Name: Heist Brewing Citraquench’l IPA
Style: American IPA
“IPA brewed with Citra. Flooded with the unmistakable aroma and flavor of Citra hops. Big tropical fruit accompanied by a smooth, dry finish. Hazy on purpose, delicious by intent”
Yesterday, I visited Heist Brewing in Charlotte, NC for the second time. My first visit was about 2 years ago and I wasn’t overly impressed by any of the beers I tasted. So when I browsing Beer Advocate’s Top American IPAs I was surprised to see an IPA from Heist sitting 8th overall and at 82nd on their top 250 beers list. I figured I would give it another shot, especially when I saw they had the previously mentioned beer, Citraquench’l, on tap at their brewpub. I had a pint of Citraquench’l along with a pint of their Thirst IPA to go with my flatbread. Both beers were quite good (so was my flatbread), so I decided grab a 32 oz. crowler of Citraquench’l to review for all of you. Let’s pop this top, but excuse the incorrect glassware for this review.
The beer pours a very opaque cloudy orange with about a half inch of thick white head. The citra hops make themselves known on the nose giving off tons of grapefruit and pineapple to go with tangerine, mango and some vanilla. The beer tastes similar to the nose with lots of citrus fruit notes. The beer has a citrus sweetness with some creaminess, it is quite juicelike and reminds me of drinking a glass of Sunny D. It is definitely unique in that regard and has a tangy bite on the finish. The beer is a medium to full bodied and lingers on the tongue. It is a great NE style IPA coming out of small North Carolina brewery which is surprising.
It can definitely hold its own to some of those NE IPAs, but I am not sure it quite lives up to the hype of being the 8th best IPA out there. It is definitely still a great IPA with tons of juicy hop flavor, that I would definitely recommend to anyone who will be in or around Charlotte. Heist has definitely stepped up their game and im looking forward to trying more beers from them in the future. Cheers!
Editor’s Note: Please excuse any grammar or spelling mistakes as I am a drinking alcohol while writing since this is a beer blog after all.