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Evil Twin Femme Fatale Yuzu PaleEvil Twin Femme Fatale Yuzu Pale

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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
To take up the challenge and make a 100% true Brett IPA with Yuzu fruit can very easily become a fatal attraction for the Brewmaster. Once you get acquainted with the Yuzu fruits irresistible and seductive personality, along with Bretts overpowering, alluring and very charming nature, it will ensnare you and drive you mad obsessing over how exactly you can create the perfect desirable tangy, funky, crisp, tart flavor in ya mouth.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

brett fermented pale ale with yuzu fruit, which is more potent in this than any other beer ive had done with it. beautiful cloudy light orange color with a massive two inches of thick white head like whipped cream, beautiful looks. the nose here is citrus all the way, a ton of the sweet acidic grapefruit-like yuzu fruit. behind it the brett and a healthy dose of citrusy hops. the malt bill is light here. pale and wheat malts i suppose, allowing the fruit to be the dominant flavor, even more so than the brett. the hops are almost exclusively in the finish, but are quite generous, sticky and fresh, fruity with only enough bitterness. the fruit has very little sweetness, and as such works really well in a pale ale context. this is light, refreshing, and very well made. jovial carbonation and a clean finish, i dont like it quite as much as the plain brett version, but its awfully tasty.

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Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down but never completely faded away, leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of orange and tangerine citrus zest are present in the nose along with notes of sourness from the brett.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste starts out with flavors of zested yuzu citrus, which are followed by notes of sourness towards the middle of the taste. A light to moderate amount of hop bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this beer to have a nice balance between the yuzu fruit and brett as you can smell and taste both of them in nearly equal proportions.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The trend of "funky-fresh" ales shows no sign of slowing down as Evil Twin gets into the game. With its earthen tartness, dried citrus taste and acute bitterness, this Pale Ale is certainly more than pale.

It starts with a light orange-tinged golden color and with a serious haze. The ale builds a creamy and airy knit of foam that easily lasts the session and sheets the glass with lace in the beer's wake.

Bright and juicy aromas are bursting with citrus- pink grapefruit, oranges, and lemons lead the way, but then the more tropical aromas arise- mango, apricot and passion fruit. All the ripe fruit character is wrapped in a cocoon of musty attic-like woods, cork and sandalwood.

Its sweet and tart taste, coupled with a certain dry sourness gives the ale a taste of "Sweetheart" candies. A musty citrus seems of over-ripened oranges, grapfruit, and limes especially after its grassy bitterness sets in. But with the citrus comes a tropical fruit taste of pineapple and apricot for added complexity and vibrancy. Its finish is bitter and lightly piney, much like sawdust, oak aged chardonnay, weathered wood and saddle leather.

Its mouthfeel is light and powdery throughout. Its early sweetness quickly dissolves as the fruity taste dries with ease. Its dehydrated fruit character is effortless on the palate as the beer turns to an arid, tannin-rich and feathery finish.

The notion of new-wave American hops and the powdery earthy taste and texture of Brettanomyces gives Pale Ales a distinct funky and fresh attitude that's simply irresistible.

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Photo of brentk56
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: The cloudy goldenstraw colored liquid pours with a multi-inch head of foam; excellent stickage and the head leaves a few shards of lace behind

Smell: Citrus, tropical fruit and funky Brett tones; not sure what yuzu smells like but I presume this is it; very floral, too

Taste: The funk, which tastes a bit like mothballs, is very much up front and personal on the tastebuds and it overwhelms other elements of the beer; the other flavors (citrusy grapefruit, lemon/lime and blood orange) and a growing bitterness build into the middle; the funk lingers, however, in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: This would be a much more interesting beer to me if the funk were dialed back; I generally like Brett beers but there is something in this recipe that I just don't really enjoy

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Photo of nickfl
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big, fluffy head of white foam on a hazy gold body. Lots of yuzu, fruity orange and pineapple with matching hops. More citrus in the flavor than there was in the aroma, some pithy bitterness. Not bad, the aroma is quite good, but the flavor falls flat by comparison.

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Photo of oberon
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I usually stay from the Brett but I have wanted to try tis for awhile.Pours into an impy nonic a hazed murky orange with a frothy-like thinner white head atop.Citrus and sour/funky Brettin the nose,it all seems to come together well.Refreshing as all get out,tropical fruits and sourness makes for easy going down,yeah the Brett plays a role but I like it here.I could drink this all day....

