Monday, April 11

Beer Review: Widmer Brothers X-114 IPA Rotator Series

First off, I couldn't wait to try the first in their 'Rotator' series. This beer has been brewed for a little while now, and it is nice to see it being bottled. After the X-114, we will be seeing Teaser IPA, Shaddock IPA, and Collaboration IPA.

“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.”

"The 'X' Stands For Awesome"

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

IBU: 50

ABV: 6.2%

Color: 10 SRM

Now for the review:

-Appearance: (4.0)
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.

-Smell: (4.0)
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.

-Taste: (3.5)
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.

-Mouthfeel: (3.5)
Light bodied with a drying effect from the bitterness. Leaves a bit of a chalky feel behind.. makes me think of dry barley husks.

-Overall: (3.5)
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

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  1. I'm surprised you find the taste to be like Drifter. I find the aroma reminds me of Drifter's awesome citrus aroma, but the taste to be a lot better than Drifter (which I find kind to be kind of dull). In other words, a step forward.

  2. I can agree with that.. to me it just had a thin watery Drifter-like flavor.. but yes, was better. I still feel it is missing something though.. much like the drifter. Too thin and mild for my palate I suppose.