Beer Review: LupulusX (Citra) – Buxton Brewery

It’s been a long while since I’ve had a Buxton Brewery beer! ‘LupulusX’ is their Single Hop Series where the recipe for the beers stay the same except for the hop variety used, which changes each time. In this case it is of course Citra. I picked this beer up from Tesco which recently released a new line up of craft beer. With a Club Card I managed to only pay two quid which is very well priced as far as craft beer is concerned.

Visually the beer looks very appetising. A hazy-as-you-like pale straw colour. Naturally the nose has a very light citrus aroma to it. Flavourwise, the beer has a light refreshing tangerine and grapefruit peel zest to the taste. A little creamy or malty on the finish of the beer as well as a light hop bitterness. Unfortunately, the body on the whole is a tad thin for my taste.

A quick note on the can art: The designs for this series have a similar theme in that it looks like a drawing of a cave. I rather enjoy the shades of green and the layers it creates in the art.

Fun fact: Lupulus is the Latin name for the common hop. There is no doubting that this beer is all about the Citra. While the nose is lighter the flavour of sharp citrus fruits is very clear. It’s clean, crisp and refreshing drinking which for me is the aim for a Citra focused IPA. Unfortunately, the beer is let down slightly by the thin body despite visually looking thick and juicy. I imagine that this is the most basic of their Single Hop Series and having looked at their website they have some some beers highlighting hops I’ve never heard of! I may have to dive deeper into LupulusX at some point in the future…

Score: 7/10

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Additional Information:

  • Hops: Citra
  • Malt: Not Available
  • IBU: Not Available
  • ABV: 5.4%
  • Gluten Free: No
  • Vegan: Yes!
  • Purchase Location: Tesco
  • Purchase Price: £2.40 (£2 with a Club Card)

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