Saturday, May 28, 2016

Oakshire Brewing Citrafonix

Beer Name: Citrafonix
Brewery: Oakshire Brewing (Eugene, OR)
ABV: 6.3%
How sold: 12 oz. cans; on draft
Where bought: Johns Marketplace (Portland, OR)
Price: $1.99 for a 12 oz. can

Date Purchased: April 9, 2016
Date Opened: April 16, 2016
When brewed? Year-round beer. One of the Core beers.
IBUs: 50

What's on the Bottle: "Packed with citrus fruit character, Citrafonix is a medium-bodied American IPA with balanced bitterness and a tangy finish. A variety of citrus peels compliment the American hops to make Citrafonix a hoppy thirst quencher!"

Where distributed: As of April 2016, Oakshire Brewing ships just to the Pacific Northwest. I know they are at least found in Oregon and Washington. See if Oakshire ships to your area!

Appearance (5%): Poured cloudy orange-golden into a pint glass. Off-white head. Unfiltered beer; sediment suspended throughout the beer. 4/5

Smell (25%): Intense citrus combined with heavy syrupy and malty qualities. 3.25/5

Taste (40%): Light tropical fruit with big malt backbone. Slight bitter and tangy aftertaste. Not the biggest fan, but I've had worse (which may or may not make it to this beer blog). Average. 3.25/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Fairly light-bodied, with some carbonation. 3.5/5

Overall (20%): An average IPA. While I like that this was a rather cheap buy for a microbrew, something for me just didn't feel right from the moment I smelled felt like it would be too heavy and in-your-face. Then I sipped it, and all those notes got thrown out the window. The beer drinks quite light, yet the flavors are not what I think of when experiencing tropical fruit or citrus. The malt kept butting its way in too much for my liking. This beer was one of the few to confuse me as I went through my checklist of ratings. At the end of the day, it's just another beer that I will likely pass on next time I see it (mostly due to the abundance of beers I believe are better). 3.25/5

Final Weighted Rating: 3.313/5

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