Funk’d Citra (Night Shift Brewing)

Style: Brett-Fermented Ale Dry-Hopped with Citra

6.2% ABV

Bottled On: 3/11/20 14

From: Everett, MA

Brewer’s Note: The Night Shift Funk’d Series is our exploration of fermentation with 100% Brettanomyces yeast. These beers offer funky, unothorthodox, unique flavors that will continue to evolve in the bottle over time. Drink this bottle fresh or let it get nicely funk’d up in your beer cellar.”

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The beer’s label is a funky new interpretation of the Night Shift logo. I love the white, “chalk-like” look of the owl and I like the font choices. Clutter is there, but it is controlled and appealing to the eye. I do wish they would say a little more about the beer on the label and less about the series, but I understand that they need a simple template so that they can crank out this series. Overall it’s a nice little label that will probably find a home on my shelf.

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The beer pours a dirty yellow-brown, sort of like swamp water, and forms a head of big, sudsy, white bubbles above the beer. In body, the beer is a murky mystery of the opaque nature, with an overall haze to the coloring. On the nose, the beer smells terrifically of pineapple, faint traces of barnyard funk, and soft citrus lemon. At the very start of the sniff I sense a little grassy/piney hop notes, but they give way to a more blended funk-and-hop scent. As it sits in the glass, it starts to smell more and more like Night Shift’s Citranation beer, which they just re-released alongside this beer. On the tongue, the beer tastes rustic and funky. It begins fruity sweet with subtle acidity, but this leads to a decidedly bitter and slightly dry finish with just a kiss of bready sweetness at the close of the sip. Acidity is slight but present throughout the sip, providing a nice citric tingle, and the beer also offers a note of salinity which I often find in brett focused beers. In flavor, the beer begins as pineapple juice, quickly moving into more rustic notes of hay, barnyard funk, slight horse blanket, and distinct grassy bitters. The finish features another splash of fresh pineapple juice blended with fresh wheat bread and grass, while the aftertaste is slight with soft chalk and citrus fruit notes. As you drink more of the beer, definite Citra resins start to make their selves present on the tongue.  Blends of tropical fruits like mango, papaya, and even a little guava start to tickle at the tongue and make the beer a touch too sweet. In the mouth, the beer feels medium bodied with a little bit of grip on the tongue. The beer feels soft in mouthfeel with a slight carbonation that provides gentle prickle. The finish is a little lacking in body and oomf; it sort of just falls of the tongue and after it leaves the mouth with slight saliva and a nice dry chalkiness in the middle of the tongue.  Overall, this beer is tasty and interesting, and will certainly develop in the bottle well. It started out tasting like a citra-hopped Orval to me, but by the end of the glass it was tasting more like a funky take on Night Shift’s Citranation. It has some definite nice brett characters in it, and it has me excited for further releases in this series. With age I think this bottle will mellow out some of the sickly sweet notes at the beginning of the sip, as well as mellow out the hop resin character. Ideally, this will leave a rustic and funky beer with plenty of room to grow, unfortunately I only grabbed one bottle so I may never know…

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