Service Brewing R&D Citra DIPA
In the interest of full disclosure, BDR’s own Keith Dion works as cellerman for Service Brewing. Although he’s normally our go-to beer review guy, he feels that he can’t objectively review the beers he has a hand in brewing. We do, however, drink a lot of Service beer, and it seems silly to ignore them in the daily review. I’ve stepped in to take over for Keith on these beers.
As my interest in palate killing IPAs has waned I’ve started to enjoy Double IPA’s, so I was pretty excited when Keith asked me to Service Brewing to have a sip of their 8.15% ABV R&D Citra DIPA. As the name implies Citra DIPA is a single hop Double IPA. They used citra hops for all steps in the brewing process. Citra DIPA is everything I like about DIPA’s as it showcases all the best aspects of the hops. All the subtle tropical flavors you would expect shine in this beer. Hints of citrus (of course) but also a sweet mango are present. There is also a nice malty undertone that serves as a base and compliment to the fruity flavors.
This is a beautiful beer, slight and flavorful. Service knocked this one out of the park.