Bourbon Barrel Aged Citra Pale Ale - Odd Side Ales
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
4.28/5 rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
We pop a bottle each, pouring a brew of lazy, golden honey coloring into our Great Lakes pint glasses. It puts up a two and a half finger tall head of soapy, crystalline tan bubbles, showing great retention. Lacing etches around the glass like freshly whipped egg whites. A column of chill haze cores through the center of the beer, but this fades quickly to reveal an absence of sediment. Carbonation is thorough and active. The aroma gives a sticky sweet cloy of citric and nectary hops atop a base malt of roasty caramel and toasted pale warmth. This is accompanied by a chorus of honey, buttery diacetyls of wet oak, graham crackers, coconut, skeletal shells of rummy and bourbon heat, sweet tart chalkiness, cooled cornbreadiness, artificial lemon cleaner, coppery metallics, white cake, tangerine and watermelon fruitiness, and a more sugary fruit punch cloy, especially with warmth. Our first impression is that this beer is exactly what is advertised, and it is beautifully executed, from the hoppy citric bite through to the barrel aging. As we sip, the taste begins with buttery diacetyls, gentle corny bourbon, soft ethanol burn, sticky and oily citric, grapefruity hoppiness, orange peel zest, cleansing vanilla, and stark oaked woodiness. The middle comes to a peak with a sweetening depth of citric and nectary hoppiness, with white sugar, chalky pale malts, chemical phenols, toasted caramel maltiness, lightly sweet honey-infused raspberry tea, freshly cut grassiness, and orangey fruitiness. The end comes through with the most intense vanilla and oaky barrel flavoring of the sip, with sweeps of metallic moss and dried autumn leafiness, citric, nectary, and bitter earthy hoppiness, fusel boozy burn, honeycomb sweetness, dewed moss, metallic yeastiness, and continued souring, zesty citric rind. The aftertaste breathes of bittering citric and lightly soapy hoppiness, hearty woody warmth, bourbon booziness, black pepper, chalk, gravel, dried mineral earthiness, straw, pumpkin seeds, toasty marshmallow sweetness, orange and lime pith, well ink, and dank muskiness. The body is lightly medium, and the carbonation approaches high. Each sip foams up intensely, with excellent slurp, smack, cream, froth, and finishing pop. The mouth is thickly coated, but this evaporates away into a watery satiation and patchy astringent tickle. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks back well.
Overall, the most enjoyable thing about this beer is its flavoring. Honestly, this is a fantastic beer. They take their already well-established, and highly regarded, base CPA and throw it into barrels, and this is exactly what you get. You get all the bittering exclusivity of the citric hops, against a washed pale malt frame, with the intense, yet masterfully balancing gentleness of the bourbon and the wood. Although it does seem rather unconventional (although it is becoming harder and harder to surprise people these days), they roll the dice a bit here by allowing such a robustness to seep out of the barrel, but they come out victorious. Comparing the taste to the nose reveals that the latter is a bit weaker and cheaper, but it still executes nonetheless. The feel helps things right along nicely, and effectively elevates this beer to the next level. We definitely had some high expectations for this beer going in, and are very pleased, and somewhat surprised by how much more we actually enjoyed the experience of indulging in it.
Serving type: bottle
04-12-2014 22:17:17 | More by TheBrewo
More User Reviews:
3.96/5 rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Bottle shared by stillmatic2232, thanks man!
Pours a golden yellow/color, with a small half inch head, and not much lacing.
Smells like orange, pineapple, bourbon, and a small amount of oak. This also smells a tiny bit tart if you really focus.
The only barrel I'm really getting out of this is the straightforward bourbon flavor, which melds really well with the juicy hop flavors of this single hop Citra pale ale. There is a tiny bit of oak. Only mildly bitter, mostly just juicy. Almost like you dropped a very small shot of bourbon into a fairly solid Citra pale ale. The mild tartness noted in the aroma is not at all present in the taste.
Light bodied, which makes sense given the lower ABV. Low carbonation. Very drinkable, easy going bourbon barrel aged beer here.
This worked really well, despite my misgivings. It'll never be my favorite style of beer, but it's got a lot of uniqueness to it.
Serving type: bottle
07-01-2014 02:26:39 | More by GreesyFizeek
4.08/5 rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Cloudy gold with a finger foamy white head little lacing.
S - Sweet caramel malt fresh citrus juice, hints of oak and bourbon.
T - Rather complex, woody, earthy sweet malt, orange marmalade, lemon zest, papaya.
M - A tad chewy, medium feel.
O - Really unique and complex, good stuff.
Serving type: bottle
06-09-2014 23:29:59 | More by Omnium
Bourbon Barrel Aged Citra Pale Ale from Odd Side Ales
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