Tuesday, April 16, 2013

DC Brau The Citizen Belgian-Style Pale

Another beer I picked up on my trip to Virginia was DC Brau's The Citizen.  Right on the can The Citizen proclaims itself as a "Belgian-Style Pale."  If I had had more time on my trip, I would have loved to have visited DC Brau's brewery, but alas, it will have to wait until next time.  This is my first DC Brau brew, and I can't wait to try it out.  Let's see how The Citizen pours...

DC Brau The Citizen Belgian-Style Pale Ale
DC Brau The Citizen Belgian-Style Pale Ale

The Citizen
Belgian-style Pale Ale
7% ABV
12 oz. can poured into my Ithaca Beer pub glass

DC Brau The Citizen Belgian-Style Pale Ale
DC Brau The Citizen Belgian-Style Pale Ale

DC Brau's The Citizen pours pale gold in color, with a finger and half width of white head.  The head subsides fairly quickly, and doesn't leave much lacing.  Lots of carbonation is visible rising from the bottom of the glass.  There is tons of citrus in the aroma of The Citizen.  Lemon, orange, grapefruit.  A bit of a yeasty aroma is present as well.  The flavor starts with more citrus, mainly lemon and grapefruit.  At the end of each swallow the citrus lingers, and a hint of pepper and alcohol comes into play to give The Citizen a slight edge. It has a bit less than a medium body, which allows it drink very easily.  

Overall:  Even though The Citizen has 7% ABV, it drinks incredibly easy, and would be a great late spring and summertime beer.  I was impressed with the tantalizing appearance of The Citizen, but would have liked the head to have a bit more retention.  But hey, what can ya do?

Have you had DC Brau's The Citizen?  What did you think of it?  Let me know in the comments!


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