From Surly Brewing comes the Xtra-Citra Pale Ale, a libation that claims to bring extra happiness to your beer-drinking experience. However, upon closer inspection, the Xtra-Surly attitude reveals itself in more ways than one.

A Glimpse into the Brew

Publisher: Surly Brewing
Genre: American Pale Ale, Beer Reviews
Print Length: 16 oz. can poured into a pint glass
ISBN: 4.5% abv.

The Xperience Unveiled

The initial pour presents a visual paradox—a very hazy dull amber orange that lacks the anticipated radiance associated with sunshine. The head, however, fades into oblivion, leaving a somewhat lackluster impression.

A Magical Aroma

In the olfactory realm, the Xtra-Citra Pale Ale casts its spell. The aroma is undeniably intense, dominated by the enchanting notes of mandarins accompanied by a hint of savory herb. This aromatic wizardry sets the stage for what promises to be an intriguing taste journey.

Taste Test: A Tangy Tango

As the first sip commences, the tangy dance of citrus rind and zest takes center stage. Complementing this lively citrus spectacle is a dry biscuity malt, creating a flavorful partnership. The grand finale is an earthy, bitter hop finish that rounds off the performance with finesse.

Mouthfeel: A Snappy Symphony

The medium-bodied nature of this ale lends itself to a dry, snappy mouthfeel, making it an easily drinkable concoction. The orchestration of these elements contributes to a well-balanced beer that beckons for more.

Overall Verdict: Xceptional, Yet Limited

In the grand scheme of things, the Surly Xtra-Citra Pale Ale stands as a damn fine beer. It tantalizes the taste buds with a harmonious blend of flavors and a satisfying level of drinkability. However, the caveat lies in its scarcity—a brew that one wishes were more abundant. If cost or contractual constraints aren’t in the way, this ale could easily become a year-round offering, satisfying the cravings of those seeking a full-flavored yet easy-to-drink beer.