Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Lagunitas CitruSinensis Pale Ale


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20Chad9976 (1579) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 20, 2016


2015 BJCP Category: 18B American Pale Ale (thanks to Jim for this bottle!)

AROMA: Strong citrusy hop aroma, especially orange and grapefruit. IPA-level hoppiness in the nose. No malt presence. Clean and bright. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Dark gold to amber proper hue. Mostly clear but particulates float in suspension. Average, white, foamy head. Good retention and lacing. 2/3

FLAVOR: Strong bitterness right away. Citrusy hop flavor is quite strong with some grassy notes on the second half and aftertaste. Some blood orange taste comes through at the end. Base malt is mostly nondeScript. General amber/blonde character but not especially sweet. IBUs probably too high for the style, but otherwise enjoyable. 16/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium+ body. Fairly crisp. Some lingering bitterness, but it’s tolerable. No alcohol warmth. Feels lighter than the ABV. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Interesting and impressive brew: an imperial pale ale with blood orange juice. Hoppy and bitter enough to be considered a standard IPA. Not fruity enough to be a fruit beer proper. 8/10

TOTAL SCORE: 43/50 
DISCLAIMER: The author is not a certified BJCP judge; therefore, this score sheet is not necessarily indicative of proper BJCP judging techniques and protocol. The author is grading to 2015 BJCP Guidelines in order to prepare for examination.