What better way to defiantly ward off the last chilly weekend of winter than to fire up the grill, burn off last fall's salmon plank and grill some burgers while enjoying a beer outside? Before the next cold front rolls in.
Our first beer of grilling season, supplied to me by the brewer's rep (disclosure), is Lagunitas CitruSinensis Pale Ale, the 2016 edition of what they call the One Hitter Series. This small batch brew is described on the label as a pale ale the juice from fresh Sanguinello Blood oranges. Their web site further notes that the basic beer is a wheatier version of their original flagship, New Dogtown Pale Ale.
I did have this last summer at the Lagunitas Beer Circus in Chicago, but that may not be the same finished product as what sits in the bottle before me. So let's have this all over again.
The pour gives me a rather golden India Pale Ale color with just a flash of red in it. The beer sits under a white, spongy head. The nose offers, of course, sweet orange juice, probably working in tandem with the citrusy Pacific Northwest hops.
The beer's taste still has heavy hop load of a West Coast Pale Ale. The blood orange juice does mellow and sweeten it a bit, but there is still a sharp bitterness that's working its way around the edges of my tongue. The extra hoppiness keeps the malt light on the palate, helping to disguise its 7.9% alcohol by volume.
This tends toward the mellow side of the beer spectrum, though, and would settle nicely with chicken and fish, or in place of a pale lager to whet the appetite before a meal.
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