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 BlarpBlarp
2.51/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Disappointing super bitter and unbalanced. Aggressive hops and metal/soap aftertaste. Sensation of much higher ABV. Poor beer from a decent brewery. Almost a parody of an IPA.

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Photo of Czequershuus
2.67/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

As an IPA, completely underwhelming Even in the world of session IPA's this beer has vanishingly small flavor. Slight citrusy aroma, very mild bitterness, slightly bready flavor. Hard to describe because it is so nondescript.

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Photo of gopens44
2.99/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Started off questionable with it's tell tale paleness that screams "I'm not well balanced!", well at least to me it does. Ginormous white foamy head that leaves behind just a touch of lacing.

Nice juicy and slightly spicy nose with a sort of sweetness to it as well.

I can taste a little straw or grass before a tiny bit of tartness. Further drinking provides little else other than a bitterness of nondescript nature. Maybe it's lemony, but overall it's a bit of a mess I especially considering how thin and soulless this seems.

This is the "session" IPA that may have very well ended my journey further into the hybrid style. If you want an IPA, this one teaches you to go full bodied or go home. Plenty of other great beers out that with a low ABV. Doesn't have to be IPA all the time.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.99/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

From The Fridge to my fridge in support of The CANQuest (tm)! I am making inroads as far as some of the beer at my home in CANcerned.

From the CAN: "Despite his bitterness, lack of power and insuperable aversion to any kind of extravagant labor - he kind of has a charming charisma, and perhaps he is even lovable. Somehow we find him unbelievably irresistible and stimulating because he is one of the few that masters the ability to effortlessly impress with his sharp intelligence and make it look so damn easy."

This Slacker was a tallboy who needed a good Crack! to bring him down to size. I was gentle on the Glug since I wanted to be aggressive with the swirl once in the glass. This produced a finger of foamy, French Vanilla-colored head with decent retention. Color was Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with NE-quality clarity and so the Gelt Gang of Croesus, Mammon & Midas dropped by for a taste. Nose had the same lemon biscotti scent that I had been noticing in a lot of these Session AIPAs today. Comme ci, comme ca. Mouthfeel was light, soft, not exactly watery, but not much beyond that. The taste was really light in terms of its lemony-citrus hops and I frankly would have been hard-pressed to identify it as an AIPA if it was not labeled as such. It was punchless, like the "lack of power" alluded to on the CAN's verbiage. Finish was semi-dry with the biscuit malt having more of a presence than I would have preferred.

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Photo of cherche
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hmmm...this beer is mediocre. Everything is okay. Evil twin is slacking...but maybe that was the point given the name. Not worth the evil twin price tag but if a choice between this and crappy beers grab one of these and hope they don't charge $9

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Photo of ordybill
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass. Yet another Evil Twin beer, this one is average to me. The slight murky amber color was enticing but the smell didn't bowl me over, the citrus and spice was a little over the top. The flavor was ok, it appeared to be a little watery. But it did go down well! Overall, It was OK. Not bad by any stretch.

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Photo of Gmann
3.37/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy pale straw color with frothy pure white head that settled into a heavy ring. No lacing on the glass.

The aroma is bright and fruity with citrus hops. Mainly grapefruit with slight orange and pepper.

The taste is light. More grassy hops pop through. Some grapefruit rind and a hint of orange. Not overly citrusy in the flavor.

The feel is light almost watery. Quite dry on the palate with a grassy bitter finish.

Not very citrusy considering the use of citra hops. Kind of a boring session IPA.

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Photo of Hallu
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A low alcohol IPA. I can compare it to Neckoil by Beavertown that I had last week. The carbonation is disappointing there as it was on the Beavertown beer. Low and short lasting. The smell is slightly better thanks to the Citra hops, but it's not extremely powerful. It can be an introduction beer to people who don't like very bitter IPAs. The taste is actually half fruity half malt. The final is disappointing as well, but for the style I guess it's honest... I didn't see Evil Twin doing an easy drinking beer like that, for a brewery that's usually all about powerful tastes and brave brews... Not the type of beer I'd go back to.

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Photo of WellRested518
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- pilsner like. Light yellow body, with a slight ring of head. Nice amount of lacing.

S- Citra hops. Tangerine, pineapple, pine bit of scallion.

T- Bitterness and doughy malt. I don't get any real citrus notes here. It's mostly just pine, green onion & herbal bitterness. Kind of gross tbh. Dirty bath-water.

M- thin. The finish lasts a bit longer than I would like. Greasy.

O- taste the hype. Super vegetal. You put Citra on a label and it's the talk of the town. I'll take SNPA over this any day. Upsetting brew.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

16 oz can poured into a Pilsner glass.

Hazy gold with 1 finger of white head. Light carbonation with plenty of sediment floating about.

Candied orange, papaya, pineapple, and dank greens.

Pineapple, papaya, and candied lemon wedges. Candy sugar and dried biscuity maltiness. Finishes with dank greens, pine needle, and hints of onion.

Light bodied, crisp, and dry with a medium bitterness.

It's pretty much what you expect it to be. Plenty of Citra but thin with hardly any malt to balance the bitterness.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Can: Poured a medium dark yellow color ale with a nice large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light citrusy hops notes with some bitter notes also apparent. Taste is a mix of citrusy hops with some biter notes apparent and light floral hoppy notes. Body is full enough for style with good carbonation. Somewhat more bitter then I was expecting with hops notes not as juicy/floral as I was expecting.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw yellow color with a soapy white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of citrus and herbal notes mostly.

