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Citra Sunshine Slacker | Evil Twin Brewing

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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.

Added by superspak on 01-30-2015

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Photo of Sammy
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acurtis
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to hopodyssey for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and black tea aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, earth, and tea flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid citrus forward hop qualities and interesting tea like characteristics.

Serving type: can.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.27/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

i am coming to the realization that citra hops are less dynamic and awesome than everyone says they are, at least in isolation. for me, the citra profile is very distinct, but its very samey, citra this citra that, they all taste very similar. i think a lot of the new fangled tropical type hops are a lot more versatile, and can be used to produce different flavors. i like citra a lot, but i think i like it in conjunction with others better than by its lonesome. this is an awesome session ipa by all counts. its dead sexy in the glass, drop dead, with in fact a sunshine radiance and crystal clarity under a cumulus cloud head, its a fine afternoon in a glass. the nose and taste are all citra hops, held back or even balanced little by a very basic pale two row barley malt profile. not much going on downstairs in this one, but the hops are bright and fresh, and quintessentially citra. that fact being true, and my appeal to this beer on the whole only being in the 4ish our of 5 range suggests im a little bit over this one, at least in therms of what it does in ipa. flavorless yeast and base malt and citra is an equation that doesnt mean to me what it means to others. that said, i think they capture the perfect summer session beer right here, and other than being price prohibitive, it suits the seasons vibe really well. cool too that its a collaboration with 7th sun, who doesnt send beer to colorado.

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Photo of spycow
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of djrn2
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Knapp85
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nmann08
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is slightly hazy light yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and the sides of the glass and a thin collar around the edge.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrus are present in the nose—grapefruit zest seems to stand out in particular.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of citrusy hops, especially grapefruit zest. There is a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and can be considered sessionable. I liked how the citrusy flavors were closer to what you get from zest and weren't acidic.

Serving type: can

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
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 biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz, self-described non-denominational 'pint' can. Y'know, for those who slack off in the sunshine, and further prefer the confines of the Citra hop varietal.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden straw, um, 'colour', with three fingers of puffy, shiny, and somewhat rocky off-white head, which leaves some bleeding sudsy lace around the glass as it quickly subsides.

It smells of stale cat piss, crackery pale malt, sharp underripe orange and white grapefruit pith, a wee stoney flintiness, and further leafy, weedy, and herbal hop bitters. The taste is grainy, gritty pale malt, a lessened uric acid acridity, peppy, if duly muddled citrus fruit notes, a suggestion of more exotic tropicals, and more leafy, earthy, weedy, and floral hoppiness.

The bubbles are fairly active in their perky and penetrating frothiness, the body a generous medium weight for the purported sub-style, and plainly smooth, the hops more aromatic than interfering, it would appear. It finishes off-dry, just, as the varied character of the Citra hop continues to refuse to be denied.

Not sure why the 'other' twin decided to choose this particular hop to glom onto another one of these relatively weak-ass American IPA wannabes. Easy to drink, sure, and extra points for the tall-boy cans, but overall, I'm really getting tired of understated and underwhelming IPAs, which is all this next new failure of the craft beer cause really amounts to.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeff80
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
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 superspak
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 3/16/2015. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy golden yellow color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, mango, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, herbal, grass, light cracker/bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/tropical/herbal hops and light pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, mango, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, herbal, grass, light cracker/bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, mango, melon, lemon/orange zest, citrus rind, pine, light cracker/bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice robustness and complexity of citrus/tropical/herbal hops and light pale malt flavors; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a damn nice session IPA. All around great robustness, complexity, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/herbal hops and light pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. Despite the lighter presence of malt flavors, this is still extremely flavorful for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of DrBier
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbrauneis
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very lightly hazy honey orange in color with moderate amounts of fine visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass rapidly and hints of lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy white head that slowly reduces to a medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit, citrus/grapefruit zest, citrus/orange, and tropical/kiwi hops over the top of a light grainy malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of slightly sweet grainy malts. That is followed by moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit, citrus/grapefruit zest, citrus/orange, tropical/kiwi, and herbal hops. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness in the finish which does not linger for too long.

M: Light to medium bodied with slightly less than moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively crisp with a hint of thinness/wateriness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink and very enjoyable, definitely one that I'm glad that I grabbed when I was at the store. Light bodied, as I would expect in a Session IPA but still with a good hop presence in the smell/taste.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 5/31/2015 at Battleship Brewhouse, Fall River, MA served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellowish gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus, grassy hops and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a mild but piney hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is thin but brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to pound down for a while.

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Photo of oberon
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours into an impy nonic a dull lemony yellow with a nice tight half finger bone white head that settles quite slowly.Some toasted grain and mild citric notes on the nose,a little surprised at how muted the hops are.A nice mix of dryer toasted grains and citrusy hops on the palate with an almost minty-like finish.Not a bad quaffing IPA a style I don't usually enjoy that much.

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Citra Sunshine Slacker from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 676 ratings
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