CitruSinensis
Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Style:
American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #122
ABV:
7.9%
Score:
91
Ranked #3,810
Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 8.33%
Reviews:
352
Ratings:
1,708
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Lagunitas Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Avail:
Winter
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Gots
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SCORE
91
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CitruSinensisCitruSinensis
Notes: We took some fresh Sanguinello blood oranges, juiced 'em, concentrated that juice (without heat) and threw it into a wheatier version of our New Dogtown Pale Ale. The end result? A refreshingly hopped pale-ish ale with a huge citrus burst!

The man bent over his guitar, a shearsman of sorts. The day was green. They said, 'You have a blue guitar, you do not play things as they are.' The man replied, 'Things as they are / Are changed upon the blue guitar.' And they said then, 'But play, you must, a tune beyond us, yet ourselves, a tune upon the blue guitar of things exactly as they are.' He sighs, I cannot bring a world quite round, although I patch it as I can. I sing a hero's head, large eye and bearded bronze, but not a man, although I patch him as I can and reach through him almost to man. If to serenade almost to man is to miss, by that, things as they are, say it is the serenade of a man that plays a blue guitar..." These, the words of the Conjurer-in-Chief; Wallace Stevens, describe in perfect detail the work of a brewer as he sits to write a new recipe. Perfection is the goal, to fill a desire for a perfect beer. Yet the instrument of his mind and that of the brewhouse and yeast are the fallible tools at hand. And so he patches it as he can. A little hop here, a little citrus there, a yeast to marry the two, the worty substrate of reality calling the key and time signature. The beer that comes will be the beer we drink, the beer whose story we will tell here. The brewer does what he can and imagines a world quite round. Conjurer-in-Chief Stevens concludes; "Exceeding music must take the place of empty heaven and its hymns." What does it all have to do with beer?
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Photo of mothmanscott
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly chill hazed medium gold producing 3+ fingers of frothy, bright white, moderately lasting head that leaves sheets and webs of clumpy lace. Aroma is pale and biscuit malt with light hints of wheat amongst notes of orange, lemon, tangerine and other fruits. A bit floral there is also a herbal onion-like hint. Taste is orange, lemon, thin grapefruit, earthy herbal, floral and grass hop notes, pale malt, biscuit, maybe wheat (because I know it's supposed to be there) and light pepper it finishes with a dry, medicinal hint backed by a light hoppy bitterness that becomes the dominant character of a very bitter (for the style) aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Even though it's juicy the finish is not pleasant as it imparts a rough feel across the tongue which develops into a drawing aftertaste.

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Photo of UWDAWG
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

Look- Straw, visible particulate sediment, average head retention, above average lacing.

Smell- Citrus.

Taste- Orange, juicy, citrus, slightly boozy.

Feel- Thin body, average carbonation, astringent finish.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lagunitas never disappoints and this one doesn’t break the streak...

Great looking beer with strong lacing. The smell was complex - resin, pine, citrus, and sweet juiciness. Mouthfeel is astringent with a taste that only mildly reminded me of a farmhouse. Anyway, a solid beer.

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Photo of mjurney
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Golden color, hazy. Fast rising bubbles. Thick rocky head, very good head retention. Leaves a very nice lacing behind.

Aroma:
Bright, citrusy, some tropical, sweet malts, just a little resinous.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Very citrusy, I could detect some blood orange in the taste, along with some resinous and tropical. Sweet malts, bready, slight caramel and honey. Finish is dry. Medium bodied, sticky, refreshing, medium carbonation, easy drinking.

Overall:
It's a very good American Pale Ale!

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Photo of tone77
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is as advertised, lots of citrus. Taste is a variety of citrus, blood orange stands out, to easy drinking at this abv. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer, but I expected a bit more.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.59/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 4/3/19. CBF Tulip pint.

A: pours a slightly hazed yellow-gold with one finger of bright white head and mild/modest carbonation.

S: right away has that typical new age pale ale smell, bright, citrusy hops, with a tropical character that almost smells like suntan lotion.