Tastes of the herbal and citrus hops layered over a light malt base. Hops lead off with notes of lemon zest and tea leaves. Lightly bitter. This gives way to a bit of grainy malt with a bit of sweetness to it. Finishes fairly clean.

Mouthfeel is light with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is solid as a session beer, but it doesn't really stand out amongst other session IPAs.

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Photo of tone77
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can. And yes, that can came from the undisputed champion of canned beer, woodychandler. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus hops, some malts. Taste is well balanced malts and hops, citrus is present. Feels medium/light in the mouth and overall is a solid beer, but this brewery makes better IPA's.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale blonde lager-like color, with lots of effervescent bubbles continuing to spiral up to the head. The head is 2 fingers, very fluffy, and deep.

Aromas of fresh pink grapefruit, grapefruit pith, pine, and cracker.

Strong citra notes up front, followed by some pine, biscuit, and cracker. What follows is some dirty tap water and watery pine.

Feel is very crispy, airy, and light. Heavy carbonation.

Overall, Citra Sunshine Slacker falls off halfway through the flavor profile, and I don't think it's a necessary element in a session ale. Flavor can still be prominent and alcohol diminished. I'd like to see more fruitiness and flavor throughout the whole profile, not just the first second of it. Still, not a bad beer on a nice day.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears lighter golden-yellow, one finger white head with good retention. Nice thin film and collar, good lacing. Smells of resin and pine, a faint grapefruit and citrus zest, mild caramel, not particularly grainy. Flavour is a bit boring, a mild citrus and resin throughout supported by a mild caramel malt backbone, again no graininess, with a mildly bitter grapefruit and pine-like finish. Mouthfeel is on the thinner side, but on par for a session IPA with a 4.5% ABV. Not bad, but not great. Good carbonation, easy to drink, decently bitter for the size of this beer. Overall, fairly decent beer but there are far better Citra options out there.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can poured into 6 oz water glass can not read date code

A: golden yellow with great clarity not much head

S: very light tropical fruit then a lot of pilsner like malts smells like a cracker malty beer

T: very slight fruitiness giving way to crackery malts and some brackish bitterness

M: Watery and thin

O: I think this might be old because it tastes like a bland fruity IPA with the malts being almost front and present making me think it's a touch old.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Bottom of can says 07515.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small center patch of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Soily hop aroma with some tropical fruit notes but not as pronounced as other session IPAs have been able to pull off.

T- Flavor follows the aroma with more soily hop quality, moderate bitterness and a somewhat stale bready aftertaste. Good hop burps though, I will say.

M- Slightly oily with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- Just as underwhelming as every other session IPA I've had. What's the use in even trying anymore?

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Big can from 7 11 in Kittery and it was only 2 bucks!
Pours a slightly hazy light yellow with a medium sized white head that shows good retention. Aromas of grassy earthy citrus and pine. Very little if any malt aroma. Flavor is grassy earthy resinous pine with bits of sweet bready pilsner malt. Pretty crush able but like I say for almost every "session" ipa, the balance is off.

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Photo of Professor_Frink
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells delicious, pours a light golden with suspended wisps of cloud that dissipates into an inconsistent haze. Pretty good head. The taste is light but wants to be more. Aftertaste is fairly bitter, and not in the best way. It's a session IPA so, plenty drinkable, but the aftertaste clouds the overall taste. If it disappeared quickly on the tongue, that would be be better, but alas. I'd drink again but wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Amber colored with a mild haze. Bubbly white head stands at two inches and does not budge. Clumpy and sticky lacing.

S: Earthy/leafy, peppery, oily, hints of mango and apricot. Grainy malt base.

T: Earthy and leafy. Peppery hops. Muted notes of mango and apricot. Thin grainy malt base with a hint of dried caramel. Bitter leafy and peppery hop finish goes a bit grassy and tea-like

M: Light bodied. A slightly chewy feel keeps it from being watery. Hop astringency really grips the tooth enamel. Sharp carbonation.

O: An overly grainy malt base and high hop astringency hinders drinkability. Truthfully it isn't the best use of Citra hops I've come across either. Not my bag, and just an ok brew objectively. I dig the nod to the Big Lebowski though.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer had so much potential, beautiful golden color with a nice head. Decent citrus and fruit aroma of the citra hops. The flavor just wasn't there though. It was super light and sweet with only a touch of hops. Refreshing, but not what I expected.

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Photo of tlema1
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: bright yellow with a thin head
S: awesome nose, tons of citrus
T: citrus upfront, the finish is a little bitter
F: thin bodied, typical for the style, more on the finish than most session IPAs
O: wish it tasted like it smelled

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Photo of Extol
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - very light yellow. Perhaps sunshine yellow. Like sunshine dust

Smell - citrus and bitterness

Taste - citrus and bitter hops. Pretty typical

Overall - good. A good session, Orpheus has the best session I've ever had though (War.Peace.Truth.Lies).

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Photo of toolbrew
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Can dated 261-15. Pours a pale straw color with excellent lacing. Moderate citra aroma and balanced taste. Good for a session ale that could be faded.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Can. Cool can. Pours clear and sports a frothy head. The name imitates the Lawson's "Sunshine" series. It smells of Citra hops and pale malt. Very simple. The taste is specifically this hop and pale malt. One and two and through. Very easy drinking, very simple. Overpriced. Should not have to pay such a price for a unmemorable session beer.

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Citra Sunshine Slacker from Evil Twin Brewing
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