Sunday, June 16, 2013

A Year of Craft Beer, Vol. 134, Free Will Citra Pale Ale

Yo Philly (and others)!

Tonight I am having another American Pale Ale from Free Will Brewing in Perkasie, PA.  As you know, an American Pale Ale is the Americanized version of an English IPA so let's give this one a whirl, how about it?

This beer was highly carbonated, hazy and gold out of the bottle with a huge white head and frothy lacing.

The aroma is definitely citrus and hoppy but not overly so with some pale sweet malts and a hint of bread.

I'm getting a citrus like bitterness with some pale malt sweetness underneath and finishing a little piney.  The carbonation is the first thing to hit your tongue bringing out some bitterness immediately then the malts are pretty apparent mid way through and then the bittering takes hold near the end.

The mouthfeel is pretty full, a little slick, and the finish dry but the carbonation is hot.  It's a bit overcarbonated.

The beer is fairly hoppy, but only a bit more than a perfect balance, the carbonation is a little too much and the mouthfeel a little slippery.  All in all, it's good.  A few tweaks here and there and this is going to be a great beer!  I like the hop profile!  3.5 out of 5!

Good beer isn't going to come to you!  You have to seek it out!  Try new beer!  Life is too short to drink crappy beer!


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