T: largely follows the nose, arriving dry, filling in on mid palate with tropical hop bitterness, and some solid maltiness. At the end of the swallow the citrus takes over big time, leaving loads of grapefruit (well, probably blood orange) pith on the finish. Very hoppy, but well-balanced. I suppose that balance is how they get away with calling this IPA a pale ale.

M: quite hefty, actually. Very filling in the mouth, creamy. Clean finish, though.

O: all told, this reminds me a lot of all the other new age pales, but with slightly thicker texture, higher alcohol, and more citrus on the finish. I like it, but it’s just not my style. It’s not something I plan on buying again, but if handed one, I wouldn’t turn it down (if in a situation where 7.7% is appropriate). The high alcohol here is actually a detractor for me.

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Photo of defunksta
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a slightly clear, light golden color with a mild white head that fades quickly. (3.5)

Aroma: Strong aromas of tangerine, blood orange, grapefruit, and pineapple. Maybe some mango and dank tropic notes underneath. Can't get much of a malt profile with the stronger hops. (3.75)

Flavor: Huge blood orange, grapefruit, and tangerine flavors. Light pineapple. A crystal malt sweetness in the middle, but it finishes relatively bitter with a pithy pineapple and citrus note. All fruit here. Flavors similar to an orange staburst, and orange soda, or an orange CapriSun. Crystal malt sweetness and pithy fruit finish. (3.75)

Feel: Medium bodied. Well-carbonted. Crispy actually. A little grain, but not much. A pithy bitterness is left on the tongue. (3.5)

Overall: Yes, this is a good beer. I can't really judge it as a pale ale, but rather an IPA. Tremendous flavor for a pale ale, but for a 7.5% IPA, I wouldn't say it's mind blowing. Also how can a pale ale have such high alcohol. I feel that adding alcohol for the sake of adding hop flavor or malt sweetness is shifty trick to add more flavor to the beer. I think breweries should focus on adding flavor without the easy addition of a higher ABV. Lagunitas repeatedly does this. While it's a great beer, I can't compare it to a traditional pale ale and it should be compared rather to an imperial IPA. In that sense, it's about what I would expect. (Final Rating: 3.71, Good)

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Photo of Explorer_Bill
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an American pint glass.
Look: Golden orange, slight off white thin head nice thin lacing.
Smell: clear orange/citrus scent but not at all overwhelming.
Taste: sweet orange/citrus then the bitterness from the hops. Very nice balance.
Feel: a bit heavier than I anticipated, which I valued. Effervescence is more noted than I expected as well.
Overall: really enjoyable APA that I think would appeal to a wide range of beer drinkers. Don’t discount this one because of the orange thing.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

CitruSinensis brewed by Lagunitas Brewing Company, with an ABV of 7.90% This APA pours out of a 12oz glass bottle into a pint beer glass a hazy golden amber color with a nice white head. There is also a nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is rich with hop bitterness, mixed with citrus at first. Then you pick up a good amount of earthy grains and malts in the smell as well. So far CitruSinensis is a nice inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is Bold with flavors, lot of citrus notes mixed with hop bitterness. The earthy grains and malts mild this brew out. The body of CitruSinensis is a solid medium. It is really hard to pick up on the 7.90% ABV in this brew, it is just that smooth. This American Pale Ale would go nice with dinner or heavy lunch. Lots of nice flavors to be enjoyed with this one. The mouth feel is Bold, Hoppy, Citrus, Rich, Clean, Smooth and Refreshing . Overall I am going to give CitruSinensis a solid 4 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. Lagunitas Brewing Company, did a super nice job with this American Pale Ale.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

CitruSinensis has a medium, off-white head, a mostly clear, golden appearance, with a bit of glass lacing. The aroma is of hop resins, with some orange detected, and the flavor is similar. Mouthfeel is medium, and CitruSinensis finishes mostly dry.

RJT

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a single serve into a tulip Pours nearly clear--just a bit of haze--medium gold with a nice two-fingered foamy head. Fairly good lacing throughout.

