“Our Rotator IPA series was born out of our brewing team’s desire to experiment with and enthusiasm for the IPA style of beer,” said Rob Widmer. “Our brewers are passionate about creating unique interpretations of beer styles and always finding ways to do things a bit differently. X-114 is an aromatic IPA that originated from the experimental hop that we now call Citra. It’s a great drinkable beer and is the perfect brew to kick off this series.”
About X-114 IPA
X-114 IPA is an aromatic IPA made from Citra hops that balance perfect proportions of big fruit and citrus flavor with hints of peppery spice, caramel malt sweetness and a bitter, but smooth finish.
Malts: 2-Row Rale, Caramel 30L, Carapils
Hops: Bittering-Alchemy, Aroma -114 (Citra)
Dry Hopped and Aroma Hopped – 114 (Citra)
Original Gravity: 14.3 P
Apparent Extract: 2.9 P
Color: 10 SRM
Now for the review:
Very clear light caramel colored brew, like a light amber. Thick three fingers of foam, down to a splatter of lace and velvet foam. The best part of the appearance is the head with this number.
A wonderful roasted malt scent rests nicely with a caramel malt. Big zesty bright hops, citrus, grapefruit, orange peel, and some grassy notes. Hidden tang of lemon zest. The hop profile really spreads far from the top of the glass.
Smooth bready and roasted caramel malt with a light 'Drifter-like' approach. Zingy bitter hops with a touch of earthy grass, and citrus peel. Overall really not too robust of a flavor, but rather mild.
Light bodied with a drying effect from the bitterness. Leaves a bit of a chalky feel behind.. makes me think of dry barley husks.
This beers highlights are with how smooth and drinkable it is. It is actually quite light and the hops are certainly a focal point. This is a great and refreshing session ale from Widmer. As a year around I don't know if it would do so well, but as part of a Rotator series.. I am sure it will be some peoples favorite.
B / 3.63
(BeerAdvocate.com rating scale)