This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at one of the Lakefront Brewery's My Turn Series - Tom Citra-Hopped IPA.
Picked up this beer while I was in Chicago for the first days of the Sukkos holiday. I could not possibly have reviewed this beer next week when my Jets will play their arch nemesis Patriots, so I picked this beer to review in the week of Erev Brady.
The Citra Hopped IPA is bursting with hops and easily one of the best new IPA's I have tried this year. The beer pours a burnished copper color and is significantly darker than most IPAs. The beer is also a bit cloudy, which is atypical of this style.
At 6% abv, the beer is about average for an American IPA, but the taste is anything but average. The first sip is grapefruit and the citrus piles on from there. It is not a one note brew and the grapefruit leads to pine and even a little bit vanilla.
I would pair this beer with charred chicken, maybe even with a little bit of grilled fruit (peaches or mangoes).
Lakefront Tom Citra-Hopped IPA is under the kosher supervision of the Star-K (there is even a Star-K on the label). For the experts' take on the brew, please click here http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/741/167139.
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