Florida Beer Friday: The Citrafied Citra Pale Ale From Due South Brewing Co.

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Due South Brewing Co. in Boynton Beach is growing — that is, its core lineup is growing.

The brewery recently released a new beer known as Citrafied, a citra pale ale that will be available year-round at the Due South taproom and throughout its distribution network. It will be available on draft and in 12-ounce cans beginning late November in bars, restaurants, and retail locations across South Florida and throughout most of the state in December.

According to Due South head brewer and founder Mike Halker, Citrafied was crafted out of an almost year-long process of experimentation and iterations, honing in on the perfect combination of hops and malts. It all began with a series of consumer-driven, blind-tasting events where Halker guided customers through a collection of hop-varietal-focused pale ales.

After each panel, the preference was clear, so the brewing team went to work creating a pale ale that would focus on Citra hops.

"We tried a lot of different hops," Halker says. "The idea was to focus on the flavor profile to create a beer that is hoppy but not overly bitter. We structured this pale ale around a balanced profile with a moderate alcohol content in order to craft something that would be great for all of the outdoor activities that South Florida has to offer. For me, I consider it the perfect beach and pool beer."

The beer pours with a golden vibrancy and produces an incredible aroma of tangerine and orange peel. A clean and crisp flavor profile and finish help to accentuate the refreshing nature of the beer, which makes it both approachable and incredibly satisfying.

The pale ale, which comes in at 5.1 percent alcohol by volume, will round out the year-round portfolio of Due South Brewing Co. beers and join Category 3 IPA, Category 5 IPA, and Caramel Cream Ale.

Due South Brewing Co. beers are currently available on draft and in cans in hundreds of bars, restaurants, and stores in Florida from Key West to Jacksonville, including Orlando and Tallahassee. The Due South Brewing Co. tasting room opens at noon daily Tuesday through Saturday.

Due South Brewing Company. 2900 High Ridge Rd., Boynton Beach; 561-463-2337; duesouthbrewing.com.

Nicole Danna is a food writer covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in food and drink news in South Florida, follow her @SoFloNicole or find her latest food pics on the BPB New Times Food & Drink Instagram

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