Citrus aromas very forward--lemon, red grapefruit, white grapefruit. Clean pale malt sweetness is there too, with some piney and mineral notes.

The initial taste on the tip of the tongue is citrus--lemon mostly--with bready malt and some esters close behind. Piney and dank hops and mineral notes arrive at the middle of the quaff, with solid grassy, earthy, and floral notes at the finish. The nearly 8% ABV is barely noticeable, mostly as the brew warms. In fact, the brew almost "phase shifts" from APA at cool temperature to IPA at higher temp as the earthy floral hops open up at the warmer temperature.

The feel of this brew is pretty special. Medium-light to medium bodied, it has excellent, but not overbearing carbonation. The finish isn't "crisp" but it arrives with a nice drying note. The booze is well-restrained.

Like many, I'm guilty of paying insufficient attention to the APA style. This is a tasty take that pulls some IPA flavors into the discussion.

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Photo of tucson_brewson
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle from a 6-pk discovered at Target of all places, poured into a pint glass.

L - Pours an orange-yellow haze with a finger of white head that leaves a generous lacing with splotches at the top, and lots sticking to the side of the glass. Interesting "chunks" of sediment (pulp?) that floats throughout.

S - Bright orange citrus, honey, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, with a little bit of piney hops and rubbing alcohol toward the end. The blood orange sweetness really stands out.

T - Follows the nose with juicy blood orange and citrus zest up front, tropical fruit (pineapple and mango), peach, finishes with bitter hoppy bite at the end but definitely on the sweeter end overall.

F - Light-to-medium bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth and drinkable with a slightly dry and astringent finish.

O - This one definitely teeter-totters between pale ale and IPA based on the ABV% and piney hop-presence. But the blood orange and tropical fruit sweetness brings this back into the pale ale category without ruining the palette. Interesting that this 2015 Edition popped up in 2019, but it's another interesting and tasty offer from an interesting brewery.

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Photo of Piercan
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly hazy, pale gold in the glass.
Definite orange juice to the nose.
Fruitiness that I would normally associate with 《Juicy Hazy IPAs.》
A somewhat subdued bitterness that mostly develops as an aftertaste.
Smooth feel; and a lot of citrusy flavors are exhaled through the nose.
All in all, it almost fits the bill for a great American West Coast IPA, and it certainly rates the ABV%!
However, on second thought, it doesn't quite have the body and maltiness of a true-to-life, "hearty" American IPA. In fact, it alsost feels to me like a Lager -- that I enjoy best in a Tuborg/Carlsberg glass.
But who cares? Let Lagunitas' CitruSinensis PALE ALE be one of the shining stars of our 2019 budding Summer.

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Photo of manoshandsoffate
4.77/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I'm really starting to fall in love with Lagunitas. They are truly making some of the best beers in the world IMHO. This beer almost transcends the medium and becomes something spiritual and warm beyond this earthly being.

Look: Sparkling tangerine, with a raw sugar haze and a head that gently cascades down leaving minimal lacing. Carbonation is present, as are bits of what I assume must be the oranges used.

Smell: Strong sweet orange juice smell. Malt backbone also comes through on the nose. So does a lovely bouquet of hops, coriander, and oaky vanilla. A trace of corn syrup is also present, like an orange Starburst.

Taste: It's difficult to imagine what a beer would have to do to taste better than this. If they do, it's only by increments. This stuff is truly delicious. The orange juice mixes perfectly with the well-balanced hops and malts to create the ideal synergy of fruit and beer. 'Nuff said.

F: If there were one area of improvement for this beer, I suppose it might be the finish. It feels a little dry, but for the ABV you kinda expect that. This is hardly a flaw, but it just isn't the beer's greatest strength.

Overall: I've been drinking beer almost every day since I was 18. (I'll be turning 31 this June) I've been around the world, tried beer from almost every civilized nation. This is the literally the best beer I've EVER had. Buy it, all of it if you can.

