#4 – Citra Sauvin
I’ve wanted to brew with some of the more tropical fruit tasting hops out there for awhile and I was able to get some Citra and Nelson Sauvin recently. I thought these hops might mesh well together and wanted to put them into a pretty straight forward pale ale. Here’s the recipe:
Mash: 154 (60 min.)
83.9% Pale Ale Malt
5.4% Wheat Malt
5.4% Munich Malt
0.5 oz Galena (11%) 60 min.
0.75 oz Citra (13.9%) 15 min.
0.75 oz Nelson Sauvin (11.5%) 10 min.
1.25 oz Nelson Sauvin (11.5%) 5 min.
1.25 oz Citra (13.9%) 0 min.
Wyeast 1272 American Ale II Yeast
Tasting Notes 9.9.12
Appearance: Golden and clear with good white head.
Aroma: Passion fruit, grape, pear aroma. Very strong and fruity. Really great hoppy aroma.
Taste: Really hoppy, bitterness is very low. Malt balances hops well. Crisp and refreshing without being bitter. Hops really come through. The tropical fruit notes really jump out, especially at the end.
Mouthfeel: Medium full mouthfeel with carbonation being mid range for the style.
Overall: This pale has a great tropical fruit hop profile and is quite easy to drink. I really like that the bitterness is pretty much non-existent but still balances the malt profile. A very nice and refreshing pale ale.