Citra Sunshine Slacker | Evil Twin Brewing

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Citra Sunshine SlackerCitra Sunshine Slacker

Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Collaboration with 7venth (Seventh) Sun Brewery.

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Photo of weareallfalafel
4.71/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

I was skeptical of this at first because session IPAs usually leave me a bit disappointed, but this was fantastic. Poured from a 16oz can into a large pub glass. Look is a bright golden with a finger sized head that faded fairly quick but left a decent bit of lacing. Smell is tropical fruit and citrus peel. Taste is much better than anticipated with loads of Citra hop character that develops a bit on the pallet and lingers long after the swallow, which I didn't expect from such a low abv IPA. Feel is a bit thin, but nothing I didn't expect from a session IPA. Overall, very pleased and surprised! Definitely would recommend this, especially for the super reasonable price (2 bucks and some change) for the pint sized can.

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Photo of Dufmandinga
4.54/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Amazingly flavorful session. Citrus is very strong but not harsh like some others heavily hopped with citra. This is legit crushable despite how freaking hoppy it is

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: A straw to yellow pour with a slight haze produces a sudsy off-white 3” foam collar that is moderately persistent.

S: Hoppy citrus aromas blending lemon, lime and orange, light malts. Hop aromas are medium, malt aromas are medium low.

T: Big lime to lemon citrusy flavors with a medium low malt background.

F: Medium light body with medium high carbonation

O: Very refreshing and flavorful with a mild kick.

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Photo of Nelstone
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I knew what I was getting before I ever tasted this light bodied session ale. The name of the beer lays it right out for you. I felt like Fred Flintstone sliding off my dinosaur excavator, seamlessly sliding into my stone car, following the first sip. The beer rolled easily down the throat and dropped subtle grapefruit notes all the way to the bottom. Great summer beer.

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Photo of ricke49
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great session IPA. Absolutely kills it at just 4.5 ABV. Essentially the same as Coors Light in terms of alcohol - really makes you respect what Evil Twin has done here - bringing forth a truly Full flavored brew at a minimum ABV. Bravo! Summer delight

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Photo of SouthernTear
4.39/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The IPAs haven't been going well for me lately, but this one tasted great. Drinking it tonight, the hops seemed more up-front than down-low and didn't linger. Finish was pleasant and refreshing, smoothly cutting off the hops like a mathematical function.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Harry G's New York Deli in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a light clear yellow-ish color, with a very small head, and lots of lacing down the glass.

Smells like honey-covered grass, orange, grapefruit, and a little bit of pine.

I absolutely *hate* the word crushable when it comes to people describing how easily a beer drinks. Unfortunately, that word really does describe this one- it's so drinkable, and goes down so easily. There's a light zesty pine and grassy bitterness, a hint of honeyed malt, and grapefruit and orange zest. There's just enough flavor to keep it interesting, but it's restrained enough to drink a lot of it.

This is lighter bodied, really, really drinkable here- with a moderate level of carbonation.

This was surprisingly really enjoyable stuff for me. It's a really well done beer.

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Photo of HOPSnHASH
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I ended buying a case of this. I normally despise session IPAs because they are essentially just watered down Pale Ales, but this one is an exception.

A: Light, straw colored and hazy/cloudy with a lot of carbonation bubbles floating to the top. After the initial 1.5-2 finger head dissipated a 1 finger head remained.

S: I'm getting a lot of citrus and grapefruit smells with a slight bready sweetness undertone

T: Taste follows smell pretty closely. Citrusy hoppy bitterness upfront, but not overpowering, mild sweetness in the mid palate, and mostly a dry finish

M: Mouthfeel is very smooth, crisp and easy drinking but definitely not watery

O: One of my favorite low ABV IPAs, I can drink a whole 4 pack without getting into trouble. Just wish this was n unlimited release

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Photo of MattyG85
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat cloudy copper orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of white head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A juicy and floral hop forward aroma with good hints of citrus fruit and pine. Upfront citra hop scent of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, pineapple, and lemon. Floral and herbal hops with some hints of pine resin and grass. Background hints of pale malt with some biscuit, cracker, and yeast. A very solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely juicy and floral hop driven taste with notes of citrus fruit and pine. Upfront presence of citra hops with juicy notes of orange peel, grapefruit, mango, lemon zest, and pineapple. Spicy notes of pine resin along with some grassy hops. Soft backing pale malt notes of biscuit, caramel, cracker, and yeast. A very nice hoppy taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, juicy, and nicely drying and smooth on the finish.

