Brew Review – Chicken Tendie Sub by Civil Society

With the name of the beer, the label art on the beer, and especially the color of the background on the label art on the beer, I can very strongly assume you knew exactly what sandwich was being referenced and exactly where that sandwich was purchased.

That last one is honestly probably more important than the sandwich itself.

The other question is this: Did Civil Society in Jupiter really throw a fully dressed Publix chicken tender sub into the mash tun? Or is the name of Chicken Tendie Sub (Double IPA, 9.5% ABV) just a funny title?

First of all, no subs were harmed in the making of this beer. They may have been eaten, but they were not thrown into the beer itself, that is very evident.

The beer though, this beer is a strange one. And with the amount of hops they threw into this, I expected it to be a little bit sweeter and more citrus forward.

Instead, I got what could almost be considered a brut double IPA, very low on the sweetness and with a sort of muted, hollow bitterness that strangely enough could be reminiscent of a chicken tender sub. It’s a sort of umami flavor that the sub has and that beers generally don’t that they were able to achieve.

A lot of that is probably coming in the mall bill, liberally dosed with pilsner, oat, and wheat malts.

It’s the oat that really takes center stage with the beer. And provides a very smooth, creamy texture and is chiefly responsible for a lot of the flavors the base beer has.

It was boiled with Citra Incognito, but this is Civil Society. It’s the dry hopping where the real hop magic comes in.

Here they used Mosaic, Cashmere, Citra, El Dorado, and Citra Cryo come in at the end. Hop-wise, this flavor definitely belongs to the Mosaic and the Cashmere.

Citra’s signature bitterness and citrus flavors are very subdued when compared to the velvet cleanliness that Mosaic and (especially) Cashmere bring to the party.

With all of that, there’s a bit of hop bitterness, but this is really all about that smooth, muted sweetness and flavorful beer experience that is surprisingly enough reminiscent of its namesake.

I’m not sure how they did it but they did it.

Does it have approval of lakeland? No, few beers in the state ever do.

But it’s fun to see the de facto runner-up State Sandwich get love from time to time this way.

Drink Florida Craft,

Dave
@floridabeerblog
floridabeerblog@gmail.com

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