Twin City Brewing-Swedish Gymnast Dry Hopped Blonde Ale

Overview

Twin City Brewing-Swedish Gymnast Dry Hopped Blonde Ale Review

Just west of the majestic old growth forest of Cathedral Grove on Vancouver Island lies Port Alberni. Port Alberni is a unique mix of small town feel with west coast attitude. Beer lovers will know it as the home of Twin City Brewing. Another example of a BC brewery with a very local focus, Twin City is well worth putting on your brewery bucket list. And once there, the very first beer you should try is their Swedish Gymnast.

Swedish Gymnast, a dry hopped Blonde ale, is a lesson in how to use Citra hops in a non-IPA setting. Pouring slightly cloudy yellow with lasting white head, the mango and cantaloupe aroma of Citra hops is noticeably present. Swedish Gymnast has big carbonation but with a light body, as appropriate to the style. The Citra comes through as a mild tropical fruitiness over top of clean malts. The Gymnast finishes the routine with a soft juiciness.

  • (3)
    Appearance
  • (4)
    Aroma
  • (3.5)
    Palate
  • (4)
    Flavour
  • (4.5)
    Overall Enjoyment
3.8

About This Beverage

  • Colour: Yellow
  • Head Size & Retention: Big/rocky head/serious lace
  • Carbonation: Bubbly/Lively
  • Clarity: Slight Haze
  • Balance: More Hoppy
  • Drinkability: Extremely Crushable
  • Enjoyment: I would definitely seek this beer out again
  • Malt Characteristics: Light
  • Hop Characteristics: Fruity, Citrusy, Grapefruit
  • Palate: Crisp/Dry/Clean

Summary

A thirst quenching blonde with a deft Citra touch that will have both craft newbies and veterans asking for a second.

Pros

Carefully utilizes the Citra hop to great success.

A great gateway craft beer.

Cons

Only available locally.

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