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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy bright gold color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lime, orange zest, lemon peel, hay, straw, grass, light pine, musty funk, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with awesome complexity and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, hops, and yuzu fruit notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lime, orange zest, lemon peel, hay, straw, grass, light pine, light pepper, musty funk, bread and herbal/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spice/pine hop bitterness on the finish with some slight earthy tartness; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lime, orange zest, lemon peel, hay, straw, grass, light pine, light pepper, funk, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, hops, and yuzu fruit flavors; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome fruited brett IPA. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, hops, and yuzu fruit flavors; and extremely smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy medium apricot in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some peach + golden orange highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a large patch of finger tall thick cap and a half finger thick layer covering the remainder of the surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit, citrus/lime, and citrus/yuzu hops along with a moderate aroma of barnyard funkiness from the brett. There is a lighter aroma of pale malts underneath.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of pale malts with some moderate to significant amounts of barnyard funkiness. There is a moderate flavor of citrus/grapefruit, citrus/lime, and citrus/yuzu from the hops which imparts a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness. Slightly sour/tart.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp upfront with light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink and very enjoyable, especially for someone that really enjoys brett beers. I like the additional flavors of yuzu and the funkiness. Definitely one that I would pick up again.

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Photo of russpowell
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazed bronze with w thumb of pearl colored head. Very good head retention & lacing

S: Tons of grapefruit, pineapple & orange

T: Grapefruit peel, slight hints of melon, lemon rind, a little bready sweetness & pineapple up front. Dryness, more pineapple & grapefruit as this warms, a little brett tartness/sourness sneaks in as well. Finishes with grapefruit, restrained brett presence & a little lemon zest, & other cirtrus notes ( the yuzu? )

MF: Medium bodied, lively carbonation, nice balance

Drinks very easy, would drink this often if not for the price

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Photo of mdfb79
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 01/11/13 notes. Had this on tap at The Jeffrey in NYC. 14oz our in a snifter.

a - Pours a hazy bright orange color with one inch of bright white head and low to moderate carbonation evident. Looks nice and bright.

s - Smells of oranges, citra hops, brett, light funk, mangos and tropical fruits, straw, floral hops, and earthy malts. Nice nose with a lot or oranges and brett to it; I like it a lot.

t - Tastes of oranges, brett, tropical fruits, mangos, pineapples, citrus hops, floral notes, light earthy funk, wheat, and grapefruit. More mangos and tropical fruits; pretty awesome taste. Like it slightly better than the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink.

o - Overall I liked this one a lot; I'm a sucker for IPA's that use Mangos and tropical fruits, and I love brett. reminds me of a few Tired Hands IPA's I've had like Magotago and Extra Knuckle, but will light brett. Worth checking out, would love to have it again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden body with a gargantuan, sea foam, soapy, white head. Huge, lovely aroma consisting of brettanomyces, tropical fruits. Brett character dominates the flavor. Fruit and citrus rind with grapefruit tartness. Light to medium in body with bitter floral hops in the finish. Hop character is overshadowed to some degree by the dominance of brett. Still, tasty beer.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

A nice apricot orange to peach color for the body, slightly cloudy, with some rising fast carbonation. Head is soapy with a touch of cream, and some real interesting puck formation and retention. Peaks and valleys and a giant mountain of white creamy in the middle four finger tall head, surrounded by soapy moats of lacing.

Real interesting notes on the nose. Hints of pepper and fruit, seems tropical. Real interesting smokey like embers coming off of this too, kind of wood and splintery strangely. Bit of earthy quality too, an interesting mix of stuff in there.

Weird palate. With all this diversity on the nose, you'd think it would be interesting. Mid palate fills with a chalky and solid hop bitterness, hinting at dried pine needles. Simple malted mouth coating, but not much fruit quality or flavor. Brett action seems quite subdued and hardly noticeable at all

Overall an interesting take, but it comes off as just another ordinary IPA.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a hazy golden amber with a massive three finger white head that had good retention and left pillowy lacing. Aroma is very citrusy lemon and orange with hints of tropical fruit, faint biscuit malt, quite pleasant and estery. Flavor is also citrus forward, dominated by a mildly tart grapefruit citrus, presumably the yuzu, with peripheral exotic fruit flavors; light to moderate brett and a light bready, biscuit malt body. Medium bodied with a bit of nice creaminess. My second Femme Fatale with a new Japanese citrus fruit, and like the Sudachi version, the fruit really has some interesting, pleasant unidentifiable flavors. This one seems to lean towards grapefruit and lime with some woody, earthy herbal notes. Once again, not my go to style, but this completely won me over for the exotic citrus flavors and light touch of brett and mild tartness. These ales are the best chance to win me over to sour styles, but I'm not there yet. Nicely done. Looking forward to the Kabosu and whatever they think of next.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.64/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a pour of this funky oddity of a beer at the Old Toad, in Rochester, NY.