Overall: A pretty good take on a West Coast style Session IPA. Good ripe citrus and earthy hop flavors with a nice soft body.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look - Golden, hazed, half finger white head
Smell - Very pleasant citrus/herbaceous aroma
Taste - Citrus, herbaceous, slightly tropical.
Feel - Light and crushable. True session form.

Overall - Phenomenal session beer. Great representation of citra hops.

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Photo of Onemoresolo
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Quintessential Citra flavor here: lemon, grapefruit, tangerine; very nice effort here from Evil Twin. Light, bright, prickly, this beer is an easy and refreshing pounder.

That said, there's definitely some variance here between batches. This 261-15 (Sept. 18th, 2015) dated can is a bit more muted than the previously reviewed batch, but it's still a quality brew.

The smell is slightly catty, but it's all good!

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Golden yellow in color and slightly cloudy/hazy. Pours a two finger wide head that has a soapy texture to it. Already some lacing has the head recedes.

Aroma- Citra hops and lots of it. Passionfruit, citrus, and a little bit of pungent/dankness. Not much in the way of malt for the aroma.

Taste- As the nose indicated the citra hopping is very prevelant in this beer. While the nose had more pungent hop aromas, the hop flavor leans toward juicy and bright fruit flavors. Passionfruit is noticeable at first with a very bright juicy citrus flavor showing up in the middle. The finish sees the pale malt dry things out and helps accentuate a mild lingering bitterness.

Feel- Body is on lighter side, but there's enough malt to balance things out. Carbonation is medium and the finish is clean.

Overall- Great session ipa by Evil Twin, and easily one of the best examples of the style. Big juicy hop flavors with enough malt to rounds things out. A perfect summer ipa to have from the can.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From Can. Pours hazy light golden Orange with white head that dissipates to a ring. Aroma of citrus, tangerine, light grain, mango and fresh hops. Taste is dry and light to medium bitter with notes of light mango, citrus, grain and light bread. very nice.

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4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very good session ale. and I love that it comes in sixteen oz cans. bright hop character that citra usually brings. easy drinking, great after taste. cant go wrong if you are looking for low abv and a hop focused beverage.

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Photo of Kendo
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The body is bright yellow with a small white head on top.

S: With this nose I can immediately identify it as a Citra beer - lemony hops and light citrus over a touch of straw.

T: Light grainy malt is followed by lemony hops. Refreshing, yet tasty.

M: Light in heft, which is appropriate for the style, and a modest creaminess in feel.

O: Very good. Until recently, this was my favorite Session IPA. Great in the summer.

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Photo of MatthewWalters
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I found this very enjoyable for a session IPA. People will think I'm crazy but I like this even better than Fresh Squeezed. Fair amount of tiny-bubble white head. The citrus in this really comes through both in the smell and taste. Incredibly easy to drink as one would expect, with a little bitterness.
Format ( 1 pint can) and ABV (4.5%) make it perfect for any occasion. Will seek out again.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Never settling upon the barrage of qualified IPA that the Evil Twin team continually churn out, yet another unique taste is born of the necessity for lighter body, hop-forward ale that's meant for sessionable consumption.

Citra Sunshine Slacker's slightly diffused glow casts aspirations of those sunny rays. Its soapy white froth draws in the nose with a plethora of citrus, tropical and fragrant grassy herbs. Its light bready, honey and thin caramels greet the tongue with a host of bubble that pop off the tongue in delight.

