Sunday, July 21, 2013

Citra Saison

I have finally been sucked in by the hype of Citra. A newer hop variety that claims to have tropical fruit aromas like pineapple, mango, and papaya. A friend and I decided to use the hop in a Saison to try to make a nice summery session beer. The results- I should have brewed alone so I didn't have to share the final product with anyone!

Recipe for 3 gallons

6.25 pounds 2-row base malt
1.33 pounds Munich
0.5 pounds wheat malt
0.25 pounds carapils

mashed at 152 F for 1 hour
sparged at 178

Added 0.4 oz of Challenger at 60 minutes
Added 0.5 oz of Citra at 10 minutes
Added 0.5 oz of Citra at 0 minutes

Original Gravity 1.065

Fermented with a blend of 3711 (French Saison) and 3724 (Farmhouse) [Blend was 10% 3711 90% 3724]

Fermented at ambient temp for 1 week, placed in secondary 2 weeks, bottled with table sugar

Final Gravity 1.008


Beer pours  a cloudy orange/yellow color with a good head that settles back into the glass. It can easily be revived with a swirl. The foam is very very sticky and forms a wonderful lace on the side of the glass.

Aroma is filled with tropical fruit notes, mostly dominated by pineapple but with hints of mango as well. There is also a nice spice from the 3711 that rounds out the nose nicely.

The beer taste like a saison, a little sweet and wheat/bread like to start with a wonderful phenolic and dry finish. The 3711 delivered the typical silky mouthfeel.

Overall this is a great success. The tropical fruit is overwhelming and continues to develop as the beer warms. The beer looks great and is so smooth and drinkable despite the 8+% ABV. This really turned out well and I will certainly be making a second batch.