Pours a light orange, bit of gold. Very, very hazy. Nice 2 finger head, the beer laces very strongly down the glass throughout my entire time drinking it. Very beautiful.

Lots of citrus in here. I don't know what yuzu tastes like on it's own- but I assume it figures strongly into the flavor. I smell and taste mango, passionfruit, orange, grapefruit, and a bit of welcome mustiness that is derived from the use of brett. Gives it a slight tart twang at the end of each sip. A bit grassy, too. I bet if you aged this beer, the citrus flavors would go away and the musty twang would come to forefront. As it is, I like the balance of flavors now, fresh. The funk is there, but nicely restrained. Low bitterness, just waves of tropical flavor.

Light, crisp mouthfeel.

Wonderful beer from one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of dar482
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours out in a golden straw color with a large white head.

The aroma has big grapefruit, a hint of that bright Yuzu, a slight bit of funk, and bready malt.

The flavor follows the citrus and grapefruit hitting you first. There's a bit of bready malt and then it turns into a funky barnyard flavor as the beer warms up. The finish is long and bittering of Yuzu and lemon peel.

The beer is a bit pricey, but interesting. The funk isn't prominent for those who are worried. Instead, this is a good citrusy IPA.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a bit of orange and a one-finger, well-carbonated head that leaves a lace ring down glass. The aroma first strikes me as tropical fruit mixed with dirty, citric hops, and then dashes of both yeast and funk. Beer is more sour than hoppy but it is a wonderful blend of a tart, sour edge mixed with both a good dosage of citric hops and some tropical fruits who in turn give off a sweet edge (I'm getting pineapple in this thing). Dry, crisp finish on a light bodied beer that is easy to drink and hits enough notes (tartness, hops, sweetness) to please any beer drinker.

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Photo of cbutova
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Foundry, Northampton, MA on NYE. Really cool to see a beer like this on draft locally; thanks Sonny and Sally.

A- Fairly hazy golden yellow pour tap to tulip. White cap to about four fingers with a thick frothy texture and good retention. Lacing forms in webs and blankets everywhere.

S- Citrus and juicy stone fruits like tangerine, passion fruit pulp, orange and apricot. A hint of dry Brett straw and bready pale malts.

T- Brett comes into its own here. It is not a funk bomb but has a refined hint of spicy tropical funky Brett notes. Joining that are apricot, tangerine, passion fruit minus the tarts, yogurt, orange zest and floral notes. Pale cracked cereal grains and something wheaty.

MF- Medium bodied with a texture of creaminess and foaminess. Carbonation is fairly high as the appearance hinted with a crisp edgy finish. Slightly bitter finish as the juicy tropical notes linger.

Juicy with just enough Brett feel to not take over but rather a subtle dry spicy tropical feel from the non-traditional beer yeast.

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Photo of drpimento
4.94/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is so amazingly good. Probably should’ve rated a 5.0, but my snooter doesn’t work so good. Appearance is a huge, thick, off-white, foamy head, lace, and a clear gold color with lots of bubble trails. Aroma is yeast, lemon, white pepper, grain. Flavor is like aroma, has pronounced carbonic tang, that with the other qualities, just right hops and the touch of Brett, make this sooo good. Palate is spot on. One helluva beer!

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Photo of Rutager
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale gold with two fingers of thick white head, good retention.

Amazing nose on his. Sweet tropical fruits, dry brett, dried pineapple, apricots and so many other fruits.

Dry brett with juicy tropical fruity hops play nicely together. Great stuff.

Medium body, strong carbonation.

Really hitting the spot.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy golden orange with a thick white head.

S: Aromas of yuzu, biscuit, crackers, lemon, kumquat, and oaky, lactic funk fill the nose.

