The Thirsty Beagle: Roughtail unveils citrus-bomb anniversary ale

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Roughtail unveils citrus-bomb anniversary ale

If you like hops, and you like citrus notes in your beer, and you just like Roughtail beer in general, do I have a deal for you.

I had a chance to try Roughtail's brand new 3rd Anniversary Ale last night, and I think they've hit the mark with this offering.


The beer is a limited release -- only 98 cases and 20 kegs were produced, and when you hear Roughtail describe how it was made, you'll know why such a limited amount was produced.

"We brewed a big West Coast style Double IPA (one of our favorite styles) with Galaxy, Citra and El Dorado hops. To really crank up the intensity we added 21 pounds per barrel of Blood Orange and Grapefruit puree. We used whole fruit puree instead of just zest to get as much flavor and aroma as possible into the can."

So how was it? From the top, the beer features a knock-your-socks-off aroma -- you know you're about to get into a citrus-bomb. It was hazy, thanks to the fruit puree. I could have used a little more head retention, but otherwise the appearance was nice.

I'm a big fan of the flavor -- it's got in-your-face grapefruit and a strong hop presence, but all in balance. In fact, that was probably my biggest takeaway, the way all the elements of the beer seemed to meld together in harmony.

And I would recommend you take your time with it when you're enjoying it. As the beer warmed slightly, I felt like the aroma and flavor unfolded a little differently with each sip.

On the whole, I thought the beer had the unmistakable characters of a Roughtail beer -- aggressive, hoppy and unapologetic. Definitely worth a shot.

Pints and Pins

-Happy St. Patrick's Day, y'all! Don't forget that the McNellie's OKC St. Pat's Block Party is today. The pub opens at 10, and the street party begins at noon. There's drinks and music all day.

-Also on the St. Patrick's Day beat, Slaughter's Hall is offering an Irish-inspired menu all day today, along with drink specials.

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