Hop Lab: Citra by Kane Brewing

Hop Lab: Citra by Kane Brewing

Hop Lab: Citra by Kane Brewing

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Tasting: September 26, 2015
Style: Pale Ale
Beer # 811
ABV: 5.2%

This past August, Kane Brewing Company in Ocean, New Jersey celebrated their fourth anniversary – or as they prefer one-thousand four-hundred sixty days. I’ve found that over the past three-hundred and sixty-five days, their offerings appear to have become easier to find at area bars and restaurants. I regularly see postings of availability of Kane’s lineup at places like Amazing Grapes in Pompton Lakes and the Liquor Factory locations in Sparta and Jefferson. While these places offer growler fills, many have cast an eye to the announcement that Kane will be canning their Head High sometime this fall. I’m hoping that these start showing up on shelves at these same places because they offer a bit more of a consumption window than a growler. While hop-centric beer will always be a race against time, an unopened growler is said to last a week or so and once open it may only remain on key for a day.

kane-brewing-company-head-high

Hop Lab: Citra reminds me an awful lot of Trillium Fort Point. Both cloudy, both tartly crisp and taste a whole lot bigger than a pale ale. Hop Lab: Citra is not at juicy and tropical as the Trillium but in this case, there’s no shame in being 1A. Another solid offering from this cornerstone New Jersey Brewer – 93 points.

Update (August 27, 2017):

Hop Lab: Citra was so popular and critically acclaimed that Kane Brewing added gave it a new name (Sneak Box) and added it to their regular rotation. Very cool name as a Sneak Box is a canoe-like boat that is mostly associated with New Jersey and Barnegat Bay.

Sneak Box (formerly Hop Lab Citra) an American Pale Ale by Kane Brewing Company

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