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The second of two four-packs I picked up at Idle Hands the other day, this was a welcomed sight following the news that their immensely popular Galaxy Four Seam is on an indefinite hiatus due to the brewery’s new hop contracts.  Let’s see how this one compares.

Beer Name: Double Citra Four Seam

Brewery: Idle Hands Craft Ales (Malden, MA)

Style: New England IPA

ABV: 6.6%

Description: The brewery took their popular Four Seam IPA and dry-hopped it with (surprise!) twice the usual amount of Citra.

Appearance: It had a mostly golden, hazy straw-colored body with hints of amber lurking in the depths. A thin white lacing formed with the pour and stuck around for maybe half the glass.

Smell: An absolutely amazing burst of juicy citrus and tropical fruits right out of the can with a hint of bitterness hanging just on the edges.

Taste: Subtle tropical and citrus fruits upfront gradually gave way to a dank blend of earthy and piney hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body with a touch below moderate carbonation.

Hype: The previous Four Seam variant with Galaxy was quite popular and well-regarded, so I was very interested in giving this a try.

Overall: I liked it well enough, but the taste unfortunately didn’t quite live up to the amazing aroma of this beer.  I’d have no problems drinking this one again (indeed I almost assuredly will at some point), but I wouldn’t prioritize seeking it outside of the taproom.