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Photo of Buckeye55
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An outstanding brew. This is one hell of a refreshing IPA. Pours, smells and tastes like an IPA, only better. Refreshing as all get out. If you would like an IPA to be the soundtrack to getting busy, this is it.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love scouring around at the Friendly Greek Bottle Shop (FGBS)! Even if something is not in the Singles (going steady) section, I am usually able to get them to single them out for me. I buy everything that I request & many times, others follow my lead so that a sixer will suddenly be totally accounted for. I am not sure if this one was by request, but it was certainly one that I wanted to drink, review & rate!

From the Bottle: "The man bent over his guitar, a shearsman of sorts. The day was green. They said, 'You have a blue guitar, you do not play things as they are.' The man replied, 'Things as they are / Are changed upon the blue guitar.' What's it got to do with beer?"

From the Brewery's website: "The man bent over his guitar, a shearsman of sorts. The day was green. They said, 'You have a blue guitar, you do not play things as they are.' The man replied, 'Things as they are / Are changed upon the blue guitar.' And they said then, 'But play, you must, a tune beyond us, yet ourselves, a tune upon the blue guitar of things exactly as they are.' He sighs, I cannot bring a world quite round, although I patch it as I can. I sing a hero's head, large eye and bearded bronze, but not a man, although I patch him as I can and reach through him almost to man. If to serenade almost to man is to miss, by that, things as they are, say it is the serenade of a man that plays a blue guitar..." These, the words of the Conjurer-in-Chief; Wallace Stevens, describe in perfect detail the work of a brewer as he sits to write a new recipe. Perfection is the goal, to fill a desire for a perfect beer. Yet the instrument of his mind and that of the brewhouse and yeast are the fallible tools at hand. And so he patches it as he can. A little hop here, a little citrus there, a yeast to marry the two, the worty substrate of reality calling the key and time signature. The beer that comes will be the beer we drink, the beer whose story we will tell here. The brewer does what he can and imagines a world quite round. Conjurer-in-Chief Stevens concludes; "Exceeding music must take the place of empty heaven and its hymns." What does it all have to do with beer?"

Wow! That turns out to be an excerpt from a poem by Wallace Stevens! My Senior Seminar in English Literature at Pitt revolved around Wallace Stevens & his poetry! Unfamiliar? So was I until we immersed ourselves in his writing that semester. He was a head actuary (!) for a Hartford, CT insurance agency & yet, he wrote some of the most haunting poetry that I have ever read. I would put "The Emperor of Ice Cream" at the top of my list & I read "The Idea of Order at Key West" aloud during a June 2008 visit. A great story has Stevens laying out a drunken Ernest Hemingway when the latter refused to quit hitting on Stevens' wife & challenged Stevens to fisticuffs in response. Stevens was taller & less drunk & left Hemingway on the beach, the surf lapping at his heels. A classmate wrote a phenomenal poem in response!

Oh my. Poetry & beer! The time is nigh to Pop! the cap & see what Lagunitas hath wrought this time. I went with a heavy-handed C-Line pour in my unbridled excitement. This was met with huge & immediate foaming, eventually forming two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, eggshell-white head with good retention. The sticky lacing made me wonder about clean-up, but maybe Wallace Stevens would approve of a power washer … Color was a beautiful Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with NE-quality clarity, prompting an impromptu visit from The Gelt Gang of Midas, Croesus & Mammon, all clamoring for a taste. Nose smelled less like an APA and more like an AIPA. It was definitely of oranges, but it also held a slightly pine-y mintiness as well as a biscuit backbone. Orange zest biscotti? It would work for me! I LOVE biscotti & while nothing will supplant lemon biscotti, orange zest sounds pretty darn good. Mouthfeel was medium, about standard for the style. The taste was more tart than I was expecting, but it worked well with the unrelenting orange flavor. Tart actually might be a bit strong. Let's go with "tangy". Either way, it was a very pleasant interlude with an emphasis on the citrus, less on the hops, despite the label's suggestion to the contrary. Finish was semi-dry & quite refreshing. It makes me wonder why this is a Winter seasonal when it would be oh, so nice on a hot, humid Summer's day.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz single bottle, from Roth's store in Stayton OR
$1.80
Trad clear golden body with a large frothy /rocky white head.
Nice orangy/citus hoppy nose, bit of wheat and light maltiness.
Taste is extremely delicious!..so refreshing, was not expecting the star burst of citrus..the blood orange shows very well. Good
Nice medium mouth feel..well carbonated..and no sticky mess in the end.