Its light and arid body sheds its carbonation quickly as its bubbly action carries the aromatic volitals of white grapefruit, vibrant orange, light lemon, passionfruit and kiwi from the nose to the palate in a seamless transfer. Nectar and fructose can be pulled from the supple yet fleeting sweetness as a honeycomb malty underlay supports the growing bitterness, but just barley.

The finish on this light bodied hop-bomb comes quickly. Its effervescence ushers in a fast and refreshing taste as the beer is pushed from the tongue and down the chute, scrubbing the mouth of thirst as it goes. What's left is a bitter herbal taste that lingers with tea, sassafras, fresh-cut grass and fresh pine shavings.

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Photo of leantom
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pretty good brew by Evil Twin. Here goes:

A: Pretty good. Straw, hazy, gold color. Pours a large head and leaves adequate lacing.

S: Lots of grass, herbs, and succulent tropical fruit. Very floral and fruity. Good.

T: Follows the nose. Not much malt, but the hops are splendid.

F: Very light, but certainly not the worst body I've had in terms of session beers. Still well carbonated and refreshing.

O: Solid beer, Would buy again.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - White head and golden yellow body. Pours clear early, but clouds as the glass fills.

S - Quiet but pleasant. Mango and lemon.

T - Follows the nose, with a middle that adds pith and cracker malt, and a close that underlines grapefruit bitterness.

M - Open is moderate, but the close has definite drying and a chewy resin aspect.

O - A good IPA that is bright and full of grapefruit. Solid.

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Photo of tempest
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Crisp and juicy, with a dry finish. I could drink five. It's floral with tropical fruit and a grapefruit finish, damn that's tasty. Not too bitter in the finish to enjoy a few. Sign me up. This is how session IPAs should be.

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Photo of Nachojon
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Put Citra in the name or description and I'll buy it. This is an interesting and imaginative beer.

Pours with a nice fluffy had, bright yellow gold. It looks good. Smells like pineapple.

This beer tastes damn good. It's unlike any IPA I've ever had. Its delicious and tastes better as the strong carbonation wears off.

I can't rate this beer lower. When judged as an IPA, it might have some issues, as a beer its pure delicious.

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Photo of larryi86
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into slim pint glass

A- A clear golden amber with a three finger white head.

S- Citra, tropical fruits, grapefruits, citrus, slight wet grass, kind of dank/piney.

T- Citrus, grapefruit rinds, lime, tropical fruits, piney/dank finish.

M- Smooth, crisp, light body.

O- A good session IPA. Worth picking up a four pack. Very easy to drink

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from can to taster glass. Thanks, Chris.

A: A clear pale yellow with tons of carbonation and a thick white one-finger head that stayed. Ample lacing.

S: Citrus for days. Mangoes, oranges, pineapples, apricots and grapefruit.

T: Follows nose like a champ. Huge citrus taste featuring mangoes, grapefruit, guava, apricots and lemons all riding atop a bready malt layer.

M: Medium with medium, creamy carbonation.

O: I could drink this one all day. The perfect session IPA with enough citrus to last all summer.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Highly carbonated lemonade, cloudy with 4 fingers of off white head. Random chunks of lacing are left behind.

Pine, canned peaches, lemon candy. Floral and fruity.

Crisp melon, lemon candy, canned peaches, but only a little sweetness. Floral and fragrant almost like perfume. Some grapefruit.

Surprisingly dry with a touch of sweet sappy quality, little carbonation on the tongue.

Overall, a really good brew. So much on the nose and tongue, but such a light body. Got in Chiang Mai at Beer Lab, drank here in my home July 8th, 2016.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a growler, pours a slightly hazy orange-gold. Big white fluffy head. Smell is pretty great: initial wave of dank, sweaty pine gives way to tropical fruit and spicy herbs. Taste is the same. Feel is a little thin, but not surprising given the ABV. Really good session IPA. Tons of hop flavor packed in this one.

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Citra Sunshine Slacker from Evil Twin Brewing
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