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Cicada Belgian Style IPA, Yards Brewing Co., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

beer_228142Edward Sieger, writing in Pennsylvania’s Express-Times, gave Cicada’s Belgian-style IPA a road test this week rating it 4 out of 5 calling it an “interesting” beer with notes of honey and citrus.

He said: “The flavor does kind of lay down a malty background onto which some hoppy earthiness is layered. I think that earthiness might be, in part, due to the honey. I could actually pick up notes of honey in the aftertaste, although I wonder if I would have been able to pinpoint the origin had the brewer not indicated on the label that it used honey, as it’s a very subtle quality.

“There seems to be a neat, orderly pattern to the flavors here: malty, followed by hoppy, finished with the earthy honey quality. I don’t know that I picked up too much in the way of citrus, though. Not surprisingly, I drank this out of a pint glass. I mention this because the glass was able to reveal a bit more in terms of aroma. A glass that is half or a third full allows you to really get your nose in an enclosed space and breathe deep the beer’s aroma. It allowed me to start discerning some maltiness and even some of the honey, but it was a task. The aromas are subtle.

“This is an interesting beer. The dominant flavors seem to fluctuate slightly between malty and hoppy. And you might even get a citrusy note here and there … and then the honey notes pop up. Cicada is a fairly heady brew at 8.5 percent. It offers a nice strong body, while not being overpowering.”

Style: IPA, 8.5%

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