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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Stone/Elysian/Bruery La Citruille Celeste de Citracado Ale

Stone / Elysian / Bruery La Citruille Celeste de Citracado Ale, a collaboration of ale brewed with pumpkins, yams, toasted fenugreek, lemon verbena, and birch bark between three West Coast breweries and headed by Stone Brewing, opened with hop bitterness and an earthy, tree bark and black tea flavor.  Lemon and extremely subtle roasted notes came through in the middle, and there was a citric, floral quality that took hold before the ale faded into a water finish of earthy bitterness and toasted herbal anise.  

Despite an unpronounceable name and daunting list of ingredients, there really isn't much of anything happening in this ale.  There are many novel and (mostly well placed)  flavors and aromas you won't find in a typical beer, but there just isn't enough body to the ale to make it stand up.  Thankfully, the pumpkin was just barely there and the ale was entirely devoid of sweetness.  So I guess there's that.

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