591. DuClaw Brewing Anti Venom Citra

DuClaw Anti Venom CitraI got this as part of a beer exchange with an attorney in Virginia that works in the beer business. He sent me a nice box of beer from the area and I sent a bunch of stuff from the Northeast. Unfortunately this beer was the low point of the box but all of the others were excellent.

This is a single hopped pale ale using Citra which should be right in my sweet spot but it wasn’t. I am not sure if the bottle was infected or just terribly over carbonated but pouring the beer was difficult and it left a huge head. Aroma was light possibly due to the too thick head, more malt than hops which surprised me.

Taste followed the nose with lots of malt and only a light citrus from the hops, was expecting a lot more from something named Anti Venom Citra. Overall this was not a bad beer and I may be too harsh since there is a possibility it was infected. 

Cons: Way over carbonated (infected?)
Alcohol Content: 5.6% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 45
Brewers Website: DuClaw Brewing
Brewers Description: Venom American-Style Pale Ale, first brewed in 1997 and available year round, is medium-bodied, clear, crisp, and light amber in color with a fluffy white head, moderate 5.6% abv and exquisitely dry finish. The ANTI-VENOM Series replaces Venom’s signature mix of American hops with a different single variety in each new iteration to create new variations of our classic Pale Ale. The second ANTI-VENOM variant, hopped only with American Citra hops, adds strong notes of grapefruit and lemon to the beer’s nose and flavor profile, while keeping the same crisp, lingering finish as the original. ANTI-VENOM Citra; experience a whole new kind of bite.

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