NW DIPA Citra Amarillo

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Beer Name: NW DIPA Citra Amarillo

Brewer: Cloudwater Brew Co., Manchester, England

Date Sampled: 10th August 2017

ABV: 8.2%

Serving Type: Can

Location Sampled: Home

I'm starting to think that the Cloudwater brewery must be staffed by Oompa-Loompas; how else are they managing to design, produce, pack and distribute so many top quality beers.

Whereas the semi-regular V series could be very difficult to get hold of (which undoubtedly added to the legend), since taking more direct control of their distribution Cloudwater seem to be dropping a new DIPA almost weekly, with no apparent drop in quality.

The NW DIPA Ekuanot that I sampled only three weeks ago is without doubt one of the best I've tasted from Cloudwater and I'm happy to report that this NW DIPA Citra Amarillo is equally as good.

It's as beautiful to look at as you'd expect from a Cloudwater DIPA; golden hazy orange with a bright white head.

The nose is full of the usual mango and pineapple tropical aromas but there's also a cucumber freshness to it.

It has a smooth body although not quite as thick and unctuous as some of the recent CW DIPAs.

The now familiar tropical flavours are all present when tasted, along with a welcome flash of sticky pine, followed by the cucumber that was evident on the nose. This seems to have the same sort of effect that a slice of cucumber has in a Gin and Tonic, freshening the flavour and helping to lighted the mouth feel. Then there's a welcome drying bitterness on the finish to leave you itching for another sip.

My taste buds are not yet educated enough to really pick out the attributes of the different hops, malts and yeast being used by Cloudwater in these beer varities but each one seems to be another piece of world class brewing. So much so that I'm starting to accept that getting every new DIPA that they release is becoming less important. There's far less fear of missing out if you know that a new wonder beer is just a couple of weeks ago.

Does this mean that Cloudwater are becoming victim of their own success?

I don't think so.

As long as they keep producing such high quality beers there will be no shortage of customers and I will be very happy if we are now at a stage where at any given time I'll be able to purchase a top quality DIPA either direct from the Cloudwater webstore or from my local craft beer shop.



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