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Judge's Review: 86 Rating - Be Easy - Citra by Monday Night Brewing

October, 2020
Judges Rating: 
21 / 24
5 / 6
36 / 40
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
16 / 20

Be Easy - Citra by Monday Night Brewing pours a medium-gold color with opaque clarity of murky and milky clarity due to clearly suspended yeast and hop matter. A meringue-like head of tiny white bubbles is everlasting and leaves a nice lacing on the side of the glass as it is consumed. The initial aroma is a medium juicy sweet tangerine and orange, which reminds me of freshly squeezed, extra-pulp orange juice. 

As the beer warms up, a very low pine character comes into the presence of the drinker. There is a very slight vitamin C tablet-like quality in the aroma as well. This is definitely a Citra-hopped beer. On the sip, an initial burst of medium-high tangerine and orange hop flavor is quickly followed by a low honey-like and sweet malt flavor. A medium-low hop bitterness quickly rushes in, but this beer is balanced out by a lightly warming alcohol presence and a slight spiciness left from the suspended hop and yeast matter. As these flavors fade, a residual bitterness manifests itself and leaves an impression of lightly bitter tangerine peel. 

This beer has a medium body with medium-high carbonation, which is slightly effervescent on the tongue. There is no astringency but a low alcohol warmth is present as well as a slight “hop burn” left on the back of the throat. Overall, this is a very good NEIPA, which is a real showcase for Citra in both the aroma and flavor. The spiciness from the suspended matter in the beer detracts from the soft aspect of the style, though a touch of age would be nice to drop this out of suspension and help round this beer out.