The name alone makes the mouths of beer geeks worldwide water.
Personally, I have a love-hate relationship with the hop. It’s got a wonderfully juicy flavor, but is also incredibly high in alpha acids leading to a really high bitterness.
Occasionally, though, I come across a beer that allows the Citra flavor to shine without being an all-on assault on taste buds.
My buddy Rauf Khoffner in downtown Ft. Lauderdale made one of those with his Citra IPA (IPA, 6.5% ABV), which released on Friday.
The beer has a light body and a big, fragrant aroma heavy with grapefruit, lemon, and lime. Drinking it, the flavor of the hop is allowed to be big and sparkling, with bright, peppy notes of juicy citrus.
What I found to be most interesting is that the alpha acids were kept mercifully low, allowing the beer to have a slight bitterness. But it’s incredibly easy to drink, almost as if someone dry hopped a kolsch.
It gets better. Khoffner partnered with Wilton Creamery in the charming little village of Wilton Manors to make a Citra IPA ice cream, infusing the ice cream with the beer and candied lemon, grapefruit, lime, Mandarin orange and Valencia orange peels.
Tell me that doesn’t sound absolutely spectacular.
Truth be told, after experiencing some overly hopped Citra IPAs that smelled like a grove and melted like battery acid, I was happy to see that Khoffner’s was so approachable and so tasty.
But now I want ice cream.
Drink Florida Craft,