Style American Brown Ale · ABV 7.0% · 500 ml bottle
Brewed by Beer Here · Frederikssund · Denmark
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I don’t know what it is, but beers with interesting/good looking labels on them, makes me want to try them. And the label on this beer, namely Beer Here’s Høst Citra is to say the least, quite special. So without much pondering, into the shopping basket it went.

This beer was part of a batch of autumn beers, released on systembolaget earlier this year. It’s original name appears to be Beer Here Kama Citra, but for some reason it’s been re-branded here in Sweden, as Beer Here Høst Citra. If anyone have more input on, as to way, please add a comment and share it with the rest of us.

Appearance 3/3

Pours almost pitch-black, held up towards the light makes a couple of reddish rays shoot out from the glass. Has a nice bubbly beige-colored two fingered head, which seems to stay intact for a long period of time.

Aroma 9/12

Wow, the hops in this beer is the first thing that hits you, very flowery, citrus and a lot of tropical fruitiness. Some burned, caramel, roasted tones comes through as well.

Flavor 14/20

A pleasurable roasted, caramel, chocolaty flavor, mixed with the bitterness from the hops gives this beer a pretty complex character. The flavor somehow feels very autumn like, rainy days and yellow leafs comes to mind.

Mouthfeel 3/5

Has a light to medium body. Good carbonation. The bitterness in this beer is very lingering and will follow you from your first to your last sip.

Overall impression 8/10

This beer’s intriguing label goes very well with this beer’s equally interesting flavor. It’s like a marriage between a Brown Ale, with its sweetness/maltiness and a India Pale Ale, with its hoppiness/bitterness. Beer Here/Christian Skovdal Andersen always produces interesting and sometimes experimental type beers, and this one is no exception.

Total Score 37/50

Very Good – Generally within style parameters, some minor flaws

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There are 2 comments on this article

  1. Jonas Danielsson says:24 Mar 2012 13:41

    The name was changed due to the fact that we offered it for a tender from Systembolaget where the name should include a reference to autumn. And given that the rules about labels in Sweden are a bit less liberal than in Denmark we changed the label also. The labels are all painted by the brewmaster behind Bere Here Christian Andersen Skovdal. But check the original label (which I just LOVE) closely and you will might understand why we had him do a new one for the Systembolaget.

  2. Joao Neves Joao Neves says:24 Mar 2012 16:10

    Thanks a bunch for the info Jonas! And I completely agree with you.. the original label is way more sexier, ahem, I mean more beautiful. Great labels.. great beers!

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