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Photo of Rvobzvert
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Definitely my favorite at the moment. It has a lot of body and citrus tart that really grabs the attention. It's a bit higher volume and gets me drunk which is great.

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Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chinese gold, with a light haziness and very little carbonation. Topped with a half finger of off white head.
Smells a purple bubblegum, pineapple, and citrusy candy.

The taste follows the nose but is very dry and has a big hit of bitterness.

Medium body with a little carbonation.

I got this in Reading where am drinking November 15, 2018.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled August 31st 2018.

Pours a clear but not brilliant gold with a huge head of foam. Excellent lacing.

Smells of orange zest, grapefruit, light pine, toasted malt.

Taste is orange zest, grapefruit, pineapple, toasted malt, quite the bitter Pale Ale.

Nice mouthfeel, nice APA.

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Photo of TheBrewsky
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank for the majority from a bottle. I’ll keep it brief. Golden in color. Aromas are definitely citrus forward, no doubt from the blood orange. Grassy smelling hop profile but it isn’t over powering. Taste is simple and full of citrus flavor that I was hoping for. Finish is crispy with mild sweetness and bitterness. Overall, I think it’s very enjoyable and something that could be a daily drinker. I’m a fan. Very glad to have tried. Cheers!

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Photo of Wasatch
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. Bottle
ABV: 7.5%

Poured into a Tree House glass a pretty nice hazy golden orangy color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (blood orange, tangerine, mango), slight pine. The taste is pretty nice, hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (blood orange, tangeirne, mango), nice little sweetness, slight pine. Medium body, ABV is hidden pretty nicely, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew, surprised me.

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Photo of Amendm
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz. bottle poured into a 16-oz. mug. A strong pour was needed to get a 1/2 finger sized white head that quickly shrinks to a ring with spotty lacing.
Golden yellow with little floaties and slight haze, looks yellow in front of light.
Orange rind, spicy hops and faint alcohol for the smell.
Taste follows with added floral hops and lime, faint malt and citrus juice in the middle with a spicy hop semi-dry finish. Not to sweet or bitter. A spicy aftertaste lingers.
Light body with medium-low carbonation, even taste profile.
A good beer to drink slow and not to cold so the spiciness can be appreciated.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Feels strange to not be popping open a 20oz. Can.

Smells like an orange creamsickle with a hit mMrs.Dash and green leafy veggies.

Looks bright gold with orange highlights. A tall and fluffy white foam topping is clumpy and bubbly, good coverage with sticky lace.

A spicy orange flavor, orange juice with a leafy and herbal side. Very light and crisp golden malt balance is pretty fine. Lightly sweet honey malt and fruitiness from the hops and citrus adjuncts gives it some decent depth.

A sharp and crispy, even grainy bite soon changes its texture to a medium bodied, slicker malt style finish. A dramatic change in feel, fromlight and crisp to mostly slick...not really smooth, but cloying maltiness.

Not a big fan of the fruit adjuncts. I feel like the natural charecter of the hops can provide enough fruity tones, with oerhaps some help from certain yeast strains that can be amazingly fruity, without adding actual fruit. With that being stated, this is not at all a bad fruity APA.

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Photo of GreenDragonPurse
4.64/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Nice white head on light amber liquid. A healthy amount of carbonation. Wonderful smell, like citrus in a drenching rainstorm. Lemon-orange flavor with very little bitterness.

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CitruSinensis from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 1708 ratings