The beers made with a strong Citra hop presence are all the rage currently. Citra hops will commonly be found in pale ales and India pale ales. Craft beer fans in the Midwest will think Zombie Dust from 3 Floyds, pseudoSue from Toppling Goliath, Citra Ass Down by Against the Grain and now Hop Lab Blue from Bank Brewing. Citra hops are loved for their mixture of grapefruit and tropical fruit flavors. Critics with good palates go on and on about grapefruit, melon, floral, lime, gooseberry, passion fruit, lychee, peach, apricot pineapple, mango and papaya notes. If that combination sounds good to you, these beers will worth seeking out.
Bank Brewing in Hendricks, MN recently released Hop Lab Blue. It is a single hopped India pale ale with Citra hops. I picked up a bomber bottle (25.4 oz.) at the Brookings Municipal Liquor Store for $9.99. I also had the “Blue” at the Bank taproom on draft.
ABV = 7.2%
IBUs = 88
Hop Lab Blue poured out gold with a generous white head into a Spiegelau IPA glass. The aroma was a mixture of grapefruit, tropical fruits, pine and maybe a small bit of dankness. The beer was clear with good carbonation. The flavor was a mixture of grapefruit and complex tropical fruits. The tropical flavors became more prominent as the beer warmed. The malt bill is not overly sweet or heavy.
This is a good beer and I recommend it. The hop flavors and malt bill make for a tasty IPA. Find it now in bars and liquor stores in South Dakota and Minnesota.
If you haven’t tried a Citra beer yet; what are you waiting for?
PS – Are you a homebrewer? Try this recipe for a good all Citra beer from iBrewMaster.com.
Zombie Dust Clone
Style: American Pale Ale OG: 1.062
Type: All Grain FG: 1.019
Rating: 0.0 ABV: 5.63 %
Calories: 204 IBU’s: 47.43
Efficiency: 70 % Boil Size: 11.04 Gal
Color: 6.5 SRM Batch Size: 10.00 Gal
Preboil OG: 1.059 Boil Time: 60 minutes
Name Days / Temp
Primary 7 days @ 68.0°F
Secondary 14 days @ 72.0°F
Grains & Adjuncts
Amount Percentage Name Time Gravity
22.00 lbs 84.62 % Pale Malt (2 Row) US 60 mins 1.036
2.00 lbs 7.69 % Briess Munich 10L 60 mins 1.035
1.00 lbs 3.85 % Melanoiden Malt 60 mins 1.037
1.00 lbs 3.85 % Briess Carapils 60 mins 1.034
Amount IBU’s Name Time AA %
1.00 ozs 12.72 Citra 20 mins 13.20
1.50 ozs 15.64 Citra 15 mins 13.20
1.50 ozs 11.43 Citra 10 mins 13.20
1.50 ozs 6.28 Citra 5 mins 13.20
1.50 ozs 1.36 Citra 1 mins 13.20
3.00 ozs Citra 7 days 13.20
Amount Name Laboratory / ID
2.0 pkg London ESB Ale Wyeast Labs 1968
Medium Body Infusion In 60 min @ 154.0°F
Add 32.50 qt ( 1.25 qt/lb ) water @ 166.0°F
Medium Body Infusion Out 10 min @ 168.0°F
Add 16.90 qt ( 0.65 qt/lb ) water @ 180.0°F
Amount Type Beer Temp CO2 Vols
28.8 psi Force Carbonation 70.0°F 2.50