This week, we are again exploring the offerings of this Fort Collins, Colorado based brewery. In operation since 1991 when its founder, Jeff Lebesch, took his passion for home-brewing commercially, New Belgium’s arrival has been long awaited in New Jersey. This week we are tasting “Citradelic,” a Tangerine IPA brewed with tangerine infused orange peel.
The beer pours a clear light gold color with orange hues. The one finger soapy white head shows great retention. Once the head completely dissipates, a generous lacing remains both a top the beer and along the sides of the glass.
Aromas of citrus waft from the glass. These initial aromas include notes of sweet oranges, tangerine, candied lemon and grapefruit. In addition to the citrus you’ll find floral hop notes that give way to soft grassy hops aromas. A hint of pine rounds out the bouquet.
On the palate, the citrus notes again dominate. Sweet orange, tangerine, lemon zest and grapefruit pith are all notable. Piney hop notes follow the citrus and carry through to the finish. Light floral notes are also discernible and a hint of malt sweetness can be found lurking under the hops. The finish is clean with no lingering bitterness.
Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.5 Out Of 5 Pints