When everything is citra, nothing is. Happily in this case, big citra has really paid off with a juicy IPA that packs a lot of punch.
According to Other Half Brewing, it was about time for an all-citra IPA at a 'crushable' ABV, and they have a point. Despite the citra hop's prevalence in loads of IPAs and pale ales these days, it is quite rare to find one that is exclusively citra.
And this one is all citra. Everything citra. No half-measures, no combinations - just citra, then more citra for good measure.
Hint of fruitiness in the aroma but not as much as the mega hop-smell and resinous, dank aroma mixed in. It's not as juicy in the smell as I would have expected it to be, but it's still intriguing.
It pours fairly thick, with a lot of haze which helps to give it some real body in the glass that's delightful. The texture is smooth and silky, with a velvety mouthfeel that barely registers any fizz.
Despite the big hit of hoppy bitterness at the top of the flavour, as the taste mellows it allows more tropical fruit flavours to come through, making it a touch sweeter to balance it well.
The aftertaste retains a lot of this bitterness, which isn't overpowering by any measure and is kept in control to combine with a subtle sweetness and the dankness of the brew.
Small is the best way to describe this one. As well as red. Letting the plain silver can do most of the work, Other Half have gone for a simple red label with the Small Citra Everything on the front middle in white - which is till pretty small.
Even smaller still is the beer info, which is bottom left in case you missed it. It's almost a footnote, but it helps the can to make a bold statement about what's in the beer: nothing fancy, just citra. There isn't anything on the back, the label doesn't even meet all the way around the can, such is it's sparsity.
Grab a small citra everything - there isn't a large one as far as we know - from Hop Hideout for £8.50. Before you baulk at the price, remember this is an American import, but even at that price it's worth a punt if big, hazy IPAs are your jam.