T: Notes of yuzu, lemon, lime, tangerine, mandarin orange, kumquat, herbs, crackers, biscuit, and lactic funk fill the mouth. The finish is bright and fruity with yuzu, lemon, and biscuit notes underscored by subtle yeast funk.

M: Medium in body, slick and soft. Carbonation is delicate, yet crisp. This ale is seriously easy to drink.

O: A nice sour IPA. Really funky, yet also really fruity and with enough complexity to satisfy. Good mix of aromas and flavors too. Recommended.

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Photo of popery
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light, yellowish orange. Hazy, cloudy liquid. Medium to medium-large head, white. Good lacing, retention, bubbles, etc. Pretty similar to my memories of the other versions of Femme Fatale that I've tried. Nice level of citrus peel in the aroma. The yuzu is prominent but doesn't dominate. I can still smell some simply sweet, fresh grain notes and pleasant hoppiness. Hops probably have some citrus to them but also lend a more floral aroma with a little bit of pine. Mild fruity brett flavors - peaches, plums, etc. It's always hard to describe a clean brett aroma but it's there. That punchy yuzu citrus is a great centerpiece for this beer. The taste starts lightly sweet before more bitter flavors start popping in. The hops/yuzu bring a mix of citrus with some grassiness, though the citrus is unsurprisingly stronger. Bitterness is firm but not over the top. Finishes dry and clean. Normal carbonation. Pretty light feel. Easy to drink. Refreshing beer. I've been a big fan of the Femme Fatale line and this one lives up to its predecessors. The brett is clean and fruity and dries the beer out nicely, which gives the hops and yuzu more room to shine. Very well made. Evil Twin and Westbrook deserve a lot of credit, even if I wished the bottle carried a lower price tag.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Cask in London.

Beer is golden with a large white head. Good retention.

Nice fruity smell, which is obviously yuzu. Not much else gets through to my nose, but the yuzu smell is very nice on its own.

I cannot pretend to be sure what yuzu tastes like, but the beer features a prominent fruit flavour that is obviously yuzu. Quite dominant, but nice. A bit of additional citrus flavours as well, and some sight malty backbone. Moderately bitter.

Medium bodied, moderately to highly carbonated.

Overall, quite nice, but a bit one-dimensional in terms of flavour.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1 PT. 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

A - It is a gold, almost amber, color. There is a slight haze to it. On top sits several inches of fluffy white head with good lacing.

S - Now I dig the smell. I get some orange, grapefruit, and funk with a little tartness.

T - This beer starts out sweet and fruity. Then immediately gives way to some bitterness. After that I taste orange and grapefruit with a pine finish. There is a musty taste through the middle into the finish as well. This beer has a lot going on, and it is all good.

M - Champagne like effervescence and body.

O - I like it. I had no idea what yuzu was or tasted like, but it works for me. I love funky IPA's.

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Photo of wedge
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Glowing gold color with some nebulous wisps of yeast and a gorgeous, thick, creamy head. Aromas of what I assume is Yuzu fruit, kind of like lime and pink grapefruit...very bright and flowery. Some herbs, spicy yeast, citrus rind, and sourness. Flavor is a blend of citrus rind and Brett with a dry, tart, slightly funky yeasty finish. Bright, colorful, tropical hoppy flavor...very zesty and tart with slight pine and wood. A lot Brett-ier as it sits around. Medium-light bodied, a little creamy, and super dry, almost chalky. Funky, bright, and tangy. Very interesting and tasty!

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Photo of cjgiant
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap:
Could've sworn I've had this before, but no rating...

Pours a cloudy yellow-orange with buildup of small-bubbled white head. The head draws down to have foamy/fluffy complete surface coverage. Lacing is decent.

Nose is a nice lightly tart citrus, maybe a little more orange-y than grapefruit u - likely aided by the yuzu. However, it has a green aspect behind it-grass, herbal. Pretty much spot on for what I like.

In the taste, I do get more grapefruit bitterness than other sweet or tart citrus. I get less "green", and think the individual notes I perceived I the nose combined a bit in the taste. That is not a bad thing, as this is a nice, quite dry, nicely carbonated, nicely bitter IPA. The citrus is primary, but it's far from juicy.

Nothing fancy, just very solidly good - maybe the yuzu helps, but I'm not sure I would be able to know if it did. Funny, I burped and got a slightly bitter citrus fruit taste that wasnt quite one of the standard options (yuzu? ;).

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