Black Tide Mega Citra is a 9% triple IPA from Black Tide Brewing, based in Kesennuma, in Miyagi, Japan. It’s part of their canned and draught lineup, though its availability at the time of writing is unknown. As the name suggests, Black Tide Mega Citra is brewed using Citra hops throughout, and is also dosed with Citra Lupamax, a more concentrated form of the hop that is supposed to be a more intense product.
Black Tide Mega Citra : At A Glance
- Alcohol : 9%
- Style : Triple IPA
- Hops : Citra with Citra Lupamax
- IBU : –
- Availability : –
- On Sale : From February 2022
- Size : 350 ml
- Price : From 900 yen
Aroma & Taste
- Notable Aromas : Large citrus notes of lemon and grapefruit with low malt sweetness. Alcohol heat when warm.
- Notable Tastes : Low bitterness with smoothness. Lemon and grapefruit body with low malt sweetness. Hops linger into aftertaste.
Black Tide Mega Citra : Aroma & Taste
Please excuse the picture above and the crap in the background – I was about to start drinking Black Tide Mega Citra and realised that I failed to take a picture of it, mainly because this was not the first beer of the evening. And let’s be honest, if you’re drinking a 9% beer as your first beer of the evening, either your evening is going to be very short, or you’re on a mission. You do you, and keep yourself safe and happy.
Black Tide Mega Citra poured out a slightly hazy yellow colour with a thin amount of white head that faded to a few bubbles of various sizes. The aroma was pure Citra with a large lemon and grapefruit nose going on, though I was expecting some tropical notes, they failed to really materialise during drinking – perhaps if I had let Black Tide Mega Citra come to room temperature they would have but I wasn’t in the mood to sit and wait for a beer to warm up. The alcohol heat came though during drinking though it wasn’t an abrasive aroma, but it was noticeable and did detract a smidgen from the hops.
The body though began with a low and smooth bitterness that segued into a citrus body of lemon and grapefruit. In terms of body, Black Tide Mega Citra was drier than expected, though there was a touch of malt sweetness present as it warmed up. The hops though really did dominate throughout drinking with them lingering into the aftertaste, leaving a lemon and grapefruit flavour profile on the palate.
Black Tide Mega Citra : The Bottom Line
If you like your beers big, bold, and citrusy, then you’ll like Black Tide Mega Citra. It’s easy drinking and will screw you up though.
Black Tide Mega Citra : Where to Buy
Black Tide Mega Citra can be bought online at the following places: