As I mentioned in my last post, I’m staying in the Chicago suburbs tonight for work, and @SubBeerBia suggested I hit Lunar Brewing and Beer House Chicago. My first stop was Lunar Brewing Co., which looked like your standard neighborhood dive bar. I already had their Moondance IPA, and since they had a $10 minimum to pay with a credit card, I decided to go ahead and order another beer. When I was looking at the 5 or so Lunar Brewing beers on tap, this one stuck out, since it’s a cream ale with 2 late additions of Citra hops.
Location: On tap and served in s tumbler style pint glass at Lunar Brewing in Villa Park, IL.
Numbers: 4.7% ABV, ~100 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s very pale yellow in color and only slightly hazy. It has a very thin, bright white head on it that’s mostly creamy – leaving a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma was bright and citrusy from the Citra hops.
Taste & Feel: The body is very light, and the mouthfeel is almost watery, with a slightly creamy smoothness. The flavors up front were very lightly grainy with a light lemony sweetness. In the middle, there were some tropical citrus and lemon flavors that grew and became lightly bitter in the finish. There were mostly citrus and lemon flavors in the finish with some floral notes in the background. The aftertaste was mostly citrus and lemony bitterness
Food Pairing: This is a light tropical and citrusy beer, which would be a perfect pairing with fish. It certainly wouldn’t overpower the fish, and the light lemony flavors would match with almost any seasoning or butter you put on the fish. Honestly, I think few beers would pair as nicely with fish as this beer.
Overall Impression: This beer had light flavors, making it very, very drinkable. At some points it was almost like a watered down pale ale, but the citra flavor helped carry it a bit. I liked the complex flavors with some tropical citrus and light lemon, with some floral notes in the background. Overall, I think this would be a dangerous summer beer since it was so light and drinkable, and left you with the essence of Citra.