready, yeasty character with a light vegetable character, some Belgian yeast esters mostly, and some Light plastic phenol and mild warming booze. Some fruit, little grapefruit pith, light melon and fruity character, light chewy oily vegetal bitter hop too. Finish is still a bit sweet, bit of candy like, more bitter earthy hops.

Mouth is med bod, nice carb.

Overall ok, nothing to special, hops get a bit too overwhelming with the weird tannic bitterness. It has a mix of some great characters, and some off characters, so hard to really nail this.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Dope
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

No bottling date but this was just released this month, probably a week or two old.

A: Pours a clear medium amber. Big fluffy tan head that fizzes out somewhat quickly. Light, almost negligible lacing. Moderate head retention.

S: Well they gave it the right name for sure. Citrus bomb aroma. Lots of lime for sure. Pretty sweet grapefruit too, more like a pink grapefruit in my opinion. Kind of a sweet syrupy caramel with it too. Maybe some tropical fruits too? Hard to tell over all the lime.

T: Yup. More citrus. Tons of it. There is a war between the lime and the grapefruit going on here. It's more of a sweet lime up front and then a bitter grapefruit in the finish. In between they are almost perfectly balanced. Supposedly this has citra in it and I'm tempted to believe it, it's just buried under all this lime and grapefruit. I do get hints of tropical fruit especially up front so it's there...just trampled to death. In the aftertaste there is a little bitter wave which is probably from the hops along with the grapefruit oil. No real sign of alcohol, I was surprised to find that this was 9.5%. Lonnng lingering bitter grapefruit aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, sticky.

O: An interesting experiment. Honestly it's decently tasty but the adjuncts are way too powerful. There is essentially no hoppiness to this "DIPA" at all. It's a grapefruit lime fruit beer with some mild hop bitterness basically. This doesn't mean it's bad, just unbalanced. It certainly does what it says it does - citronium indeed. I was unable to finish the whole bottle, I swear all that lime and grapefruit was giving me a headache. Too overbearing of a flavor, IMO, needs to be turned down about 3 notches.

Photo of nkelley77
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of soze47
4.28/5  rDev +16%

Photo of rudzud
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

thanks to bpk59 for sharing. Poured into a tulip.

A - Poured a nice clear golden hue with a thin white head that fades to leave a thin halo.

S - Aromas of bready yeasts, lots of kaffir limes, light grapefruit skin

T - Taste is not really ipa like, lots of citrus, lime, grapefruit, bitter end. More fruit juice than dipa.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated for the ABV. Stays light and crisp.

O - Overall this was an alright beer, too much random fruit that over shadows the ipa.

Photo of Levich
2.83/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a corked and caged 750mL bottle dated September 14, 2013 into a tulip.

Citronium pours a deep reddish straw color with a fluffy head comprising notably large bubbles that settles down but leaves 1/2 inch for the duration. The aroma is disappointingly straightforward. There is a citrusy hop character, but nothing near what I was expecting. I was really hoping for a hit of the kaffir lime, but the smell falls kind of flat. The first sips follow suit with the smell. It's nothing really special. The hops are subdued, the grapefruit gets lost, and there is no discernible lime flavor. There is a strange chemical flavor; it's kind reminiscent of cyanoacrylate (super glue), but it is not entirely unpleasant. The mouthfeel is nicely balanced with just the right amount of carbonation to keep this strong beer light on the palate.

I was really excited to try this beer, but I am very underwhelmed. I really love the flavors of Southeast Asia and the Kaffir lime really attracted me to this beer, but it does not seem to work for me. Not a drainpour, but needs some refining.

Photo of Altrurian
4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Citronium is pellucid but iridescent, resembling nothing so much as an orange-gold bowl made of carnival glass that's been in my family for a few generations. The beer seems to incorporate components of different densities, resulting in a subtle waviness. A high white head dissipates after a decent pause, with minimal residual.

The taste, typical of Element's uncommon roster of products, is hard to pin down. There's lime, there's essence of grapefruit peel (or whatever), and a definite tangerine sweetness that renders the beer unchallenging, I suppose, but altogether...agreeable. The mouthfeel is quite creamy. The aftertaste is crisp with alcohol.

Citronium is something of a confection, but fascinating. As evident from the rating, I like it. My recommendation is of little consequence, however, at least for the nonce, because I was told at the brewery shop that I was buying the last bottle of a limited run.

Citronium from Element Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.