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In an effort to lighten up my beer list a bit, I included in my last haul something on the lower end of the ABV spectrum.

Beer Name: No Parking Citra Pale Ale

Brewery: Sketchbook Brewing Company (Evanston, IL)

Style: American Pale Ale

ABV: 4.4%

Description: A sessionable Pale Ale brewed with Citra hops and mixture of five different malts.

Appearance: Poured a see-through golden amber body topped by a wispy bubbly white lacing.

Smell: Faint hints citrus fruits and cracker malts.

Taste: A little bit of citrusy sweetness to start, followed by light crackery malt and finally a huge rush of resinous blend of piney and earthy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It had a sticky, just shy of medium body.  The carbonation level was slightly above average with a particularly effervescent finish.

Hype: I picked up (and drank) this beer during the wave of Extreme Beer Fest brews that hit the Boston area a few weeks ago, so I guess slightly elevated?

Overall:  It was a decent enough low-ABV offering overall, but I personally found the finish to be a bit for my preferences much as the carbonation served to accentuate what was an already assertive level of bitterness.  I know there are people out there that absolutely love that, so this one’s for them.