Saturday, September 14, 2019

FreeThought Sapere Aude Citra Double IPA

Beer Name: Sapere Aude
Brewery: FreeThought (Brooklyn, NY) in collaboration with Great South Bay Brewery (Bay Shore, NY). Brewed by Great South Bay for FreeThought.
ABV: 8.5%

How sold: 16 oz. tallboy cans; on draft
Where bought: Belmont Station (Portland, OR)
Price: $7.27 for a 16 oz tallboy can

Date Purchased: May 25, 2019
Date Drank: June 15, 2019
When brewed? Possibly a rotational or limited-time beer. Released around January 2019.

What's on the Website: "Earnest + dry with a strong bittering staff

"Champagne mango, bergamot, finger lime, pear skin, seville orange peel, chive blossom."

Hops: Citra.

Where distributed: FreeThought has limited distribution. Same with Great South Bay Brewery.

Appearance (5%): Initially pours slightly hazy golden into a pint glass, then sediment from the bottom turns it more hazy golden. Unfiltered; sediment at the bottom of the can and suspended in the beer. Frothy white head, good lacing. 4.5/5

Smell (25%): Balanced malt with complementing grape, pear, and mango notes. Clearly a sturdy malt backbone here. 4.25/5

Taste (40%): Malt-forward, then an explosion of grape, pear, and mango. Grape and mango engulf the mouth on the aftertaste. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied, good carbonation. Juicy with some dry tongue. 4.25/5

Overall (20%): An excellent Double IPA. It's a pricey can, but if you like Double IPAs with a very sturdy malt backbone and grape/mango fruit presence, this one is for you. 4/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.213/5

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